PHILADELPHIA — Alan J. Wein, MD, PhD(hon.), has received the 2014 Rodney Appell Continence Care Champion Award from the The National Association For Continence (NAFC). Wein is Founders professor and chief of the division of Urology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Urology Residency Program at Penn Medicine.  

Started in 2000, the NAFC Continence Care Champion award honors health care providers who have made outstanding contributions in research, education and clinical practice. The recognition was re-named in 2009 in memory of Dr. Rodney Appell and his dedication to patient education and advocacy.

"Alan Wein has been a leader in the field of urinary incontinence, voiding dysfunction and neurourology for over 40 years,” said Eric Rovner, MD, president of the Society of Urodynamics, Female Urology and Urogenital Reconstruction. “His vision, knowledge and skills have helped thousands of patients over the years.  Furthermore, he has trained nearly one hundred residents and fellows who in turn have treated untold numbers of patients all around the US and the world. It is not a stretch to say that he has forever positively influenced and changed the field in a monumental way."

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 925 articles and chapters, editor or co-editor of 24 books and lecturer of many multimedia presentations, Wein is also editor-in-chief of the gold standard textbook in Urology, Campbell – Walsh UROLOGY.

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 2012, Dr. Wein received the Edward L. Keyes Medal, an award conceived by the AAGUS in 1926, which is presented to an individual for "outstanding contributions in the advancement of urology" and is recognized as the greatest individual citation in the specialty.

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

The NAFC is the largest consumer advocacy organization whose work is aimed at incontinence issues.  As a non-profit 501(c) 3, NAFC focuses on education, collaboration and patient support, and expanding awareness of the various solutions associated with bladder and bowel health.

Wein received the honor at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, & Urogenital Reconstruction’s (SUFU) 2014 Annual Meeting on February 28, 2014.

Editor’s Note: The award is supported by Astellas. Wein has served as member of the Astellas advisory board. 

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 18 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $373 million awarded in the 2015 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

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