Thursday, January 16, 2014

Robert C. Flanigan, MD, named one of 'Legends of Urology'

MAYWOOD, Ill. – Robert C. Flanigan, MD, chair of the Department of Urology of Loyola University Medical Center, has been honored by the Canadian Journal of Urology in its “Legends in Urology” series.

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.”

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.