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Becoming a Urologist with Dr. Martin Richman

Affable, available and able. That pretty much sums up what we are as urologists. Affable to break down barriers and discuss sensitive, sometimes awkward topics; available to help our patients and colleagues faced with unforeseen situations involving genitourinary organs; and able to deliver outstanding, standard-of-care treatments that guarantee excellent outcomes for our patients. We love our job as it offers an opportunity to provide life-saving treatments to patients. We also recognize that we are in a unique position where we can diagnose life-threatening conditions early, provide timely treatment and give patients a longer life span.

Who is a urologist?

A urologist is a specialist who treats disorders of the urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. As urologists, we look after organs such as the prostate, kidney, bladder, penis, testes, urethra and associated glands. When patients come to us with issues in any of these areas, we discuss the problems, examine the patients, investigate and make accurate diagnoses. We then can recommend medications, plan and undertake surgery, or use various techniques and methodologies to treat the problems. There is a misconception that we treat only men, but in reality we see men, women and children.

What conditions do we treat?

Urologists are experts in the surgical and medical management of urological conditions such as kidney stones, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, sexual dysfunction, enlarged prostate, recurrent urinary tract infections and urologic cancers. Likewise, we deal with issues like interstitial cystitis, neurogenic bladder, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic floor problems, Peyronie’s disease, hydrocele, varicocele, vesicoureteral reflux, traumatic injury of the urinary tract, priapism, recurrent urinary tract infections and urologic cancers. In children, we treat conditions like undescended testes, phimosis, hypospadias, epispadias and bladder exstrophy. We also perform kidney transplants and vasectomies.

Why urology?

From a young age, the sciences intrigued me. When I went to college, I was looking for a profession that would fulfill my compassion for people with sensitive and depressing medical conditions while also enabling me to tap into my passion for science to improve people’s quality of life. So after deep soul-searching and self-assessment, I realized that medicine was the right career for me — the profession that was very interesting to me and where I believed it would allow me to live my passion instead of just enduring a routine job.

I completed my undergraduate studies at Indian University in 1994, then joined the University of Toledo, Medical School of Ohio, for my medical degree. Upon graduation, I went to the University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Medical Center for my urology residency training, which included stints at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, MetroHealth Medical Center and Cleveland V.A. Hospital. Over this period, I gained in-depth knowledge and skills in urology, learned several technologies and methodologies and attained broad general mastery of medicine. After I was licensed by the Florida Board of Medicine and certified by the American Board of Urology, I soon became a fellow of American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Areas of expertise

As a urologist, I treat a wide range of urological physical ailments, together with emotional problems that accompany them. Each of my patients has unique needs and I make every effort to appreciate that before commencing treatment, taking into account all presenting factors, needs and concerns of the patient. For me, every consultation, treatment and follow-up must be tailored to meet the needs of the individual.

I have a special interest in minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery and laser therapies. That’s why I am frequently involved in procedures such as Holmium laser enucleation for enlarged prostate, Holmium laser vaporization for prostatic problems, Prostiva RF prostate ablation and steam ablation (Rezum) of the prostate. I have performed these procedures since 2012 and was among the first surgeons to offer them in the Southeast. I also am experienced in HIFU (high intensity focused ultrasound) for prostate cancer and the da Vinci robotic surgery for the kidney and prostate, having offered these treatments to patients since 2007.

Job satisfaction

Caring for people with urologic disorders comes with its fair share of challenges. For instance, a sizeable number of patients come to you with later stage and more aggressive disease, whose treatment options are quite limited. This can sometimes make your work seem hopeless. The long work hours and the often stressful situations also may test your patience and tenacity. But the ability to make interventions that improve people’s quality of life will always keep you grounded in your work as a urologist. For there is nothing more satisfying than helping a man who doesn’t sleep every night because of unending urges to visit the bathroom, a child suffering the pain and humiliation of undescended testes, a woman frightened of laughing or sneezing because of urine leakage, or a patient struggling with a symptomatic urologic cancer.

Urology gives me the opportunity to live my dream of assisting those with urologic disorders enjoy their lives a little more. As a urologist, I am able to offer short-term and long-term fixes for various conditions, see the fruits of my work as patients get better, and establish lasting relationships with patients. I absolutely love the wide range of technology applied in urology procedures, such as lasers, scopes and robots used to perform complex surgeries. The use of minimally invasive techniques performed through small incisions is also something that is really exciting. For me, urology offers a great blend of surgical, medical and a variety of minor procedures that I enjoy performing.

Why Advanced Urology Institute?

When still in medical school, I wanted to excel as a doctor. I always looked forward to a practice that would bring out the best of my knowledge, skills and experiences and enable me to succeed. Many years later, I can say with a smile on my face that Advanced Urology Institute is exactly the kind of practice I wanted. AUI brings together a massive pool of skilled, passionate, creative and hard-working medical professionals who are committed to a collaborative, patient-centered approach to care. As a urologist, you can only get better when you are part of such a team. All the administrative work has been centralized and urologists are not burdened by loads of paperwork and tedious tasks as happens in many other practices. As a urologist you only concentrate on delivering the best possible care to your patients. For more information on the urological services provided at AUI, visit the “Advanced-Urology-Institute” site.

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Advanced Urology Institute is the largest urology practice in Florida. We are dedicated to improving the lives of our patients by providing excellent Patient-Centered Care. Set an appointment or visit our closest office near you.

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