Urologist Dr. Richard Natale

Meet the Urologist: Richard Natale MD, FACS

Board-Certified Urologist

Penile Implant Specialist 

Men’s Health Specialist

Dr. Natale was born and raised in Southern California. As the son and nephew of physicians, he knew from a very young age that he too would pursue a career in medicine. He attended the University of Southern California, where he graduated with honors with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. Given the unique opportunity to attend his father's alma mater, he went to medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY and graduated in 2004. Dr. Natale completed his urology residency training at the University of Florida in 2009. He chose to practice medicine in Concord, NC, for its natural beauty, friendly people, and unique medical community.

Although Dr. Natale's expertise covers a broad range of urological conditions, he has a special interest in men's health. This area of urology includes treatment of common conditions such as erectile dysfunction, stress urinary incontinence (SUI), low testosterone, and enlarged prostate. He has had significant experience in more specialized and advanced surgical treatments of these conditions, such as penile implants for erectile dysfunction, AdVance male urethral sling and artificial urinary sphincters for male SUI, and both UroLift and Greenlight laser for BPH.

Dr. Natale also has a significant interest in leadership since he was in college, during which time he studied health care administration. This is evident in the number of leadership roles he holds. In March 2018, the Board of Directors for Carolina Urology Partners unanimously appointed him the CEO.  His previous experience on the Board included being the Secretary of the Executive Committee and the Chief Medical Officer. In addition, he serves as Chief of Urology Atrium-Northeast. He was previously the and Chairman of Surgery, as well.

Dr. Natale has an excellent reputation in the community and hospitals he serves. It is for these reasons why he was recognized as a "Top Doc" in Charlotte Magazine's 2013 issue recognizing physicians in the greater Charlotte region. 

Education & Training

2005 – 2009: University of Florida, Department of Urology (Gainesville, FL), Urology Residency

2004 – 2005: University of Florida, Department of Surgery (Gainesville, FL), General Surgery Internship

2000 – 2004: University of Louisville, School of Medicine (Louisville, KY), Doctor of Medicine

1994 – 1999: University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA), Bachelors of Arts cum laude, Major: Biology; Minor: Health Care Administration


Mar 2011: American Board of Urology, Oral Boards Certification

July 2009: American Board of Urology, Qualifying Examination (top 20th Percentile in the US)

May 2009: DEA License (unrestricted)

Mar 2009: North Carolina Medical License (unrestricted)

January 2008: USMLE Step 3

Administrative Positions

March 2018 – present: CEO, Carolina Urology Partners

January 2018 – present: Member, CHS-Metro Oncology MSQIC

June 2017 – March 2018: Medical Director, Carolina Urology Partners

January 2016 – December 2017: Chair, CHS-Northeast Department of Surgery

January 2014 – December 2015: Vice-chair, CHS-Northeast Department of Surgery

January 2014 – present: Chief, CHS-Northeast Division of Urology

January 2015 – March 2018: Secretary, Carolina Urology Partners Board of Directors

August 2014 – March 2018: Member, CHS-Northeast Medical Staff Quality Assessment and Improvement Committee

February 2014 – March 2018: Member, CHS Pier Review Committee

January 2012 – March 2018: Member, Carolinas Healthcare System (CHS) - Northeast OR Governance Committee

January 2010 – December 2014 : Member, Infection Control Committee

January 2010 – December 2013: Member, Quality Assurance Committee Gateway Surgery Center (Concord NC)

July 2008 – June 2009: Administrative Chief Resident, University of Florida Department of Urology

August 2001 – March 2002: University of Louisville Student Government Supreme Court – Associate Justice

Awards and Recognition

July 2013: “Top Doc,” Charlotte Magazine

April 2009: Resident teaching award, University of Florida

August 2003: University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Seniors Honors Surgery Clerkship, “High Pass”

August 2002: University of Louisville Department of Surgery, Surgery Clerkship, “High Pass”

November 2001: William G. Caldwell Alumni Scholarship, University of Louisville

May 2001: Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Pediatric Oncology Research Fellowship

Professional Society Memberships

October 2017 – present: Fellow, American College of Surgeons

June 2017 – present: Member, Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons

August 2014 – present: Member, Society of International Urologists

July 2014 – present: Member, International Society of Sexual Medicine

December 2011 – present: Member, Sexual Medicine Society of North America

July 2009 – present: Member, American Urology Association

September 2009 – present: Member, North Carolina Medical Society

Abstracts and Publications

July 2008: “Prune Belly Syndrome.” 5-Minute Urology Consult,2nd Edition. Co-Author: Michael Erhard, MD. Editor: Gomella

May 2008: “Handheld intra-operative Doppler flow to localize the presence of sperm during testis biopsy in azoopermic men.” Engineering and Urology Society, abstract accepted. Mentor: Sijo Parekattil, MD (University of Florida, Department of Urology). Abstract presented at AUA 2008 Poster Session

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