Urology Health - 2021 Humanitarian Recognition Award


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Congratulations to the 2022 Urology Care Foundation Humanitarian Recognition Award Winner:

Dr. Sakti Das, 2022 Humanitarian Recognition Award recipient

Sakti Das, MD

Nominated By: John M. Barry, MD

A lifelong humanitarian, Dr. Sakti Das has served in medical mission work for nearly 40 years. Volunteering in 12 countries and on three continents, Dr. Das has provided direct surgical care, trained numerous teams of physicians and developed infrastructure to sustain treatment for thousands of underserved patients, including a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. Currently, he volunteers his time once a year to his native country of India and one weekend per month in San Blas, Mexico, nine months out of the year. Additionally, he was the inspiration and founder of Foundation for Freedom, an organization focused on increasing literacy levels in impoverished communities around the world and is a founding member of the International Volunteers in Urology (IVU). He has built not only a distinguished academic career, but continues to give back to countless men, women and children in underserved communities throughout the world.

A member of the American Urological Association since 1984, Dr. Das has been globally recognized with more than 20 awards for his extraordinary work. Additionally, he has contributed to more than 200 publications and created numerous award-winning medical films. Dr. Das helped edit 11 urologic textbooks and journal issues and he is Professor Emeritus of Urology at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He continues to travel the world working in partnership with others on international medical missions.

Past Recipients

2021 Urology Care Foundation Humanitarian Recognition Award Winner

Catherine Rhu deVries, MD

Dr. Catherine deVries, 2021 Humanitarian Recognition Award recipient

Dr. Catherine deVries has been a leader and visionary in providing urologic care, education and training in low resource areas around the world for decades. Her work has focused not only on providing urologic clinical care, but also education and training of international healthcare partners, as well as promoting best surgical practices and safe surgery for all. On her first international humanitarian trip to Honduras in 1995 with a plastic surgery organization called Interpol, she conceived the idea for International Volunteers in Urology (IVU), as she recognized congenital urologic abnormalities were significantly more common than other anomalies treated by the plastic surgeons. This trip marked the inception of IVU which organizes between twenty and twenty-five short term educational and surgical training trips each year. For years, Dr. deVries has continued to reach out to potential partners throughout the world in ceaseless, bidirectional educational initiatives and humanitarian efforts to “Teach One, Reach Many.”