August 8, 2012
|Dr. Richard M. Ehrlich|
On behalf of the UCLA Department of Urology, I am delighted to welcome back to the full time faculty
Richard M. Ehrlich, MD, FACS, FAAP
Professor Emeritus of Urology
Dr. Ehrlich earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Cornell University and took his general surgery training at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. He completed his urology residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center under the great Dr. John K. Lattimer. After two years in the US Air Force, Dr. Ehrlich joined the faculty of the UCLA Division of Urology and worked for many years under and alongside Drs. Willard Goodwin and Joseph Kaufman. Dr. Ehrlich practiced pediatric urology and renal transplantation with a special interest in the surgical management of children with Wilms’ Tumor. He operated at CHS, Olive View, and the Wadsworth VA. He performed the first pediatric laparoscopic procedure at UCLA, the first pediatric nephrectomy at UCLA, and the world’s first pediatric partial nephrectomy with ureteral reimplant. He has held numerous leadership positions in the School of Medicine and Hospital.
Dr. Ehrlich has lectured extensively and has been visiting professor at many prestigious departments of urology throughout the world. He was president of both the Society for Pediatric Urology and the American Academy of Pediatrics Urology Section. He advanced to the rank of full professor at UCLA and was an integral part of the Division for many years. Dr. Ehrlich has published hundreds of scientific articles and abstracts and more than five dozen book chapters with co-authors including many of the great names of American urology, including Drs. Lattimer, Goodwin, Kaufman, deKernion, Smith, Raz, Rajfer, Bloom, Koyle, Skinner, Scardino, Gottesman, Richie, Kogan, Leach, Gill, Clayman, Kavoussi, Caldamone, and Snodgrass. Dr. Ehrlich has always been known as a consummate teacher and passionate resident advocate. Later, he opened his own office and moved to the clinical faculty but has continued to mentor generations of UCLA Urology residents.
In recent years, he has established himself as a boldface name in the world of fine art photography, in which he has achieved universal accolades. His photographs are on display in many venues, including in the permanent collections of 19 museums worldwide, most recently the Smithsonian. His photography also hangs on many walls in our own hospitals and clinics at UCLA. Peruse his website at www.ehrlichphotography.com for examples of his work. A favorite is his Homage to Rothko series, one piece from which adorns our conference room in the BoA Urology suite.
After an interregnum of several years, Dr. Ehrlich now rejoins the full time academic faculty in pediatric and adult urology. Dr. Bernard Churchill, Chief of Pediatric Urology, joins me in welcoming Dr. Ehrlich back to the full time faculty.
Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Department of Urology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Professor of Health Services
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health