Professor of Urology
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief of Urology
Atlanta VA Medical Center (AVAMC)
Dr. Issa is a Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine and Chief of Urology at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Issa received his medical degree from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where he also received his general surgery training. He obtained his urology residency training at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland MD and Stanford University Medical Center in California where he stayed on as an academic urology faculty. Dr. Issa is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology (1995) and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery (FACS). In addition, Dr. Issa holds an executive MBA degree from Emory University Goizueta Business School, and was inducted in Beta Gamma Sigma - Business School National Honorary Society (2004).
Dr. Issa is a recipient of multiple honors and awards including The W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA Decision & Information Analysis Distinction Award (2004). In 2005, Issa received The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which recognizes Americans of diverse origins for their outstanding personal and professional contributions to the United States. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is recognized by the United States Congress and the recipient's name is listed in the Congressional Record. In 2007, Issa was recognized as one of the "World Class - Fifty-Five of the Most Influential Foreign-Born Atlantans" in a special issue of Atlanta Magazine. In 2011, Issa delivered the Keynote Speech and presented certificates (159 New US Citizens from 54 countries) at US Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony at the request of Federal Judges Steven C. Jones and Amy Totenburg.
Dr. Issa is the Director of Medical Communication in the Department of Urology at Emory University. He also serves on the Committee of Faculty Appointments and Promotions and the Search Committee for Chair of Urologic Research at Emory Department of Urology, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, Physician Compensation Review Board and Physician Professional Standard Board at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Dr. Issa served as the president of the Atlanta Urological Association (2005), Chair of Financial and Business Operation Committee (FBOC) (2004-2005), Chair of the Committee for Operative and Invasive Procedures (COIP) (2008-2010), and Chair of the Search Committee for Chief of Anesthesia at AVAMC (2012-2013). He served on the International Scientific Committee of Radionuclides in Nephro-urology (ISCORN) to write the International Guidelines on Diuresis Renography (2012). Dr. Issa is the 2016 President-Elect of the Urological Society for American Veterans (USAV).
Dr. Issa's clinical and research interests include urological oncology, stones, endourology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical outcomes, healthcare economics and operational strategies. His research in Tele-Urology received "Best of Posters" two years in a row (2015 & 2016) at the 110th & 111th American Urological Association annual meetings, "Best Research" award from the Georgia Urological Association in 2015, and the prestigous Montague Boyd Award from the American Urological Association (Southeast Section) in 2016. Dr. Issa has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents, post-graduate fellows as well as faculty members. He holds 10 US patents and is the author of numerous book chapters, scientific journal articles, and a book titled Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Prostatic Diseases.
Outside-medicine interests include American Presidential history and generational differences (1900 to current) with particular interest in the millennial workforce. Dr. Issa serves as a member on the Board of Directors, Fugees Family, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to assisting and educating children survivors of war.
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1983)
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1984-1987)
Johns Hopkins Medical Center (1987-1988)
Stanford University Medical Center (1988-1993)
Other Degrees & Certifications
Masters in Business Administration (Executive MBA)
Emory University Goizueta Business School (2004)
American Board of Urology (1995)
Academic & Clinical Appointments
Stanford University Medical Center (1993-1997)
Palo Alto VA Medical Center (1993-1997)
Emory University School of Medicine (1997-current)
Atlanta VA Medical Center (1997-current)
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