MAYWOOD, Ill. – Robert C. Flanigan, MD, chair of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Urological Association (AUA).
The AUA is the largest urological association in the world, with more than 22,000 member urologists and urologic professionals from the United States and other countries. Urology is a surgical specialty that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. The AUA’s mission is to promote the highest standards of urological clinical care through education and research, and through the formulation of healthcare policy.
Dr. Flanigan, who lives in Clarendon Hills, will begin a one-year term as president-elect in May, 2017 and a one-year term as president in May, 2018.
AUA presidents are elected, on a rotating basis, by geographic sections of the AUA. Dr. Flanigan was elected by the North Central Section, one of the AUA’s largest sections. Dr. Flanigan is a former president of the North Central Section, and served as AUA Secretary from 2007 to 2012. During his term as secretary, Dr. Flanigan advanced the AUA's international education plan and directed the establishment of the Urology Core Curriculum, the first educational tool of its kind.
Dr. Flanigan is the Albert J. Jr. and Claire R. Speh professor and chair of the Department of Urology of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Flanigan has been department chair since 1986. He is a winner of the Stritch Medal, the highest honor bestowed on a Stritch faculty member or alum and is an honorary member of many urological societies worldwide.
Dr. Flanigan is a member of dozens of medical and scientific societies and has been named to local and national top physician lists, including Chicago magazine’s recently published 2016 Top Doctors list.
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.