Mark S. Soloway, M.D., Receives Distinguished Career Award from International Urology Society

Mark S. Soloway, M.D., Professor and Chair Emeritus of Urology, has received the Société Internationale d’Uroloġie’s (SIU) Distinguished Career Award for his significant contributions to the clinical management and understanding of prostate, bladder, and kidney cancer over the past four decades.

Soloway, who was honored at the annual meeting of the SIU, one of the world’s major urology societies, in Vancouver, Canada, on September 8-12, began his pioneering career more than 40 years ago as a clinical fellow at the NIH’s National Cancer Institute, where he developed the first orthotopic bladder tumor mouse model. Today he is revered as an outstanding clinician and mentor to UM urology residents, fellows, junior faculty and colleagues around the world.

“On behalf of the entire Department of Urology, I express my heartiest congratulations to Dr. Soloway for this prestigious award,’’ said Dipen Parekh, M.D., professor and Chairman of Urology, Director of Robotic Surgery at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Victor A. Politano Endowed Chair in Urology. “His contributions to the field of urologic oncology, especially in bladder cancer, are immense and have improved the lives of thousands of patients suffering from this disease. He is a tremendous asset to the Urology Department and inspires us to give our best in pursuing excellence in patient care, cutting-edge research and providing outstanding education to our future work force.”

The author of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and a valued collaborator with other UM researchers on numerous extramural grants, Soloway joined the University in 1991, and was instrumental in creating South Florida’s first tertiary care center with fellowship-trained subspecialists in all the urology disciplines. He also transformed the Urology Residency Program into one of the top programs in the nation, attracting residents from throughout the country.

Over his career, he has received numerous other honors and awards, notably the American Urological Association’s prestigious “Gold Cystoscope Award” in 1984. He also chaired two consecutive gatherings of the International Panel on Bladder Cancer, which the SIU and the International Consultation of Urologic Diseases support, and has made nearly 600 appearances at national and international conferences as a speaker, session chair and expert panelist.

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