June 21, 2007

John Delk, M.D., Named First UAMS Wilson Chair of Prosthetic Urology

LITTLE ROCK – John R. Delk II, M.D., today became the inaugural recipient of the Steven K. Wilson, M.D., Chair of Prosthetic Urology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


 


The endowed chair was established with $1 million in donations from friends and colleagues including Wilson, a clinical professor of urology in the UAMS College of Medicine and an internationally known expert in the treatment of erectile dysfunction and incontinence. The chair will allow Delk, also a professor of urology at UAMS, to continue his research and treatment of erectile dysfunction and male and female incontinence.


 


Delk and Wilson have been longtime colleagues in practices in Van Buren and in California in addition to being UAMS faculty members.


 


“Both Dr. Delk and Dr. Wilson have built reputations on successfully addressing problems that many people are reluctant to talk about but can seriously affect one’s health and well-being,” said Debra H. Fiser, M.D., dean of the UAMS College of Medicine. “This chair will make it possible to help more patients and teach medical urology residents these highly specialized techniques.”


 


“Dr. Delk has been a great asset to the Department of Urology and to UAMS since his arrival,” said Nabil K. Bissada, M.D., professor and interim chair for the Department of Urology in the UAMS College of Medicine. “Dr. Delk and Dr. Wilson are true pioneers in the field of erectile dysfunction and prosthetic urology, with decades of experience and thousands of patients treated.”


 


Delk, a board-certified urologist, specializes in urologic prostheses for the correction of incontinence in men and women and erectile dysfunction. He has conducted multiple research studies since 1991 ranging from medical devices to new medications for treating erectile dysfunction and incontinence.


 


In addition, Delk has lectured and conducted surgical workshops both in the United States and internationally. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Urology, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the International Society for Impotence Research and has received honors and recognition from several urological organizations.


 


Prosthetic urology has been Wilson’s particular interest for more than 30 years and he has performed more than 9,000 prosthetic urology procedures. He has received lifetime achievement awards from the Arkansas Urologic Society and The Westphalia North German Urologic Society. He is a past president of the South Central Section of the American Urological Association.


 


He is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed articles and eight textbook chapters, and regularly conducts training courses for physicians from all over the world in prosthetic urology. He has lectured and provided surgical demonstrations of his techniques at more than 50 different American universities and in 44 foreign countries. He has a private practice in California, in addition to his part-time UAMS clinical appointment.


 


An endowed chair is the highest academic honor that can be bestowed by a university on its faculty. The first named chair was established in England in 1502, when Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, established the Lady Margaret Professorships of Divinity at Oxford and Cambridge. An endowed chair at UAMS is supported with designated gifts of $1 million or more. A donor may name a chair in memory of a loved one or to honor a person’s accomplishments.


 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,430 students and 715 medical residents. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,400 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.