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Urologic Specialist in Albany, GA

Michael D. Daugherty, D.O.

Dr. Michael D. Daugherty earned his undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Kansas City, Missouri in 1996. He served an internship at Suncoast Hospital, Nova Southeastern University in Largo, Florida.

Michael B. Monahan, D.O.

Dr. Michael B. Monahan was born and raised in Albany, GA. He attended Deerfield Windsor. He then earned his undergraduate from the University of Georgia and obtained a dual degree in microbiology and biology. He then earned his Doctorate at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Monahan completed a residency in general surgery at Botsford Hospital and was the co-chief resident in Urology. 

Khaled Ajib, MD

Khaled Ajib, MD, is a urologist with Albany Urology Clinic. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the American University of Beirut, Dr. Ajib earned his medical degree from the University of Balamand. He completed his residency in urology at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center.

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Dr. Governor H. Henderson III, DNP

Dr. Governor H. Henderson III, DNP earned an undergraduate degree from Fort Valley State University, where he majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2012. He subsequently earned his BSN from Valdosta State University in 2014, and a Master of Nursing from South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2018.

Rodney Siau, MSN

Mr. Rodney Siau earned his Associate Degree in Science Nursing in 1990 from Darton College, Albany, Georgia. In 1993, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Science Nursing from Georgia Southwestern College, Americus.  In June of 1998, he earned his Master of Science Nursing degree from Albany State University Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Community Health.

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Steven Snipes, PA

Steven Snipes is the Physician Assistant for Albany Urology Clinic. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology when he graduated Cum Laude from Georgia Southern University. He continued his education at Emory University School of Medicine where he was an honors graduate and received his Masters in Medical Science and Physician Assistant license.

Katie Hockman, FNP

Katie Hockman is a Nurse Practitioner at Albany Urology Clinic & Surgery Center. She received her undergraduate nursing degree from Valdosta State University. She then went on to graduate school earning her degree in Family Nurse Practitioner at Walden University.

Kathy Cooper FNP-BC

Kathy Cooper FNP-BC is a Nurse Practitioner at Albany Urology Clinic and Surgery Center. She graduated from Darton College Nursing School, where she was awarded the “Outstanding Nurse Student” by her professors. She completed her undergraduate work at Thomas University.

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The Difference Between a D.O. and M.D.

A physician who is a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) is held to the same standards as an MD. They both attend four years of medical school and complete their training during the same residency programs. A surgeon who wants to be board certified in a specialty will take similar tests for certification, regardless of whether they are a DO or an MD. The differences between a DO and an MD stem from differences in teaching styles and focus during medical school. Osteopathic schools have long instructed medical students in looking at the whole patient, rather than the injured or diseased part. 

While this was a major difference in the past, MD programs are also embracing the “whole person” approach, so this difference is not as notable as it once was. Both schools are now educating future doctors to be aware of the patient as a whole person, not a set of symptoms.

DO students are also educated in Osteopathic Medical Treatment (OMT), which is body manipulation similar to that which is done by chiropractors. Not all DO physicians use OMT in their practice.

For example, imagine a patient who goes to his family physician because of chronic headaches. A patient who has a headache who goes to an MD will likely to be examined and tested thoroughly for medical reasons for a headache, while a DO may include manipulation of the neck in his evaluation.

In the end, you should choose a surgeon based upon his proficiency with the procedure you need, his willingness to answer your questions thoroughly and the willingness to work toward your goals as a patient. The DO versus MD issue is really a non-issue when selecting a surgeon.

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