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Ronald Rabinowitz

A Message from Dr. Jean Joseph, Chairman, Department of Urology

Dr. Ronald Rabinowitz is a remarkable physician whose contributions will leave a lasting impact. His unwavering dedication to pediatric urology, his commitment to teaching, and his boundless enthusiasm for collaborative patient care have been truly inspiring. He is a role model for countless urologists.

Ron has been a pillar in the field of pediatric urology. His legacy will be one of kindness, compassion, and excellence. His contributions to our discipline will remain strong. He has inspired many to choose the subspecialty, pediatric urology, who have since become leaders at their own institutions. His legacy will also come from his passion and contributions as a “Historian”.

Our gratitude to Ron, for making us all better.


Jean Joseph, MD, MBA, FACS
Winfield W. Scott Chairman and Professor of Urology

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Honoring Dr. Ron Rabinowitz

Our goal is to present Dr. Rabinowitz with the highest honor the University can bestow upon its faculty, an endowed professorship in his name.

Please consider a generous gift in his honor, one that will enable future generations of leaders in urology to build on Dr. Rabinowitz’s legacy and sustain and elevate the standard he set for life- changing discovery and care.

Support the Sally & Ron Rabinowitz Professorship Fund

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About Ronald Rabinowitz, MD, FAAP, FACS

Dr. Rabinowitz is Professor of Urology and Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Urology at the University of Rochester, and Historian for the American Urological Association.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Dr. Rabinowitz earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed his urology residency at the Hospitals of the University Health Center of Pittsburgh, including a year at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric urology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He served two years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a pediatric and general surgeon.

Dr. Rabinowitz is an internationally renowned expert in pediatric urology and urologic history. He has served organized urology in numerous capacities for more than four decades. As a member of the AUA Board of Directors (2001-2005), he served as a member of the History sub-committee of the Strategic Long Range Planning Committee that was tasked with designing a role for the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History in the new headquarters building. In this capacity, he recommended and participated in planning to spread the museum's displays throughout the building, as one sees today.

Locally, Dr. Rabinowitz has served the University of Rochester Medical Center as secretary and chair of the Medical Faculty Council. He had many leadership roles at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, including Trustee, Secretary, and President. In 2012, he received the Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award, the Albert David Kaiser Medal.

Nationally, Dr. Rabinowitz has served the Northeastern Section AUA as Secretary, President, and Historian; the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology as Chair; and the American Board of Urology on the written examination committee and as an oral examiner.

The American Urological Association has honored Dr. Rabinowitz with a Distinguished Service Award in 2013, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021, and the William P. Didusch Art and History Award in 2023.

In May 2023, Ron was inducted into the Taylor Allderdice High School Hall of Fame.

Dr. Rabinowitz has continued to lecture and publish on topics related to urologic history. He has authored or co-authored over 250 scientific publications and textbook chapters (many pertaining to urologic history), edited a textbook on pediatric urology, and served on history publication committees.

Dr. Rabinowitz has remained committed to the preservation of urologic history and the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History.