Georgia Urology’s Dr. Jeffrey Proctor hosts ICA Walk for an IC Cure in Cartersville

Acclaimed physician to speak at fundraiser to help cure interstitial cystitis

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Jeffrey Proctor, an expert in the field of interstitial cystitis (IC), will be speaking at the ICA Walk for an IC Cure taking place Nov. 2 at Dellinger Park. This event serves as a fundraiser for the Interstitial Cystitis Association’s (ICA) mission to advance IC research, education, awareness and advocacy.

IC is recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, often associated with urinary frequency and urgency. Dr. Proctor treats IC at Georgia Urology’s Acworth and Cartersville locations. As a member of ICA’s Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Proctor has been involved in national research protocols for IC serving as principal investigator for a national, multi-center study.

“More than 12 million people in the US suffer from IC, and it can affect anyone,” says Dr. Proctor. “I’ve seen countless cases, and IC can have a dramatic, negative impact on the quality of life. We must continue raising awareness and striving for a cure. Events such as the ICA Walk for an IC Cure will help get us there, one step at a time.”

Dr. Proctor will make remarks prior to the beginning of the one-mile walk through Dellinger Park. He will then join fellow walk participants by leading a team of Georgia Urology staff along the course. 

Awards will be given to the top fundraiser, the team with the most registered members, the top fundraising team, and the team with the most creative name. Anyone who fundraises $500 or more will receive a Walk for an IC Cure hoodie.

Registration fee is $10, and children ages 15 and younger are free. ICA Walk for an IC Cure t-shirts will be available for an additional $10.

ICA Walk for an IC Cure. 9-11 a.m. November 2. Dellinger Park, 100 Pine Grove Road, Cartersville.

Dr. Jeffrey Proctor is now accepting patients dealing with IC and other urological conditions. Request an appointment by calling 770-607-1893 or visiting gaurology.com/contact-us.

Georgia Urology Welcomes Dr. Joseph Song

By Dr. Joseph Song, M.D.

It’s homecoming season in Gwinnett. From the smoke of cookouts to the crowds at the home game, this is my favorite time of year in Georgia. And, after 14 years away, it’s the perfect time to return.

I grew up in Duluth in the ’90s, where I spent my childhood playing basketball with the neighborhood boys, catching second-run movies for $0.99 at Venture Cinema, and listening to STAR 94 play Britney and Backstreet Boys on repeat. In many ways, Duluth is still that same place. From the sleepy public libraries where I developed my love for reading to the delicious ethnic restaurants on Pleasant Hill where I became an ardent foodie, driving around this city is a constant trip down memory lane.

At the same time, this place has also completely transformed. Gone are the farms that stretched down 141. New neighborhoods have sprung up around Suwanee Dam Rd where I used to go fishing in what felt like the middle of nowhere. Even completely new communities have come up (John’s Creek ranked 3rd for the best place to live?! It didn’t even exist when I was growing up here!).

When I left for college at Emory, I wasn’t sure I’d be back. When I moved for medical school at WashU in St Louis, I thought I’d said goodbye to Georgia for good. But then I married my crush from high school and both of our families canceled plans to relocate out of state— suddenly, the stars seemed to be lining up for us to come home.

In 2017, I approached Urology groups in the metro Atlanta area and was surprised by the number of practices there were. From hospital-based groups to smaller practices, there were so many choices for patients looking for a Urologist. After doing my research, though, I felt convinced that Georgia Urology was by far the best choice. They had been serving Georgians for decades and were one of the largest groups in the country, meaning they had the resources and expertise to provide world-class care to their patients. What’s more, they were active in Gwinnett, meaning I could help care for the very same community that raised and shaped me.

Most importantly, the partners at Georgia Urology held the same goals as me. To them, Urology wasn’t just a business or a job—it was a way to help people, whether that came in the form of curing cancer, alleviating the pain of a stone, allowing a patient to sit through a movie without having to pee halfway through, or just being present to listen to and understand a person’s problems. These were the reasons I went into Urology in the first place, and Georgia Urology was a place where I could practice medicine in a responsible, compassionate, and patient-centered way.

For all these reasons, I’m excited to be at Georgia Urology. More so, I’m excited to be part of the dynamic community of Gwinnett again. It’s homecoming season– and I’m glad to be home.  

Take a look at Georgia Urology’s new television ad

Have you seen our new television ad? It features our own Georgia Urology physicians in their element doing what they do best! This ad is part of a larger program of ads running on WSB-TV, featuring awareness messages for kidney stone treatment, prostate cancer diagnosis, and general urologic health.

Check out our new Georgia Urology ad below!

Celebrate Prostate Cancer Awareness Day with the Atlanta Braves

 

On Sunday, June 16th, join the Atlanta Braves and Northside Hospital as they celebrate those who have courageously battled prostate cancer.  The funds raised will support research and education in honor of the Atlanta Braves Prostate Cancer Awareness Day.

A pregame brunch will be held in the Terrace Garden before the Atlanta Braves play the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:20 p.m. Your tickets will be available for pick up at Will Call on the day of the game.

Survivors will Receive:

  • One complimentary game ticket in the Home Run Porch
  • Atlanta Braves Prostate Cancer Awareness Day T-shirt
  • Access to a pregame Father’s Day brunch with guest speakers and alumni appearances
  • Participation in a pregame On-Field Ceremony

Additional tickets for family and friends are available for $24 each. Click here to register today.

Staff Spotlight: Surmouri V. Sullivant

Georgia Urology is full of incredible, hard-working, and dedicated staff members and physicians. That’s why we’re taking the time to highlight the men and women who provide our patients with such positive experiences.

We’re highlighting Certified Medical Assistant and Surgery Coordinator, Surmouri V. Sullivant, who has been with Georgia Urology for 20 years.

1. Why did you choose to work in the field of urology?

My mom also worked in this medical field, but I love working with people and helping them. I wanted to do that in this field.

2. What’s the most rewarding part about your job?

Whenever I get hugs and thanks of appreciation from patients. Plus, the physicians thanking me is great.

3. What does your daily routine look like?

It’s always really busy with patients. Our phones are ringing nonstop, but I really love and enjoy my job.

4. Do you have any advice for people hoping to work in your field?

They have to care, have compassion, drive, and understanding for all of our patients.

5. What are your favorite past-times?

I love to spend time with my family, including my 97-year-old grandma. We love to watch movies, especially on Netflix.

Staff Spotlight: Ericka Johnson

Georgia Urology is full of incredible, hard-working, and dedicated employees. We’re excited to highlight these wonderful medical professionals who serve our patients every day through monthly Staff Spotlights!

This month, we’re highlighting Georgia Urology Medical Assistant and Clinical Lead, Ericka Johnson, who has been with us for more than eight years.

1. Why did you choose to work in the field of urology?

I am very passionate about healthcare and helping others. I wanted to do something in my career that’s challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in peoples’ lives on a daily basis.

2. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Engaging with patients and establishing a relationship with them.

3. What would you do if you weren’t with Georgia Urology?

I would probably be a pediatric oncology nurse!

4. Tell us about your family.

One son named Emerson that is six years old.

5. What are your favorite past-times?

I love traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family.

Want to work with Ericka or any of our other fantastic staff members? Click here to schedule an appointment with Georgia Urology!

Georgia Urology Sponsors Amplify Decatur Music Festival

On Saturday, April 13th, several Georgia Urology physicians and staff members enjoyed The Amplify Decatur Festival. A series of incredible concerts that takes place at downtown Decatur during the course of one, artists such as Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Julien Backer, Kevn Kinney, and The Bitteroots made it a fantastic day.

Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig, Dr. Lambda Msezane, and physician liaison, Ali Webb came out with their families to enjoy the music and participate as a gold sponsor for the event. One hundred percent of the proceeds were given to the Decatur Cooperative Ministry to support its efforts in preventing and alleviating homelessness in Dekalb County.

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Barry Zisholtz Contributed to Medical Case Study

Georgia Urology’s Dr. Barry Zisholtz recently contributed to a medical case study that examined the relevance of petit’s triangle, an anatomical landmark that is not typically significant in clinical practices. This article detailed a rare case of a hydronephrotic kidney that was herniated through the Petit’s triangle of a morbidly obesed woman.

This is the first known case of a kidney herniating through the Petit’s triangle in a patient with no history of surgery or trauma. The majority of lumbar hernias are acquired due to fascial and muscle weakness that develops over decades.

If you want to learn more about Dr. Zisholt’s case study, click here.

Dr. Jeffrey Proctor Delivers Lecture on Interstitial Cystitis (IC) on Behalf of The Interstitial Cystitis Association

Georgia Urology’s own Dr. Jeffrey Proctor presents an overview of interstitial cystitis (IC), including symptoms, treatments, at the Interstitial Cystitis Association’s (ICA) patient forum titled “IC from A to Z”, held in Atlanta, GA, on August 23, 2009. The ICA is a non-profit health association that is committed to enhancing the quality of healthcare and lives of people living with interstitial cystitis. Learn more in the lecture below!

Georgia Urology Hosts Free Men’s Health Seminars This Spring

Join the physicians of Georgia Urology as they host two free Men’s Health seminars this March.

Dr. Lawrence Goldstone will be discussing the latest treatment options available for erectile dysfunction and bladder leakage and Dr. Edan Shapiro will be covering benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We recommend that anyone who is seeking information on these conditions come out and learn more. Free refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP today.

3/18/19 @ 6:30 pm

Piedmont Fayette Hospital
1255 Highway 54 W
1279 Bldg, Conference Room C, 3rd floor
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Check-in: 6:00 pm
Presentation: 6:30pm

Presenter: Edan Shapiro, MD

RSVP: 1.800.343.3503

3/28/19 @ 6:30pm

57th Fighter Group, Bunker Room
3829 Clairmont Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

Check-in: 6:15 pm
Presentation: 6:30pm

Presenter: Lawrence Goldstone, MD

RSVP: 1.877.433.2873