Arnold M. Belker, MD, 89, passed away on August 26, 2023. He was born in 1934 to I. Joseph Belker and Margery Weinberg Belker. He was a member of Adath Jeshurun Synagogue, 17 regional, national and international medical societies and served for over 20 years on the Board of Directors of Jewish Hospital HealthCare Services.
Dr. Belker was one of the first urologists in the country to perform microsurgical procedures and served as organizer or faculty member for numerous microsurgical laboratory courses sponsored by the American Urological Association (AUA) and other organizations. He had been a member of the editorial board of four different medical journals and an editorial reviewer for seven journals. He served as president of three national organizations: The Society of Reproductive Surgeons (recipient of its Distinguished Reproductive Surgeon Award in recognition of his many contributions as a reproductive surgeon, and for his role as the ‘ongoing conscience’ of science in the field of male reproductive surgery), the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (Distinguished Reproductive Urologist Award for significant contributions to the field of reproductive urology and for service to the organization), and the American Society of Andrology (Distinguished Service Award).
Dr. Belker authored over ninety professional articles and/or chapters and was a member of three different AUA Guideline Committees. He published what has been considered a landmark article concerning the results of 1,469 microsurgical vasectomy reversals in a collaborative study that he organized with urologists at the Universities of California at San Francisco, Michigan, Oregon and the Cleveland Clinic. He was an invited speaker on numerous occasions in this country and lectured in Europe, Asia and South America. He was listed in the AUA’s prestigious Didusch Museum of Urologic History for his accomplishments in microsurgery and male infertility and received a 2016 AUA Presidential Citation Award in recognition of these accomplishments. In 2017 Dr. Belker donated several urologic artifacts to the Didusch Museum.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Terry Marks Belker, who gave him the necessary support to maintain his busy professional schedule and with whom he enjoyed travel throughout the world. He also is survived by a son, Paul Belker (Paula Petrie) of Chicago, IL, a daughter, Jill Belker Weinberger of Buffalo Grove, IL, and three grandchildren (Mark and Jason Weinberger and Adam Belker).