Residents and fellows of the Emory Department of Urology benefit from exposure to the vast and diverse patient populations distributed among the following clinical sites. Our clinical programs are presided over by eminent faculty, propelled by progressive treatment technologies, and are often high volume referral services ranked in the upper tiers of their particular specialties.
An adult, tertiary/quaternary care facility, Emory University Hospital (EUH) has 773 licensed beds. Staffed by 1,459 Emory School of Medicine faculty physicians, EUH includes 120 ICU beds and a Serious Communicable Diseases Unit where the first Ebola patients in the U.S. were treated. Patients in fiscal year 2017: 22,842 admissions and 185,876 outpatient service visits.
EUH is long known for services in transplantation, cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology, neurology/neurosurgery, and orthopaedics. EUH is a "Magnet" hospital, a designation earned by only 6% of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. EUH has one of the highest case-mix indexes (a measure of complexity of illness treated) of any hospital in the country.
For the seventh year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked EUH the No. 1 hospital in Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Guide.
An acute care facility in the north metro area, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH) has 410 beds. It has 486 Emory medical faculty physicians, 526 private practice physicians, and 15 Emory Specialty Associate physicians. Noted especially for cardiac care, ESJH provides training to physicians from around the world in robotic surgery for valve repair and is a primary location for cardiac rehab. The hospital is noted also for cancer, neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and orthopaedic care and is ranked among the top 25 hospitals nationally for joint replacement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ESJH has 62 ICU beds and is a "Magnet" hospital, recognized for its nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Patients in 2017: 15,015 admissions and 125,343 outpatient service visits. Community services include free health screenings and in-kind donations to local organizations supporting the homeless and indigent.
U.S. News & World Report ranked ESJH the No. 2 hospital in Georgia and metro Atlanta in its 2018-2019 Best Hospitals Guide.
ESJH was the first hospital in Georgia to acquire daVinci robots. Robotic urology procedures routinely performed at the hospital include prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, ureteral reimplantation, nephrouretectomy, robot-assisted laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, and retroperitoneal mass excisions.
The prostate cancer program of Winship Cancer Institute is also located at ESJH, and offers such treatments as robotic surgery, low does rate (LDR) and high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy, external beam therapy, and chemotherapy infusion.
Part of Grady Health System and among the largest public hospitals in the Southeast, Grady Memorial Hospital has 953 beds and an annual service volume of 29,486 admissions and 615,912 outpatient services. Grady is staffed by 701 Emory medical faculty, who supervise 368 Emory residents and fellows. Together, these Emory physicians provide about 80% of care at Grady, with the other 20% provided by Morehouse School of Medicine and Grady-employed physicians.
The hospital has a regional perinatal center for high-risk mothers and babies, a neonatal intensive care unit, a diabetes center, a teen center, the Georgia Poison Center, a rape crisis center, a regional American Burn Association-accredited burn center, a sickle cell center, a comprehensive treatment program for HIV/AIDS, a premier Level I trauma center and surgical intensive care unit, a stroke center, and the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence.
Emory Urology residents often serve as primary physicians for inpatients and outpatients at Grady, using diagnostic and therapeutic protocols established by the department, and work in consultation and with supervision by members of the faculty. Open and laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic and percutaneous surgery, radical pelvic surgery, trauma surgery, and urethral reconstruction are often performed. Residents have much autonomy at Grady, learn to manage resources creatively, and deal with broad social issues that affect the surgery patient.
Located near the main Emory campus, the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a category 1A, Joint Commission-designated tertiary care facility that provides an array of comprehensive medical, surgical, and geriatric specialty services, as well as state-of-the-art diagnostic testing. The facility is staffed by 342 Emory physicians providing the majority of patient care. The hospital has 466 hospital beds, including a 120-bed community living center, a 61-bed domiciliary, and 12 psychosocial residential rehabilitation beds. Annual patient totals: 8,023 admissions and 1,426,154 outpatient services.
Muta Issa, MD, is the chief of urology at the Atlanta VAMC, and a professor of the Emory Department of Urology.
The urology resident experience at the Atlanta VAMC encompasses endoscopic and open OR cases, inpatient and ER consults, outpatient consults, return patient evaluations, urodynamics evaluations, working in the SICU, and instruction in the various aspects of conducting research. The urology section at the hospital has state-of-the-art digital Integrated Endourology Suites (IES), which allow for remote monitoring and supervision of residents. Having access to this advanced technology enhances resident training in complex endourological procedures without compromising patient safety and outcomes.
Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) are partners in patient care, research, and education. The hospital system offers many services, including an emergency department and cardiac and transplant centers. U.S. News & World Report has recognized CHOA's expertise and ranked it as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, and it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by upholding national standards for healthcare quality and safety.
Emory urology residents do pediatric urology rotations at two of CHOA's campuses: Choa at Egleston and CHOA at Scottish Rite. Approximately 4,000 pediatric urology surgeries are performed annually at the two facilities.
CHOA at Egleston is located on the Emory campus, and is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric hospital in Georgia. Annual patient totals: 12,485 admissions and 306,898 outpatient service visits. The hospital is staffed by 346 Emory faculty physicians, with Emory clinicians providing 95% of care.
CHOA at Scottish rite is located in North Atlanta. Annual patient totals: 13,947 admissions and 364,505 outpatient service visits. All Emory pediatric physician faculty have admitting privileges there.