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Middleton Visiting Professor


Dr. Richard G. Middleton

Dr. Richard G. Middleton was a legend at University of Utah and served as one of the longest standing chiefs of urology in the country. His legacy included surgical innovation, leadership, and most importantly, mentorship. He was revered by his trainees. A visiting professorship has been created to honor his legacy, so that future urologists and trainees would continue to remember what he built at the University of Utah and his love of urology.

Every year, a nationally recognized urologist who represents the ideals that were so well embodied by Dr. Middleton is invited to give expert lectures to the Division of Urology. The half day meeting is attended by trainees, faculty, advanced practice providers, and many community-based urologists. 

10.10.23 | 7 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | HSEB 1730


Christopher Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, Professor and Chair, Department of Urology, Loyola Medicine

2023 Middleton Visiting Professor

Dr. Gonzalez is the Chair of Urology at Loyola University Medical Center and serves as the Chief of Surgery and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Loyola Health System. In addition, he serves as a trustee of the American Board of Urology, as well in numerous other national leadership positions within the American Urologic Association. Dr. Gonzalez’s academic work has focused on reconstructive urology, health services research, and mentorship in urology.

Dr. Gonzalez will give two expert lectures entitled ‘Lichen sclerosus and urethral strictures’ and ‘Career development 101: Tips and advice’. In addition, Dr. Gonzalez will also give an update about the direction of the American Board of Urology.

Past Visiting Professors

Dr. Cheryl Lee Middleton Visiting Professor 2022

Cheryl T Lee, MD, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center

Middleton Visiting Professor 2022

Cheryl Lee, MD was our second annual Middleton Visiting Professor. Dr. Lee is the Chair of Urology and serves as the chief health equity officer for Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Lee is a professor and the Dorothy Davis Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. She has served as president of the scientific board of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network and is a trustee of the American Board of Urology. In addition, Dr. Lee was elected to the prestigious American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. 

Dr. Lee gave engaging talks, discussing ‘Social determinants of health and bladder cancer’, as well as ‘Teaching in the clinic and OR: One model to increase engagement and improve feedback.’ 

Dr. Jay Smith Middleton Visiting Professor 2021

Jay Smith, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Middleton Visiting Professor 2021

Jay Smith, MD was the inaugural Middleton Visiting Professor. Dr. Smith, until recently, was the Chairman of Urology at Vanderbilt University and served for many years as the Editor of the Journal of Urology. However, he started his training at Utah under Dr. Middleton and has spoken of Dr. Middleton as one of his most important mentors. In fact, after completing a fellowship in urologic oncology, Dr. Smith worked for many years at University of Utah prior to taking the chairmanship at Vanderbilt University.

Although an expert in urologic oncology, Dr. Smith discussed two different topics he is passionate about: interpreting the medical literature and the value of mentorship.

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