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Thomas E. Moody, MD

2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016 8:00 am

Thomas E. Moody, MD, is a 1973 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a Urology residency at the University of Virginia in 1978 and returned to Birmingham to practice. He would eventually lead the charge in the state of Alabama against prostate cancer. Dr. Moody is President of the Urology Health Foundation which is the non-profit arm of Urology Centers of Alabama and under whose banner all community outreach work is done.

In 2006, the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) released a  report grading each of the 50 states in their screening and mortality rates of prostate cancer. Alabama ranked 48th out of the 50 states. Dr. Moody felt a personal responsibility for this grade and led his group to offer free prostate cancer screenings in underserved areas of the state. He would then further his cause by taking it to the legislature in Montgomery. Dr. Moody served as the main catalyst in writing the Prostate Cancer Screening Bill, which was passed by both houses of the Alabama Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Bob Riley. This law mandated insurance companies to offer full coverage for physician-ordered prostate tests.

Dr. Moody has received numerous awards for his outstanding public service, and has been recognized across the state for his dedicated fight against prostate cancer. These awards include the NPCC’s Mary Lou Wright Distinguished Leadership Award, the Martha Myers Role Model Award from the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association, and the Ira L. Myers Award for Excellence, along with many others. Along with these prestigious honors, the Alabama State Legislature recognized him by setting aside $100,000 in the state’s health department budget to provide free prostate screenings for men statewide. Dr. Moody has also co-authored various medical publications.

He is known for using his Saturdays to travel to various underserved counties, so that he can screen, as well as educate men and their families about the importance of early detection. Dr. Moody is described as “an amazing man whose commitment and dedication to fight prostate cancer in Alabama is unsurpassed.”  For many years on the last Saturday in April, Dr. Moody has put up tents, taken down banners, and handed out water to cyclists riding 100 miles in the Tour de Blue: Cycling for Prostate Cancer Awareness event. This is just another example of Dr. Moody’s exceptional role in giving back to the community. As one of his peers said, “Dr. Moody is a testament to the statement ‘one man can make a difference,’ and he serves as a role model for all of us.”

Dr. Moody was nominated by Dr. Pink L. Folmar and Dr. V. Michael Bivins.


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