Section on Urology

Section on Urology
The Urology Medal is one of the highest honors conferred upon pediatric urologists. The award is
presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology to individuals who have made
outstanding contributions to the field of pediatric urology.
Recipients receive a bronze medallion embossed with the Della Robbia — the swaddled baby symbol
that dates back to the Middle Ages when eight larger medallions adorned the foundling hospital
Ospedale Delli Innocenti in Florence, Italy. The Della Robbia has been the official insignia of the
American Academy of Pediatrics since the early 1940s.
After a tribute to their longstanding career by a colleague, the Urology Medal is presented to the
honoree. The medalist and spouse receive registration fees, three night's lodging, and round-trip airfare
to the meeting.
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2013 Howard M. Snyder III, MD, FAAP
Edmond T. Gonzales, Jr., MD, FAAP
Stuart B. Bauer, MD, FAAP
Stephen A. Koff, MD, FAAP
Bernard M. Churchill, MD FRCS(C) FAAP
Michael E. Mitchell, MD FAAP
George W. Kaplan, MD FAAP
A. Barry Belman, MD, MS, FAAP
R. Dixon Walker, MD FAAP
Rudolf Hohenfellner, MD
Barry O'Donnell, MD, Hon FAAP
Terry D. Allen, MD FAAP
Philip G. Ransley, MD, Hon FAAP
John R. Woodard, MD, FAAP
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Robert D. Jeffs, MD, FAAP
John W. Duckett, Jr., MD, FAAP
Alan D. Perlmutter, MD, FAAP
Panayotis P. Kelalis, MD, FAAP
Victor A. Politano, MD, FAAP
Alan B. Retik, MD, FAAP
W. Hardy Hendren, III, MD
Lowell R. King, MD, FAAP
Frank Hinman, Jr., MD, FAAP
Jack Lapides, MD
J. Herbert Johnston, MD, Hon FAAP
John K. Lattimer, MD, FAAP
F. Douglas Stephens, FRACS, Hon FAAP
David Innes Williams, MD, Hon FAAP
Harry M. Spence, MD, Hon FAAP
9 2013 Medalist — Howard M. Snyder III, MD, FAAP
Dr Snyder graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He has worked at The Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia for more than three decades, where he is currently Director of Surgical Teaching. He
served for over 20 years in the Active Reserves and Army Medical Corps before retiring as Colonel.
Dr Snyder is a Regent of the American College of Surgeons and is a former Trustee of the American Board of
Urology. The British Urologic Association honored him with the St. Paul's Medal, their highest award for
contributions to urology by a non-British citizen.
Dr Snyder pioneered many of the reconstructive pediatric urologic procedures currently in use for neuropathic
bladder. He worked with the late Dr John Duckett to develop many of the one-stage approaches to
hypospadias. Dr Snyder resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Mimi, and two dogs.
2012 Medalist — Edmond T. Gonzales, Jr., MD, FAAP
Dr Gonzales is Chair of Pediatric Urology at Baylor College of Medicine and Head of the Department of
Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Urology Service at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.
Throughout his career, including twenty years as Chair of the Pediatrics Urology Fellowship Committee (of all
fellowship program chairs), he has worked toward establishing formal, structured training programs in
Pediatric Urology.
Dr Gonzales was Chair and Secretary of the AAP Section on Urology as well as inaugural chair of the then
Surgical Action Committee of the Council of Sections. He is past president of the Society for Pediatric
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2011 Medalist — Stuart B. Bauer, MD, FAAP
Dr. Bauer earned a bachelor's degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Chemistry at Brooklyn College in 1964 and a
medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in 1968. After interning at
King County Hospital in Seattle (1969) and serving 2 years as a captain in the US Army during the Vietnam
War, he completed his postgraduate training in Surgery and Urology at Tufts-New England Medical Center in
Boston in 1975. During his Urology residency he had an elective at the Middlesex Hospital in London with Mr.
Richard Turner Warwick (1974). After completing his Urology residency he became a member of the Pediatric
Urology service at Tufts-NEMCH for 2 years and then joined the Division of Urology at Children's Hospital in
1977. He advanced up the academic ladder being promoted to Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Harvard
Medical School in 2000.
His entire career has been devoted to advancing the understanding of lower urinary tract function in children.
As such, he have authored 155 original scientific articles, written chapters in 60 books, co-edited a book on
Pediatric Urology for Primary Care physicians, been a visiting professor at 20 academic institutions (8 in
foreign countries), a lecturer or invited speaker at 68 meetings and courses (23 in foreign countries) and have
delivered 120 papers at national and international meetings on a wide range of subjects relating to his
research efforts.
He has served on the AAP Section on Urology as Executive Committee member, Secretary, and Chairman.
He is president of the International Children's Continence Society, after having first served 4 years on its
Executive Board. He was also the 2010 recipient of the Paediatric Urology Progress Medal from the World
Federation of Societies for Paediatric Urology, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spina
Bifida Association (of America) in 2012.
2010 Medalist — Stephen A. Koff, MD, FAAP
Dr Koff is a member of the Section of Pediatric Urology at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Professor of
Urology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Named to the list of "Best Doctors in America" in
2008, he received his medical degree from Duke University, followed by internship and residency at the New
York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and the University of Michigan and a fellowship at Alder Hey Children's
Dr Koff's research interests include the pre- and post-natal management of fetal hydronephrosis, the
relationships between dysfunctional elimination, vesicoureteral reflux and urinary tract infection, the
mechanisms for continuing obstructive uropathy in children with posterior urethral valves and neurogenic
bladder, and reconstructive urology of the bladder, external genitalia and continent diversion.
Dr Koff is past president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and has made contributions to pediatric urology in
the areas of hydronephrosis, altered bladder function and reconstructive surgery.
2009 Medalist — Bernard M. Churchill, MD, FRCS(C), FAAP
Dr Churchill received his MD from the University of Alberta and did his urological residency at Harvard and the
University of Toronto. He was chief of the Division of Urology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto for
20 years. For the last 15 years, he has been head of the Clark Morison Children's Urological Center at
University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr Churchill also is the Judith and Robert Winston Chair in Pediatric Urology. His former residents and fellows
hold significant appointments throughout the world. His research has been funded by the Wendy and Ken
Ruby Fund and by the National Institutes of Health.
2008 Medalist — Michael E. Mitchell, MD, FAAP
Dr Mitchell, a pioneer in pediatric urology, is medical director of urology at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
and section chief of pediatric urology at Medical College of Wisconsin. His concept of a valve bladder
syndrome was introduced more than 30 years ago.
A reconstructive surgeon, Dr Mitchell has demonstrated the bladder's enormous reparative potential, such as
in the case of newborns with bladder exstrophy, and he has encouraged complete primary repair of exstrophy.
Dr Mitchell is a former chair of the AAP Section on Urology and sits on the Journal of Pediatric Surgery
editorial board.
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2007 Medalist — George W. Kaplan, MD, FAAP
Dr Kaplan graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1959. He served a rotating internship at
Charity Hospital of Louisiana and then served 3 years in the United States Navy. He was a resident in Urology at Northwestern University and upon completion was appointed Chief of Urology at Children's Memorial
Hospital in Chicago. Relocating to San Diego, CA, he was appointed to the voluntary faculty of the University
of California, San Diego where he was Chief of Pediatric Urology from 1972-1997. In 2009 he was appointed
to the full time faculty, rising to the rank of Distinguished Professor of Clinical Surgery. He was the first
urologist on the West Coast to limit his practice to pediatric urology.
Dr Kaplan served as Secretary/Chairman of the Section on Urology of the AAP and as President of the
Society for Pediatric Urology. He was Secretary of the Section's pre-pubertal testis tumor registry and
produced the initial reports of the registry. Dr. Kaplan was a Trustee of the American Board of Urology from
1991-1997 and served as an examiner for the Board from 1986-2013. He also served on its examination
committee from 1980-1984. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology.
Dr Kaplan has published over 150 peer-reviewed and 75 textbook chapters. These publications cover the
scope of pediatric urology including urinary infections, voiding dysfunction, stones, trauma, tumors, and
reconstructive techniques. He established a fellowship in pediatric urology in 1986, and the fellowship was
one of the early fellowships to be accredited by the ACGME. He was an early advocate of a subspecialty
certificate in pediatric urology and, when certification became available, sat for the examination and was
awarded certification.
2006 Medalist — A. Barry Belman, MD, MS, FAAP
After graduating from Northwestern University Medical School in 1964, Dr Belman completed his urology
residency at Northwestern Medical Center in 1970. He was Attending Pediatric Urologist at Children's
Memorial Hospital Chicago until 1976 when he left Chicago to become the first full-time Chair of Pediatric
Urology at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Dr Belman is Professor Emeritus of Urology and Pediatrics at George Washington University and Chair-man
Emeritus of the Department of Urology at Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC. Dr Belman
served on the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Urology for many years and was secretary of the
Section as well as chairman. He has published a number of articles introducing new concepts in the
management of varicoceles in adolescents as well as tissue sparing surgery for benign testis tumors in prepubertal males. He also co-edited all four volumes of Clinical Pediatric Urology (1976, 1985, 1992, 2002).
Dr Belman is now retired but continues to contribute to the Division of Urology at Children's National both
clinically and at conferences, keeping an active hand in resident and fellow education. The Pediatric Urology
Fellowship in Washington has been named for him.
2005 Medalist — R. Dixon Walker, MD, FAAP
Dr Walker attended the University of Miami Medical School. His surgical internship was at Wake Forest
University and urologic residency at the University of Florida. He was an observer with D.I. Williams.
Dr Walker spent his academic career at the University of Florida where he is currently Professor Emeritus. He
has served as Secretary and President/Chairman of both the SPU and the AAP Section on Urology, and as
Pediatric Section Editor of the Journal of Urology. Prior awards include the AUA Distinguished Service Award
and the AUA Gold Cane Award.
Now retired, Dr Walker is actively involved in environmental issues that affect Florida.
2004 Medalist — Rudolf Hohenfellner, MD
Rudolf Hohenfellner studied medicine in Vienna from 1946 through 1953. From 1953 through 1961 he was at
Vienna University as Resident in Surgery and later Faculty in Urology. In November 1967 Rudolf Hohenfellner
was elected Director of the Department of Urology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany,
and Full Professor of Urology at the Medical School.
Dr Hohenfellner has published more than 600 papers and contributions to textbooks concerning all aspects of
urology. However, pediatric and reconstructive urology were always his main interests. His contributions to
pediatric urology include popularization of the Lich-Grégoir surgical technique for treatment of vesicoureteral
reflux, primary urinary diversion by ureterosigmoidostomy and, later on, Mainz Pouch II
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for children with exstrophy, continent cutaneous urinary diversion in children with rhabdomyosarcoma of the
bladder and prostate and myelomeningocele, buccal mucosa grafting for hypospadias repair and many other
aspects of pediatric urology.
Rudolf Hohenfellner is Past President of the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU) and the Deutsche
Gesellschaft für Urologie, and is a Member and Honorary Member of many renowned national and
international societies . He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and received an Honorary
Doctorate from the Hyogo School of Medicine (Japan) in 1988. In June 1997, Dr Hohenfellner became
Professor Emeritus of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.
2003 Medalist — Barry O'Donnell, MD, Hon FAAP
Dr O'Donnell, a native of Cork, was educated at University College Cork and graduated in 1949. He
completed his postgraduate education in London at Great Ormond Street Hospital and in Boston. Appointed a
surgeon to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin, Ireland, at age 29, he worked there for 37 years and
was instrumental in founding the Children's Research Centre.
He has held posts at the Temple Street Children's University Hospital and National Children's Hospital,
Harcourt Street (closed). He is also past president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, former
president of British Association of Pediatric Surgeons and former Chairman of the British Medical Journal.
Barry O'Donnell, along with Prem Puri, pioneered the sub-ureteric Teflon injection (STING) procedure for
vesico-ureteric reflux.
2002 Medalist — Terry D. Allen, MD, FAAP
Dr Allen attended Baylor Medical College for four before taking an internship and entering the U.S. Air Force
for two years. He then completed a residency in urology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
at Dallas and entered private practice.
In 1971, Dr Allen returned to Southwestern as Associate Professor of Urology with the goal of develop-ing the
subspecialty of pediatric urology at that institution. He went on to become Professor and Chief of Pediatric
Urology with interest in voiding dysfunction, intersex, endocrine disorders, reconstructive urology and the
neurogenic bladder. Dr Allen retired in 1988.
2001 Medalist — Philip G. Ransley, MD, Hon FAAP
Dr Ransley graduated from the University of Cambridge with clinical training at Guy's Hospital and fellowship
at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He was trained by Sir David Innes Williams and appointed to
the staff of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 2004.
Dr Ransley held additional appointments at the St. Peter's Hospitals (Institute of Urology), Guy's Hospital and
University College London as senior lecturer in pediatric urology at the Institute of Child Health. He served on
the Board of the European Society for Paediatric Urology and as its President from 1996-2000. He was made
an honorary fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an honorary fellowship from the Royal College
of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Since his retirement Dr Ransley has been active in several institutions around the world, but in particular at
the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi, Pakistan, where he has established a thriving
pediatric urology unit, providing free treatment for a wide variety of complex pediatric urological
disorders from all over Pakistan.
2000 Medalist — John R. Woodard, MD, FAAP
Dr Woodard earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1957 and completed a
pediatric urology fellowship in New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He served as Director of Pediatric
Urology at the Emory University Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta and as Chief of Urology at Egleston
Children's Hospital at Emory.
Dr Woodard also held faculty appointments at Mercer University in Macon, GA, and the University of West
Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a past President of the Georgia Urological Society and the Society for
Pediatric Urology. He was named Teacher of the Year by Emory urology students in 1992. Dr Woodard
retired in 1999.
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1999 Medalist — Robert D. Jeffs, MD, FAAP (7/14/1924 – 8/28/2006)
Born in Toronto, Dr Robert D. Jeffs put his pre-med education on hold at the age of 17 to join the Canadian
Air Force. After the end of World War II, he resumed his studies, and earned his medical degree from the
University of Toronto. During a fellowship at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, Dr Jeffs became
fascinated by the discipline of pediatric urology, an interest that blossomed into a career-long passion.
Dr Jeffs was the founding chief of Pediatric Urology at Johns Hopkins' Brady Urological Institute in 1975 and
headed that division for more than 20 years. He was one of the world's leading experts on uro-genital
malformations in children, including bladder and cloacal exstrophies, rare congenital conditions in which the
bladder or other inner-abdominal organs develop outside the body. In the 1970s, he devel-oped and perfected
a multistage technique to repair bladder exstrophy and effectively restore normal urinary function and
continence. Considered cutting edge and experimental at the time, Jeffs' method has become the modern-day
standard of care for most children born with this bladder abnormality.
Dr Jeffs' restless academic mind and brilliant surgical skills were matched by the generous heart of a true
caregiver, colleagues say. His other research interests included surgical and nonsurgical therapies for
congenital kidney malformations, ureter abnormalities, pediatric testicular tumors, Wilms tumor and polycystic
kidney disease. During his career, Dr Jeffs authored and co-authored more than 140 research papers, book
chapters and textbooks.
1998 Medalist — John W. Duckett, Jr., MD, FAAP (11/11/1936—2/24/1997)
A native of Dallas, Dr Duckett received his BA from the University of Texas in 1958; four years later he earned
his MD from Johns Hopkins. He also earned an MA at Penn in 1971 and attended the Wharton School's
Advanced Management Program in 1988.
Dr Duckett began his postgraduate training in 1962 with a surgical internship at Boston's Brigham Hospital,
where he returned for a residency in 1965, following service as captain in the U.S. Army's Surgical Research
Unit at the San Antonio Burn Unit from 1963 to 1965. In 1966-67, he held pediatric surgery residencies at
Boston Children's Hospital.
Dr Duckett was a member of several professional and scientific societies including the American Surgical
Association; American Board of Urology; American Urological Association; Society of Pediatric Urology,
where he was president 1989-90; American Academy of Pediatrics, where he was chair of the urology
section, 1979-82; John Morgan Society; and the Philadelphia Urological Society, where he was president
1985-86. In 1992, he was peer selected in the Woodward/White "The Best Doctors in America." He was also
director of urology at CHOP and a contributor and editor of numerous pediatric and urologic texts.
1997 Medalist — Alan D. Perlmutter, MD, FAAP (10/26/1930 – 3/26/2004)
Born and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts, Dr Perlmutter attended Belmont Hill School before graduating
cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega
Alpha Medical Honor Society. He did residency training in surgery, urology, and pediatric surgery at Peter
Bent Brigham Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston. Dr Perlmutter began working at Children's Hospital
in 1964 as its first full-time pediatric urologist. In 1971 he was appointed chief of a new department of pediatric
urology at Children's Hospital in Michigan, where he also became a professor of urology at Wayne State
University in Detroit.
During his 24-year tenure, Dr Perlmutter developed an internationally recognized program in pediatric urology,
launching an accredited postgraduate training program.
Dr Perlmutter was a former president of the American Board of Urology. He was also a co-editor for the
textbook "Campbell's Urology." In his youth, Dr Perlmutter was an athlete who enjoyed hiking, skiing, and
bicycling. He was also an amateur photographer and a skilled pianist. Returning to the Boston area with his
wife in 1995, Dr Perlmutter spent time in retirement nurturing his orchids and sailing.
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1996 Medalist — Panayotis P. Kelalis, MD, FAAP (1/17/1932 – 10/25/2002)
Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dr Kelalis earned a medical degree from Trinity College at the University of Dublin,
Ireland, and trained in general surgery at Dublin hospitals. He completed a fellowship in urology at Mayo
Clinic in Rochester before joining the staff there in 1964. During a medical career that spanned 35 years, he
became internationally known for his contributions to pediatric urology and received the Pediatric Urology
Medal from the Section on Urology of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1996.
A prolific author and lecturer, his bibliography includes more than 250 articles in professional journals.
He was an invited lecturer or presenter at more than 380 medical meetings and conferences around the world
and held memberships in 16 U.S. and international professional societies and seven honorary memberships
in international professional associations. He also was editor of the two-volume textbook Clinical Pediatric
Urology (W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia), now in its third printing.
Dr Kelalis retired from the staff of Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in 2000 after serving as chairman of the
Department of Urology since 1991 and also chaired the clinic's building committee from 1992 to 1999. He
continued forging international relations as chairman of the clinic's International Activities Committee from
1991 to 1999. He served on the staff of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1964 to 1991, and
headed the sections of pediatric urology and urology there for many years. Dr Kelalis also was a professor of
urology at Mayo Medical School. In Jacksonville, Dr Kelalis also treated children at Nemours Children's Clinic
from 1993 to 1997. After his retirement, he continued to assist Nemours' pediatric urologists and help train
medical residents.
1995 Medalist — Victor A. Politano, MD, FAAP (1/13/1919 – 2/13/2010)
Dr Victor Politano attended medical school and did his residency at Duke University before moving to Boston
to accept a faculty position at Harvard University, working at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a pioneer in
the field of urology, Dr Politano was trained to tackle any case of urology, from pediatric to adult. It was not
unusual for him to operate on a child and an adult in the same day.
Dr Politano moved to Miami in 1962 where he developed and chaired the Department of Urology until 1991,
remaining as Chairman Emeritus for several years after Dr Politano earned numerous accolades and awards
during his lengthy career, including the Ramon Guiteras Award from the American Urological Association in
2003 and the Pediatric Urology Medal in 1995. Dr Politano has held many offices, including: President of the
Society of Pediatric Urology, President of the Florida Urologic Association, President of the Southeastern
Section of Urology, President of the Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons, President of the Clinical Society
of Genito-Urinary Surgeons, President of the Confederation of the Americas, and President of the American
Urologic Association.
Dr Politano is best known for developing what is called the Politano-Leadbetter technique to correct vesicoureteral reflux. This procedure revolutionized the treatment of reflux which caused recurrent urinary tract
infections and eventual renal impairment from progressive hydronephrosis and infection. The principle of the
surgery was to restore a submucosal tunnel and thus eliminate the reflux of urine to the kidney during
increased bladder pressure as in the process of voiding.
In 1982, patients and friends raised close to 2 million dollars, and the Victor Politano Chair in Urology was
established by the Board of Trustees. Dr Politano, called "Chief" by his residents, was awarded the
Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award by UM in 1995. Dr Politano left UM in 1997 to go into private practice
until 2005.
1994 Medalist — Alan B Retik, MD, FAAP
Dr Alan B. Retik, MD received a B.A. from Cornell University and an MD from Cornell Medical School. He
trained at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He was involved in cancer research for
two years at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda Maryland. Dr Retik undertook further specialization in
pediatric urologic surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in London. He also worked as a research fellow in
the laboratory of Dr Joseph E. Murray.
Dr Retik has been one of the primary editors of three editions of Campbell's Urology. He has been a visiting
professor at more than 100 institutions nationally and internationally. His bibliography comprises over 350
contributions to scientific literature, including editorship of several texts. In recognition of his academic
achievements and leadership qualities, he served as a Professor of Surgery (Urology) by Harvard Medical
School since 1981.
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Dr Retik has served numerous leadership positions including President of the Society for Pediatric Urology of
the American Urological Association, and President of the New England Section of the American Urological
Association. He serves as Urogenital Vice Chairman of the SAB. Dr Retik has served as Chairman of the
Section on Urology of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He serves as a Member of Research and
Development Advisory Board of Tengion Inc. He served as a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Tengion
Inc. Dr Retik serves as Executive Chair of International Health Services and Medical Director of International
Health Services at Children's Hospital Trust. Dr Retik has been Chief of Pediatric Urology of Children's
Hospital Boston for 27 years and also serves as its Surgeon-in-Chief.
Dr Retik has been awarded the Pediatric Urology Medal from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the
Ferdinand C. Valentine Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine.
1993 Medalist — W. Hardy Hendren, III, MD
In 1943, after graduation from Woodberry Forest School, in Orange, Virginia, Dr Hendren enlisted in U.S.
Naval Aviation at the age of 17, becoming a Carrier Qualified Naval Aviator. Following active military duty, he
earned an AB degree from Dartmouth College in 1948. He then enrolled in the two-year medical school program at Dartmouth Medical School, before moving to Boston to complete studies at Harvard Medical School,
where he earned a medical doctorate (MD) in 1952. Eight years of surgical training followed at Massachusetts
General Hospital (MGH) and Children's Hospital, Boston. He attained board certification in general and
cardiothoracic surgery by 1959, and later in pediatric surgery when that board was founded in 1975.
His work revolutionized the practice of pediatric surgery in reconstruction of the urinary and genital tract in
patients with severe urogenital abnormalities. Dr Hendren is the Distinguished Robert E. Gross Professor of
Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston; emeritus chief of surgery at Children's Hospital, Boston; and an
honorary surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
In recognition of his work, Dr Hendren has been given numerous awards and honors, including an American
Urological Association Certificate of Achievement to recognize his lifetime of career achievements in urology.
1992 Medalist — Lowell R. King, MD, FAAP (2/28/1932 – 10/26/2008)
After graduating from Salem High School in 1949, Dr King went on to Johns Hopkins University to finish with
honors after three years. He then went on to their medical school and followed up in a urology residency.
During his residency, Dr King re-ignited an interest in pediatric urology at Hopkins. Dr King left Hopkins to
become the first full-time pediatric urologist in the United States at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
In 1974 Dr King became Surgeon-in-Chief at Children's Memorial Hospital. He stayed in that position until
1981. He subsequently moved on to Duke University, where he became their first full-time pediatric urologist.
Dr King retired from Duke and moved to Albuquerque, NM, in December 1997 and joined the faculty in the
Division of Urology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where he continued to work as a
pediatric urologist until a year or so before he died.
In 1993, he was the eighth physician to win the Pediatric Urology Medal, the most prestigious honor in
pediatric urology. Dr King also received the Certificate of Achievement in 1996 from the American Urological
Association. And in 2002, he was awarded the Ferdinand C. Valentine Award from the New York Academy of
Medicine Section on Urology.
Dr King's contributions to pediatric urology include more than 250 publications. He was one of the strongest
spokespersons for pediatric urology over the past four decades. He was often referred to as the "Father of
American Pediatric Urology."
1990 Medalist — Frank Hinman, Jr., MD, FAAP (10/2/1915 – 5/22/2011)
Dr Hinman was a renowned surgeon, genitourinary educator, and illustrator. He graduated from Stanford
University with Great Distinction in 1937. Completing an MD at Johns Hopkins Medical School, he stayed for
internship from 1941-42. After two years of surgical residency in Cincinnati he was called to duty in the Navy
with the Seabees in the Pacific Theater of WWII before reassignment to the carrier Intrepid. After the war he
completed urology residency training at the University of California and joined his father in private practice.
He became actively engaged in urological research and education at the university and nationally. In 1951 he
was one of the eight founders of the Society of Pediatric Urology. In 1958 he became the Chief of Urology at
San Francisco General Hospital. His research interest in bladder defense mechanisms
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achieved 17 years of NIH support and led to better clinical approaches to infection. He described one form of
bladder dysfunction now known as the Hinman Syndrome. Promotion to Clinical Professor at UCSF came in
He authored over 250 scientific articles and numerous books including the Atlas of Urologic Surgery, the Atlas
of Pediatric Urologic Surgery, and UroSurgical Anatomy. He was urologic consultant for Stedman's Medical
Dictionary. Hinman won many honors including Pediatric Urology Medal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Barringer Medal of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Valentine Medal of the New
York Academy of Medicine, Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins, and honorary membership to the Gold-Headed Cane Society at UCSF. The American Urological Association honored him with
the Hugh Young Award, the Ramon Guiteras Medal, and the William P. Didusch Award for contributions to
medical art. He was a Trustee of the American Board of Urology, a founding member and President of the
Society of University Urologists, Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, and President of the
American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons to name a few leadership positions.
1989 Medalist — Jack Lapides, MD (1914 – 11/14/1995)
Jack Lapides, MD was born in 1914 in Rochester, New York. He received his doctor of medicine degree from
the University of Michigan in 1941. He also completed his residency in urology at Michigan in 1948 after
serving as a flight surgeon in the Pacific during World War II. Lapides' single greatest contribution to medicine
was the concept and development of clean intermittent catheterization, a procedure that has saved the kidneys and lives of innumerable patients with bladder dysfunction. His entire academic career was spent at the
University of Michigan where his urologic training was under the aegis of Dr Reed Nesbit. He later became the
Chief of the Section of Urology from 1968 to 1984. Dr Lapides published extensively and concentrated on
topics pertaining to bladder physiology and the neuropathic bladder. In 1987 the AUA awarded Dr Lapides the
Ramon Guiteras Medal.
After his death, the Jack Lapides Professor of Urology was established through a gift from his estate, along
with the Jack Lapides Research Fund in Pediatric Urology, to support the research and clinical work of a
senior pediatric urologist within the Department of Urology at the University of Michigan. In a tribute to Jack
Lapides, Dr David A. Bloom (the first Jack Lapides Professor of Urology) referred to him as "one of Michigan's
best … who unquestionably expanded the conceptual basis of medical practice." Bloom also lauded as
Lapides' "legendary" influence on thousands of medical students and residents "who made urology better
through their own individual practices and academic accomplishments."
1988 Medalist — J. Herbert Johnston, MD MRCS, FRCS, MB BCh BAO, FRCS, FACS, Hon FAAP
(02/26/1920 – 02/04/2008)
Dr Johnston graduated from Queens University, Belfast, in 1943, and became assistant to the professor of
surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital and at the Children's Hospital. After military service, from 1946 to 1948,
he returned to Belfast, taking the FRCS Ireland in 1949 and the English Fellowship in the fol-lowing year, and
in 1956 he was appointed surgeon to the Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
As Hunterian Professor in 1962 Dr Johnston lectured on vesico-ureteric reflux, the topic then exciting all
paediatric urologists, and went on to produce a long series of papers illuminating important, or neglected,
aspects of children's disorders. He joined with Innes Williams in writing the standard British textbook on this
subject, and his published work soon brought him an international reputation, with invitations to deliver
eponymous lectures in the USA and elsewhere. In 1980 he was awarded the St Peters medal of the British
Association of Urological Surgeons in recognition of his many contributions.
1987 Medalist — John K. Lattimer, MD, FAAP (10/14/1914 – 5/10/2007)
John K. Lattimer was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, on Oct. 14, 1914. He studied at Columbia University
in New York and was chairman of the Urology Department at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Columbia University for 25 years.
During WWII, Lattimer treated casualties as an Army doctor during the Normandy invasion. He helped to
establish pediatric urology as a discipline, developing a cure for renal tuberculosis, writing 375 scientific
papers and representing the United States at the World Health Organization. Lattimer also was a ballistics
expert and collector of historical relics who treated top-ranking Nazis during the Nuremberg war crimes trials
and was the first nongovernmental medical specialist allowed to examine the evidence in President John F.
Kennedy's assassination. His home was a virtual military museum until his collection went into storage; in his
collection was a blood-stained collar that President Lincoln wore to Ford's Theater the night he was shot.
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1986 Medalist — F. Douglas Stephens, AO, DSO, MB, MS, FRACS, Hon FAAP (10/10/1913—
Dr Stephens graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne in 1936. After serving in the Australian
Army Medical Corps during World War II he studied surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, London. On
returning to Melbourne, he was appointed research surgeon to the Children's Hospital, 1950-55 and honorary
consultant surgeon to the Royal Women's Hospital. He was one of the first three near full-time surgical
appointments made in 1952 at the Children's Hospital and in 1955 he became a full-time member of staff.
He was Director of the Hospital's Surgical Research Unit 1957-75, then left Australia to take up posts in
Chicago of Professor of Urology and Surgery, Northwestern University Medical School, and Director of Surgical Research at the Children's Memorial Hospital. On retiring in 1986, he returned to Melbourne. He was then
appointed Honorary Senior Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Surgical Research Fellow, Royal Children's
Hospital Research Foundation and subsequently Honorary Research Fellow of the RCH Department of
1985 Medalist — Sir David Innes Williams, MD, MChir, Hon FAAP (6/12/1919 – 5/3/2013)
Sir David Innes Williams qualified as doctor at University College Hospital, London in 1942 and passed the
fellowship exam of the Royal College of Surgeons. In May 1945 he was called up for military service and
assigned to the Royal Army Medical Corps and sent to India as 1st Lieutenant, General Duties. Discharged in
1948 as a major and with a very wide experience of surgery, he went on to build the specialty of paediatric
urology at the Children's Hospital in Great Ormond St and at the Shaftesbury Hospital on Shaftesbury Ave.
A huge contribution was the classification of children's urological conditions which, at a time before modern
imaging methods, was ground breaking. He wrote four books on the specialty and dozens of scientific articles
and book chapters on the scientific basis of children's neonatal and subsequent conditions.
Amongst his many medical honours were the Leverhulme research scholarship and subsequently a Hunterian
professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons, and the St Peter's Medal of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. He was awarded the Denis Browne medal of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
in 1977.
In 1978 he retired from surgery and was appointed director of the British Postgraduate Medical Federation. In
1985 Innes Williams was appointed as a pro-vice chancellor of the University of London. During these later
years, he served on the council of the Royal College of Surgeons from 1974 to 1986 and was vice president
from 1983 to 1985. He was on the General Medical Council from 1979 to 1989 and was president of the BMA
from 1988 to 1989. He was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 1985.
1984 Medalist — Harry M. Spence, MD, Hon FAAP (10/02/1905 —1994)
Dr Spence served in the US Navy during World War II and had a distinguished record in the South Pacific. On
his return in 1945, he rejoined Dr Baird in practice and quickly became the acknowledged preeminent figure in
Dallas urology. He was recognized internationally for his work in this field and was a member of every prestigious urologic organization, including some abroad.
Dr Spence was dedicated to education and the further development of the urology residency program at Parkland and Southwestern Medical School, where he was professor emeritus at the time of his death. He was
head of what he liked to call "the Spence era," and his contributions included the establishment of working
and teaching rounds for students and residents at Parkland and a weekly grand rounds for the entire urology
staff at the medical school; this continues to the present. Dr Spence was chief of the urology service at Baylor
from 1966 to 1970. He was a past president of the South Central Section of the AUA and was a regent of the
American College of Surgeons. He was noted for his outstanding technical excellence in addition to his interest in education.