Dr. Franklin Gaylis is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Genesis Healthcare Partners medical group and was recently appointed Medical Director of a Cleveland based medical data analytics company, PPS Analytics. In addition, the University of California San Diego’s Urology Department recently promoted Franklin to voluntary Professor of Urology for his extensive medical research experience.
Franklin graduated in the top 5% of the Wits Medical School Class of 1980 with an MBBCH (Cum Laude). His late Dad, Hymie, considered an international pioneer of Vascular Surgery and Professor Phillip Tobias, the world-renowned paleoanthropologist, greatly inspired his interests in medicine. He immigrated to the USA in 1982, where he completed his General Surgical requirements and went on to subspecialise in Urology at the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.
Inspired by his father’s extensive research interest, Franklin started measuring his surgical outcomes for Prostate Cancer surgery in the 1990’s and published extensively on this subject. He developed an interest in ways to improve medical quality and was appointed Medical Director of Clinical Outcomes at a local hospital in San Diego, a position he held for many years. Franklin also invented and developed an instrument which continues to be widely used in the removal of kidney stones.
Franklin continues to publish and lecture extensively on a variety of Medical and Urological topics both nationally and internationally. His current interest is focused on improving healthcare quality.
Franklin lives in San Diego with his wife Jean and their two children. Outside of medicine, Franklin continues to research his family history and has visited shtetls in Lithuania and Latvia in where his Lotzof family once lived. He enjoys speaking on the subject of Jewish migration using a presentation “From shtetl to shtetl, a Miracle of Jewish Survival” (link at Holocaust Living History Workshop
"KD moulded my Jewish identity and provided an amazing Jewish network where at a very young age I was fortunate to meet my wonderful wife-to- be, Jean. Ulpan at Sde Boker inspired me to become a passionate Zionist and to this day I fondly remember the amazing experiences we were privileged to share. I believe I was one of the first students to meet Mr. Elliot Wolf in 1969, crossing paths on the tennis courts and Latin class. My performance on the tennis court far exceeded my Latin grades! Sports and socializing were of far greater importance than academic achievements during my high school years. (Sorry Mr. Wolf)"