Dawn Scarzella, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a Board Certified Urologist and recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
She has over 14 years of experience in the practice of Urology and is a proud partner of Dr. Omar Ortiz-Alvarado who has joined from the staff at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Dr. Ortz-Alvarado has had fellowship training in Endourology, Kidney Stone Disease
and Laparoscopy. His skills in all areas in addition to state of the art sub-specialty training have complimented our diverse group. Both doctors are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Aaron Brafman, a South Florida native who received his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine and his his Surgical Internship and Urology Residency at the University of Florida Shands Hospital. Dr. Aaron Brafman has been a star from the start and practices all facets of Urology.
Dr. Scarzella grew up in Annapolis, Maryland where she attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a double degree in Microbiology and Psychology.
She then went on to receive her M.D. from the George Washington School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
She completed her Urology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Taking a special interest in the treatment of female urological conditions, she attended highly specialized training, where she has studied incontinence treatment techniques with internationally recognized urologists.
Dr. Scarzella has expertise in the areas of female urology, urinary incontinence and other urogynecological disorders. She also treats all male conditions including BPH, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, performs
vasectomies, and manages stone disease in both men and women.
She is an invited lecturer at specialty conferences, sits on the advisory board of the MS Society and is an active member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Urological Association (AUA), and an advocate for The Society for Women in Urology.
Why did I go into Urology?
I get asked this all the time. A female that chooses Urology is so rare. My father,
Dr. Giulio I. Scarzella is a Urologist, and my Mom is an R.N. so I was introduced to the world of medicine early on. My Dad would take me on "rounds" with him at the hospital when I was very young. I saw how passionate he was about his specialty and how important he was to so many people. His patients adored him. I worked in his office filing and answering phones when I was a teenager through college. I was exposed to a specialty that many others in medical school did not even have a glimpse of, but never did I ever think of going into a field that was made up of less than 1% women.
Medicine became my dream. So onward I went, through the well known rigorous world of a "must have straight A's" college student, through the MCATS, and then .... GW Med.
The day comes though when you have to
make this life altering decision, "What specialty are you going to match in?"
I am grateful everyday to my Dad for helping me choose the world of Urology as my world. I have such a special niche that I am honored to fill. There are still only 8% of urologists that are women today and over half of them see pediatrics only. I have often been the only woman in the room throughout my career!
I am proud to be making a difference with every patient I care for. I appreciate the diversity of treating both male and females with their different conditions and personalities. My patients have become my extended family over the years.
They are a part of my life, and I have become a part of theirs.