Training Facilities

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.

Emory University Hospital

An adult, tertiary/quaternary care facility, Emory University Hospital (EUH) has 605 licensed beds. A 450,000-square foot addition to EUH opened in 2017, and increased the total licensed beds by 128 to 733 total beds. Staffed by 1,374 Emory School of Medicine faculty physicians, EUH includes 93 ICU beds and a Serious Communicable Diseases Unit where the first Ebola patients in the U.S. were treated. Patients in fiscal year 2016: 22,654 admissions and 166,748 outpatient service visits.

EUH has the nation's fifth busiest solid organ transplant center and is also long known for services in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and urology. EUH is a "Magnet" hospital, earned by only 6% of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. For 19 years running, Atlanta health care consumers have named EUH the Consumer's Choice Award winner.

EUH has one of the highest case-mix indexes (a measure of complexity of illness treated) of any hospital in the country. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked EUH the number one hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta for the sixth year in a row.

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

An acute care facility in the north metro area, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (ESJH) has 410 beds. It has 435 Emory medical faculty physicians, 548 private practice physicians, and 23 Emory Specialty Associate physicians. The hospital is noted for cancer, neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and orthopaedic care. ESJH is a "Magnet" hospital, recognized for its nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Patients in 2016: 14,484 admissions and 120,545 outpatient service visits. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked ESJH the number two hospital in both Georgia and metro Atlanta.

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.

Grady Memorial Hospital

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 27,959 admissions and 620,689 outpatient services. Grady is staffed by 628 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.

Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Located near the main Emory campus, the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a catgory 1A, Joint Commission and "Magnet" 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 throughout 14 sites of care. The facility is staffed by 325 Emory physicians providing the majority of patient care. The hospital has 466 hospital beds, including a 120-bed community living center, a 40-bed domiciliary, and a 21-bed residential treatment program. Annual patient totals: 7,345 admissions and 1,377,353 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.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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, has 278 beds, 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 321 Emory faculty physicians, with Emory clinicians providing 95% of care.

CHOA at Scottish rite is located in North Atlanta, and has 273 beds. Annual patient totals: 13,429 admissions and 344,121 outpatient service visits. Approximately 27 Emory pediatric faculty teach and have admitting privileges there.