Dr. Raju Thomas, MD, a renowned physician and chair of the Tulane Health System Department of Urology has received two accolades from the American Urological Association (AUA) for his substantive contributions to research, education and patient care. 

Dr. Thomas received the AUA 2016 Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding leadership at Tulane, particularly after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The award also recognizes his humanitarian service in providing minimally invasive surgery to less privileged areas of the world.

The AUA also honored Dr. Thomas by appointing him to the Urology Care Foundation Board of Directors. The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association. It is the world's leading nonprofit urological health foundation and strives to improve patients' lives and advance urologic research and education through its work with patients, caregivers, family providers, researchers, other health care professionals and the general public. 

The Foundation's new board members were approved by the AUA at the most recent board meeting in May. The board's new governance structure includes two public directors, four AUA member urologists, the AUA's treasurer and a chair.

About Dr. Raju Thomas:

Dr. Thomas was named chair of the Department of Urology at Tulane Health System in 1996. He is also a professor of urology and the residency program director for the Tulane University School of Medicine Department of Urology.  Dr. Thomas obtained his medical degree from the University of Bombay, India, in 1975 and subsequently graduated in 1982 from the urology residency program at Tulane University School of Medicine.  His career has been dedicated to finding minimally invasive therapy alternatives to urologic surgery. He was the first to perform robotic surgery in the Gulf South and has pioneered several laparoscopic and robotic surgical procedures. Dr. Thomas treats patients around the globe, teaches Tulane’s residents and fellows-in-training, and educates colleagues throughout the world. His experience has earned him a place in advanced continuing medical education programs around the U.S. and the world, and he has won a place in the "Best Doctors in America" listing produced by Best Doctors Inc. He continues to be on the faculty list for postgraduate courses at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. Dr. Thomas has authored more than 100 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies and is a peer reviewer of several urologic journals.