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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Loyola Urologist Robert Flanigan, MD, Receives American Urological Association's Highest Honor

Robert Flanigan, MD

MAYWOOD, IL – The American Urological Association has given Robert C. Flanigan, MD, chair of Loyola Medicine’s department of urology, the association’s highest honor.

Dr. Flanigan received the association’s 2017 Ramon Guiteras Award, given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology. The award is named after the founder of the AUA, the largest urological association in the world.

The association cited Dr. Flanigan for his “outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology as a surgeon, educator, leader and investigator, most notably in the field of uro-oncology.”

Dr. Flanigan is president-elect of the AUA, which has 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, research and the formulation of healthcare policy.

Dr. Flanigan, who lives in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, 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 also 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 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.     

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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.