Children's Chief of Urology Receives National Award

Seattle, WA: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Michael Mitchell, MD, chief of pediatric urology at Children’s and professor of Urology at the University of Washington, has received the 2004 Hugh Hampton Young Award from the American Urological Association (AUA), presented to an individual whose contributions to the study of genitourinary tract disease are considered to be outstanding.


Seattle, WA: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Michael Mitchell, MD, chief of pediatric urology at Children’s and professor of Urology at the University of Washington, has received the 2004 Hugh Hampton Young Award from the American Urological Association (AUA), presented to an individual whose contributions to the study of genitourinary tract disease are considered to be outstanding.

The award will be presented at the President’s Dinner on May 12th during the AUA’ s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. In addition to a hand-lettered framed certificate, the Hugh Hampton Young Award winner receives an honorarium from Karl Storz Endoscopy America.

“Dr. Michael Mitchell is internationally known as the world’s leading pediatric urologist,” said Treuman Katz, president and CEO of Children’s. “As this prestigious award demonstrates, he has earned the respect of colleagues and patients alike who seek out his expertise from around the world. At Children’s Hospital and throughout his career, Dr. Mitchell has spearheaded breakthrough treatments for urologic malformations that will continue to change patients’ lives for generations to come.”

“Dr. Mitchell richly deserves this award,” said Dr. Paul Lange, chairman of the Department of Urology in the UW School of Medicine. “He is one of the world’s best technical and innovative pediatric urological surgeons, and has been an important leader in urology organizations for years. In addition, he is an outstanding role model for trainees as a compassionate physician. The national prominence of this department is in large part due to Dr. Mitchell’s presence within our ranks.”

Dr. Michael Mitchell’s Innovations in Urology

Dr. Mitchell has developed surgical techniques to correct the most complex urologic malformations in children. One of his foremost discoveries has been pioneering surgical intervention for patients diagnosed with bladder exstrophy, a serious birth defect in which a child is born with his or her bladder on the outside of the body.

Patients born with bladder exstrophy are uncommon, occurring in about one in 20,000 births. Before Dr. Mitchell’s innovations, patients with complex abnormalities like exstrophy were subjected to a “staged approach” of numerous surgeries meant to correct the condition. Now, using his techniques, just one surgery is performed in the patients’ first few days of life.

Dr. Mitchell received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and received surgical, urology, and research training at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Institute of Child Health and Development.

After his appointment as an instructor and assistant in urology at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Mitchell joined the Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children and subsequently became the chief of the division of pediatric urology, and professor of urology at the University of Indiana.

From 1989 to the present, Dr. Mitchell has been chief of pediatric urology at Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and professor of Urology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

At Children’s, Dr. Mitchell has an active research program in bladder reconstruction and replacement. His work has been widely published and he has lectured around the world on a variety of subjects in pediatric urology, ranging from urethral valves, bladder dysfunction, bladder exstrophy, and urologic reconstruction. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and prestigious pediatric and urologic societies.

“I feel fortunate to receive recognition for work that has evolved over my entire career in surgery,” said Dr. Mitchell. “The real credit goes to the many people who have supported these efforts either directly or indirectly. This would include my family, teachers, associates and my patients. I have been very fortunate. Furthermore, Children’s has provided a fertile, creative environment which facilitates the growth of new ideas, innovation and discovery.”

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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