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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.”

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Loyola Medicine is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) in Melrose Park, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from more than 1,750 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. The medical center campus is also home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. GMH is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments in a convenient community setting at eight locations. Loyola Medicine is a member of Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems with 94 hospitals in 22 states.

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Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.