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The Robert F. Furchgott Society

Past Society Presidents

photo of Richard Macchia

Richard J. Macchia, MD, FACS served as the first President of the Robert F. Furchgott Society from 2007 until 2010. Under his leadership the Society expanded its award funding mechanisms to include travel awards for residents and post doctoral fellows to support research presentations at scientific conferences, as well as an award for excellence in Research for basic science and clinical fellows and medical residents. He also established the annual Visiting Professor Lectureship to invite award winning scientist such as Nobel Laureates to our campus.

In January 2010 he retired as chairman and ACGME Program Director and from clinical practice at SUNY Downstate. He remains as SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and program advisor. He continues to practice urology part-time at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, where his former student and resident, Dr. Lawrence Hakim, is Chief of Service-urology. He was appointed professor and chairman, and ACGME Program Director of the Department of Urology at the State University of NY Downstate Medical School (SUNY Downstate) in 1982 and served in those capacities until 2010. During that period he was also Chief of Urology at University Hospital Brooklyn and Kings County Hospital Center. The Chancellor of State University of New York appointed him to the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1997. In December, 2003 he was appointed Consultant, Department of Urology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). He continues to be available as a consultative resource to our Academic Executive Committee for the purpose of enhancement of our great urology residency program."

Dr. Macchia has lectured at numerous academic institutions and meetings in the US, Europe and Japan. He has also co-authored over 120 scientific articles and abstracts including 26 textbook chapters and proceedings. He has also been co-investigator on many collaborative projects and holds an NCI grant as local principal investigator for the SELECT clinical trial. He has served on the external advisory boards of several internationally renowned institutions.

He has been listed more than 60 times in various "best doctor" publications. New York Magazine listed him as one of "The Best Doctors in New York City" in its inaugural issue. He is also routinely listed in Castle-Connolly's "Best Doctors in America", the "Guide to America's Top Urologists" by the Consumer's Research Council of America and "New York Super Doctors".

In 1998 he accompanied Dr. Robert Furchgott to Stockholm when Dr. Furchgott received the Nobel Prize. In 1998, he was designated Master Teacher in Urology by the SUNY Downstate COM Alumni Association. In May, 2003 the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health presented him with its Leadership in Urban Medicine Award. In June, 2005 Dr. Macchia was presented with the very first SUNY Downstate College of Nursing Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. In 2005, Maimonides Medical Center named him the 19th annual Immergut Lecturer. He was named as the physician honoree at the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the founding of Kings County Hospital Center in 2006. In 2007, he became the first ever president of the Robert F. Furchgott Society. In March 2007 he received the first ever Golden Apple Teaching Award from the SUNY Downstate Medical School chapter of the AOA honor society. In 2008 he was named the first President of the MSKCC Whitmore Alumni Society, the first person to hold that title.

Dr. Macchia is most proud of his students and residents. Former residents are now internationally recognized leaders in urology at such institutions as Weill Cornell, UCSF, UCLA, NYU, Mt Sinai-NYC, University of Georgia, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Duke, SUNY Downstate, SUNY Stony Brook, Harvard, University of Indiana, Beth Israel Medical Center-NYC, University of Illinois, Brown University, and University of Florida. Many others are in successful private practices throughout the country. Similarly, many of his former students are on the faculties of medical schools across the US Clark-Curran Award in Medical Administration by the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Alumni Association in May, 2011.