Dr. Darrell Carmen of Georgia Urology may be a noted physician, but first and foremost heâ€™s a father. The Fatherâ€™s Day Council, a philanthropic nonprofit, recognizes this. On June 29 at the College Football Hall of Fame in Downtown Atlanta, Dr. Carmen will be one of a handful of Georgia-based recipients honored at the Fatherâ€™s Day Councilâ€™s Father of the Year Awards benefitting the American Diabetes Association.
This ceremony salutes men in Georgia who keep their families as the number one priority in their lives while simultaneously juggling challenging careers and community interaction. These annual awards, which take place in select cities across the country, attempt to heighten awareness of the importance of fatherhood.
â€œOften times weâ€™re defined by the professions we choose,â€ said Dr. Carmen, â€œor the degrees and career accomplishments we attain along the way. At the end of the day, the gift of fatherhood is the greatest honor and privilege Iâ€™ll ever receive.â€
In addition to receiving the Father of the Year Tribute Trophy, Dr. Carmen will be celebrated as a community leader and devoted dad in the form of a video presentation. He will be sharing the spotlight as part of a quartet of distinguished honorees, who also serve as forerunners in their respective communities. In addition to Dr. Carmen, the Father of the Year Awards honors Vince Dooley, former University of Georgia head football coach and director of athletics; David V. Martin, Ph.D, former executive director of the Georgia Council on Economic Education; and Thomas Carroll, head of division wealth management at SunTrust Bank.
Proceeds from event ticket sales help support the American Diabetes Association. This organization strives to prevent and cure diabetes, and improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. Together since 2000, the Fatherâ€™s Day Council and the American Diabetes Association have raised more than $40 million for the American Diabetes Association.
â€œAs a urologist, I frequently see ailments caused or complicated by diabetes,â€ Dr. Carmen said. â€œWhile my goal is to be the best father I can be, I also hope to leave the world a bit healthier than I found it. Iâ€™m happy to see this fundraiser attempting to do just that.â€
Dr. Carmen, a married father of two, is a member of the American Urological Association, National Medical Association, American Association of Clinical Urologists, and American College of Surgeons. With specialized training in robotic surgery and InterStim therapy, Dr. Carmen has urologic expertise in prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, penile implant surgery, urinary incontinence, and kidney stones.