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Introducing Dr. Emley: A Top Urology Doctor

Dr. Emley was born in Michigan and grew up in New Hampshire. He graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University/Bloomington in 1995 with degrees in Biology and Sociology. He was selected for the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and chose to pursue medicine after reading about the successful battle of a young girl named Pollyanna who beat her diagnosis of leukemia through the miracle of modern science and medicine. Armed with this inspiration, he enrolled at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts to become a urology doctor upon graduation from college.

What do you like about living in Indianapolis?


What do I like about living in Indianapolis? It’s a big city with a small-town feel, it’s very green with lots of parks and trees, there are tons of museums to explore, and no shortage of fine dining. One of my favorite things is that downtown is really close to most places, which makes it super easy to get where you need to go without having to navigate the twists and turns that come with driving in the suburbs or trying to find parking downtown! I don’t think you’ll ever get bored here because Indianapolis has something for everyone; it’s got some great restaurants and bars on one end, then at the other end you have world-class sports teams like the Colts and Pacers (just as examples!)

Tell us about your role at Indiana Urology:


As a urology doctor, my job is to manage urinary tract problems and diseases including bladder infections, kidney stones, and prostate cancer. I like being able to help people feel better about themselves by alleviating the symptoms of their conditions and improving their quality of life.
I often take care of both pediatric and adult patients with all sorts of medical problems related to the urinary tract system – from simple UTIs to complex kidney stones requiring surgical intervention. I spend a lot of time explaining things to patients so they understand what is going on and can provide me with the best possible medical history for diagnosis.

What sets IU Urology apart from other hospitals or practices?


For one, IU’s urology doctor is highly trained and specializes in urology. The doctor has been training physicians for over a decade at this practice and was honored as the chair of the Department of Urology for three years by his colleagues there at IU. In addition to this, IU has created a patient-friendly and understanding atmosphere that provides people with all the information they need to be able to make a good decision about their healthcare needs without feeling like they’re being pushed or rushed into it. I believe that IU offers superior service to patients, which makes them very different from other hospitals or practices that might rush through appointments or present services as only being offered on certain days.
If you would like more information about our services, please call today!

How can we, as readers, tell if a urologist is good at his job?


What are some of the signs and symptoms of prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer is an interesting type of cancer because it often doesn’t cause any signs or symptoms in its early stages. Most people who have prostate cancer won’t know they have it until they get a PSA blood test or an abnormal digital rectal exam (DRE). Men with more risk factors for prostate cancer should consider getting regular screening tests starting at 40 years old, even if there are no signs or symptoms present, to look for potential problems before they develop.


What types of treatments can be done for prostate cancer?


Men diagnosed with localized prostate cancer who want to be treated by surgery can choose either radical prostatectomy or robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery.

On average, how long does it take to become an expert urologist?


The most common mistake patients make when they have prostate cancer is to not tell their doctors that they are experiencing any symptoms, even if they are minor ones. If you do have symptoms, bring them up with your doctor right away so that they can be dealt with and treated. If a patient waits too long to bring up the issue, it may become too late and surgery will not be able to successfully treat it without having an adverse effect on your life quality or even shortening your life expectancy because cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland. The prostate gland is located between the rectum and urethra in males.

What are some common mistakes patients make when they have prostate cancer?


There are a few common mistakes that patients make when they have prostate cancer. They don’t get tested for prostate cancer enough because many of the symptoms are not specific to prostate cancer and can be attributed to other benign conditions. Another mistake is that they don’t see a doctor right away if they think something might be wrong because often times their symptoms will resolve on their own and they won’t need treatment at all or the problem might just end up being minor, meaning a visit to the doctor could have been avoided altogether!
When men think about visiting a urologist or primary care physician, it’s easy for them to put off seeing one even though it can be incredibly important, as we’ve seen above.

Are there any more questions we can answer for our readers regarding urological health?


If you are in need of a urologist, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about your diagnosis and treatment options. We also accept most major insurance plans and Medicare/Medicaid.

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