Dr. Patrick Walsh honored with the Francis Amory Prize
Patrick C. Walsh, a renowned urologist who pioneered work in the understanding and treatment of prostate cancer, was honored with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' prestigious Francis Amory Prize in Boston on March 14. Given by the Academy since 1940, the prize recognizes major advances in reproductive biology and medical care. The first recipient of the Prize in 1940 was Hugh Hampton Young (the first Chairman of the Brady Urological Institute) for devising the operation of total prostatectomy by the perineal approach.
Dr. Walsh is University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He served for 30 years as director of the Brady Urological Institute, where he developed and refined an anatomic approach to radical prostatectomy.
The procedure, performed on hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, dramatically reduces the most serious side effects of the surgery. Along with coworkers, he was the first to describe the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme deficiency, to develop an experimental technique for the induction of benign prostatic hyperplasia, to demonstrate the influence of reversible androgen deprivation on BPH, and to characterize hereditary prostate cancer. Walsh is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine. The co-recipient of the 2007 King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, he has served as president of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons.With Janet F. Worthington, he authored the best-selling books for lay people, The Prostate: A Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them and Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer. "Dr. Walsh's research and surgical innovation have led to the relief of suffering and longer term survival in prostate cancer patients," said Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. "His work directly fulfills the aspirations of the donor of the Francis Amory Prize. The Academy is pleased to honor Dr. Walsh."
"Dr. Walsh is a groundbreaking pioneer in the treatment and care of men with prostate cancer. The Amory Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a fitting tribute to his remarkable achievements. All of us at the Brady Institute and the Johns Hopkins Prostate Cancer Team are deeply honored to partner with Dr. Walsh in his continuing efforts to battle prostate cancer," commented Dr. Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D., David Hall McConnell Professor and Chairman of the Brady Urological Institute.
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