Dr. Charles Lynne Receives American Urology Association’s Prestigious Teaching Award

For more than 40 years, Charles M. Lynne, M.D., emeritus professor of urology, has been a dedicated teacher of residents and fellows who train in the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Urology.

His passion and steadfast advocacy recently earned him the American Urology Association’s 2015 Residents Committee Teaching Award, which he received at the association’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

“This is a very unique award, and it means a lot to me as someone who’s spent a lifetime teaching residents,” said Lynne, who accepted his plaque on May 16 before an audience filled with colleagues and current and past residents. “I’m very honored, proud and humbled by it.”

The annual teaching award recognizes an outstanding urology educator or program director who has dedicated a portion of his or her career to teaching residents, and who influences residents to pursue a career in academic medicine.

Lynne, a Miami Beach native who completed his undergraduate and medical degrees and residency training at the University of Miami, has had a significant impact on four generations of urologists — many of whom have gone on to thrive in academia and clinical practice.

Lynne joined the Miller School’s faculty in 1971, and throughout his tenure has served several stints as the department’s Residency Program Director.

“Many of the residents are now like my children,” said Lynne, who remembers counseling residents through difficult personal issues. “Sometimes I’m firm; sometimes I’m not.”

Lynne also volunteers at the Miller School-supported San Juan Bosco Clinic, where he helps train medical students.

Third-year urology resident Amanda Mure, M.D., described him as a faculty pillar who enriches the department’s educational conferences and brings “fresh insight” to the residency program.

“Dr. Lynne is the first to volunteer for anything needed by the residency program,” she said. “He gently tests the residents and other attendees in a collegial fashion, and is always available with advice for even the most experienced faculty.”

Lynne is such a valuable teacher that the Department of Urology named its teaching award for him in 2014.

“Dr. Lynne is who all of us aspire to be in academic medicine in terms of mentorship, collegiality, goodness of heart and loyalty,” said Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., professor and Chair of the Department of Urology, who also expressed his gratitude to Lynne for connecting him to important members of the urology community when Parekh first joined UM.

“He is a wonderful colleague and an inspiring partner for every single member of the Urology Department, including residents, fellows, staff and faculty,” said Parekh. “There is no one more suitable for this prestigious honor from the AUA than Dr. Lynne.”

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