The UW Department of Urology has been successfully training physicians for more than 65 years. We embrace transition while at the same time maintaining respect for our roots. As we adapt to changes in both medicine and academics, we are guided by the desire to accept new challenges and grow from them. This fundamental security is what will allow us to move swiftly and confidently into the future.
Once a Badger, always a Badger
We hope that our alumni will remain connected to the Department of Urology at UW-Madison. With that goal in mind, we will continue developing this site to create stronger ties between the department and its alumni. This site will link you to places of interest throughout the UW School of Medicine and Public Health as well as provide opportunities to remain connected to alumni and faculty.
The support of Urology alumni is invaluable to present and future students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. One important way alumni can exercise support is to contribute to various funds established within the Department of Urology.
Please know that we value your friendship, your gifts to the school, and your accomplishments as graduates. We hope you will keep in touch by attending alumni events or through other methods. Thank you for being a stellar representative of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and the Department of Urology.
For the latest news from our department, check out the most recent issue of Wisconsin Urology, an e-newsletter for alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin Department of Urology.
2023 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
The UW SMPH Department of Urology is pleased to announce that our 2023 Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient is Lieutenant Commander Kathryn Lipscomb, MD.
LCDR Lipscomb completed medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2010, and she completed her surgical internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2011. She then spent two years at Command Naval Surface Force Atlantic as the General Medical Officer to 20 Independent Duty Corpsmen on 20 different ships. She completed her urology residency training at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as part of the Duty Under Instruction Program in 2017. As you all recall, she was an outstanding resident.
Upon completing her residency here in Madison, LCDR Lipscomb was assigned to Fort Belvoir Community Hospital where she spent three years as Attending Urologist. She became board certified in 2019 and was then stationed at Naval Hospital Rota in Spain where she served as the Department Head of Urology and Credentials Chair for the Naval Medical Readiness and Training Center (NMRTC). Currently, LCDR Lipscomb is Attending Urologist at NMRTC Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia. LCDR Lipscomb holds a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and a Joint Service Commendation Medal. Her pioneering efforts as a resident and history in the military make her an exemplary recipient of the Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumnus Award. We plan to celebrate this honor at the Alumni Reception at the AUA in April.
2022 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
The UW SMPH Department of Urology is pleased to present the sixth annual Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Murali K. Ankem.
Dr. Ankem completed medical school at Ranga Raya Medical College in India in 1982. He completed his urology residency at Robert Wood Johnson University in 2003 and completed his endourology and laparoscopy fellowship at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2004.
He currently serves as Professor and Chairman of the University of Louisville Department of Urology. Dr. Ankem is Program Director of the Department’s residency program, as well as the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education. He is a member of numerous professional societies such as the American Urological Association, Endourological Society, and the society for Academic Urologists. Dr. Ankem specializes in minimally invasive approaches for urinary stone disease, laparoscopic surgery for kidney and adrenal disorders, and prostate cancer. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and the Indian Board of Urology.
2021 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
The UW SMPH Department of Urology is pleased to present the fifth annual Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Brian M. Benway.
Dr. Benway completed his Urology residency at The University of Wisconsin in 2008 and his Endourology Fellowship at Washington University in 2010. Currently an Associate Professor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Benway is also the Director of the Comprehensive Kidney Stone Program at Cedars-Sinai, as well as Director of the Laparoscopic Live Kidney Donor Program. He is experienced in ureteroscopy, shockwave lithotripsy, hydrocelectomy, and ureteral calculi.
Dr. Benway is a member of the American Urological Association and the Endourological Society, and was recently named a “Top Urologist” by Los Angeles Magazine.
2020 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
The UW SMPH Department of Urology is pleased to present this years’ Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Patrick S. Lowry.
Dr. Lowry graduated medical school from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1996. He completed residency at Texas A&M University in 2002, and his Endourology Fellowship at The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Department of Urology in 2003.
He currently serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology, and Section Head of Endourology and Laparoscopic Urology at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Texas. Dr. Lowry is also the Urology Residency Program Director for the department.
Dr. Lowry has been Course Director of “Nutrition Counseling for the Prevention of Urolithiasis” at the past 10 American Urological Association annual meetings.
In addition, Dr. Lowry is a member of various national societies including: Society of Academic Urologists, American Urological Society, Endourological Society, American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and Research on Calculus Kinetics Society.
2019 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
On May 4, 2019 Wisconsin Urology alumni gathered during the AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago. We were pleased to present Dr. Mark J. Waples with the third annual Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dr. Waples graduated medical school from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. He completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Urology in 1994 and became board-certified in Urology in 1996. He currently serves as chief of surgery at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Dr. Waples has a special interest and experience in the management of kidney cancer and renal masses, as well as in benign diseases of the prostate and kidney stones.
Dr. Waples is a member of the Milwaukee Surgical Society and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has been recognized multiple times as one of Milwaukee Magazine’s “Top Doctors” and has been voted by his peers as one of the “Best Doctors in America” (Best Doctors Inc.).
2018 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
On May 19, 2018, Wisconsin Urology alumni gathered during the AUA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. We were pleased to present Dr. Thomas Gasser with the second annual Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Gasser attended medical school at the University of Basel, Switzerland. In 1986, he was a Urological Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his Urologic Residency in 1987 at Kantonsspital Basel, was hired there as Assistant Professor, and went on to become a Full Professor and Chairman of their Department of Urology. In 2011, he became President of the Swiss Urological Association. Since 2015, he has been an active Dean of the Medical Faculty at the University of Basel.
2017 Bruskewitz Alumni Award
In 2017, we awarded Dr. David Joseph with the Reginald C. Bruskewitz Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Joseph is a pediatric urologist at Children’s of Alabama. His clinical subspecialties and areas of interest include Pediatric Urology, Urinary reconstruction, Disorders of Sex Development, and Neurogenic dysfunction of the bladder. Dr. Joseph completed his medical school, internship, and residency training at the University of Wisconsin. He went on to complete his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston.