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Children's Chief of Urology Receives National Award

May 10, 2004

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 Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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