Patrick Walsh Honored by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for His Advances in Treating Prostate Cancer
Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., a renowned Johns Hopkins 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 on March 14. Given by the Academy since 1940, the prize recognizes major advances in reproductive biology and medical care.
Dr. Walsh is University Distinguished Service Professor of Urology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Following the prize ceremony, he participated in the Francis Amory Symposium on advances in reproductive biology and medicine.
“This is a well-deserved recognition for Dr. Walsh, who served for 30 years as director of the Brady Urological Institute,” says Alan W. Partin, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of Urology at Johns Hopkins. “Dr. Walsh is well known for developing and refining a new surgical approach to radical prostatectomy. The procedure, which has been performed on hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide, dramatically reduces the most serious side effects of the surgery,” says Partin.
Along with colleagues at Hopkins, 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.
“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.”
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.
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