April 4, 1934 – February 28, 2010
Dr Mardis died February 28, 2010 from complications of pulmonary fibrosis with his family in attendance. Urology has lost a leader and will miss him, as will his friends Hal went to medical school at the University of Nebraska and did his urology training at LSU in New Orleans. He held teaching positions at both LSU and the University of Nebraska and has held numerous leadership positions in the AUA, AACU, and South Central Section where he was President in 1990. Dr Mardis practiced urology in Omaha, NE for most of his adult life.
Dr Mardis contributed to the advancement of urology and was a leader in the development of stents and their use with numerous publications and original research. He was a founding member of the American Lithotripsy Society which trained numerous urologists and technicians as lithotrtipsy became commonplace. Under his leadership, the ALS prevailed in litigation against CMS which has kept urology as the leader in lithotripsy with adequate reimbursement and freedom to own this technology. Among his more unusual accomplishments was successful endoscopic surgery on a white tiger at the Omaha zoo for stone disease.
Dr Mardis is survived by his wife, Barbara, one son, two daughters, and a step-son. He was active in golf. fly fishing, mountaineering, music and civic affairs. Contributions in his name can be made to the Omaha Symphony Youth Foundation, 1605 Howard St., Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-2716.