World Federation of Societies for Paediatric Urology

Progress Medels

Progress Medal 2010 is awarded to
Prof. Mani Menon, MD

MBBS, MS, American Board of Urology,
Director, Vattikuti Urology Institute,
Detroit, MI, USA-since 1997
Chairman of Urology

Tribute to Prof. Mani Menon, MD, MBBS, MS, American Board of Urology

Dr. Mani Menon, M.D., was born in Trichur, Kerala, in India in the year 1948. He completed his medical graduation from JIPMER, Pondicherry in 1969 and surgical postgraduation from Madras Medical College in India. This was followed by further surgical training in Episcopal hospital (PA) & Bryn Mawr Hospital(PA). He completed his residency at the Brady Urological Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Working with the institute’s chairman, Dr. Patrick Walsh, Dr. Menon developed a novel technique to measure androgen receptors in the human prostate. At the age of 34, Dr. Menon became the chairman of the Urology department at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts.


Dr. Menon pioneered robotic surgery innovations & made robotics in urology to be the surgical standard of care. On his initiative the Vattikuti Foundation was founded by Raj and Padma Vattikuti in 1997 with the aim of developing worldwide Institutes of excellence dedicated to the practice of state-of-the-art multispecialty robotic surgery, and other high-tech minimally invasive surgery. He has published more than 300 papers, 400 poster presentations, 90 book chapters and invited articles. He has been an invited lecturer and guest professor over 70 times at institutions all over the world. His work of research has been published in many urological journals such as the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the American Journal of Physiology, Proceedings of the National Academy, the New England Journal of Medicine and many more, besides urology journals.

In 1997, Prof. Menon became chairman of urology at Henry Ford Hospital where, along with the staff at the Vattikuti Urology Institute (VUI), he developed robotic procedures in general (for example, bladder, kidney cancer) and the prostatectomy in particular. In May 2008, Prof. Menon received the prestigious B.C. Roy award from the President of India, under the category of “Eminent Medical Person” for his achievements in the fields of urology and robotics. He also receive the Life time achievement award in New Delhi in 2011.

Following are some of the honours and awards conferred on Prof. Menon over the years:

1963-1964-Merit Scholarship, Kerala University; 1964-1969-National Merit Scholarship, India; 1981-Award for Clinical Research - Grayson Carroll; Essay Contest, American Urological Association (AUA); 1987- 1st Prize Resident Essay Contest, New England Section, AUA (sponsor); 1989-1st Prize Resident Essay Contest New England Section, AUA (sponsor); 1990-Gold Cystoscope Award, AUA; 1990-1st Prize Grayson Carroll Essay Contest, AUA (sponsor);1992-1st Prize, Grayson Carroll Essay Contest, AUA (sponsor); 1993-Shusruta Award of Distinction in urology, Indian American Urological Association; 1998-Kidney Care Lifetime Achievement Award (Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, India; 2003-1st Prize, Ambrose/Reed Socioeconomic Essay Contest, AUA (sponsor); 2003-1st Prize, ACMI Essay Contest (Clinical Research Category), AUA (sponsor); 2008-Dr. B.C. Roy Medical Award, Awarded by the President of India as “Most Eminent Medical Person”.

The editors of Progress in Paediatric Urology feel privileged to dedicated this volume to Prof. Mani Menon.

A Tribute by:

Prof. M. Bajpai

MS, MCh, PhD, National Board,
Fulbright Scholar, USA & Commonwealth Fellow UK.
Department of Paediatric Surgery
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi 110029, India.