Fulgham Receives 2008 Distinguished Service Award from American Urological Association

DALLAS — Dr. Pat Fulgham, surgical director of oncology services at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and a leading national authority on urologic imaging, has received the American Urological Association’s (AUA) 2008 Distinguished Service Award for designing a program to train urologists and urology residents on how to use ultrasound.

Pat Fulgham, M.D.

Pat Fulgham, M.D.

Fulgham, one of two recipients nationally to win the award this year, established the AUA’s National Urologic Ultrasound Education Program at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. The program is a comprehensive training course that incorporates educational DVDs and other tools into the training of urology residents and practitioners across the country.

“This is a well-deserved honor for a surgeon who has dedicated his career to patient care, research, education and advocacy, and to giving back to his community,” said Mark H. Merrill, president of Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. “Having served as president of the medical staff and chairman of the department of urology, Dr. Fulgham has honored us with his leadership and his efforts to advance patient care and education. And his community involvement has ensured access to screenings by underserved populations.”

Fulgham was presented with the award during a recent ceremony at AUA’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. The award is bestowed annually to one or more individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the goals of the AUA.

Fulgham has taught ultrasound courses for the American Urological Association for 15 years and currently serves as chairman of the AUA National Urologic Ultrasound Faculty and the AUA Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Committee. He co-authored the AUA’s Guidelines for Ultrasound Utilization and Recommendations for Urologic Office Ultrasound. He has also authored numerous urologic research studies and has edited or reviewed dozens of publications within his field.

In addition to his many contributions to clinical research and education, Fulgham founded and serves as president of the Urology Research & Education Foundation, a Dallas-based non-profit organization devoted to preventing urologic diseases and encouraging early diagnoses through screenings and preventive medical evaluations.

The foundation’s 15th Annual Dad’s Day 5K and Dadfest Festival will be held at Texas Stadium from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. this Saturday. The 5K will start and finish on the historic 50-yard line of the football field, providing a wonderful opportunity to say farewell to the stadium as it begins its last year as home to the Dallas Cowboys.

The event, sponsored in part by Presbyterian Healthcare System, benefits the foundation and focuses on “dads” and the health issues they face. Free prostate exams and Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood tests are available to participants and visitors. Last year, about 1,000 people attended Dadfest, including more than 800 runners and 125 men who were screened for prostate cancer.

For more information on the festival, visit Dadfest.com.

About Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas
Established in 1966, PHD is the flagship hospital of Presbyterian Healthcare System, a member of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system. US News and World Report ranks PHD, a recognized clinical program leader, providing technologically advanced care to patients, among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. The 866-bed facility has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information about PHD, visit www.PHSCare.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR controls 13 affiliated hospitals and a medical research organization, and is a corporate member or partner in seven additional hospitals and surgery centers. THR’s family of hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.