Dr. Anthony Malizia Jr., a prominent Buckhead urologist with a list of notable patients such as Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus and Chick Fil A President Dan T. Cathy, died at his home Thursday afternoon.
A memorial service for Malizia will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at H.M. Patterson and Son-Spring Hill Chapel, 1020 Spring St., according to the funeral home's web site.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office said Malizia, 58, died of a gunshot wound to the head. The wound was self-inflicted, according to police reports.
Malizia in July left the Malizia Clinic, founded with Marcus and other of his prominent former patients. The clinic was renamed the Jenkins Clinic after Howard M. Jenkins, chairman of Publix Supermarkets and the clinic's chairman of the board and president.
"Dr. Anthony Malizia was a doctor of the finest order who always provided patient-focused care," the Jenkins Clinic said in a statement Friday. "Tony was a learned man who treated his patients with gentility and compassion. Our physicians and staff are saddened by his loss and extend our sympathies to his family."
Police spokesman Curtis Davenport said homicide units responded Thursday afternoon to the report of a man found dead at the luxury townhomes at 39 W. Wesley Road, near its intersection with Peachtree Road. The man was discovered by his wife on the walkway in front of their home, Davenport said. The weapon was found at the scene. There was no indication of a crime, Davenport said.
According to media reports, Malizia was forced In July to step down from the clinic he founded in 2009 along with Marcus, Jenkins, Cathy and other prominent patients.
Other founders on the board include Robert S. Martin, chairman and CEO of Boar’s Head Provisions Co.; Robert Fisher, chairman and CEO of Investors Equity and Wesley International; and Judge G. Conley Ingram, a former Georgia Supreme Court Justice.
According to an Atlanta Business Chronicle report, Malizia left the Malizia clinic, renamed Jenkins Clinic, because of its poor economic performance during the recession. The clinic followed the operations of the Mayo Clinic, where Malizia had trained, according to the news release about its founding.
A July 1 letter from Jenkins to clinic patients said, "Dr. Anthony Malizia has retired from Malizia Clinic. In conjunction with this, the name Malizia Clinic has been changed to Jenkins Clinic, and I have been named president."
Marcus in a statement at the founding of the clinic said he was impressed when he began treatment with Malizia by the doctor's personal care and attention to details.
“When I met with Dr. Malizia, I did not get the standard 7 minute treatment; instead he spent over an hour with me to determine the cause of my problem,” Marcus said. Malizia then accompanied Marcus to London and there assisted with the necessary procedure.
Marcus and the other partners founded the clinic in an effort to match that level of care here, the 2009 news release said.
"These prominent men felt that doctors should be able to practice without the restraints and high volume imposed by today’s managed health care system," the news release said. "They moved forward with their plans for a state-of-the-art medical facility, integrating patient-focused health care with clinical research and advanced training for medical professionals. "