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Department Urology
Primary Location Weston Hospital
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
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Weston Hospital
Primary Location

Weston Hospital

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Trials
  • Health and Wellness
  • Nonsurgical Evaluation and Therapy
  • Prevention and Wellness
  • Rectal Exam
  • Urology
View all 6 Treatment & Services +

Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Benign Prostatic Enlargement (BPH)
  • Bladder Irritating Foods
  • Elevated PSA
  • Enlarged Prostate (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Hematuria
  • Hydrocele
  • Hydrocele Hernia
  • Kidney Cysts, Simple
  • Kidney Stones
  • Painful Urination (Dysuria)
  • Premature Ejaculation
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease
  • Prostatitis
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Spermatocele
  • Testicular Disorders
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Varicoceles
  • Voiding Dysfunction
View all 21 Specialties +


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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). 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


Education & Fellowships

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

Residency - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY USA

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

Internship - New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY USA

Medical Education - New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY USA

Medical Education - New York Medical College
Valhalla, NY USA

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


    • 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


    • 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

191 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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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

46 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2024

He is an excellent doctor and answered all my questions

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr took plenty of time with me providing recommendations to improve my wellbeing

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2024

Dr Macchia has very good bed manners. He really makes contact with the patient!

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2024

Dr Macchia is awesome

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Very good Doctor.

Reviewed on Dec 21, 2023

Very good Doctor

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

Great Doctor

Reviewed on Nov 8, 2023

My doctor was first class. He cared about me and provided information on my next step in treatment

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr. Macchia is a Great Professional very courteous and kind person. I consider him to be a blessing. THANK YOU!

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2023

Dr. Macchia is an extraordinary physician The clinic is very fortunate to have obtained his level of training and experience

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023

Dr. Richard Macchia was very professional, knowledgeable and caring.

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2023

An exceptionally outstanding doctor.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

Dr. Macchia is a great choice if you're looking for the very best in urological care. I feel very fortunate that I managed to find him, you won't be disappointed.

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2023

The experience was very good. The doctor was friendly and he explained very well about my symptoms.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

I was extremely pleased with Dr. Macchia's assistance in getting me an appointment with the appropriate specialist.

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2023

Dr. Macchia discussed my problem with me and offered helpful advice.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2023

Dr. Macchiato was extremely thorough, professional and respectful. I would highly recommend him and would see him again.

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2023

Again, I don't have words to thank Dr. Macchia and his staff!

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2023

The Dr explain very good about my condition, to me

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Your Doctors are always booked up - BUT it is worth waiting for a GREAT Doctor!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Dr. Macchia is an OUTSTANDING physician! In addition to all of his knowledge, his bedside manner is superb too!

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2023

Even though it is quite a drive from Miami to Cleveland Clinic it is worth it to get to see a Dr. Like Dr. Macchia!

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2023

Dr. Macchia is one of the best physicians that I have seen. He gave me such detailed explanations and was extremely through.

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2023

We have been to other physicians concerning my condition and it was Dr. Macchia and his assistants who made me feel like they cared,Follow up care was explained and phone calls kept me aware of future plans

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2023

My Doctor Dr Macchia was very respectful and informative

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

He reviewed his notes from my previous visit, asked questions to determine my overall health and took his time in providing explanations. An excellent doctor.

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2023

Caring and professional doctor, explained everything in detail and took the time to answer my questions appropriately.

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2023

Best doctor

Reviewed on May 17, 2023

Dr. Macchia was one of the best, if not the best, doctors I have ever been to. He was so kind, professional, gentle, and treated me (was as concerned for me) as one of his family members. Cannot say enough good things about him to everyone I know.

Reviewed on May 10, 2023

The doctor was great. He took his time and he did a great job examining me. I'm moving out of town the next couple months and when my next examination, I'm flying back just to see him that's how good he is.

Reviewed on May 3, 2023

Fabulous doctor and staff!

Reviewed on Apr 26, 2023

Dr Macchia is an excellent Dr and an asset to Cleveland Clinic. He is extremely knowledgeable and caring. Since I'm a white coat he may occasionally add in something humorous during his examination to help reduce tension. Highly recommend. Other Drs & interns could learn a great deal from Dr Macchia not only medically but how to treat a patient.

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2023

Dr Macchia is a gem. He's attentive, caring, takes time to explain. If it were not for the time it takes to get an appointment, I'd recommend him and Cleveland Clinic to others.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2023

Dr Macchia is exceptional and should be honored. He came to the waiting room to call me in and took care of the entire visit. His knowledge and professionalism are rare in todays medical world. I will always value Dr Macchia's advice.

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2023

Doctors were remarkable.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2023

Excelent doctor. I felt very confudent and secure with his acute approach, very well explained.

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2023

Doctor Macchia was excellent. It was my first time seeing him and my experience was very good. He is very knowledgeable. He was very nice and he explained everything very well. He even took time to write everything down for me to make sure I understood. I will continue my treatment with him and I recommend him highly.

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2023

Exellant Doctor!!!

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023

Dr. Macchiato is the best

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

Very good and pleasant experience. Dr. Macchia bedside manners are flawless

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2023

I had an extremely pleasant experience with the doctor and his staff. Great customer service great attitudes and great follow up.

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2023

Overall a great experience and an amazing doctor couldn't speak any better of him and his staff.

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2023

Doctor made me feel comfortable. He was very personable. He was one of the best Doctors I have seen so far at Cleveland Clinic. Answered all my questions. Would recommend him to others. Was a positive visit.

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2023

Dr. Macchia is a great professional and a very caring Dr.

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2023

Dr. Macchia was very thorough

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2023

I would recommend Dr. Macchia to anyone including any member of my family.

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