Tuesday, August 04, 2015
CLEVELAND – Following an extensive national search, Chris M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA, FACS, has been named Chairman of the Department of Urology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
“Dr. Gonzalez is a nationally and internationally known expert in genitourinary reconstruction,” said Fred C. Rothstein, MD, President, University Hospitals Case Medical Center. “We also were attracted by his strong commitment to community service. He has led initiatives to enhance community access to preventive screenings among medically underserved populations as well as international missions. Furthermore, he has led efforts to improve patient care quality and control costs through new technologies. His breadth of expertise will help him to expand the Department of Urology’s presence in our community as well as strengthen our research and clinical care.”
“Dr. Gonzalez is an accomplished researcher and award-winning educator, and we are pleased to welcome him to Case Western Reserve and our broader community,” said medical school dean Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., also the university’s senior vice president for medical affairs. “His work to extend care to the underserved and extensive publication record testify to his commitment to advancing his field through increasing access and knowledge. We look forward to his contributions to our community.”
Dr. Gonzalez’s research interests include genitourinary reconstructive surgery outcomes, health policy, and health care quality improvement. He led a National Institutes of Health Prostate SPORE Pilot Project looking at the effect of migration on the incidence of prostate cancer among Hispanic men.
Dr. Gonzalez comes to Cleveland from Northwestern University where he is a professor of urology, director of the genitourinary reconstruction and prosthetics fellowship program, and Director of Surgery for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the 259 E. Erie Ambulatory Surgery Center, and Prentice Women’s Hospital. He is the current Vice Chair of Public Policy and Practice Support for the American Urologic Association, and recently completed a four-year term on the American Board of Urology Examination Committee.
For more than a decade, he coordinated the International Urologic Relief Mission of Northwestern University’s Department of Urology that took urologic care to developing nations, and he led the Community Outreach Prostate Cancer Screening Initiative for Northwestern Medicine.
He has received numerous awards for resident teaching excellence and was named to the Best Doctors in America list for seven consecutive years. He is active in professional associations and has served on the board of the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons and most recently as president of the Chicago Urological Society.
He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, and completed his urology residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He completed a research fellowship at Northwestern University and an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He is also a retired captain from the United States Army National Guard.