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Department Urology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Non-Surgical Evaluation and Therapy
  • Rectal Exam
  • Urology
  • Wellness
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPH)
  • Bladder Irritating Foods
  • Elevated PSA
  • Enlarged Prostate/Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Hematuria
  • Hydrocele | Spermatocele
  • Hydrocele Hernia
  • Kidney Cysts, Simple
  • Kidney Stones
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Testicular Disorders
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Varicoceles
  • Voiding Dysfunction in Adults
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Biography

About Richard Macchia, MD

Richard J. Macchia, MD FACS - In June, 2009, Dr. Macchia was appointed to the staff of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic Florida (CCFL). His former student and resident, Dr. Lawrence Hakim, is Chief of Service-Urology at CCFL. In September, 2015 Dr. Fernando Cabrera, another one of his residents joined the CCFL staff. In May, 2011 he was appointed Affiliate Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science on the faculty of the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. He has been listed more than 60 times in various “best doctor” publications in New York, Florida, and nationally. In May, 2013 at its annual meeting the American Urological Association presented him with one of its highest awards, the Distinguished Contribution Award, for his career long efforts on behalf of the education of students and urology residents. In its August 2013 issue the Canadian Journal of Urology featured an article about him as part of its "Legends in Urology" series. Dr. Macchia served as Captain, US Army Medical Corps Reserve during the Vietnam war era. He received an honorable discharge and is a member of the American Legion.

Dr. Macchia joined the faculty of SUNY Downstate Medical School in 1974. In 1982, Dr. Macchia he was appointed Professor, Chairman, and ACGME Program Director of the Department of Urology.  He served in those capacities until 2010. During that period he was also Chief of Urology at University Hospital Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Center . The Chancellor of State University of New York appointed him to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1997. In December 2003, he was appointed Consultant, Department of Urology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

Following his graduation from New York Medical College in 1969, he underwent general surgical training at St. Vincent’s Hospital Center in New York City . From 1971-74 he completed his urology residency under Dr. Keith Waterhouse at SUNY Downstate and then joined the faculty. He was subsequently awarded the F.C. Valentine Fellowship of the New York Academy of Medicine. That fellowship was served under Dr. Willet F. Whitmore, Jr. at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City during 1975-76. He then re-joined the SUNY Downstate faculty.

Dr. Macchia served as the chairperson of the Section on Urology of the New York Academy of Medicine and a member of its Advisory Council for 6 years. He also served for 6 years on the selection committee for the NYAM FC Valentine award for career achievement in urology and chaired the committee for 1 year. He is a past chairman of the Academy’s Edwin Beer Fund Committee. He was President of the New York Section of the American Urological Association in 1995-1996 and the Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Urology Society. His memberships include the Society for Urologic Oncology, the Society of University Urologists, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and many others. Dr. Macchia is a former associate editor of Urology, currently manuscript reviewer for 6 major urology journals, a former member and team leader of the AUA Program Abstract Review Committee, and was a frequent moderator at scientific sessions for the annual meeting of the AUA. He has been a study section member for the California Cancer Research Program and the NIH. He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors and the first to represent the NY Section - AUA. 

Under his leadership the department was under constant revision and included 7 integrated hospitals and 17 core faculty members. Throughout his tenure the department held a full ACGME accreditation. While he was chair more than 130 students from SUNY Downstate entered urology training since the inception of the AUA Residency Matching Program 1985 - one of the highest numbers for any chair in the country. He appointed the first African-American to the faculty and the first African-American as chief of urology at an integrated institution. He also appointed the first Puerto Rican American to the faculty and the first as vice-chair of the department. He also appointed the first woman to the faculty.

He and his colleagues were awarded second prize for research at the annual meeting of the AUA in 1980 and 1982 for their early NIH funded work on the relationship of androgen receptors and prostate cancer. An early proponent of alternatives to radical cystectomy, he was guest editor of a special issue of Urology (Vol. 31, 1988) devoted to this subject. He and colleagues were among the first to publish a report on the increasingly important issue of post prostate biopsy fluoroquinolone resistant urinary tract infections. He has been a member of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group and was a member of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG). He has a special interest in urologic legal and ethical issues. A number of years ago the AUA initiated a Code of Ethics which, in part because of his long time efforts, includes a section on academic integrity.

Dr. Macchia has lectured at numerous academic institutions and meetings in the US , Europe and Japan . He has also co-authored over 120 scientific articles and abstracts including 26 textbook chapters and proceedings. He is consulting editor of "The 5 Minute Urology Consult" series. He has also been co-investigator on many collaborative projects and held an NCI grant as site principal investigator for the SELECT clinical trial. That trial enrolled the 4th largest number of African-American men into the trial out of 425 institutions in North America. He has served on the external advisory boards of several internationally renowned institutions.

New York Magazine listed him as one of “The Best Doctors in New York City ” in its inaugural listing in 1991. He is also routinely listed in Castle-Connolly’s “Best Doctors in America ”, the “Guide to America ’s Top Urologists” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and “New York Super Doctors”. In 1994, he was named an honorary alumnus of SUNY Downstate Medical School , received the New York Medical College Alumni Association Medal of Honor, the "Gender Equity Award" from the SUNY Downstate chapter of the American Medical Women's Association, and the SUNY Downstate University Hospital Community Advisory Board Service Award. He is a lifetime member of the SUNY Downstate COM Alumni Association. In 1995, he was elected as a faculty member of the AOA medical honor society. In 1997, he received a recognition award from the Daniel Hale Williams Society, an organization of Afro-American and Latino medical students. In 1998, the NY Section - AUA awarded him the Russell Lavengood Service Award. In that same year, he accompanied his friend,  Dr. Robert Furchgott, to Stockholm when Dr. Furchgott received the Nobel Prize. In 1998, he was designated Master Teacher in Urology by the SUNY Downstate COM Alumni Association. In May, 2003 the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health presented him with its Leadership in Urban Medicine Award. In June, 2005 Dr. Macchia was presented with the very first SUNY Downstate College of Nursing Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. In 2005, Maimonides Medical Center named him the 19th annual Immergut Lecturer. He was named as the physician honoree at the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Kings County Hospital Center in 2006. In 2007, he became the first ever president of the Robert F. Furchgott Society. In March 2007 he received the first ever Golden Apple Teaching Award from the SUNY Downstate Medical School chapter of the AOA honor society. In 2008 he was named President of the MSKCC Whitmore Alumni Society, the first person to hold that title. In May, 2011 Dr. Macchia received the Clark-Curran Award in Medical Administration from the SUNY Downstate COM Alumni Association.  He established the Richard J Macchia MD scholarship fund in SUNY Downstate to assist high achieving medical students in financial need.   In 2012 and 2015, the NY Section - AUA nominated him for the AUA's Edward Flanigan Education award.  In 2013, UROLOGY presented him with its Excellence in Reviewing award.

Dr. Macchia is most proud of his students and residents. As an early and vigorous proponent of fellowship training approximately 47 of his residents underwent fellowship training. Former residents are now internationally recognized leaders in urology at such institutions as Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weill Cornell, UCSF, UCLA, NYU, Mt Sinai-NYC, University of Georgia, Duke, SUNY Downstate, SUNY Stony Brook, Harvard, University of Indiana, Beth Israel Medical Center-NYC, University of Illinois, Brown University, University of Florida, University of Connecticut, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ COM, University of Rochester, University of Minnesota and the Albert Einstein Montefiori COM . Many others are in successful private practices throughout the country. Similarly, many of his former students, over 130 of whom entered urology residencies are on the faculties of medical schools across the US.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights

Appointed
2009

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Urologic Oncology
New York, NY USA
1976

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
urologic oncology
New York, NY USA
1976

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Urology
Brooklyn, NY USA
1974

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
urology
Brooklyn, NY USA
1974

Residency - St. Vincent's Hospital
General Surgery
Manhattan, NY USA
1971

Residency - St. Vincent"s Hospital
PGY 2
NYC, NY USA
1971

Internship - New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY USA
1970

Internship - New York Medical College
PGY 1
Valhalla, NY USA
1970

Medical Education - New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY USA
1969

Medical Education - New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY USA
1969

Additional Training

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Dr. Willet Whitmore)
    • Fellow-Urologic Oncology, Dept. of Surgery, Division of Urology, 7/1/75 – 6/30/76

    Professional Highlights

    • Valentine Fellowship of the New York Academy of Medicine, 1975-1976
    • Second Prize, American Urological Association, Annual Meeting, 1980
    • Second Prize, American Urological Association, Annual Meeting, 1982
    • New York Medical College, Medal of Honor, May 21, 1994
    • SUNY Health Science Center, Downstate Medical Center, Honorary Alumnus, May 7, 1994
    • President, NY Section - AUA, 1995
    • Alpha Omega Alpha, ETA Chapter of New York, Faculty Member, April, 1995
    • SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, 1997
    • AUA Distinguished Contribution Award, May 2013
    • Canadian Journal of Urology, Legends in Urology, August 2013

    Certifications

    • Urology

    Specialty Interests

    General non-procedural urology

    Awards & Honors

    • Dr. Macchia has been cited more  60 times in various "best doctor" guides in New York, Florida and nationally, such as New York Magazine, Castle-Connolly’s “Best Doctors in America”, the “Guide to America’s Top Urologists” by the Consumer Research Council of America, and “New York Super Doctors.” 
    • Best Doctors in America 2009-2010
    • AUA Distinguished Contribution award, 2013

    Memberships

    • Florida Urological Society
    • American Urological Association
    • American Urological Association - New York Section
    • American College of Surgeons
    • American College of Surgeons, Brooklyn-Long Island Chapter
    • New York Academy of Medicine
    • Medical Society of the County of Kings
    • Medical Society of the State of New York (Until 1993)
    • American Medical Association (Until 1993)
    • Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Urologic Society
    • Brooklyn Academy of Medicine
    • Brooklyn Oncologic Society
    • American Cancer Society, New York Division, Brooklyn Unit
    • The Society of Surgical Oncology (until 1990)
    • Societe Internationale d'Urologie
    • Societe Internationale d'Urologie-United States Section
    • Societa Italiana di Urologia (Corresponding member)
    • New York Cancer Society
    • American Radium Society (until 1989)
    • American Society of Clinical Oncology
    • Society of University Urologists
    • Society of Urologic Oncology
    • Society of Urology and Engineering
    • European Association of Urology
    • Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors ( Founding Board of Directors)
    • Robert F. Furchgott Society (First President, 2005-Present
    • European-American Urological Association
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

143 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.9

36 Patient Comments

Reviewed on May 25, 2021

Dr. Macchia is a jewel, you're very fortunate to have him.

Reviewed on May 18, 2021

A+ very concern physician

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

The doctor is very good.

Reviewed on May 13, 2021

The doctor is very good.

Reviewed on Apr 29, 2021

excellent physician listens courteous needs lower step up to exam table

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

love the staff Dr. explaining to me everything in clear words

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Five Star first time meeting with the Doctor.

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

The Doctor was extremely knowledge and took all of the time to answer my question.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

he is one of the best doctor I've ever seen

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2021

Dr. Macchia is very thorough and has a great bedside manner

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

the doctor was excellent and looking forward to see him again in my next year follow up.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Doctor Macchia was great. I was very impressed and pleased with his experience, his careful reading of my medical history, his detailed examination, his explanation of my condition, and his willingness to answer my questions. I never felt rushed. I will schedule all my future urology appointments with him.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Excellent provider. appreciated his ability to take his time in answering my questions.

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Doctor Richard Macchia was a very thorough and professional. He explained everything to me during my examination and went a step further to explain my need to better take care of my diabetes. I was very pleased and I hope that my doctor will always be there for my future visits. Cleveland Clinic has the most caring doctors I ever met.

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2021

Dr.Macchia is one of the most thorough doctors I have ever had. He is definitely a plus for Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed on Feb 9, 2021

Dr. Macchia's service was outstanding

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2021

Dr Machia is the best Doctor. just love him and his concern and caring for his patients.

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Dr. Macchia and staff were terrific!

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2021

Love the Doctor. Very open and sincere.

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2021

I would highly recommend this Doctor to all of my friends

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2021

when I scheduled my first appointment, Sophia was extremely helpful and courteous, She managed to find a doctor for me the same day.

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2020

The Doctor made me feel very comfortable, he explained and recommended further actions

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Dr. Macchia was very thorough.

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

Dr. Macchia is an excellent physician!

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Dr. Macchia is an excellent Dr. & an asset to Cleveland Clinic. His knowledge & expertise always amazes me. He knows how to handle my white coat syndrome & how to keep me calm during his examination & testing. Highly recommend.

Reviewed on Nov 4, 2020

Dr. Macchia is very caring and informative. He explains everything so I can understand. On a personal level I like him so very much and always look forward to seeing him.

Reviewed on Nov 3, 2020

Dr Macchia has has been my Dr. for a very long time. Never a problem

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

very calming doctor

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Dr. Macchia took his time reviewing my medical history, my medications and lab results from years back and not focusing himself only on my current signs and symptoms. He is the the utmost educator, explaining my care plan, risk factors and prevention in detail that is easy to understand. I find him to be kind and professional and I am very satisfied with him as my doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

Dr. Macchia is an amazing, caring provider that cares about the patient. He listened to all my questions and took the time to explain things in a way that was easy to understand.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2020

DR M. was great

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2020

Great visit, great Doctor!!

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

Dr. Macchia is very meticulous with inquiring about and documenting the patient's symptoms and concerns. He spends as much time as is necessary to accomplish these objectives. The patient never feels rushed or that Dr. Macchia does not give the patient his full attention. He carefully explains his plan for further evaluation and treatment.

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

been seeing dr Machia for ten years now and hopefully for the next ten

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2020

I have been in Dr. Macchias care for years now. I keep telling him he can't retire.

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2020

Dr. Macchia is an experienced and excellent Doctor. He takes the time to understand your needs and make recommendations. He is an excellent care provider.

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