James K. Bennett, M.D., F.A.C.S.

updateDr Bennett 2012Dr. Bennett is a Georgia native whose enthusiasm for medicine began at Clark College in 1976 where he graduated summa cum laude. After receiving his medical degree from Duke University in 1979, Dr. Bennett attended Emory University, where he completed an internship in surgery and a residency in urology. His enthusiasm continues today through the establishment of a urology practice providing quality health care.

Honored as the National Medical Association Practitioner of the Year in 1999 and recipient of the Nash-Carter award in 2014. Dr. Bennett is an activist in the treatment and education of prostate cancer.  He was the first Georgia urologist to perform cryosurgical ablation of the prostate.  He also created an educational film featuring Dr. Louis Sullivan entitled “Prostate Cancer in Black Men,” which has been used nationwide by the American Cancer Society.  Dr. Bennett’s video credits include “The Next River to Cross“, narrated by Les Brown, as well as, “Prostate Cancer” which was narrated by Sydney Poitier.

Dr. Bennett gained recognition for his innovative research in an April 2002 article in the Atlanta Tribune entitled “Battling Killer with Cutting Edge Research.” Black Enterprise named Dr. Bennett as one of America’s leading African-American doctors in 2001 and again in 2008.  In addition, he received the Buddy Childers Award from the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition in September 2001 for his outstanding efforts in the battle against prostate cancer. In March 2011, he received the Native Citizen Award from the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce and in February 2012, he received the Pinnacle Leadership Award from the Fortitude Educational and Cultural Development Center, Inc. In 2012, he was nominated as Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctor and Super doctor in the area of urology. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Black Health Magazine during their national awards banquet. In 2013, Dr. Bennett was nominated as the recipient of the Pathways of Excellence Award by the Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association.

He is the author of over 40 scientific medical articles on urologic topics and often conducts symposia in the medical field. Dr. Bennett’s research endeavors include clinical trials generated by the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical companies as well as “in-house” studies designed and managed by Midtown Urology’s Division of Medical Research. He is also founder of two non-profits, the Community Health and Men’s Promotion Summit (CHAMPS) and the Midtown Urology Health and Education Foundation (MUHEF), that aim to bring raise awareness of the importance of early detection and prevention concerning health issues for the community, especially in the area of urology.

Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery, Dr. Bennett holds several additional academic honors and ranks: he is clinically affiliated with Emory University, Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and is Assistant Medical Director at Emory University Hospital Midtown. Dr. Bennett formerly served on the Board of Trustees at Clark Atlanta University and for over 2 years served as Commissioner for the State of Georgia’s Commission on Men’s Health, which was appointed by former Governor Roy E. Barnes. Most recently, he was named an alumni “game changer” in the field of medicine in the summer 2011 publication of the Clark Atlanta University Magazine.

He is a member of the following medical associations:

Jenelle E. Foote, M.D., F.A.C.S.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgery, Dr. Foote is a pioneer in medical research of female urology and sexual Jenelle E. Foote, M.D., F.A.C.S.dysfunction. A native Ohioan, she received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in 1984. She then met internship and primary residency requirements in surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and trained in urology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She completed her fellowship in female urology, incontinence, and reconstructive surgery at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. In addition to her academic background, Dr. Foote gained recognition in a 2002 article in Women in Medicine magazine, as well as being named one of Atlanta Magazine‘s Best Docs in 1999.

In 2012, she was selected by her peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in the Atlanta Super Doctors. Dr. Foote was also featured in the Atlanta Tribune article “Savvy Doctor Battles Incontinence in Women” and in 2001, Black Enterprise named Dr. Foote as one of the “Top African-American Doctors in the United States.” She was also recently nominated by Black Health Magazine during their 2012 National Black Health Awards Banquet honoring Atlanta’s most influential African American Doctors.

Dr. Foote is a practicing urologist and is the vice-president at Midtown Urology, P.C and Midtown Urology Surgical Center. She holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Foote is actively involved in clinical research where she is the Principal Investigator for trials conducted at Midtown Urology, P.C, as well as Shepherd Spinal Center. She is a frequent speaker to both professional and lay groups.

She is a member of the following medical associations and societies:

Paul Alphonse Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr Alphonse portraitDr. Alphonse is a “New York to Florida transplant”and descendant of Haitian immigrants who began his enthusiasm for medicine in 1993 where he graduated cum laude in Biology from the University of Central Florida. After receiving his medical degree with “High Honors in Research” from the University of Florida, he finished his urology training at the prestigious Scott Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Alphonse has been involved in many medical mission projects such as “C.H.O.R.E.S” (Grenada) and “Project Haiti”, which provide health, education and medical care to the underprivileged in developing countries.

He is the immediate past president of the Atlanta Medical Association (AMA) and current chairman of the board. In 2004, Dr. Alphonse joined the team of medical and research experts at Midtown Urology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgery. Dr. Alphonse has been involved in many Men’s health initiatives including the Atlanta-based CHAMPS Men’s Health Fair, numerous city-wide prostate screenings at local hospital, churches and clinics.

Dr. Alphonse has co-authored peer review articles for “Prostate Cancer Quarterly” on Perineal Prostatectomy. Dr. Alphonse has also written articles for the “The Atlanta Voice.” Occasionally he even has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Michael Baisden Show”.

In such an early career, he has received numerous accolades and awards. The most notable are the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society Research Award, the 2006 Atlanta Medical Association Young Physician of the Year, and the 2008 University of Florida Most Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Dr. Alphonse is a member of the Board of Directors of the University of Florida Medical Alumni Association. This lead to a featured article entitled Talk of the Town in the 2009 Fall issue of the University of Florida Magazine. He also served as the immediate past Chief of Urology at Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Alphonse is the youngest and first African-American to hold such a position. Dr. Alphonse currently serves as the President of the Atlanta Medical Association.

Dr. Alphonse treats a wide variety of urology, yet his professional interests include urinary stone disease, urological cancers, erectile dysfunction and infertility. Dr. Alphonse is a member of the following medical associations and societies:

  • American Urological Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Atlanta Medical Association
  • National Medical Association
  • Endourological Society
  • Sexual Medicine Society of North America
  • Georgia State Medical Association
  • Medical Association of Atlanta

Innocent Rukundo, P.A.-C.

Innocent Rukundo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Professions with a certificate in Physician Assistant in 2006. From 2003-04 he served as the representative for the Kettering College of Medical Arts to the Student American Academy of Physicians Assistants.

Since joining Midtown Urology in 2007, Innocent has played an integral role in patient care. Innocent has been involved in several community outreach programs speaking on men’s health issues and participating in various health fairs.

He is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Physicians Assistants
  • Georgia Association of Physician Assistants

Kimberly Malejko, P.A.-C.

The newest member of our team, Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from University of Georgia and a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University.

She has volunteered at Mercy Health Center and Athens Regional Medical Center. She has also served as a mentor with the Clarke County Mentoring program.

She is a member of the following organizations:

  • American Academy of Physicians Assistants
  • Georgia Association of Physician Assistants