Ralph V. Clayman, MD – Awarded Distinguished Member for 2019

Western Section AUA is proud to announce that Dr. Ralph Clayman will be honored at the Members Business Meeting in Monterey on Nov .6 for outstanding dedication and contributions to Urology.

Dr. Ralph V. Clayman is a graduate of Grinnell College and the University of California – San Diego, School of Medicine. Following his residency in Urology at the University of Minnesota, he completed an AUA research scholarship at the University of Texas – Southwestern studying cholesterol metabolism in renal cell cancer. He then spent 17 years at Washington University in St. Louis; attaining the rank of Professor of Urology and Radiology. In 1984, he initiated the first fellowship program inEndourology; more than 30 fellows have been trained, many of whom have current leadership positions in academic urology. In 1990, he and his surgical team performed the world’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy. In January 2002, he accepted the Chair of the newly formed Department of Urology at the University of California – Irvine; within four years, the department was listed among the top 20 programs in the country. In 2009, he accepted the role of Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Irvine, serving a 5-year term and then electing to step down. During his term, the school of medicine attained full accreditation from the LCME, achieved a positive financial balance, opened over 750,000 square feet of new space, and initiated the first totally tablet based medical school curriculum. In 2016, he published a book regarding academic leadership entitled, “The Compleat Dean” which has sold over 1,000 copies.

Dr. Clayman is a co-founder of the Endourology Society and continues to serve
as co-editor of the Journal of Endourology. He holds 13 patents on
devices/instruments used in minimally invasive surgery and has published over 400
peer reviewed manuscripts. Presently he is a Professor of Urology in the Department
of Urology at UC Irvine and occupies an endowed Chair in Endourology. He has an
active clinical practice in urolithiasis and co-directs the endourology research
laboratory and endourology fellowship program at UC Irvine. Congratulations!

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