Martha Terris

Department Chair

Martha Terris

Department Chair


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Surgery: Urology

The Graduate School

College of Allied Health Sciences
Department of Physician Assistant

Other Duties

Section Chief, Surgery, Urology

Witherington Distinguished Chair in Urology, Surgery, Urology

Co-Director, Cancer Center


Dr. Terris received her general surgery training at Duke University and urologic surgery training at Stanford University. Her urologic oncology fellowship training, also at Stanford, focused on prostate cancer diagnosis and staging. After completion of her training, she remained at Stanford as faculty member in the Department of Urology and Chief of Urology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center where she was successful in accrual funding, mentoring resident/student research, published extensively, participated in numerous clinical trials, and maintained a busy clinical practice. Dr. Terris joined the faculty at GHSU and the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 2002. She was named 2003-2004 Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar. Dr. Terris assumed the position of Program Director for the Urology Residency Training Program in 2003, Chief of Urology and serves as president of the Society of Urology Chairs and Program Directors and is a member of the Residency Review Committee for Urology. She has been repeatedly named to Top Doctors in America and America’s Best Doctors.

  • (706) 721-9977
  • BA 8412


  • MD, Medicine University of Mississippi, 1986

  • BS, Biology/Biological Sciences, General Mississippi State University, 1982


  • PHY GA Board of Medical Examiners, 2003

  • Urology American Board of Urology, 1997

  • PHY GA Board of Medical Examiners, 2003

Awards & Honors

  • American Urological Association’s 2022 Distinguished Service Award AUA, 2022

  • AUA Research Award AUA, 2022

  • Top Doc Award 2022

  • America's Top Docs in Cancer 2016

  • Top Docs 2016

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • RURO 5000

  • SURG 5000

    Basic Clkshp in SURG
  • RSUR 5000

  • SURG 5007

    Surgery Sub-I
  • SURG 5350

    Urology Externship

Teaching Interests

Prostate Cancer, Kidney Cancer and Bladder Cancer, Robotic Surgery


Selected Recent Publications

  • Validation of the prostate cancer comorbidity index in predicting cause-specific mortality in men undergoing radical prostatectomy, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Red Blood Cell Distribution Width Is Associated with All-cause Mortality but Not Adverse Cancer-specific Outcomes in Men with Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer Treated with Radical Prostatectomy: Findings Based on a Multicenter Shared Equal Access Regional Cancer Hospital Registry., 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Oncocytoma-Related Gene Signature to Differentiate Chromophobe Renal Cancer and Oncocytoma Using Machine Learning, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Pathologic upgrading in favorable intermediate risk active surveillance patients: Clinical heterogeneity and implications for active surveillance decision, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Pudendal nerve block prior to inflatable penile prosthesis implantation: decreased intra-operative narcotic requirements, 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Prostate Cancer

Department Service

  • MAS 2016 - 2022

    Role: Committee Member
  • Rinker Urological Meeting 2008 - 2017

    Role: Other
  • Mentor undergrad students 2015 - 2016

    Role: Mentor

College Service

  • MCG Physician Informaticists Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2013 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Prostate Cancer Prostate Diseases 2013 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member
  • Journal of Surgical Oncology 2010 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Canadian Journal of Urology 2008 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Urology 2002 - Present

    Role: Editorial Review Board Member