SIU-Albert-Schweitzer International Teaching Award 2012
Dr. Sakti Das is Professor Emeritus of Urology at University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Since retirement, he is actively serving the local county hospital in northern California, catering for indigenous, uninsured and disenfranchised immigrant populations.
His academic interests have manifested in more than 200 publications, editing 10 urology-related text books and actively participating in urology conferences and visiting professorships.
For nearly three decades, Dr. Das has been involved in medical mission works in 10 different countries of the developing world, actively teaching and training local young urologists. Dr. Das is also the President and Founder of the nonprofit organization, Foundation for Freedom, working with a mission to improve literacy in the developing world. He maintains the blog, “I serve therefore I am”, where he chronicles his charitable activities.
SIU-Albert-Schweitzer International Teaching Award 2011
Prof. Ismail Khalaf was born in Egypt in 1940, graduated from Cairo University in 1964 and completed his MD in Urology at Cairo University in 1971. From 1972 to 1973 he was on sabbatical leave as a clinical fellow in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England and from 1972-1973 as a research fellow at the Université de Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. He is currently Professor of Urology at the Faculty of Medicine of Al-Azhar University in Cairo. His specialties include clinical studies, urological practice and training especially in the fields of endourology, oncology and reconstruction of the lower urinary tract. From 1997 to 2000, Prof. Khalaf served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Al-Azhar University.
From 1995 to 2003 he served firstly as Secretary and then President of the Pan-African Urological Surgeons Association (PAUSA), and was Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Urology, starting in 1995. He was also President of the Egyptian Urological Association from 2000 to 2004. As a member of the Board of Chairmen of the SIU from 2002 until 2007, he successively held the positions of Chair of the International Affairs Committee and representative of the National Delegates. He was instrumental in the SIU project of creating a viable urological training institute in Wad Medani, Sudan and trained and instructed there on several occasions. During the last decade he has trained candidates from Sudan, Nigeria, Senegal, Belgium, Tunisia, Lybia, Yemen and Palestine in basic urology and endoscopic techniques.
Previous awards include the Appreciation State Prize of Egypt in 1979 and 2007, and the First Prize Essay of the Canadian Urological Association in 1978.
SIU-Albert Schweitzer International Teaching Award 2009
Adam Evert Groeneveld
Following Medical School, Dr. Groeneveld spent the period 1971 to 1975 with the Zambia Flying Doctor Service. He returned to the Netherlands and received his Board Certification in Urology from the University of Amsterdam in 1981. His next post was in Singapore where he built up extensive experience with ESWL, particularly for large stone burdens. In 1989 he became Senior Lecturer in Urology at the University of Natal in Durban where he stayed until 1992,when he returned to practice in the Netherlands.
In 2000 he accepted the position of head of the Institute of Urology at the Kilimanjaro Christian medical centre in Moshi, Tanzania, where he taught many surgeons from many African countries up to date urological methods and procedures during a 2 year course, and instilled in them a sense of adaptation and improvisation under imperfect conditions.
In 2005, Dr. Groeneveld accepted the offer of the Government of Swaziland to set up the first urology department in that country in Mbane. There, as the only practicing urologist in the country, he is deeply involved in Swaziland’s program of mass circumcision for HIV prevention.
He was a founding member of both the Singapore Urological Association and PAUSA, The Pan African Urological Surgeons Association.
2007 SIU-Albert Schweitzer International Teaching Award
Maurice Camey was born in 1926 near Paris and received his schooling in Versailles. His medical studies covered the period from 1943 to 1952, finishing with a thesis what became known as the Mouchet-Camey Operation for the replacement of a cancerous stomach.
He worked as assistant to René Küss at the newly established Urology Department at Hôpital Foch from 1954 to 1972 when he became Head of this department and Professor at the Université de Paris-Ouest.
In the period from 1984-1986 he published, presented and made an award-winning film on 25 years experience and 150 cases of bladder replacement using the “Camey Procedure”.
In 1994, Maurice Camey joined Médicins du Monde in Mali to help treat women with obstetric fistulae. He co-authored a book on this subject with colleagues, amongst whom was Christian Chatelain, recipient of a 2007 SIU Distinguished Career Award. This book was distributed to all the participants at the 1998 Congress of the Association française d’Urologie as was a CD ROM in 1999.
The SIU-Albert Schweitzer International Teaching Award for 2007 was presented to Dr. Camey at the SIU Centennial Congress in Paris on September 1, 2007 by the SIU General Secretary, Dr. Luc Valiquette with the specific mention of the "recognition of his contributions to the provision of medical services and knowledge to the developing world, particularly to the women of Africa suffering from obstetric fistulae".
The previous winner of the SIU-Albert Schweitzer International Teaching Award was Gordon Williams (2006).