Frank Glover accepts the 2012 Practitioner of the Year Award from the National Medical Association in New Orleans.
ALBANY — A physician in Southwest Georgia was recently recognized for contributions he has made to patients not only to this region, but to the ones in need overseas.
Dr. Frank Glover, medical director of the Urology Institute and Continence Center, which has offices in Albany, Moultrie and Thomasville, was recently awarded the 2012 Practitioner of the Year Award from the National Medical Association (NMA).
The award was presented to him in July at the NMA Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in New Orleans.
“I’m particularly humbled because it speaks to what my peers think of me,” Glover said.
Glover, originally from Savannah, received a degree in biochemistry from the University of Georgia. He received his medical degree from the John Hopkins School of Medicine, as well as a Doctor of Public Health degree with an emphasis on international health from the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health — now the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Along the way, he developed an interest in medical missions. While at Hopkins, his missions included two months in Liberia and three months in Zaire.
Recently, he has been working in conjunction with Liberia’s ministry of health to establish residency training programs in the African country, a nation with 3.8 million people and less than 200 doctors.
The idea is to train enough doctors to scatter throughout the country who can perform the skill sets in certain specialties, and to put the supplies in their hands to do it as a means to empower the region’s physicians to better improve quality of life in the country.
It’s part of an ongoing mission, said Glover, who is planning to travel to the country again in November.
“It’s a push that has involved a lot of people,” he said. “My first trip to Liberia was 25 years ago, and I developed a love for the people there — and as an outgrowth of my Christian faith — I am trying to help people.”
There is also some attention paid to the mental health and spiritual needs of the Liberian people as well, Glover said.
“(We address) the total needs of the person,” he said.
Glover completed his residency in urology at the University of Florida.
He has done research, which has been published, on the epidemiological and familial patterns of prostate cancer in Jamaica.
He is credited for discovering the world’s highest rate of prostate cancer in the island nation in 1996.
“While a student, I was exposed to international students who had heard that the cancer rate there was high,” Glover said.
“I lived there for two years looking at family history and incidence rate (and found that it was high).”
There is still some studying that Glover said he intends to do on the subject.
“I will be going over there in a couple of weeks (for genetic linkage studies) to look at causes of prostate cancer there,” he said.
The physician, a father of three, began working in private practice in Southwest Georgia in 1997.
He received a master’s degree in Biblical Studies at the Dallas Theological Seminary in 2010.
With this education, he is able to not only help with medical needs, but also actively engage in the spiritual needs component of his missions.
“I’m proud of the fact that God has given me the opportunity to learn things and to help other people,” he said. “I do surgery, but I also preach the gospel and do baptism.
“I put my Christian faith into action.”
Meanwhile, he maintains a passion for his patients in Southwest Georgia.
“I enjoy what I do. I enjoy the interactions with patients,” he said. “It warms my heart.”
In addition to Albany, Moultrie and Thomasville, he also has patients that he sees in Cairo as well as Mitchell and Crisp counties.