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Department of Urologic Surgery

Vanderbilt Urology Society

The Vanderbilt Urology Society consists of faculty and alumni of Vanderbilt University’s Urology Department. The Society provides our members as well as other Tennessee based urologists with programs related to continued medical education, office practice, research and socioeconomic issues.  The Society strives to keep its members informed of new developments in field of urology. The Vanderbilt Urology Society consists of urologists and alumni of Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tenn.  

The Vanderbilt Urology Society annual Rhamy-Shelley Lecture is sponsored by Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Department of Urologic Surgery. The lectureship was named after urologic surgeons Dr. Robert Rhamy and Dr. Harry S. Shelley.

History

In 1972, an invitation was extended to the local community and to all former Vanderbilt urology residents to visit the Vanderbilt Department of Urology and attend the Rhamy-Shelley Lecture. The concept of combining a resident alumni reunion with an educational endeavor was enthusiastically received and three years later, in 1975, the Vanderbilt Urology Society, consisting of all former Vanderbilt urology residents as well as present and former faculty, was formed.

Robert Rhamy, M.D.

Robert Rhamy, M.D. (1927-2006) was a professor of urology, specializing in urological surgery. Rhamy received his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1952. After an internship at Indiana, he served with the U.S. Army in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1953 until he joined the faculty of Indiana University Medical Center in 1956. He remained at Indiana until he joined Vanderbilt's faculty. Dr. Rhamy was chair of the Department of Urology from 1966 until 1981. Dr. Rhamy joined the University of Miami Medical School faculty in 1983 and practiced medicine in Miami until his retirement in 1997.


Harry S. Shelley, M.D.

Harry S. Shelley (1901-1991) was a surgeon, urologist, Colonel, and medical historian. He was considered to be an authority on the history of urology. He received his M.D. from the University of Maryland in 1931. He had a private practice from 1935-1941. During World War II he was a Colonel and Chief of Surgery for the U.S. Army's 101st Evacuation Hospital from 1941-1945. He was the Chief of Urology at the V.A. Hospital (Nashville) from 1945-1966. He also served as a Clinical Professor of Urology at Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine from 1946-1966. Later he became the Honorary Curator of the History of Medicine Collection at the Vanderbilt Medical Center Library from 1967-1991.

Vanderbilt School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The meetings provide attendees with advanced knowledge in the urologic field, combined with new product knowledge learned in the exhibit hall.