Specialties

Urology (Board certified since 1995)

At a Glance

  • 1993 Started practicing
  • 24 Years experience
  • 1 OFFICE LOCATION
  • 1 HOSPITAL AFFILIATION

About Dr. Issa

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.

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).

Dr. Issa's clinical and research interests include urological oncology, stones, endourology, minimally invasive surgery, clinical outcomes, and healthcare economics and operational strategies. He has lectured both nationally and internationally. He is closely involved in teaching and mentoring medical students, urology residents, post-graduate fellows as well as junior faculty members. He holds 12 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.

My Clinical Interests

  • bladder cancer/tumors
  • circumcision
  • genitourinary cancers
  • kidney cancer
  • kidney stones
  • laparoscopy
  • laser surgery
  • prostate
  • prostate cancer
  • renal cancer
  • testicular cancer
  • transrectal ultrasound
  • transurethral needle ablation
  • ultrasonography-prostate
  • urinary diversion
  • vasectomy

Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland

INTERNSHIP

St. Lawrence University Medical Center, Dublin, Ireland

RESIDENCY

Adelaide Medical Center, Dublin, Ireland

St. James Medical Center, Dublin, Ireland

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

American Urological Association

European Association of Urology

Honors & Awards

Keynote Speaker & Handing of the US Citizenship Certificates (2011)
US Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, invitation from by Federal Judges Amy Totenburg and Steven C. Jones

"World Class - Fifty-Five of the Most Influential Foreign-Born Atlantans” (2007)
ATLANTA Magazine (October 2007)

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2005)
National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations

W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA Distinction Award in Decision & Information Analysis (2004)
Emory University Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, GA

Beta Gamma Sigma- Business School Honorary (2004)

"Star" Award
Presented by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 1996

Best Scientific Research Poster, 1996
World Congress of Endourology

Best Scientific Research Poster, 1996
American Urological Association

Basic Science Research Prize, 1991
American Academy of Pediatrics (Urology Section)

Basic Laboratory Research Prize, 1991
Northern California Urology Residents Seminar, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

Honors Distinction Medical Degree, 1983
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Honors in Physics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetric and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine and Surgery (1977-1983)
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Major Publications

Issa MM, Al-Qassab UA, Hall J, Ritenour CWM, Petros JA and Sullivan JW: Formalin Disinfection of Biopsy Needle Minimizes the Risk of Sepsis Following Prostate Biopsy. Journal of Urology  (Accepted April 29, 2013; in press).

Shrewsberry AB, Al-Qassab U, Goodman M, Petros JA, Sullicvvan J, Ritenour CWM & Issa MM: A +20% Adjustment in the CT Measured Ureteral Length is an Accurate Predictor of True Ureteral Length Prior to Ureteral Stent Placement. The Journal of Endourology 27(7): xx-xx, 2013.

Wardenburg M, Dobbs RW, Barnes G, Abd TT, Al-Qassab U, Ritenour WM and Issa MM: Elective versus Routine Post-Operative Clinic Appointments Following Circumcisions Performed Under Local Anesthesia. Urology 81: 1135-1141, 2013.

Patel S, Issa MM and El-Galley R: Evaluation of a Novel Formula of PSA, Age, Prostate Volume, and Race in Predicting Positive Prostatic Biopsies. Urology 81: 602-606, 2013.

Anderson SM, Kapp BB, Angell JM, Abd TT, Thompson NJ, Ritenour CWM and Issa MM: Remote Monitoring and Supervision of Urology Residents Utilizing Integrated Endourology Suites – A Prospective Study of Patients’ Opinion. Journal of Endourology; 27(1): 96-100, 2013.

Baldie KG, Al-Qassab UA, Ritenour C, Issa MM, Osunkoya and Petros JA: Pelvic Nephroureterectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma in an Ectopic Kidney. Case Reports in Oncological Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 350916, 4 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/350916.

DeCaro JJ, Angell J, Issa MM and Ritenour CMW: Informed consent. American Urological Association Updates Series, Volume XXXI, Lesson 26, 2012.

Moses KA, Utuama OA, Goodman M and Issa MM: The Association of Diabetes Mellitus and Positive Prostate Biopsy in a US Veteran Population. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease (PCPD); 15: 70–74, 2012. 

Taylor AT, Blaufox MD, De Palma D, Dubovsky EV, Erbas B, Eskild-Jensen A, Frøkiær J, Issa MM, A Piepsz, and A Prigent: Guidance Document for Structured Reporting of Diuresis Renography. Seminars in Nuclear Medicine; 42 (1): 41-48, 2012.

Abd TT, Goodman M, Hall JA, Ritenour CWM, Petros JA, Marshall FF and Issa MM: Comparison of 12-Core versus 8-Core Prostate Biopsy: Multivariate Analysis of Large Series of US Veterans. Urology 2011; 77 (3): 541-547, 2011.

Locations & Appointments

1 Office Location(s)

1

Atlanta VA Medical Center

1670 Clairmont Rd
Decatur, GA 30033
  • 404-728-4120
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1 Hospital Affiliation(s)

2

Emory University Hospital

1364 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30322
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Academic Profile

Training

MEDICAL SCHOOL

Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland

INTERNSHIP

St. Lawrence University Medical Center, Dublin, Ireland

RESIDENCY

Adelaide Medical Center, Dublin, Ireland

St. James Medical Center, Dublin, Ireland

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Professional Memberships

American Medical Association

American Urological Association

European Association of Urology

Honors & Awards

Keynote Speaker & Handing of the US Citizenship Certificates (2011)
US Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, invitation from by Federal Judges Amy Totenburg and Steven C. Jones

"World Class - Fifty-Five of the Most Influential Foreign-Born Atlantans” (2007)
ATLANTA Magazine (October 2007)

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor (2005)
National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations

W. Cliff Oxford Executive MBA Distinction Award in Decision & Information Analysis (2004)
Emory University Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, GA

Beta Gamma Sigma- Business School Honorary (2004)

"Star" Award
Presented by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 1996

Best Scientific Research Poster, 1996
World Congress of Endourology

Best Scientific Research Poster, 1996
American Urological Association

Basic Science Research Prize, 1991
American Academy of Pediatrics (Urology Section)

Basic Laboratory Research Prize, 1991
Northern California Urology Residents Seminar, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

Honors Distinction Medical Degree, 1983
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Honors in Physics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetric and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine and Surgery (1977-1983)
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Major Publications

Issa MM, Al-Qassab UA, Hall J, Ritenour CWM, Petros JA and Sullivan JW: Formalin Disinfection of Biopsy Needle Minimizes the Risk of Sepsis Following Prostate Biopsy. Journal of Urology  (Accepted April 29, 2013; in press).

Shrewsberry AB, Al-Qassab U, Goodman M, Petros JA, Sullicvvan J, Ritenour CWM & Issa MM: A +20% Adjustment in the CT Measured Ureteral Length is an Accurate Predictor of True Ureteral Length Prior to Ureteral Stent Placement. The Journal of Endourology 27(7): xx-xx, 2013.

Wardenburg M, Dobbs RW, Barnes G, Abd TT, Al-Qassab U, Ritenour WM and Issa MM: Elective versus Routine Post-Operative Clinic Appointments Following Circumcisions Performed Under Local Anesthesia. Urology 81: 1135-1141, 2013.

Patel S, Issa MM and El-Galley R: Evaluation of a Novel Formula of PSA, Age, Prostate Volume, and Race in Predicting Positive Prostatic Biopsies. Urology 81: 602-606, 2013.

Anderson SM, Kapp BB, Angell JM, Abd TT, Thompson NJ, Ritenour CWM and Issa MM: Remote Monitoring and Supervision of Urology Residents Utilizing Integrated Endourology Suites – A Prospective Study of Patients’ Opinion. Journal of Endourology; 27(1): 96-100, 2013.

Baldie KG, Al-Qassab UA, Ritenour C, Issa MM, Osunkoya and Petros JA: Pelvic Nephroureterectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma in an Ectopic Kidney. Case Reports in Oncological Medicine, vol. 2012, Article ID 350916, 4 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/350916.

DeCaro JJ, Angell J, Issa MM and Ritenour CMW: Informed consent. American Urological Association Updates Series, Volume XXXI, Lesson 26, 2012.

Moses KA, Utuama OA, Goodman M and Issa MM: The Association of Diabetes Mellitus and Positive Prostate Biopsy in a US Veteran Population. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease (PCPD); 15: 70–74, 2012. 

Taylor AT, Blaufox MD, De Palma D, Dubovsky EV, Erbas B, Eskild-Jensen A, Frøkiær J, Issa MM, A Piepsz, and A Prigent: Guidance Document for Structured Reporting of Diuresis Renography. Seminars in Nuclear Medicine; 42 (1): 41-48, 2012.

Abd TT, Goodman M, Hall JA, Ritenour CWM, Petros JA, Marshall FF and Issa MM: Comparison of 12-Core versus 8-Core Prostate Biopsy: Multivariate Analysis of Large Series of US Veterans. Urology 2011; 77 (3): 541-547, 2011.