Dr. Flanigan, who lives in Clarendon Hills, Ill., has been chair of Loyola’s Urology Department since 1986. Dr. Flanigan has received the Stritch Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an alum or faculty member of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He is a member of dozens of medical and scientific societies and has been named to local and national top physician lists.
Dr. Flanigan has been involved in basic and clinical research throughout his career. He has served as president of the American Board of Urology, president of the Society of Urologic Oncology and president of the Society of University Urologists. He was founder and first president of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors. He was president of the American Urological Association's North-Central Section and the AUA secretary for five years. During his term as secretary, he advanced the AUA's international education plan and established the Urology Core Curriculum.
Dr. Flanigan is the Albert J. and Claire R. Speh professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Stritch.
“My career at Loyola has been more rewarding than I could have ever have imagined,” Dr. Flanigan wrote in an essay for the Legends in Urology series. “I have had great administrative leadership to work with, terrific partners, wonderful residents and fellows, and remarkable patients."
Dr. Flanigan wrote that throughout his career in academic medicine he has tried to “do my very best to be a good clinician, teacher and researcher."
In concluding his essay, he wrote: “Always be dedicated to your patients and try in every way to do your very best for them. Last but not least, always remember that there are so many wonderful people worldwide, the vast majority of whom you will never meet, who may need your help.”