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Richard G. Middleton, MD, Recipient of 2012 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Middleton grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, doing his pre-medical studies at the University of Utah. He attended Cornell University Medical College, graduating in 1958 and completed a three year general surgical residency at New York Hospital, Cornell’s teaching hospital. He then served in the Navy as a general surgeon, his first year on the aircraft carrier the USS Oriskany and the second year at the US Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

He returned to New York and completed a four year urologic residency. In 1967 he moved to Salt Lake City and joined the urology division and the newly formed residency program in urology at the University of Utah. He was the third urologist on the faculty. After one year, the other two faculty members left and Dr. Middleton became responsible for urologic activity in three hospitals and the teaching of the residents and medical students. Upon finishing his residency he was appointed chairman of the division. His chairmanship lasted for thirty-six years. During that time many new faculty were added and approximately 80 urologic residents were trained. Many current urologists in the community credit their expertise to Dr. Middleton’s training. 

Dr. Middleton is the author of two books on urology and has contributed to 130 scientific articles and numerous book chapters. He stepped down as chairman in 2004 and continued full-time on faculty until 2008 when he retired.