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Johns Hopkins Medicine
Media Relations and Public Affairs
Media Contact: Jeff Ventura
February 20, 2007

Publisher of ‘America’s Top Doctors’ to honor Johns Hopkins urologist

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., the publishing company behind the well-known medical directory Patrick WalshAmerica’s Top Doctors, has named Johns Hopkins urologist Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., one of three honorees to receive the organization’s “Physician of the Year” award. Walsh was selected from a pool of more than 600,000 physicians from around the country.

“These awards are really meant to honor those who are at the top of the top, and Dr. Walsh’s many contributions to the field of medicine make him truly deserving of this attention,” said John J. Connolly, Ed.D., president and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

Walsh, University Distinguished Service Professor at Johns Hopkins, was the director of the institution’s Brady Urological Institute for three decades. Castle Connolly will honor him in March at an awards dinner in New York City, highlighting his commitment to “clinical excellence.”

“To be chosen from such a vast pool of worthy award candidates is certainly an honor,” says Walsh, who is best known for his pioneering nerve-sparing prostatectomy and meticulous anatomical approach to improving the diagnosis and surgical treatment of benign and malignant prostate tumors.

 “This is honor not only bestowed upon me, but on all of my colleagues I have worked with through the years, on Johns Hopkins, as the kind of place where translational research happens, and most of all on my patients who have been my loyal partners in discovery.”

Walsh is the author of several best-selling books and the winner of many distinguished awards honoring his contributions to prostate cancer research, including the Charles F. Kettering Gold Medal from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation.

Nominations for the Physician of the Year category were solicited from the executive and medical leadership of the nation’s leading medical centers and specialty hospitals, and from all the physicians profiled in America’s Top Doctors.

 Castle Connolly was founded in 1991. According to company literature, its physician-led research team conducts extensive annual surveys of the medical leadership of leading hospitals and physicians in private practice as part of its overall selection and screening process, before identifying physicians who are among the very best in the nation. 

The first Physician of the Year Awards was held last year. The event was created to honor doctors who share “an unwavering dedication to their patients and medicine as a whole.” The organization’s medical advisory board selects three recipients from hundreds of peer-nominated applicants.