The Indiana School of Medicine Department of Urology has a rich history dating back to the 1880s. That’s when William Niles Wishard, MD built the county hospital (now known as Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital) and established arguably the first Department of Urology in the country. Since then, important clinical advances, including a cure for testicular cancer and new treatment for prostate cancer, have originated at the department.
Shortly after Wishard’s death in 1941, W.D. Gatch, MD, then dean of IU School of Medicine, listed five qualities of character which he considered contributed to his success:
- “Great physical and mental vigor”
- “Indomitable will and fixity of purpose”
- “Strict disciplinarian”
- “Careful to observe the proprieties of life”
- “Infinite capacity for taking pains”
These characteristics we might today call “innovation, purpose, discipline, integrity, and excellence” and they can be seen woven through the 125-year history of the department.