Dr. Louis Kavoussi Earns 2024 Valentine Award

Northwell Health recently announced that Louis Kavoussi, MD, chairman of the health system’s Department of Urology, has been awarded the 73rd annual Valentine Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of urology.
The award, presented by the New York Academy of Medicine, is named for Dr. Ferdinand C. Valentine, considered the modern-day father of urology and genito-urinary diseases. The prestigious award was presented in 1962 to Dr. Charles Huggins, who went on to win a Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1966.
“It is a great honor to be the recipient of this year’s Valentine Award,” said Dr. Kavoussi. “For the past 30 years, I’ve been privileged to work with an extraordinary group of medical professionals at Northwell Health. Together, we’ve been able to provide several groundbreaking treatments to our patients. It’s truly humbling to have my work recognized in this incredible way.”
After completing his undergraduate degree at Columbia University, Dr. Kavoussi earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He obtained his urologic training at Washington University of St. Louis and, following residency was named chief of urology at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. In 1991, he was appointed as an assistant professor at Harvard School of Medicine and director of endourology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 1993, he joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he served as vice chairman of urology.
Among Dr. Kavoussi’s many important contributions to urology are his work in the development of minimally invasive approaches in such procedures as laparoscopic nephrectomy, laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and laparoscopic prostatectomy.
His contributions have been documented in over 400 peer reviewed publications. In addition, he has edited multiple texts in his roles as a co-editor of Campbell-Walsh Urology; Smith’s Endourology; Atlas of Retroperitoneal Surgery and Handbook of Surgical Techniques.
Prior to receiving the Valentine Award, Dr. Kavoussi’s contributions earned him the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Kidney Foundation and the 2018 Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Urological Association.
—Submitted by Northwell Health

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