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E. DARRACOTT VAUGHAN, JR. M.D., 1939 - 2016

E. Darracott Vaughan, Jr., M.D., died Friday, April 22, 2016, at Westview Health Care Center. He was born May 13, 1939 in Richmond Virginia, received his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he completed his residency. He was a trainee under an NIB training grant while taking his residency training, and received his masters of science in surgery. Subsequently, he was a special fellow in urology under the Public Health Service at Columbia-Presbyterian in internal medicine and then returned to the University of Virginia where he obtained a research career development award and was funded through a grant from the American Heart Association. Dr. Vaughan left Virginia and joined the faculty at Cornell University Medical Center in 1978. At that time the Division of Urology was in the Department of Surgery and Dr. Tom Shires, a previous President of the American Surgical, was the Chairman.

By 1993, the Division of Urology gained independent status as a Department of Urology with Dr. Vaughan as its first Chairman. Dr. Vaughan was named the James J. Colt Professor of Urology and Urologist-in-Chief at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. His clinical expertise was in benign prostatic hyperplasia, urologic oncology and adrenal surgery. On a personal basis, Darracott was known for his quick intelligence and dry humor. He was ahead of his times and in the late 90's he convinced the Institution to create an organized Physician Organization, which he led aptly for many years.

Dr. Vaughan was president emeritus of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease (now known as the Urology Care Foundation), past co-chairman of the Prostate Health Council, past chairman of the Research Committee of the American Urological Association, past deputy chairman of the National Kidney and Urologic Disease Advisory Board, past president of the American Board of Urology, past president of the New York Section of the AUA, past president of the American Urological Association and on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and served on the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health.

The AUA honored Dr. Vaughan's career achievements with the 1981 Gold Cystoscope Award, 1982 Distinguished Contribution Award, 2000 Hugh Hampton Young Award and 2011 Ramon Guiteras Award. He also received the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Valentine Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine and the St. Paul’s Medal from the British Association of Urological Surgeons.