The UroGators, as the official alumni society of the University of Florida (UF) Department of Urology, serves to support and promote the advancement of urologic education for residents and members, to enhance fellowship and communication between current and former residents, fellows, and faculty, and to serve as advisors to those who support UF’s Department of Urology.
The UroGators Alumni Society was formally established in 2007 under the auspices and support of the newly formed (2005) UF Department of Urology. UroGators represents a rebirth of the Urology Foundation fostered by former division chief Dr. David Drylie in the early 1970s and represents over six decades of UF Urology residents, fellows and faculty.
Established and ongoing UroGators annual events include: the UF Department of Urology/UroGators Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the American Urological Association Meeting, the UF Urology Resident Graduation Banquet and the David M. Drylie, MD, Visiting Professorship Lecture, Reception and Alumni Tailgate. Watch for our News from UF Health Urology, Gator Bites | News from the UroGators Alumni Society visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all UroGators activities. Through the generosity of the Department, we have grown interest and participation every year.
Proud UroGators have continued to make significant contributions to our profession and to their communities across the nation. As alumni, we were afforded a multitude of professional and personal opportunities from our shared time at UF. Through your generosity, we continue to serve as patrons of the Resident Education Fund. The David M. Drylie, M.D. Visiting Professorship, which greatly enhances national reputation and prestige, is permanently and fully endowed as the result of generous gifting from many UroGators. The same unique philanthropic spirit resulted in the full funding of the Birdwell Finlayson Research Professorship this past year.
On September 3rd and 4th, the UF Department of Urology and the UroGators Alumni Association once again celebrated what has become a much anticipated and much appreciated visiting professorship weekend. The event was possibly even more greatly appreciated this year as normal function starts to emerge from the pandemic. Our honored guest for the 7th Annual David M. Drylie Visiting Professorship was Gary Lemack from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The event, as in years past, was a mixture of academic focus with relaxed social gatherings that included our residents, faculty and Dr. Lemack along with our extended staff and families. The combination of a scholarly activity with family friendly relaxation is what defines the event. The Visiting Professor/UroGators Alumni Weekend is a vital part of our department. It exposes our residents to thought leaders from around the country and enhances UF Urology’s reputation and national prestige. Although alumni participation was hindered by the pandemic, our family, which included more children than I remember, flourished in the moment. We will have another planned event sometime in the next few months to honor our distinguished alumni, Dr. Bob Newman. Additionally, the FUS is just around the corner, in December, with the meeting in Orlando. We will all be together again soon.
I humbly restate that I am proud to serve and to represent a truly special group of friends and professionals that share a common Gainesville past. Please consider UF Urology your home away from home.
Thomas F. Stringer, MD
Associate Chair of Philanthropy and Alumni Affairs
UF Department of Urology