Meet the Urologist: Richard Natale, MD, FACS
Dr. Richard 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 opportunity to attend his father’s alma mater, he went to medical school at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, graduating in 2004. Dr. Natale completed his urology residency training at the University of Florida in 2009. He chose to practice medicine in North Carolina 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, urinary incontinence, Peyronie’s disease, low testosterone, and an enlarged prostate (BPH).
About Dr. Richard Natale
He has had significant experience in more specialized and advanced surgical treatments of these conditions, such as penile implants for ED, placement of male urethral slings and artificial urinary sphincters for urinary incontinence, and UroLift and prostatectomy procedures such as the Greenlight KTP laser method for BPH.
Dr. Natale is board-certified by the American Board of Urology.
He also holds a number of leadership roles in the field. In March 2018, the board of directors of Carolina Urology Partners unanimously appointed him CEO. Carolina Urology Partners is the seventh-largest large urology group practice association (LUGPA) in the U.S. 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 at Atrium Health Cabarrus – Northeast hospital.
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Dr. Natale has been recognized as a “Top Doc” in Charlotte Magazine, which recognizes 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
LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION
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
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
April 2019: “Three-year Active Surveillance Outcomes in a Contemporary Community Urology Cohort in the United States.” Urology, vol. 130, Apr. 2019, pp. 72-77., doi:10.1016/j.urology.2019.04.017.
July 2008: “Prune Belly (Triad) Syndrome.” 5-Minute Urology Consult, 2nd ed., 2008, pp. 1219-1225.
May 2008: “Handheld Intra-operative Doppler Flow to Localize the Presence of Sperm During Testis Biopsy in Azoospermic Men.” Engineering and Urology Society, abstract accepted and presented at AUA 2008 Poster Session.