BUSM urologist elected president of Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists

Contact: Gina Orlando, (617) 638-8490, gina.orlando@bmc.org

(Boston) – Richard Babayan, MD, professor and chair of urology at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and chief of the department of urology at Boston Medical Center (BMC) was elected president of the Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists (MAPU) at the American Urological Association annual meeting in May.

Having served as a director of the MAPU Executive Committee since 1990, Babayan served as president-elect from 2010-2012. He will serve as president for a two-year term and will assume responsibility for the association’s operations and activities, preside over the Board of Director’s meetings and serve as the society’s chief spokesperson.

Babayan has been actively involved in minimally invasive therapies within the field of urology. His clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, urologic oncology, and endourology. He performed the first robot assisted radical prostatectomy in Boston and is currently one of three urologic surgeons at BMC using the daVinci Robot for minimally invasive procedures.

Actively involved in both local and national urological associations, Babayan was the New England Section representative to the Board of Directors of the American Urological Association (AUA) from 2005-2009 and is a past president of the New England Section of the AUA.  He was honored by the AUA in 2011 with a Distinguished Service Award for outstanding service to the AUA Foundation by the AUA Leadership Program and the AUA Board of Directors.

After earning his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, Babayan completed his surgical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a urology residency at the former University Hospital, now BMC. Babayan also served as an AUA Research Scholar performing basic science research in the field of hyperthermia at both MIT and BUSM.