This month, Annapolis urologist H. Logan Holtgrewe marks his 30th year of medicine in Maryland. But forget the local celebration; the doctor will be out of town.
By the end of June, he will have spoken at meetings in Miami, Kansas City and Paris (for the fourth time this year), and he'll be packing for Winnipeg, Canada, and Genoa, Italy.
His work with the World Health Organization frequently takes him abroad, but the primary reason for his demanding travel schedule is his new post as president of the American Urological Association.
Since mid-May, the Severna Park resident has been head of an organization with more than 8,000 members in North and South America.
"One thing I want to do as AUA president is see if we can't help the Eastern European urologists try to improve their abilities to help their people.
"Along with the Germans, we're going to try to bring some modern urology to them by taking equipment over there and setting up a urological operating room. Some of our teachers will go and spend six to eight weeks, followed by others who will then leave the equipment when they go home."
Holtgrewe, 61, has been treasurer of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease, and a member of the Advisory Council on Urology to the American College of Surgeons and the National Kidney and Urological Disease Information Clearing House of the National Institutes of Health.
"Maryland has been good to me," says Holtgrewe, who joined the staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center in 1962, served as president of the county medical society (1966-1968) and the state urology society (1970-1975).
He was also chief of urology at Anne Arundel Medical Center from 1966 to 1975 and president of the medical staff for two years. He helped establish the urology department at North Arundel Hospital.
In private practice with doctors David McHold, George Yu and John Danneberger, Holtgrewe is also an assistant professor of urology at the Johns Hopkins University.
In addition to his professional achievements, he is an experienced underwater diver and photographer, musician and model railroad buff.
His oceanic slide presentations rival National Geographic. He is an annual guest speaker at the Boston Sea Rovers Underwater Symposium. The oldest scuba club in America, the Sea Rovers has made Holtgrewe an honorary member.
"The club has some well-known members, including Jacques Cousteau," says the doctor.
In college, he played the saxophone and clarinet and also arranged big band music; in Annapolis, he helped form a Dixieland band, Bar and Tonics, with fellow doctors and lawyers.
Perhaps, there's an echoing train whistle in the sound of reed instruments.
"I have always loved trains," says Holtgrewe.
Visit the Severna Park Model Railroad Club's exhibit in the old train station on Riggs Road (open to the public the first weekends in May and December) to see the results of this affection. Using the same intensity with which he diagnoses a medical problem, the doctor designs train layouts and modeling innovations. His work has been featured four times on covers of the international magazine Model Railroader.
Holtgrewe and his wife, Virginia, have two grown children, Kent and Sally, and two grandsons.