Alumni of the Department of Urology are our best advocates.

Our faculty, residents and fellows value your experience, your friendship, your accomplishments as graduates and your gifts to Vanderbilt.

Please always keep in touch, attend events on campus and keep us informed about your latest successes.

Vanderbilt Urologic Society

Faculty and alumni of the Department of Urology at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center make up the society. The Society keeps members informed of new developments in the field of urology and provides our members and other Tennessee-based urologists with programs related to:

  • Continued medical education 
  • Office practice 
  • Research  
  • Socioeconomic issues 

The benefits of joining the society include:

  • Easily keep in touch with colleagues through an online member directory 
  • CME opportunities 
  • Your dues help support resident education at Vanderbilt 
  • In-person and online networking with Vanderbilt colleagues and alumni 

Our History

In 1972, Dr. Richard Turner-Warwick was invited to visit the Vanderbilt Department of Urology as a visiting professor. The local community and all former Vanderbilt urology residents were also invited to attend Turner-Warwick’s presentation.

The concept of combining a resident alumni reunion with an educational endeavor was enthusiastically received. Three years later, in 1975, the Vanderbilt Urology Society, consisting of all former Vanderbilt urology residents and present and former faculty, was formed.


Urology alumni can enjoy opportunities to network, learn and socialize throughout the year.

Rhamy-Shelley Lecture. The annual Rhamy-Shelley Lecture is considered one of the most prestigious visiting professorships in the country and our signature event. A different national or international expert is invited each year to educate Vanderbilt Urology Society members about some aspect of urology.

The Rhamy-Shelley Lectureship attracts some of the most accomplished and well-known figures in urology.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Urology and the Vanderbilt Urology Society sponsor the event.

Beyond serving as an educational opportunity for our residents and members of the Vanderbilt Urology Society, the Rhamy-Shelley Lecture provides an opportunity to solidify the excellent relationships between Vanderbilt and the urologic community in the larger Nashville area.

The lectureship honors two individuals instrumental in the development of the Urology Program at Vanderbilt: Dr. Robert Rhamy and Dr. Harry S. Shelley.

Vanderbilt Urologic Society annual meeting. This two-day event includes the Rhamy-Shelley Lecture and many other meetings.

Learn more about other Alumni Events

Past Visiting Professors and Honorary Members

  • 2019 - Dr. Eric S. Rovner, MD Medical University of South Carolina
  • 2018 – Dr. Eila C. Skinner, Stanford Healthcare 
  • 2017 – Dr. Kevin McVary, Southern Illinois University 
  • 2016 – Dr. Joseph A. Smith, Jr., MD Vanderbilt University  
  • 2015 – Dr. Margaret S. Pearle, Univ of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center 
  • 2014 – Dr. Joel B. Nelson, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
  • 2013 – Dr. J. Christian Winters, LSU Health Sciences Center 
  • 2012 – Dr. Mark S. Litwin, UCLA School of Public Health, David Geffen School of Medicine 
  • 2011 – Dr. James E. Lingeman, Indiana University Health Physicians 
  • 2010 – Dr. Michael L. Blute, UMass Memorial Medical Center 
  • 2009 – Dr. Louis R. Kavoussi, Hofstra University School of Medicine 
  • 2008 – Dr. Glenn Preminger; Duke University Medical Center 
  • 2007 – Dr. Ian M. Thompson, Jr., The University of Texas Health Science Center 
  • 2006 – Prof. John Fitzpatrick, Mater Misericordiae University, Dublin 
  • 2005 – Dr. William J. Catalona; Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine 
  • 2004 – Dr. Culley C. Carson, III, Univ. of North Carolina School of Medicine 
  • 2003 – Dr. Georg Bartsc, University of Innsbruck, Austria 
  • 2002 – Dr. James E. Montiel, University of Michigan 
  • 2001 – Dr. Martin I Resnick, Case Western University 
  • 2000 – Dr. Urs E. Studer, University of Berne, Switzerland 
  • 1999 – Dr. John D. McDonnell, Southwestern Medical School 
  • 1998 – Dr. Ralph Clayman, Washington University School of Medicine 
  • 1997 – Dr. Shlomo Raz, University of California at Los Angeles 
  • 1996 – Dr. Peter T. Scardino, Baylor College of Medicine 
  • 1995 – Dr. Jack W. McAninch, University of California at San Francisco 
  • 1994 – Dr. Edward J. McGuire, University of Texas-Houston Medical School 
  • 1993 – Dr. Paul H. Lange, University of Washington 
  • 1992 – Dr. Stuart S. Howards, University of Virginia School of Medicine 
  • 1991 – Dr. Andrew Novick, The Cleveland Clinic 
  • 1990 – Dr. Jerome Richie, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
  • 1989 – Dr. John W. Duckett, Jr., Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 
  • 1988 – Dr. C. Eugene Carlton, Jr., Baylor College of Medicine 
  • 1987 – Dr. Patrick C. Walsh, Johns Hopkins Hospital 
  • 1986 – Dr. Leonard M. Zinman, Lahey Clinic Foundation 
  • 1985 – Dr. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., Cornell University Medical Center 
  • 1984 – Dr. Lowell R. King, Duke University 
  • 1983 – Dr. Harry Grabstald, Beth Israel Medical Center 
  • 1982 – Dr. Willet F. Whitmore, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 
  • 1981 – Dr. Donald G. Skinner, University of Southern California 
  • 1980 – Dr. John P. Donahue, Indiana University Medical Center 
  • 1979 – Prof. J.P. Blandy, University of London 
  • 1978 – Dr. William H. Boyce, Bowman Gray School of Medicine 
  • 1977 – Dr. Ralph A. Straffon, The Cleveland Clinic 
  • 1976 – Dr. Paul C. Peters, University of Texas – Southwestern Medical School 
  • 1975 – Dr. Joseph J. Kaufman, University of California at Los Angeles 
  • 1974 – Dr. James F. Glenn, Duke University 
  • 1973 – Dr. Victor A. Politano, University of Miami 
  • 1972 – Mr. Richard Turner-Warwick, Middlesex Hospital, London 

Get Involved

Learn more about the Vanderbilt Urological Society and other ways to get involved as an alum of Vanderbilt’s Department of Urology.

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