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Walsh Tribute

On the last Saturday in October at Baltimore’s Renaissance Hotel, 425 people turned out to fête Patrick Walsh. Walsh stepped down as urologist in chief and director of the Department of Urology. He will remain on the faculty, devoting full time to patient care and research.

Read that night was a tribute, sent in by a grateful patient: “As we walked into Johns Hopkins Hospital in the early hours of a snowy morning for surgery ... nothing was more reassuring than to be greeted by Pat’s smile and his optimism .... Any student going into medical school would be well-advised to pay attention to the legacy of a doctor like Pat, who always remembers that patients aren’t statistics or challenges, but people with families. Congratulations, Pat, with thanks beyond words for all you’ve done to help so many.” It was signed, John F. Kerry. It was dated Oct. 29, days before he would lose the presidential election.

Announced that evening: The Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund, established with $24 million raised by a group of former patients. Oddly, one guest told Walsh he simply did not like the number 24. Walsh was confused. Then the guest said, “In fact, I hate the sound of 24 so much, I’m going to make it 25!” The $25 million fund will support the research of Hopkins scientists and award the first grants this spring.

Don't Miss...

Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicade Service, as he delivers the Special Dean's Lecture in Hurd Hall this Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. And on Jan. 6, United States Surgeon General Richard Carmona gives the annual Gardner Smith Lecture, an endowed Bayview event, at Surgical Grand Rounds in Tilghman Auditorium at 7 a.m.

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