Friday, December 6, 2013

In Memoriam: George R. Prout, MD


George R. Prout, MD, chief of Urology at the MGH from 1969 to 1989, died on Nov. 12 at the age of 89. Born in Boston on July 23, 1924, Prout was a graduate of Union College and Albany Medical School, where he received his medical degree in 1947. He completed his urologic training at Cornell-New York Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and was chief of Urology at Miami University Medical Center and University of Virginia Medical Center before being recruited to the MGH.

Prout created the foundation for the current urology residency training program by incorporating designated research time into the curriculum and having each resident serve for six months as chief resident. He also developed the first MGH urology basic research laboratory in the areas of prostate and bladder cancer, leading to a better understanding of cellular growth and control.

“Dr. Prout’s legacy to our residents continues in the way in which he set up the training program,” says Niall Heney, MD, of the MGH Department of Urology. “In addition, his contributions to the study and management of bladder cancer through national collaborative studies endure to this day. He knew that one man can’t do it all; so he brought together physicians in a collegial collaboration, on a national level, to try to understand bladder cancer and help the care of patients.”

Through the NCI-funded National Bladder Cancer Project, Prout expanded translational research by leading teams in the organized, structured study of superficial, invasive and metastatic bladder cancer through carefully developed protocols.

“Dr. Prout brought rigorous scientific methods to academic pursuits in Urology and adhered to those principles despite considerable resistance both locally and nationally,” says Stephen Dretler, MD, emeritus director of the MGH Kidney Stone Center.

Prout will be long remembered as a feisty, energetic, and competitive scholar, teacher, scientist, clinician, sailor and lover of nature and dogs. He is survived by his wife, Loa; children, George R. Prout III and Elizabeth Prout Lefler, and three grandchildren. Funeral services have been held.


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