Muta M. Issa, MD, FACS, MBA

Muta  Issa, MD, MBAProfessor of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief of Urology, Atlanta VA Medical Center (AVAMC)

Clinical Practice Sites

Atlanta VA Medical Center (Primary)
(404) 728-4120

Emory University Hospital
(404) 778-5000

Medical School

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1983)

Surgery Training

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1984-1987)

Urology Residency

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)

Board Certification

American Board of Urology (1995)

Clinical & Academic 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) 

Primary Clinical Interests

Urologic Oncology
Stones
Endourology
Clinical Outcomes
Healthcare Strategy 

All Areas of Clinical Interest

bladder cancer/tumors
kidney cancer
kidney stones
kidney obstruction (blockage)
lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)
prostate cancer
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
testicular cancer
ureteral cancer

Year Started Practice:

1993

Year Started at Emory:

1997

See full curriculum vitae

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.

Honors & Awards

Keynote Speaker & Handing of the US Citizenship Certificates (2011)
US Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony (159 New US Citizens from 54 countries)
Invitation from by Federal Judges Amy Totenburg & 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)

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor 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. Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives officially recognizes this award as one among the country’s most prestigious awards.
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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)

BGS is the highest academic recognition awarded to students of business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business.

"STAR" Award (1996)

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Best Scientific Research Poster, World Congress of Endourology (1996)

"Histopathologic And Biochemical Study Of The Prostate Following Transurethral Needle Ablation: Insights To The Mechanism Of Improvement In BPH Symptoms"
The 14th World Congress of Endourology, Melbourne, Australia

Best Scientific Research Poster, American Urological Association (1996)

"Routine Performance of Transition Zone And Seminal Vesicle Biopsies in All Patients Undergoing Transurethral Ultrasound Guided Prostate Biopsies Is Not Indicated"
The 91st American Urological Association Convention, Orlando, Florida

Basic Science Research Prize (1991)

American Academy of Pediatrics (Urology Section)
60th Annual Conference (Urology Section), New Orleans, Louisiana

Basic Laboratory Research Prize (1991)

Northern California Urology Residents Seminar
Stanford University School of Medicine, CA

Honors Distinction Medical Degree - Magna Cum Laude (1983)

Top three Graduates, Class of 1983 (Medicine & Surgery)
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1977-1983)

Honors in Physics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Obstetric and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine and Surgery

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 190: 1769-1775, 2013.

Huen KH, Nourparvar P, DeCaro JJ, Walsh MD, Issa MM and Ritenour CWM. Scrotal Abscess as Initial Presentation of Squamous Cell Carcinoma: a Case Report and Review of the Literature. Case Reports in Urology Volume 2013, Article ID 807346: 1-4, 2013.

Shrewsberry AB, Al-Qassab UA, Goodman M, Petros J, Sullivan JW, Ritenour CWM and Issa MM. A +20% Adjustment in the CT Measured Ureteral Length is an Accurate Predictor of True Ureteral Length Prior to Ureteral Stent Placement. Journal of Endourology 27(8): 1041-1045, 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.

Goode PS, Burgio KL, Johnson TM, Clay OJ, Roth DL, Markland AD, Burkhardt J, Issa MM and LK Lloyd: Behavioral Therapy With or Without Biofeedback and Pelvic Floor Electrical Stimulation for Persistent Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence – A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA); 305(2): 151-159, 2011.

Taylor AT, Manatunga A, Halkar R, Issa MM and Shenvi NV: A 7% Decrease in the Differential Renal Uptake of MAG3 Implies a Loss in Renal Function. Urology; 76 (6): 1512-1516, 2010.

Moses KA, DeCaro JJ, Osunkoya AO and Issa MM: Tubulocystic Carcinoma of the Kidney: A Case Report of the Natural History and Long Term Follow-up. The Scientific World Journal of Urology; 10: 586–589, 2010.

Schuster DM, Nye JA, Nieh PT, Votaw JR, Halkar RK, Issa MM, Yu W, Sepulveda J, Zeng W, Young A and Goodman MM: Initial Experience with the Radiotracer anti 1‑amino‑3‑[18F] fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (anti-[18F]FACBC) with PET/CT in Renal Carcinoma. Molecular Imaging & Biology; 11: 434-438, 2009.

Moses KA, Abd TT, Goodman M, Hsiao W, Hall JA, Marshall FF, Petros JA and Issa MM: Increase Low Density Lipoprotein and Increase Likelihood of Positive Prostate Biopsy in Black Americans. Journal of Urology; 182: 5: 2219-2225, 2009.

Ritenour CWM, Abbott JT, Goodman M, Alazraki N, Marshall FF and Issa MM: The Utilization of Gleason Grade as the Primary Criterion in Ordering Nuclear Bone Scan Staging in Newly Diagnosed Prostate Cancer Patients. The Scientific World Journal of Urology 2009; 9: 1040-1045, 2009.

Hsiao W, Anastasia K, Hall J, Goodman M, Rimland D, Ritenour CWM and Issa MM: Association between HIV status and Positive Prostate Biopsy in a Study of US Veterans. The Scientific World Journal of Urology 2009; 9: 102-108, 2009.

Kraft KH, Sweeney S, Fink AS, Ritenour CWM and Issa MM: Inguinoscrotal Bladder Hernias: Report of a Series and Review of the Literature. Canadian Urological Association Journal (CUAJ); 2(6): 619-623, 2008.

Issa MM: Technological Advances in Transurethral Resection of the Prostate – Bipolar versus Monopolar TURP. Journal of Endourology; 8: 1587-1595, 2008.

Issa MM, P Lin P, M Eaddy M, Shah MB and Davis EA: Comparative Analysis of Alpha Blocker Utilization in Combination with 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors for Enlarged Prostate in a Managed Care Setting among Medicare-aged Men. The American Journal of Managed Care 2008; 14: S160-S166, 2008.

Issa MM and Kraft KH: Clinical Efficacy and Safety of 5-Alpha Reductase Inhibitors for Men with BPH. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; 17: 1-10, 2007.

Halkar R, Taylor A, Manatunga A, Issa MM, Myrick SE, Grant S and Shenvi NV: Monitoring Renal Function: A Prospective Study Comparing Camera-Based Technetium-99m Mercaptoacetyltriglycine Clearance and Creatinine Clearance. Urology; 69 (3): 426-430, 2007.

Johnson TM, Burridge A, Issa MM, Miller M, Tang T and Ouslander JG: The Relationship between the Action of Arginine Vasopressin and Responsiveness of oral Desmopressin in Older Men: A Pilot Study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 55: 562-569, 2007.

Tillett JW, Issa MM and Ritenour CWM: Preservation of Existing Inflatable Penile Prosthesis Pump Mechanism during Scrotal Surgery. Journal of Sexual Medicine 4 (ii): 1182-1184, 2007

Issa MM, Runken MC, Grogg AL and Shah MB: A Large Retrospective Analysis of Acute Urinary Retention in BPH Patients Treated with 5α-Reductase Inhibition; Dutasteride versus Finasteride. The American Journal of Managed Care 13(1 Suppl): S10-6, 2007.

Issa MM and Regan TS: Medical Therapy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia - Present and Future Impact. The American Journal of Managed Care 13(1 Suppl): S4-9, 2007.

Schuster DM, Votaw JR, Nieh PT, Yu W, Nye JA, Master V, DuBois Bowman F, Issa MM and Goodman MM: Initial experience with the radiotracer anti 1‑amino‑3‑[18F] fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid (anti-[18F]FACBC) with PET/CT in prostate carcinoma. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 48:56-63, 2007.

Issa MM, Zasada W, Ward K, Hall JA, Petros JA, Ritenour CWM, Goodman M, Klinebaum D, Mandel J and Marshall FF: The Diagnostic Value of Digital Rectal Examination as a Predictor of Prostate Cancer among Veterans. Cancer Detection and Prevention 30(3): 269-275, 2006.

Esteves FP, Halkar RK, Issa MM, Grant S and Taylor A: Comparison of Camera-Based 99mTc-MAG3 and 24-Hour Creatinine Clearances for Evaluation of Renal Function. American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) 187: 316-319, 2006.

Harkaway RC and Issa MM: Medical and Minimally Invasive Therapies for the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases 9: 204-214, 2006.

Issa MM, Setzer E, Charaf C, Webb ALB, Derico R, Kimberl IJ and Fink AS: Informed versus Uninformed Consent in Prostate Surgery: The Value of Electronic Consents. Journal of Urology 176: 694-699, 2006.

Issa MM, Fenter TC, Black L, Grogg AL and Kruep EJ: An Assessment of the Diagnosed Prevalence of Diseases in Men ≥50 Years of Age. The American Journal of Managed Care 12: S83-S89, 2006.

Tillett JW, St. Luce S, Heredia-Melero G and Issa MM: Successful Penile Preservation Surgery for Large Proximal Penile Carcinoma: A Seven-Year Follow Up. Urology 67(6): 1290.e13-4, 2006.

Naslund MJ, Issa MM, Grogg AL, Eaddy MT and Black L: Clinical and Economic Outcomes in Patients Treated For Enlarged Prostate. The American Journal of Managed Care 12: S111-S116, 2006.

Issa MM
: The Evolution of Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Reviews in Urology 7 (Suppl 9): 15-22, 2005.

Issa MM, Lendvay TS, Bouet R, Young MR, Petros JA and Marshall FF: Epididymal-Sparing Bilateral Simply Orchiectomy with Epididymoplasty: Preservation of Esthetics and Body Image. Journal of Urology 174: 893-897, 2005.

Schuetz AN, Yin-Goen Q, Amin MB, Moreno CS, Cohen C, Hornsby CD, Petros JA, Issa MM, Pattaras JG, Ogan K, Marshall FF and Young AN: Molecular Classification of Renal Tumors by Gene Expression Profiling. Journal of Molecular Diagnostics 7: 219-225, 2005

Ninan AC, St Luce S, Kimberl IJ, Petros JA and Issa MM: Endoscopic Enucleation of Leiomyoma of the Bladder. Urologia Internationalis 75: 8-9, 2005.

St. Luce S, Ninan AC, Hall JA, Kimberl IJ, Petros JA and Issa MM: The Role of Transrectal Ultrasound in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Retained Foley Catheter. Urology 65: 1001.e-6-1001, 2005.

Petros JA, Baumann AK, Ruiz-Presini E, Amin MB, Sun CQ, Hall J, Lim S, Issa MM, Flanders WD, Hosseini SH, Marshall FF and Wallace DC: Mitochondrial DNA Mutations Increase Tumorigenicity in Prostate Cancer. Proceedings of National Academy of Science of the United States of America. PNAC 103(3): 719-724, 2005.

Issa MM, Hsiao K, Bassel Y, Bouet R, Young MR and Petros JA: Spermatic Cord Anesthesia Block (SCAB) For Scrotal Procedures in Outpatient Clinic Setting. Journal of Urology 172: 2058-2361, 2004.

Issa MM, Krishnan A, Bouet R, Hood N and Petros JA: The Fate of the Medically Castrated Testis: Expectation versus Reality. Journal of Urology 172: 1042-1044, 2004.

Issa MM, Young MR, Bullock AR, Bouet R and Petros JA: Dilutional Hyponatremia in TURP Syndrome – A Historical Event in the 21st Century. Urology 64: 298-301, 2004.

Hill B, Belville W, Bruskewitz R, Issa MM, Perez-Marrero R, Roehrborn CG, Terris M and Naslund MJ: Transurethral Needle Ablation vs. Transurethral Resection of the Prostate for The Treatment of Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: 5-Year Results of a Prospective, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Trial. Journal of Urology 171: 2336-2340, 2004.

Wajchman HJ, Pierce CA, Varma VA, Issa MM, Petros JA and Dombrowski KE: Ex Vivo Expansion of CD8+ CD56+ and CD8+CD56- Natural Killer T Cells Specific for MUC1 Mucin. Cancer Research 64: 1171-1180, 2004.

Bouet R, Thwaites D, Harris SB, Young AN and Issa MM: Asymptomatic Follicular Lymphoma of the Prostate Discovered by Abnormal Digital Rectal Examination. Journal of Urology 171(2): 495-496, 2004.

Issa MM, Chun T, Thwaites D, Bouet R, Hall J, Miller LE and Ritenour CWM:  The Effect of Urethral Instrumentation on Uroflowmetry. British Journal of Urology International 92(4): 426-428, 2003.

Pruthi RS, Mitchell JB, Fielding JR and Issa MM: The Incidental Adrenal Mass: Emerging Guidelines on Evaluation and Treatment. Contemporary Urology 15(4): 43-55, 2003.

Johnson TM, Jones K, Williford WO, Kutner MH, Issa MM and Lepor H: Changes in Nocturia from Medical Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Secondary Analysis of the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Study Trial. Journal of Urology 170(1): 145-148, 2003.

Issa MM: Laser Therapy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. American Urological Association Updates Series, Volume XXII Lesson 12, 2003.

O’Keefe SC, Marshall FF, Issa MM, Harmon M, and Petros JA: Thrombocytosis is Associated with Six-Fold Increase in Cancer-Specific Death Rate Following Radical Nephrectomy. Journal of Urology 168: 1378-1380, 2002.

Seabury CA, Calenoff E, Ditlow C, Bux S, Clarke H, Issa MM, Marshall FF and Petros JA: Evaluation of a New Serum Testing Method for Detection of Prostate Cancer. Journal of Urology 168(1): 93-99, 2002.

Lendvay TS, Tandon S, Lumsden AB, Petros JA and Issa MM: Pulsatile Mass in the Scrotum in a Man with Leriche Syndrome. Journal of Urology 167: 257-258, 2002.

Tewari A, Issa MM, El-Galley R, Stricker H, Peabody J, Pow-Sang J, Shukla A, Wajsman Z, Rubin M, Wei J, Montie J, Demers P, Johnson CC, Lamerato L, Divine GW, Crawford ED, Gamito EJ, Farah R, Narayan P, Carlson G and Menon M: Genetic Adaptive Neural Network to Predict Biochemical Failure after Radical Prostatectomy: A Multi-Institutional Study. Molecular Urology 5(4): 163-169, 2001.

Terris MK, Issa MM and Tacker JR: Dietary Supplementation with Cranberry Concentrate Tablets May Increase the Risk of Nephrolithiasis. Urology 57: 26-16, 2001.

Issa MM, Stein B, Benson R, Knoll LD and Fay R: A Prospective Multi Center Study of Transperineal Prostatic Block For Transurethral Needle Ablation of the Prostate. Urology 56: 1052-1055, 2000.

Issa MM, Bux S, Chun T, Petros JA, Labadia AJ, Anastasia K, Miller LE, and Marshall FF: A Randomized Prospective Trial of Intrarectal Lidocaine for Pain Control during Transrectal Prostate Biopsy: The Emory University Experience. Journal of Urology 164:397-399, 2000.

Issa MM, Kalish J and Petros JA: Clinical Features and Management of Anterior Intraurethral Prostatic Cyst. Urology 54(5): 923, 1999.

Issa MM, Perez-Brayfield M, Petros JA, Anastasia K, Labadia AJ and Miller LE: A Prospective Study of Transperineal Prostatic Block for Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA) For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: The Emory University Experience. Journal of Urology 162: 1636- 1639, 1999.

Issa MM, El-Galley R, McNamara DE and Segall S: Analgesia during Shock Wave Lithotripsy by Medstone STS Lithotriptor: A Randomized Controlled Study. Urology 54: 625-628, 1999.

Burkhard FC, Roehrborn CG, Bruskewitz RC, Issa MM, Perrez-Marrero R, Naslund MJ and Shumaker BP: The Effects of Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA) and Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (TURP) on Pressure Flow Urodynamic Parameters: Analysis of the U.S. Randomized Study. Journal of Urology 162: 92-97, 1999.

Issa MM, McNamara DE, Myrick SE, Hansen MH, Gong M and Perkash I: The Surgical Challenge of Massive Bilateral Staghorn Calculi in Spinal Cord Injury Patient. Urology Internationalis 61: 247-250, 1999.

Chapple CR, Issa MM and Woo H: Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNATM): A Critical Review of Radiofrequency Thermal Therapy in the Management of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. European Urology 35(2): 119-128, 1999.

Issa MM, Ritenour C, Greenberger M, Hollabaugh R and Steiner M: The Prostate Block for Outpatient Prostate Surgery, World Journal of Urology 16(6): 378-383, 1998.

Terris MK, Reese JH, Issa MM and Kabalin JN: Hypoglycemia Following Medical Therapy For Gas-forming Renal Infections. Infection in Urology 11: 37-40, 1998.

Pruthi RS, Terris MK, Issa MM & Kabalin JN: Renal Masses Presenting 12 And 50 Years Following Blunt Renal Trauma. Urologia Internationalis 61(1): 43-46, 1998.

Issa MM and Myrick SE: The TUNA Procedure for BPH: Basic Procedure and Clinical Results. Infections in Urology 11(5): 148-154, 1998

Issa MM and Myrick SE: The TUNA Procedure for BPH: Review of the Technology. Infections in Urology 11(4): 104-111, 1998.

Bruskewitz R, Issa MM, Roehrborn CG, Perez-Marrero R, Naslund MJ, Shumaker BP and Oesterling JE: A Prospective, Randomized 1-year Clinical Trial Comparing Transurethral Needle Ablation to Transurethral Resection of the Prostate for the Treatment of Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Journal of Urology 159: 1588-1594, 1998.

Roehrborn CG, Issa MM, Bruskewitz RC, Naslund MJ, Oesterling JE, Perez-Marrero R, B P Shumaker BP and Narayan P: Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNA) for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: 12 Month Results of a Prospective, Multicenter U.S. Study. Urology 51: 415-421, 1998.

Issa MM, Townsend M, Jiminez NK, Miller LE and Anastasia K: A New Technique of Intra-Prostatic Fiber Placement to Minimize Thermal Injury to Prostatic Urothelium during Indigo Interstitial Laser Thermal Therapy. Urology 51: 105-110, 1998.

Issa MM, Pruthi RS, Vial C, McNamara DE and Terris MK: An Unusual Complication Following Uroflowmetry: Hyponatremia and Seizure. Urologia Internationalis 59(2): 129-130, 1997.

Issa MM, Pruthi RS and McNamara DE: A New Technique of Ureteral Stent Placement for Impacted Ureteral Calculus: The Glide Wire Loop Technique. Urology 49: 614-617, 1997.

Terris MK, Pham TQ, Issa MM, and Kabalin JN: Routine Performance of Transition Zone and Seminal Vesicle Biopsies in All Patients Undergoing Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Prostate Biopsies Is Not Indicated. Journal of Urology 157: 204-206, 1997.

Issa MM: Transurethral Needle Ablation of the Prostate: Report of Initial United States Clinical Trial. Journal of Urology 156: 413-419, 1996.

Gong M & Issa MM: A Unique Perineal Herniation of Large Bladder Diverticulum: Successful Surgical Repair Through Posterior Sagittal Approach. Urology 47: 569-572, 1996.

Issa MM and Oesterling JE: Transurethral Needle Ablation (TUNATM): An Overview of Radiofrequency Thermal Therapy for The Treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Current Opinion in Urology 6(1): 20-27, 1996.

Kabalin JN, Gong M, Issa MM and Sellers R: Insight Into Mechanism of Neodynium:Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser Prostatectomy Utilizing the High-power Contact-Free Beam Technique. Urology 45(3): 421-426, 1995.

Issa MM, Schmid HP and Stamey TA: Youssef's Syndrome: Preservation of Uterine Function With Subsequent Successful Pregnancy Following Surgical Repair. Urologia Internationalis 52: 220-222, 1994.

Issa MM, Kabalin JN, Dietrick DD, Reese J & Freiha FS: Spermatic Cord Metastasis from Transitional Cell Carcinoma of the Bladder. Urology 43: 561-563, 1994.

Issa MM, Yagol and Tsang D: Intrascrotal Neurofibromas: Report of a New Case and Review of the Literature. Urology 41(4): 350-352, 1994.

Stamey TA, Dietrick DD & Issa MM: Large, Organ Confined, Impalpable Transition Zone Prostate Cancer: Association With Metastatic Levels of Prostate Specific Antigen. Journal of Urology 149: 510-551, 1993.

Harada T, Issa MM, Kigure T and Tshuchida S: Ureteral Compliance and Histology in Partial Obstruction in a Canine Model. Journal of Urology 148: 1274-1278, 1992.

Issa MM, Shortliffe LND and Constantinou CE: The Effect of Bacteriuria on Bladder and Renal Pelvic Pressures in the Rat. Journal of Urology 148(2): 559-563, 1992.

Harada T, Koh D, Kigure T, Tsuchida S and Issa MM: Microwave Coagulation Therapy on Vx-2 Carcinoma Implanted in Rabbit Urinary Bladders. Urologia Internationalis 49: 104-109, 1992.

Dietrick DD, Issa MM, Kabalin JN and Bassett JB: Intravesical Migration of Intrauterine Device. Journal of Urology 147(1): 132-134, 1992.

Issa MM and Dairiki Shortliffe LM: Pediatric Genitourinary Tumors. Current Opinion in Oncology 3: 545-552, 1991.

Schlegel PN, Issa MM, Stutzman RE and Goldman SM: Gross Hematuria and Upper Pole Renal Filling Defect. Urology 37(6): 595-597, 1991.

Issa MM, Healy DM, Maghur HA and Luke DA: Prophylactic Mini-tracheotomy in Lung Resections; a Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 101: 895-900, 1991.

Issa MM and deVries P: A Familial Occurrence of Thyroglossal Duct Cyst. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 26(1): 30-31, 1991.

Issa MM, Cox JL, Jeffrey RB, Dietrick DD and Freiha FS: Diffuse Infiltrating Renal Metastases Presenting as Pyonephrosis Journal of Computed Assisted Tomography 15(1): 175-177, 1991.

Issa MM and Gearhart JP: The Failed MAGPI: Management And Prevention. British Journal of Urology 64(2): 169-171. 1989.

Issa MM, Oesterling JE, Canning DA and Jeffs RD: A New Technique of Using The In-situ Appendix as a Catheterizable Stoma in Continent Urinary Reservoirs. Journal of Urology 141: 1385-1387, 1989.

Issa MM and Tanner WA: Approach to Ingrowing Toenails: The Wedge Resection/ Segmental Phenolization Combination Treatment; A Randomized Controlled Study. British Journal of Surgery 75: 181-183, 1988.

Issa MM, Feeley TM, Kerin MJ, Tanner WA and Keane FV: Umbilical Deposits From Internal Malignancy: Sister Mary Joseph's Nodule. Irish Medical Journal 80(5): 152-153, 1987.

Issa MM, Feeley TM, Beesly WH, Daly PA and Cullinane CJ: Haemangiosarcoma of the Breast. Irish Journal of Medical Science 156(2): 65, 1987.

Media Coverage

Urology Times (Aug 2013)
“Non-physician providers: Allied or Disparate?”
NPs, PAs are essential to addressing urology’s work force shortage, but full integration remains a work in progress. By Lisette Hilton.

Nature – Reviews Urology (Research Highlight) (Jun 2013)
“Infection: Formalin needle disinfection reduces sepsis risk of prostate biopsy” by Melanie Clyne.

NewsDaily – REUTERS (Fri Jun 07, 2013)
“Formalin on needle curbs prostate biopsy infections” by David Douglas.

Department of Veterans Affairs (2012)
“VAMC’s Doctor Issa Welcomes 150 New U.S. Citizens.”

American Urological Association
(2012)
Local Attractions for AUA Annual Convention, Atlanta Georgia

ABC News & MedPage Today
(Sep 27, 2011)
“Saw Palmetto No Help for Enlarged Prostate.” ABCNews
“Saw Palmetto No Help for Enlarged Prostate.” by Todd Neale

Prostate Cancer InfoLink (Sep 2010)
“How many biopsy cores is the “right” number?”

Emory University Goizueta Business School Magazine
(2007)
“Innovation Course Helps Medical Researchers Get Their Product to Market”

Emory University Goizueta Business School Magazine (2006) 
“The Business of Good Health”

Healthcare Economics
(2006)
“Can the NIH and Education Ensure Commercial Viability of Medical Innovation?”

Emory University Magazine
(Autumn 2005)
“Emory Urologist Chosen for Prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.”

Vanguard, US Department of Veterans Affairs
(Sep/Oct 2005)
“Ellis Island Medal of Honor”

AUANews - The Official Newsmagazine of the American Urological Association
(Oct 2005)
“Rebirth of Extra Epididymal Orchiectomy in Prostate Cancer”
AUANews Volume 10, Issue 6 October 2005.

Urology Times (Aug 2005)
“Things I do Differently?”

Emory University & URO-Today (May 2005) 
“Emory Urologist Muta Issa Awarded Prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.”
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Healthcare IT News
(Jul 2004)
“VA Consent from Process Shreds a Paper-based Approach.”
A newspaper article on new software for electronic consents at the VA. The department of urology was instrumental in the design of the software and the pilot study.

Atlanta Business Chronicle (May 21-27, 2004)
A newspaper article on new software for electronic consents at the VA. The department of urology was instrumental in the design of the software and the pilot study.

Minimally Invasive BPH Therapy - US and Worldwide Experience (2002)
Tolochenaz, Switzerland

JAMA May 24/31, 2000; 283: 2646-a
Quick Updates: Cancer Recurrence Predicted by Rebecca Voelker. A news release, which discusses a new computer program involving neural networking to predict prostate cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy (urology research publication from Emory).

USA TODAY (May 01, 2000)
A newspaper article, front page of the “A Better Life” section (Health, Education & Science), which discusses a new computer program (urology research publication from Emory) involving neural networking to predict prostate cancer recurrence after radical prostatectomy.

Channel-2 Evening News (Oct 15, 1999)
A television news segment by Diana Davis on prostate cancer

Fox Channel-5 Eyewitness News (Oct 15, 1999)
A television news segment on prostate cancer

Channel-2 Evening News (Aug 05, 1999)
A television news segment by Diana Davis on prostate specific antigen (PSA)

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Jul 27, 1997)
A newspaper article, ¾ of the front page of the “ScienceWatch” section by Tomoko Hosaka on a new minimally invasive procedure at EMORY called transurethral needle ablation for the treatment of BPH.

CNN “Your Health” Program (Jun 13, 1997)
A television news segment by Dan Rutz on new minimally invasive urological procedures performed at EMORY for the treatment of symptomatic BPH

Fox Channel-5 Eyewitness News (May 12, 1997)
A television news segment by Tana Brackin on new minimally invasive urological procedures performed at EMORY for the treatment of symptomatic BPH.

The Boston Globe (Apr 28, 1997)
A front-page newspaper article in the “Health” section by Richard Knox titled “Male Misery... New Prostate Procedure is less Traumatic” which discussed minimally invasive urological procedures for BPH.