Jack W. McAninch, MD, FACS, of San Francisco, CA, will receive the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2012 Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor, during the annual Clinical Congress in Chicago, IL, September 30 to October 4. The award honors Dr. McAninch’s commitment to ACS initiatives and principles, his work as a surgeon and leader, and his dedication to educating students and surgeons.
Dr. McAninch serves as chief of urology at San Francisco General Hospital and as vice-chairman and professor of urology at the University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco (UCSF). A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston (1964), he completed an internship in surgery and a residency in urology at Letterman Army Medical Center, San Francisco (1964–1969).
In acknowledging Dr. McAninch’s work as a clinical academic surgeon who has published more than 400 scholarly papers, the ACS Board of Regents noted his “outstanding clinical and academic contributions to the field of genitourinary trauma and reconstructive surgery” in his professional positions at Letterman Army Medical Center (1973–1975), San Francisco General Hospital (1977–present), and UCSF (1977–present). Dr. McAninch’s career as an academic surgeon started at UCSF with a position as assistant professor of urology, and two years later, he became vice-chairman of the UCSF department of urology. In 1979, he was named an associate professor and in 1986 was appointed professor in the department of urology. He has been director of the UCSF urology residency program since 2002.
Dr. McAninch served as First Vice-President of the College (2008–2009), as a member of the Board of Regents (1998–2007), and as a member of the following ACS Committees: Regents Honors, Nominating, Finance, Communications, Member Services Liaison, Executive, and Organization. He was a member (1990–1993), program representative (1991–1996), and Regent representative (1998–2007) of the ACS Advisory Council for Urology; a member of the Board of Governors (1992–1998); a member and Chair of what is now known as the Comprehensive Communications Committee (2006–2011); and Co-Chair of the Patient Education Committee (2006–2010).
Dr. McAninch is also being recognized for his “exemplary leadership of many professional organizations,” including his service as president of the American Urological Association (AUA), the American Board of Urology, the Society of International Urology, the Western Section of the AUA, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, and the Northern California Urological Society. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The Board of Regents also acknowledged Dr. McAninch’s “expertise in education and instruction of his fellow surgeons through more than 100 invited visiting professorships and the mentoring of 24 fellows in urologic trauma and reconstructive surgery who all hold full-time academic positions at U.S. academic medical centers.”