Seventeen Georgia Urology physicians receive Top Doctors honors in Atlanta

Drs. Allen, Banks, Capelouto, Carmen, Chen, Falconer, Futral, Goldstone, Haber, Kaplan, Kirsch, Levinson, Miller, Scherz, Shessel, Smith, and Zisholtz, appear in Atlanta magazine’s July issue

July 3, 2017 (Atlanta) — Seventeen physicians from Georgia Urology ­–the largest urology practice in the Southeast­–  rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. In all, more than 60 percent of the physicians in the publication’s urology category come from this one practice.

Those physicians are: Drs. Roosevelt Allen, David Banks, Carl Capelouto, Darrell Carmen, Bert Chen, Walter Falconer, Allen Futral, Lawrence Goldstone, Mark Haber, Charles Kaplan, Andrew Kirsch, A. Keith Levinson, Scott Miller, Hal Scherz, Fred Shessel, Edwin Smith, and Barry Zisholtz. These doctors represent approximately 40 percent of Georgia Urology’s practice.

Atlanta magazine uses a database of top doctors compiled by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., an established healthcare research company based in New York, to assist in its annual effort. This year, the publication honors 720 physicians. Doctors are nominated for consideration through both a nationwide survey and a peer nomination process open to licensed physicians in Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale counties. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers then select the Top Doctors through a rigorous screening process that includes an evaluation of educational and professional experience.

According to Dr. Haber, Georgia Urology’s managing partner, the significance of the honor provides both confirmation and motivation.

“At Georgia Urology, we always set our sights on forging a reputation as a top-tier practice in the region,” Dr. Haber said. “The fact so many of our physicians are on this list really speaks to that. At the same time, it’s incredibly inspirational to receive this type of recognition. It only fuels our passion to take patient care to the next level.”

Dr. Roosevelt Allen Jr. practices out of Georgia Urology’s Lawrenceville, Monroe, and Snellville offices. He graduated from Clark Atlanta University with honors. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was selected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical school honor society. Dr. Allen performed his general surgery internship and residency at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

Dr. David M. Banks practices out of Georgia Urology’s Cumming and Roswell offices. Dr. Banks is fully trained in the most up-to-date urologic treatment such as extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy and ureteroscopy for the treatment of kidney stones. He earned both his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medicine from Emory University.  His post-graduate medical education included two years of training in general surgery followed by four years of specialty training in urologic surgery. Dr. Banks is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a member of the American Urological Association. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Darrell J. Carmen practices out of Georgia Urology’s Camp Creek and Riverdale offices. With specialized training in robotic surgery and InterStim therapy, Dr. Carmen has urologic expertise in prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, penile implant surgery, urinary incontinence, and kidney stones. He graduated from Southern University before graduating from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Loyola University and his residency at Northeastern Ohio Medical University. He is a member of the American Urological Association, National Medical Association, American Association of Clinical Urologists, and American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Carl Capelouto practices out of Georgia Urology’s Canton and Woodstock offices. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, low testosterone, vasectomy, voiding difficulties, urinary leakage, overactive bladder, and vaginal prolapse. A graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Capelouto completed his residency at the Harvard Urology Residency Program and his internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Southeastern Urological Association, and Atlanta Urological Association. Atlanta magazine has named him a Top Doctor for five consecutive years.

Dr. Bert Chen is a partner of Georgia Urology and practices out of the Conyers office. In addition to general urology, Dr. Chen’s areas of expertise include laparoscopic and robotic surgery, stone disease, urinary incontinence, and urologic oncology. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He earned his medical degree at Medical College of Georgia where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical school honor society. He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Michigan. Dr. Chen is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Walter Z. Falconer is a partner of Georgia Urology and practices out of the Midtown, Decatur, and Hillandale offices. His areas of expertise include erectile dysfunction, stone disease, urinary incontinence, and prostate cancer. He received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Falconer completed his general surgery and urology residency at Emory University and affiliated hospitals. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves on several hospital committees and served as the chief of surgery at Dekalb Medical Center at Hillandale and the chief of urology at Dekalb Medical Center. Dr. Falconer is a member of the American Urological Association, National Medical Association, Georgia State Medical Association, Atlanta Medical Association, and the Atlanta Urological Society.

Dr. Allen Futral practices out of Georgia Urology’s Conyers office. Dr. Futral’s areas of expertise include all areas of urology with a special emphasis in erectile dysfunction, female incontinence, prostate cancer, and interstitial cystitis. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Futral completed his residency in urology at Emory University School of Medicine where he was awarded the Grady Service Award and the William Hollis Cooner Award for compassion and clinical ability. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology. Dr. Futral is a member of the American Medical Association and the American Urological Association.

Dr. Lawrence Goldstone practices out of Georgia Urology’s Alpharetta and Glenridge offices. His areas of expertise include male infertility, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and prostate cancer. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his general surgery training at the University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center and served his residency in urology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he also was a fellow in urologic oncology. He is a member of the American Board of Urology, the American Urological Association, the American Cancer Society, the American Fertility Society, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, and the American Society of Andrology. Dr. Goldstone also is a board member of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Jewish Committee.

Dr. Mark A. Haber practices out of Georgia Urology’s Cumming and Glenridge offices. His areas of expertise include female urology, endourology, urologic oncology, and robotic surgery. He received his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine there, along with a residency in general surgery. He also completed a residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urological Association. He has been the managing partner at Georgia Urology since 2000.

Dr. Charles Kaplan practices out of Georgia Urology’s Austell, Douglasville, and Woodstock offices. In addition to general urology, Dr. Kaplan’s areas of expertise are male and female incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and prostate cancer. He has a special interest in prosthetic urology and is Georgia’s leader in the surgical correction of erectile dysfunction. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then completed his general surgery internship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Kaplan completed his residency in urology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award as a resident. Dr. Kaplan is board certified in urology and a member of the American Urological Association.

Dr. Andrew J. Kirsch practices out of Georgia Urology’s Glenridge pediatrics office. His areas of expertise include pediatric urology. He has written about vesicoureteral reflux, cryptorchidism, and magnetic resonance urography. He received his medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center, where he received two research fellowship awards from the National Institutes of Health. He completed residencies in general surgery and urology at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he was an American Foundation for Urologic Disease scholar. He has invented a surgical device and developed an endoscopic technique to correct urinary reflux in children that has become the standard of care worldwide. He is a member of the American Urological Association, American Association of Pediatric Urologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Society for Pediatric Urology. Dr. Kirsch is a multiple recipient of America’s Top Doctors honors by Castle Connolly.

Dr. A. Keith Levinson practices out of Georgia Urology’s Decatur office. His areas of expertise include urologic oncology, female urology, enlarged prostate, kidney stones, and no-needle-no-scalpel vasectomy. A graduate of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, he completed a surgical internship at the Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Penn. and a urology residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y. In addition, he completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Scott Miller practices at the Midtown and Glenridge Robotics locations. He was the first urologic laparoscopist in the state of Georgia. Specializing exclusively in laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery, Dr. Miller performs approximately 200 procedures of this type annually. He developed a new surgical technique called LapaRobotic Surgery™ (LapaRobotics™). The technique involves the melding of two separate but related surgical techniques–laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his urologic residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, which was one of the first in the world to introduce advanced urologic laparoscopy techniques. Dr. Miller is board certified by the American Board of Urology, and he is an active member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Endourological Society. Dr. Miller has previously been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer by Castle Connolly and recognized as a Top Doctor by Atlanta magazine since 2009.

Dr. Hal Scherz practices out of Georgia Urology’s Alpharetta, Marietta, and Glenridge pediatrics offices. He is a pediatric urologist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He performed his surgical and urology residencies at the University of California, San Diego. He completed a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of San Diego and the University of California, San Diego. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics – Urology Section, the American Urological Association, Genitourinary Reconstructive Society, UROPAC, American Association of Clinical Urologists, American College of Surgeons, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Greater Atlanta Pediatric Society. Dr. Scherz also is an associate professor of urology at Emory University School of Medicine and is an original member of the board of directors for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center. He is the managing partner of Georgia Pediatric Urology and former president of Georgia Urology. He has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Atlanta magazine every year since 2007.

Dr. Fred S. Shessel practices out of Georgia Urology’s Alpharetta and Glenridge offices. His areas of expertise include urinary incontinence, InterStim therapy, prostate disease, stone disease, and interstitial cystitis. He received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his internship at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Shessel completed a fellowship in female urology and urodynamics at the Institute of Urology, London England. He also performed a residency at the University of Miami Hospital. Dr. Shessel is a member of the American Urological Association and American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Edwin A. Smith practices out of Georgia Urology’s Glenridge pediatrics and Marietta offices. He has a special interest and broad experience in the management of pediatric urinary stone disease and genitourinary reconstructive surgery. A graduate of Davidson College, he received his medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine. His general surgery internship and urology residency were completed at Emory University affiliated hospitals. Dr. Smith completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship in pediatric urology at Egleston Children’s Hospital and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital. Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of several professional medical associations, including the American Urological Association, Society for Pediatric Urology, and the Society for Fetal Urology. Dr. Smith is a clinical faculty member at Emory University. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters.

Dr. Barry M. Zisholtz practices out of Georgia Urology’s Camp Creek and Riverdale offices. His areas of expertise include kidney stones, prostate cancer, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, low testosterone, and erectile dysfunction. He received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He was awarded a summer fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Metropolitan Hospital in New York. He performed his urology residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y. and completed a surgical internship there, as well. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Urology. He also is a member of the Atlanta Urological Society and the American Urological Association.