News Release
 

May 2, 2012

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Penn Medicine Physician Receives National Honor for
Advancing Field of Urology

 

Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD (Hon), has received the Keyes Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons (AAGUS) for his contributions to the field of urology. Wein is professor and chief of the division of Urology at the Perelman School of Medicine and Director of the Urology Residency Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

"No one deserves this award more than Dr. Alan Wein," said David M Barrett, MD, chair of the awards committee. "The Keyes Medal is not given on a regular basis and awarded only when there is a deserving candidate. In Alan's case, he exemplified excellence in practice, education and research. He should be looked upon as a role model for all young aspiring Urologists. This is the most prestigious award given by the American Association of GU Surgeons."

The AAGUS established the Keyes Medal to distinguish an individual for outstanding contributions in the advancement of Urology. The medal is considered the greatest individual citation in the specialty and only 31 have been awarded since the honor was started in 1926.

"Dr. Wein's lifetime contributions to our understanding of bladder physiology have been game changing," said AAGUS President Darracott Vaughan, MD. "He has the ability to make the complicated understandable and clinically relevant. Secondly, he is a person who is honest and reliable, he readily accepts challenging tasks; teaching, lecturing, writing, editing, operating, and gets them done on time and with precision no matter how complex. He is a "go to" person."

"Millions of Americans currently suffer from a urologic condition," said Wein. "I anticipate building on my role to improve care options for them and patients worldwide while moving forward on new urological research."

Along with numerous other professional associations, Wein is a member of the American Urological Association, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Clinical Society of Genitourinary Surgeons, American Surgical Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Pelvic Surgeons and the Royal Society of Medicine. Co-author of more than 880 articles and chapters, editor or co-editor of 24 books and lecturer of many multimedia presentations, Wein continues to contribute extensive research to the field of Urology. Philadelphia Magazine and Castle Connolly recognized Wein as a "Top Doc" and Best Doctors in America, Inc. named Wein one of the United States' "Best Doctors."

In addition to this honor, Wein has received the Urodynamics Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the F. Brantley Scott Award of the American Foundation for Urologic Diseases, the Hugh Hampton Young Award of the American Urological Association, the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Urological Association, the Achievement Award of the Interstitial Cystitis Association, the William P. Burpeau Award of the New Jersey Academy of Medicine, the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology, and the Ferdinand C. Valentine Award from the New York Academy of Medicine in 2011.

Wein received the Keyes medal at the 2012 AAGUS Annual Meeting.

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