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Georgia Urology physicians receive Top Doctors honors in Atlanta

Nineteen physicians from Georgia Urology, including three from Cobb County, rank among Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors.

Seventeen of these professionals are recognized as Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. More than half of the physicians in the publication’s urology category and all of the physicians in the pediatric urology category come from this one practice.

The Cobb County physicians were – Drs. Charles Kaplan, Hal C. Scherz and Edwin A. Smith.

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 honored 781 physicians. Doctors were 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. Mark 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.”

Charles Kaplan

Dr. Kaplan practices out of Georgia Urology’s Austell, Douglasville and Woodstock offices.

In addition to general urology, his 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, Missouri. He graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and then completed his general surgery internship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He 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. He is board certified in urology and a member of the American Urological Association.

Hal C. Scherz

Dr. 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.

He is also 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.

Edwin A. Smith

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. He completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship in pediatric urology at Egleston Children’s Hospital and Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital.

He 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.

He is a clinical faculty member at Emory University. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters.

Georgia Urology is the largest urology practice in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Georgia Urology has 30 locations and six ambulatory surgery centers. The practice is comprised of more than 40 physicians, many of whom are fellowship-trained and hold advanced specialty training in oncology, robotic surgery, laparoscopy, infertility, incontinence and pediatrics.

Georgia Urology physicians use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and advanced treatment techniques, including robot-assisted technology and minimally invasive procedures, in order to manage all urological problems in men, women and children. It is the practice’s mission to inform and partner with patients to develop a personalized, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment plan for all of their urological conditions.

Charles Kaplan
Edwin A. Smith
Hal Scherz

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