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Genitourinary surgery association honors Smith’s contributions

May. 16, 2019, 10:17 AM


by Craig Boerner

Joseph Smith Jr., MD, professor of Urologic Surgery, has been awarded the Keyes Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons (AAGUS).

Joseph Smith Jr., MD

The medal, recognized as the highest individual citation in the specialty, is awarded to an individual for “outstanding contributions in the advancement of urology.”

“I am so pleased that Dr. Smith received this honor. He is internationally respected for his work in urologic oncology. In addition to his voluntarism, especially in Africa, he is well respected and has improved care for many in that region of the world,” said AAGUS incoming President Bob Flanigan MD, professor and chair of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. “Jay is a hero to many of us in urology.”

Gopal Badlani, MD, AAGUS secretary and vice chair of Urology at Wake Forest School of Medicine, echoed those sentiments.

“Jay Smith is my role model. In addition to his academic brilliance, he has time to teach and volunteer his time to the needy in Africa. There is no one more deserving of the Keyes Medal than him,” Badlani said.

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