Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – Loyola University Medical Center urologist Robert Flanigan, MD, has won a Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Urological Society.

The award is given to individuals who have strengthened and enriched the society through their work or who have made significant contributions to the practice of urology. Dr. Flanigan is the first person to receive the award.

Dr. Flanigan is chair of Loyola’s Urology Department, which is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Dr. Flanigan’s specialties include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, kidney transplant and prostate cancer. He is a member of dozens of medical and scientific societies and has been named to local and national top physician lists, including Chicago magazine’s Top Doctors list.

Dr. Flanigan has been involved in basic and clinical research throughout his career. He has served as president of the American Board of Urology, president of the Society of Urologic Oncology and president of the Society of University Urologists. He was founder and first president of the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors. He was president of the American Urological Association's North-Central Section and the AUA secretary for five years. During his term as secretary, he advanced the AUA's international education plan and established the Urology Core Curriculum.

Dr. Flanigan is the Albert J. and Claire R. Speh professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.