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Preventing Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is a slow-growing cancer that often grows in the prostate gland, a male reproductive organ. Sadly, one in every six men (17%) will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime, and 3% of all men will die of this disease (over 27,000 men per year). In fact, prostate cancer is the second leading cause […]

Reviewing the Basics of LapaRobotic Surgery

What is LapaRobotic Surgery? LapaRobotic Surgery™ (LapaRobotics™) is the melding of two separate but related surgical techniques – laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. Dr. Scott Miller coined the term LapaRobotics and LapaRobotic Surgery because of the special and unique ways in which the two techniques have come together in his treatment of urological conditions, as […]

The Most Important Card In My Wallet

Most people are familiar with the American Express Card slogan, “Don’t leave home without it.” But that card is not the most important card in my wallet. Is it another credit card? My driver’s license? My library card? Far from it. The most important card in my wallet is my health club membership card. But […]

I Have Some Bad News

I love my job. I love talking with people and hearing about their life experiences. I love the feeling of having helped someone. However, every job has its downsides, and with medicine, it is sharing bad news. Although never easy, properly communicating this type of information is an acquired skill. Whether the news is very […]

ProstAware’s Seventh Annual Blue Ties Luncheon

For years, my organization ProstAware has dedicated its purpose to educating Atlanta about prostate health and how its various communities can join in the battle against prostate cancer. In 2015, ProstAware is continuing the fight with our seventh annual Blue Ties luncheon. Through music, technology and sports, ProstAware’s Blue Ties event aims to raise both awareness and involvement […]

Fitness After Surgery – Part 2

Last month, I shared the challenges that I faced following repair of a left biceps tendon rupture. Other than walking, the first six weeks I was relegated to minimal physical activity. For another six weeks, I was restricted to lower body movements. Once all restrictions were lifted, I still had a long way to go […]

Life Is Like A Roll of Toilet Paper

Up until his retirement, I always enjoyed Andy Rooney’s weekly segment on the CBS show, 60 Minutes. I was rather young when I first heard him say, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.” Nevertheless, I tucked it away in my memory. Now, […]

ProstAware’s Seventh Annual Blue Ties Luncheon

For years, my organization ProstAware has dedicated its purpose to educating Atlanta about prostate health and how its various communities can join in the battle against prostate cancer. In 2015, ProstAware is continuing the fight with our seventh annual Blue Ties luncheon. Through music, technology and sports, ProstAware’s Blue Ties event aims to raise both awareness and involvement […]

Dr. Scott Miller Named Top Doctor by Atlanta Magazine

Dr. Scott Miller was named to Atlanta magazine’s 2015 list of Top Doctors. The annual listing is published in the magazine’s July issue. This is Dr. Miller’s seventh year in a row on the prestigious list. Dr. Miller also received the prestigious recognition from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as one of America’s Top Doctors. Castle […]

Fitness After Surgery – Part 1

As part of every post-operative game plan, I instruct my patients on how to transition back to their exercise routine. Just as with any “injury,” the recommendations vary with the type of surgery and current level of fitness. I recently underwent repair of a left biceps tendon rupture and put my own advice to the […]

The Other End of the Scalpel

Having treated thousands of patients, I have developed a great deal of empathy for their physical and emotional challenges. Earlier this year, the tables were turned, and I underwent a surgical procedure for a torn biceps tendon. This event pales in comparison to what many of my patients experience, but I did take the opportunity […]

The Value of Simulation

We all know that pilots undergo many hours of flight simulation. Not only does this simulation aid in their initial training, but it also serves to familiarize them with situations that rarely occur. After all, they have the lives of others in their hands. You may not realize that simulation exists in many aspects of […]

When to Use Ice

I am often asked whether to use heat or ice after an injury. Some controversy exists, and you should always follow the advice of your doctor. Often these recommendations are based on what feels best. Also, ice can sometimes reduce the time it takes for you to recover from an injury, or even just a […]

Love In An Elevator

I love hearing stories about how couples meet. One couple in particular tops the list. For the sake of patient privacy, we’ll refer to them as John and Susan. Roughly 25 years ago, John’s college buddy convinced him to take a post-graduation trip to New York. As luck would have it, they were stuck on […]

The Truth About Aspirin

I have many patients who take daily aspirin merely because they think they should. However, the latest evidence shows that only people who have had a prior cardiovascular event or other known vascular disease achieve an overall benefit. In other words, the risks of daily aspirin may outweigh the potential benefits. What are the risks? […]

Learn From The Winners

I was recently on vacation and struck up a conversation with a very interesting gentleman. He is a life coach whose main clients are professional athletes, major entertainers, politicians, and Fortune 500 CEOs. He was very willing to share some insights. His overall message was “learn from the winners.” The peak performers observe the habits […]

The 2nd Annual Moustache Dash

Sunday, November 16 Buckhead Square 8 a.m. Start Registration Fees: $30 until November 14, $35 on Race Day It’s time again to run or walk in the second annual Moustache Dash. November is Men’s Health Awareness month, otherwise known as “Movember.” It is a worldwide movement that started in Australia to bring men’s health issues […]

Working Your Core

Last month we discussed how important your core is for many bodily functions. In order to exercise your core properly, it takes a little more than sit-ups and crunches. As a reminder, your core is everything minus your arms, legs, and head. Any exercise that forces you to stabilize your body is a core exercise. […]

Know How To Say “No”

I never did like the word “no.”  I try to avoid using it with my family, my friends, and the people with whom I work. Rather than telling my children what I want them NOT to do, I tell them what I want them TO do. Nancy Reagan was brilliant when she started the “Just […]

The Real Core

When most people think of core exercises, they think of sit-ups and crunches. In reality, your abdominal muscles represent only a portion of your core. From an anatomy standpoint, the core is everything minus your arms, legs, and head. The primary role of your core is stabilization. Therefore, any exercise that forces you to stabilize […]

Life vs. Health Insurance

The other day I was looking at my auto insurance bill and noticed that it was bundled with my home insurance. In fact, I received a modest discount for this loyalty. Then it made me think. Why can’t I bundle my life and health insurance policies for a similar discount? After all, I would be […]

Laparoscopic Principles for the Robotic Surgeon, Part 4

We continue our look at special technical considerations of robotic and laparoscopic surgery, particularly as they differ from open-incision surgery.  As we discussed last month, robotic surgery is merely a type of laparoscopic surgery, sharing the same principles and potential pitfalls.  This month we will focus on careful tissue handling, a benefit with endless possibilities […]

How To Protect Your Skeleton

I have often said, “I would be in great shape if it was not for this skeleton of mine.”  When you think about it, our average lifespan has increased a whopping 80% in the last 100 years.  However, our musculoskeletal system has not had enough time to adapt and catch up.  In other words, from […]

Moderation In Moderation

I believe Oscar Wilde was the first to be credited with the saying, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” Whether talking about exercise or diet, consistency, diversity, and moderation are the keys to success. However, moderation can have its issues. First of all, the definition of moderation is always moving. The best example is the variability […]

ProstAware & Blue Ties

I act as the founder of ProstAware, an organization that hosts the annual Blue Ties luncheon. This event focuses on bringing awareness to the prevalence of prostate cancer in the U.S. By tapping into the attraction of music, technology, and sports, ProstAware aims to encourage men to consult their physicians about their personal prostate health while […]

Diet To Boost Your Exercise Routine

Many people think that if you exercise, you can eat whatever you want. Even though your daily caloric requirement will increase, attention to diet is necessary in order to meet your exercise and fitness goals. Here are a few guiding points: Meet, but don’t exceed, your caloric requirements. It is easy to overestimate the number […]

A Letter To My Daughter

As a physician, I am entrusted with the future well-being of my patients. The only greater privilege than tending to my patients is that of being a parent. In fact, there are many parallels between the two roles. Both improve with experience. Both require a heightened insight into others.  Both respond best to leading by […]

Laparoscopic Principles for the Robotic Surgeon, Part 3

We continue our look at special technical considerations of robotic and laparoscopic surgery, particularly as they differ from open-incision surgery. As we discussed last month, robotic surgery is merely a type of laparoscopic surgery, sharing the same principles and potential pitfalls. This month we will focus on ergonomics. Whatever improves the surgeon’s experience can often […]

Exercise After Injury

Adequate warm-up, regular stretching, and proper technique will help ward off the dreaded injury. However, despite our best efforts, the question is not “if” but rather “when” an injury will occur. Exercise-related injuries can occur as a result of chronic overuse or as a result of an acute (sudden) event. Allowing these events to push […]

The Body Is Like Traffic

I love Atlanta, but I could do fine without the traffic. Recently I was stuck in a not-so-uncommon traffic jam. Rather than succumbing to complete frustration, I used this extra “alone time” for productive thinking. Interestingly, I discovered a lot of parallels between traffic behavior and the inner workings of our bodies. How often have […]

Safe Summer Fitness

As the summer heat continues, so does the threat to our exercise regime. Here are some tips to make this a fit and safe summer: Warm up for five to 10 minutes prior to any outdoor exercise activity. Your body needs to acclimate to extreme changes in temperature. Build up your tolerance to summer heat […]

One Mistake is OK

Last week I attended a book festival lecture by best-selling author, Jennifer Weiner. True to her long list of works, she kept the audience in stitches. However, her latest release – All Fall Down – takes on a more serious topic. While mixing humor and tragedy, Jennifer Weiner uncovers the hidden world of drug addiction […]

Laparoscopic Principles for the Robotic Surgeon, Part 1

In the last five years, the adoption of robotic surgery has exploded. However, we often forget that robotic surgery is merely a type of laparoscopic surgery, sharing the same principles and potential pitfalls. Prior to the advent of robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery training included extensive didactic lectures detailing these principles. With the shift from open […]

A Pound of Prevention

You’ve heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I actually think in some cases a pound of prevention is worth even an ounce of cure. For instance, brushing our teeth twice daily is more than an ounce of prevention. Here are some other examples that are worth the […]

Are We There Yet?

As a parent, I am very familiar with the question, “Are we there yet, Dad?” It amazes me how distorted our perception of time can become, even as an adult. Of course, time flies when you’re having fun. It’s clear that our perception of the passage of time depends on how we spend it. Following […]