Dr. Michael J. Manyak is an Executive Director for Global Medical Affairs for the urology franchise of GlaxoSmithKline and a Professor of Urology, Engineering, Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine at The George Washington University (GWU). He is the former Chief Medical Officer for Triple Canopy, Inc., a large international security firm. Dr. Manyak completed his urological residency at GWU, a fellowship in biotechnology at the National Cancer Institute as an American Urological Association Foundation Scholar, and spent 16 years at GWU, the last nine as Interim Chairman of the Department of Urology. His research interests include advanced imaging for urologic cancer and other applications of medical biotechnology.
The medical corporate experience of Dr. Manyak includes service as a scientific advisory board member, consultant, or director to more than 25 biomedical technology and pharmaceutical companies. His corporate experience includes business development, strategic planning for FDA approval of products, intellectual property development, protocol construction, clinical trials, and development of educational materials. He is a founder of Metastatin Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company purchased by Samaritan Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Manyak has been granted 11 patents.
Dr. Manyak received a presidential appointment to the National Kidney and Urological Disease Advisory Board and served on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He has twice served on the FDA Regulatory Panel for Genitourinary and Gastrointestinal Devices. Dr. Manyak served as Chairman of the AUA Technology Assessment Council and on 5 other national AUA technology committees for 5 years. He has published over 200 professional abstracts, book chapters, and refereed journal articles. Dr. Manyak was profiled by the Washingtonian Magazine in December 2001 as one of 50 people selected as “The Best and Brightest of Washington” and by Family Urology Magazine in April 2003. He is listed in six directories of Who’s Who in America and the World.
Dr. Manyak was the Managing Medical Editor of the nationally-acclaimed Time-Life Medical Publications prostate cancer educational video and the Medical Editor for the Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) video Check It Out which received both the Creative Excellence Award at the US International Film and Video Festival and a National Media Owl Award in 1997. Dr. Manyak was the medical editor for the Virtual Prostate website that received the Gold World Wide Web Health Award in 2004. He was a urologic consultant to Mens Health Magazine and a frequent media contact on behalf of the AUA. He has numerous appearances on national networks for CBS, NBC, Fox News, PBS, and CNN and has been the guest of John McLaughlin on One On One. Dr. Manyak has been selected as one of America’s Top Physicians (2005- ) and America’s Top Urologists (2008- ).
The Boy Scouts of America recently named Dr. Manyak a Distinguished Eagle Scout, an honor accorded 0.1% of Eagles. The BSA named a camp for him for the 2005 National Scout Jamboree and he was an invited speaker for the BSA 100th anniversary at the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. He recently joined the national committee of the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA). In addition, Dr. Manyak has been inducted into the Greater Flint Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1996) and the State of Michigan High School Athletic Association “Legends of the Game” (2004).
Dr. Manyak maintains an avid interest in field exploration and expedition medicine and edited a recent textbook on expedition medicine. Dr. Manyak is a consultant to members of the National Geographic Society, NPR Radio Expeditions, and USA Today for travel medical issues and was the urologic consultant to the Peace Corps. Dr. Manyak has served on the NASA Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health Advisory Committee. He is Senior Medical Advisor to Global Rescue, Inc.
Dr. Manyak was selected as a National Fellow of The Explorers Club in 1992, chaired the Expeditions Committee for 10 years, and chaired the Science Advisory Board. He served on The Explorers Club Board of Directors from 1996-2006. He is an Associate Editor of The Explorers Journal where his column on Expedition Medicine appears. Dr. Manyak received the prestigious Sweeney Medal in 2004 from The Explorers Club. He was the Field Medical Advisor to the International Society of Cryptozoology (ISC) which investigated unknown or recently discovered animals throughout the world. Dr. Manyak has led a scientific expedition to the Ndoki rain forest in the Congo Basin in a collaborative effort with the World Wildlife Fund, has dived the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha in search of artifacts, was the ship physician on the icebreaker MV Polar Star for an Antarctic expedition with Students On Ice, and was the medical director for the RMS Titanic salvage expedition where he dove to the Titanic wrecksite in the Russian MIR submersible. In recent years, Dr. Manyak was the medical officer on an expedition to the deepest canyon in the world in Peru, on the first scientific dive in Mongolia in Asia’s second largest lake, on an expedition to evaluate a new spectacular finding of early human footprints in Tanzania, and rode camels in the Gobi Desert observing the very highly endangered wild camel.