President of AUA: Robert Flanigan, MD | News | Loyola Medicine
Monday, March 7, 2016

Loyola Medicine urologist Robert C. Flanigan, MD, elected president of American Urological Association

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.  

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood 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. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park 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 in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 94 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, 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 $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 133,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity 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.