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Dr. Mostafa Elhilali
In Memoriam: DR. MOSTAFA ELHILALI 1937-2017
A Tribute to a Legendary Urologist
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Mostafa Elhilali, a gifted urologist, philanthropist, a dear friend and a colleague. Dr. Elhilali died on April 29, 2017 during the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons Meeting, in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Dr. Elhilali was born in Egypt on November 3, 1937. He received his medical degree from Cairo University in 1959 and completed his urology training in Egypt. He came to Montreal, Canada where he completed his PhD degree in 1965 at the McGill University and obtained his Royal College certification in 1969. In 1975, he was appointed the Chair of Urology at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke. He returned to McGill University in 1982 as Professor and Chairman of the Division of Urology. At McGill, he held the position of Director of the Division of Urology from 1982 to 2004, and also Director of the McGill University Urology Training Program from 1983 to 1992. In this position, he built a very strong clinical and research program that had a major impact on the career of hundreds of urologists.
Dr. Elhilali was a world-renowned urologist and specialist in prostatic diseases. He was both a surgeon-in-chief and urologist at the Royal Victoria and Montreal General Hospitals in Montreal, Canada. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and also held the position of Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Urology at McGill University.
Dr. Elhilali was an active member of many societies including the Quebec (QUA) and Canadian Urological Association (CUA), the North Eastern Section of the American Urological Association (AUA), the European Urological Association (EAU) and the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). He was president of the CUA, Northeastern section of AUA and the SIU. He was the recipient of numerous honors that included the Lifetime Achievement awards from the QUA, CUA, AUA and SIU, the AUA Distinguished Contribution Award, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada Founder Award. He was also the recipient of the prestigious titles, Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, and the Ordre National du Québec in 2009.
Dr. Elhilali became General Secretary of the SIU in 1999, and held this position until 2006. He was instrumental in establishing the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU) Central Office in Montreal, Canada in 1999. Under his leadership the SIU expanded its activities, with annual meetings, a fellowship programme and various educational and training programmes around the world. He became President of the SIU from 2007 to 2009.
'The man who reaches for the stars is admired but the man who helps others reach theirs is loved.' –Anonymous
Dr. Elhilali was active in many organizations, but the SIU and its Foundation were very close to his heart. He currently served as the President of the SIU Foundation. He worked tirelessly to make other people's lives better. Nothing brought him more pleasure than to teach and train aspiring urologists from the developing world and to help those most in need.
Dr. Elhilali was a brilliant urologist with a passion for medicine, and a commitment to his patients, his colleagues and the SIU. Indeed, he has made legendary contributions to education, and innovations in surgery and urology at large.
We have lost a colleague, a mentor and a dear friend. We will always remember Mostafa's strength and wisdom, as well as his generosity that not only impacted urologists around the world, but also the lives of many patients. He was a strong force in urology and his contributions will be, without a doubt, remembered.
It is with heartfelt sympathy that the SIU extends our sincere condolences to Dr. Mostafa Elhilali's family, friends and colleagues around the world.
To make a donation in Dr. Elhilali’s memory, click here  
Donations in memory of Dr. Elhilali may be made to the Foundation of the Société Internationale d’Urologie (FSIU), 1155 Robert-Bourassa Blvd., Suite 1012, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 3A7,, 514-875-5665 ext. 30.


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