Awards : Distinguished Alumni Award

Manuel Penalver, M.D. ‘77

Manuel Penalver, M.D. ’77 was instrumental in a medical breakthrough known as the Miami Pouch operation, which allows women who have lost their bladder to recurring cancer enjoy a better quality of life. He is credited for perfecting the technique that allows surgeons to construct an internal urinary pouch out of a section of the colon, making external urinary bags unnecessary in every patient. In 1993, the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics awarded him the “Excellence in Teaching Award”. Three years later, the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology granted him the “National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education”. In 1997, Good Housekeeping magazine placed him in its roster of “The Best Doctors for Women”.