Society of Women in Urology to honor Loyola Urogynecologist

News Archive March 14, 2014

Society of Women in Urology to honor Loyola Urogynecologist

Physician to receive award for mentoring women in urology
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Elizabeth Mueller, MD, MS, has been named a 2014 Christina Manthos Mentoring Award recipient by the Society of Women in Urology (SWIU). Dr. Mueller is the division director and the fellowship program director of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Health System. She also is an associate professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

“Dr. Mueller has served as a skilled mentor to several of our next generation of female urologists,” said Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, dean, Stritch School of Medicine. “The guidance she has provided to these young physicians makes her well deserving of this prestigious honor.”  

Dr. Mueller will receive the award May 19 at the SWIU Networking Reception during the American Urological Association’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. 

“Dr. Mueller has set an excellent example for many up and coming female urologists,” said Robert Flanigan, MD, professor and chair, Department of Urology at Stritch, and past recipient of the Christina Manthos Mentoring Award. “Her skills as a clinician, researcher and educator have been invaluable to those who have had the privilege of working with her.”  

Dr. Mueller began her career as a registered nurse working in an intensive care unit setting. She worked as a nurse while she obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and then went to work for a manufacturing business for six years until deciding to go to medical school. She came to Loyola and completed the urology residency program. Dr. Mueller has since become one of the nation’s leading doctors in pelvic floor disorders. She completed her fellowship under Dr. Brubaker, a world-renowned urogynecologist, and has in turn mentored countless physicians who have gone on to work at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions.

SWIU established the Christina Manthos Mentoring Award to recognize a man or woman who demonstrates extraordinary mentoring skills in supporting the career of a female urologist. The award is given in memory of  Christina Manthos, MD, a young urologist whose life and career were cut short by breast cancer. 

The SWIU, formed in 1980 from the American Urological Association, now has more than 650 members, including more than 250 board-certified female urologists, as well as female urology residents, fellows, post-residency and pre-board-certified women. SWIU also has female members who are non-urology MDs and PhDs.

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