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    Dr. Hopkins, 71, launched Jackson Hole Seminar

    Ralph Edward Hopkins, MD, a Riverton, WY urologist who began the Jackson Hole Urological Seminar in 1979, has died. He was 71.

    Dr. Hopkins, an AUA member, received the association’s Presidential Citation Award in 2003 for his service to the profession and his organization of the Jackson Hole Urological Seminar. The meetings have drawn a worldwide audience of urologists over the years and have been notable for their unique format, in which six speakers and six expert critique panelists interact and dissect each presentation.

    Dr. Hopkins interned and served a residency in general surgery at the University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington and earned his specialty degree by serving as a resident in urology in Denver General Hospital under his great friend and mentor, the late Ben Eiseman, MD, according to his obituary. Dr. Hopkins moved his family to Lander, WY in 1974 and opened a practice in urology, which thrived until his retirement in 2009.

    Dr. Hopkins was also trained and certified in emergency surgery and “touched thousands of lives all across the state, and even the nation, during his medical career in Wyoming,” his obituary stated.

    Dr. Hopkins is survived by his wife, Janice, his mother, Dorothy Hopkins Cassidy, of Corbin, KY, and his children Collin C. Hopkins, of Riverton and Bronwyn Hopkins Taylor and her husband Gordon, of Buffalo, WY. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.

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