Dr. Bruskewitz receives WMAA Emeritus Faculty Award
The Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association named Dr. Reginald Bruskewitz, professor emeritus with the UW Department of Urology, recipient of its Clinical Sciences Emeritus Faculty Award for 2014. The WMAA Awards Committee and Board of Directors chose Dr. Bruskewitz on a unanimous vote for the honor, which recognizes a clinical scientist who demonstrates long and effective services to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in teaching and/or research or noteworthy administration.
Dr. Bruskewitz was a UW Urology resident from 1973-1978 after obtaining his undergraduate and medical degrees here. He went on to complete a urodynamics fellowship at UCLA, then joined our urology program as a faculty member in 1979. He was granted emeritus status after retiring in 2008 and is still an active contributor to our academic mission.
While providing 29 years of dedicated service to patients and trainees at UWHC, the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and outreach clinics, Dr. Bruskewitz made substantial contributions to the area of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). His work on the voiding dynamics of BPH along with analysis of large databases on BPH treatment resulted in the conclusion that BPH was being surgically over treated, and earned him many invitations to present his findings nationally and globally. The American Urological Association (AUA) established its first ever Guidelines Panel in 1992 to address BPH diagnosis and treatment and issued three BPH Guideline reports over two decades; Dr. Bruskewitz was the only urologist who participated in all three panels. Having served as Study Chair for minimally invasive BPH treatments for the NIDDK branch of the NIH for more than a decade, he continues to advise investigators on BPH study design and serves on multiple Independent Data Safety Monitoring Boards for FDA directed BPH trials.
Globally, he has made almost annual surgical outreach trips to places such as Kashakishi, Zambia, performing fistula repair surgery on women with urinary incontinence, a common complication of child birth in underdeveloped countries.
WMAA will present Dr. Bruskewitz with his award at its annual awards banquet on Friday, April 25, at Union South in Madison.