(PHILADELPHIA) – Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD(hon), has been selected to receive the Ferdinand C. Valentine Award in Urology from the New York Academy of Medicine’s Section on 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.  

According to the New York Academy of Medicine Web site, the Ferdinand C. Valentine award recognizes “a person who has significantly advanced the science and art of Urology.” The award selection committee praised Wein, saying that he is a “rare thought leader whose greatest contribution to Urology has been an uncanny ability to sift through huge volumes of data and extract those which drive clinical practice. He is one of the world's great technical urological surgeons. His brilliance is to simplify complex conditions and communicate his concepts with clarity, elegance and a twinkle of humor.”

The award honors Ferdinand C. Valentine, who played an instrumental role in defining the field of urology and the position of the American Urological Association in medicine. Valentine became a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine in January 1896 and helped establish the American Urological Association. 

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, and the Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology.

Wein will receive the honor at the New York Academy of Medicine’s 2011 award ceremony and lecture on April 6, 2011.

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