David G. McLeod
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McLEOD David G. McLeod On Friday, December 18, 2020, COL David G. McLeod, MD, JD, MC, USA, Retired, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away peacefully at the age of 85, by the side of his wife and son at home. He was a gentleman, visionary leader, mentor and patient advocate. David was truly devoted to his family, his patients and the practice of medicine. He was loved and respected by all those whose lives he touched. After a distinguished military career that began in the U.S. Marine Corps and spanned more than four decades, Dr. McLeod retired at the rank of Colonel. He joined the Army Medical Department in 1964, after graduating from the University of North Carolina with bachelor's and Doctor of Medicine degrees. He is a highly decorated soldier with service as a clearing platoon leader and medical company commander of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. His military awards and decorations include the Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge, The Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal. Dr. McLeod served as Program Director in Urology and Chief of Urologic Oncology at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC for many years prior to founding the Center for Prostate Disease Research. He is a Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery (Urology) at Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. McLeod earned his Juris Doctor from Northern Virginia Law School. He was a member of numerous professional societies and served as President of the American Foundation of Urologic Disease (now known as the American Urological Association Foundation) and past President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urologic Association. He was also a member of The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia and the DC Bar. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Claudia Williams McLeod. He is also survived by his beloved children: Lt Col David Gwin McLeod, Jr., USAF, Retired and step-daughter, Claudia Ayvette Sailer and adored grandchildren, Kevin G. McLeod, Anne M. and Joseph L. Sailer. David also leaves behind his two surviving brothers, CW04 John Woodley McLeod, USMC, Retired and Waverly Thomas McLeod. The McLeod family extends their deepest gratitude to the medical staff of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for their indefatigable care and support given to "The Chief" throughout his illness. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Prostate Disease Research c/o The Henry M. Jackson Foundation in David's honor. A funeral service at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Meyer, VA and interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.A funeral service at the Old Post Chapel at Ft. Meyer, VA and interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 20, 2020.
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January 19, 2021
David McLeod was the absolute best in so many ways- superb urologist, committed military officer and much more. He exemplified service and leadership and was fiercely loyal to patients, colleagues and military medicine. He was always looking for ways to improve patient care and how it was provided. In many ways he was Army Medicine at its best. We will all miss his humor, his sharp wit and his presence- larger than life! His legacy lives on with a great family, all those he trained and mentored and his patients. He was a friend and I miss him.
Ronald R Blanck
Served In Military Together
January 8, 2021
Dr McLeod was and is a great soldier and physician-researcher. It was my great honor to have known him and worked with him at good old Walter Reed. God bless him, his family and friends, the US Army and the USA
Joe Drabick MD FACP
Coworker
January 8, 2021
Dave was a dedicated soldier and physician. It was through him I learned urology and have stayed with it throughout my career as a research nurse. He will surely be missed. Know that prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Mary Beth O'Brien
Coworker
January 6, 2021
Dave was a dedicated soldier and physician. It was through him I learned urology and have stayed with it for the rest of my career. He will surely be missed. Know that prayers are with you in this time of loss.
Mary Beth O'Brien - Urology Reserach Nurse
Coworker
January 6, 2021
Chief, you are in a much better place now. I will always fondly remember my time as a resident, then as colleague. I especially remember going on Saturday morning rounds at WRAMC to look for loose stretchers and broken items to take to the Command suite. I always considered you as my second father, for the guidance and camaraderie you shared with me. In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Dennis Peppas
Served In Military Together
January 4, 2021
One of my most respected mentors and teachers of Urology from my internship and residency at WRAMC (1978-1983). A friend, colleague, and fellow Tar Heel who always took great care of his residents during their training and throughout their careers. Sincere condolences to Claudia and the entire McLeod family.
Gregory L. Drake, MD FACS COL-Ret-USA
Served In Military Together
December 31, 2020
You were a great part of my life and I was a better urologist because of you. I will miss you dearly. Rest in peace my friend and mentor. God bless you. Deogracia Quinones
Deogracia Quiñones, MD, FACS
Served In Military Together
December 31, 2020
Dave was one year behind me in his Walter Reed residency in the old hospital on 16th Ave. We worked and studied very hard under Cols. VanBuskirk, Evan Lewis, Mittemeyer and Schamber. But we played hard too when we could, remember Claudia?
Dave went on to greater adventures and military medicine and his patients were the beneficiaries.
Our sympathies go out to Claudia and family
Fondly, Ray and Imelda Herzinger
Raymond Herzinger
Friend
December 28, 2020
Dave was a wonderful superior officer and colleague when we served at Walter Reed, and a longtime friend and fellow-traveler in urology over nearly 4 decades thereafter. David Bloom
David Bloom
Friend
December 28, 2020
COL(Ret) David McLeod, MD, a dedicated urologist, member in good standing for many years is held in high esteem by this organization. We shall hold a moment of silence in his memory when we next meet. Now please accept our deepest Condolences, dear McLeod Family. ~ Officers and Staff - Society of Government Service Urologists (SGSU) ~
Society of Government Service Urologists
Friend
December 26, 2020
Anyone who served at WRAMC with Dr. McLeod new him to be the consummate physician, educator, officer and gentleman. He had high standards and made sure his patients got excellent care. If WRAMC had a hall of fame, he would definitely be in it.
Vic Bernet, MD, COL (Ret), USA, MC
Served In Military Together
December 23, 2020
Dr. McLeod was a great leader, physician, teacher and role model for the multitudes he touched. He was always there to offer support, motivation and correction when needed.
Dr. McLeod guided so many from being a physician to being a urologic surgeon with confidence to treat the most complex patients and their families.
He is sorely missed. Volumes could be and have been written about his contributions to his patients, urology, military medicine and medical literature. God bless Dr. McLeod and may he rest in peace.

I pray God's comfort, support and mercy on his family, friends and colleagues during this time of deep sorrow and loss. Celebrate the joyous and triumphant times of Dr. McLeod's life.
C. Gerry Henderson, MD, FACS, FAAP
Student
December 23, 2020
Dave was a dear friend d a super special doctor. Special prayers are sent to a special family from Dan and I and the “kids” for whom Ayvette provided evening childcare-Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Kimball Ennis, COL Catherine (Cathy) Kimball Eayrs, and COL Raymond (Randy) Kimball. We all remember Dr Mac and all of you so fondly.
Dan and Eve Kimball
Served In Military Together
December 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Dr. McLeod will surely be missed. It was a joy working along side of him.
Katherine McCrary
Coworker
December 22, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Dr. McLeod will surely be missed. It was a joy working along side of him.
Katherine McCrary
Coworker
December 22, 2020
May God bless place you by his side for all the good things you accomplished here on earth and bestowed peace in the hearts of your family in this time of sorrow.
Myrica Guzeh
Coworker
December 21, 2020
COL(Ret) David McLeod did not just exemplify an Era, he created an Era. Thousands if not tens of thousands of patients across the military and the nation and indeed the globe, benefited directly or indirectly from his work as a military physician, researcher, and creator of the legendary CPDR and further on our Murtha Cancer Center / Research Program. He trained a myriad of Urologists over his decades of service. With his research program and physicians he trained as well as all of those like myself that he mentored, the Legacy of David McLeod will live on as we honor everything he stood for and embodied. Thank you to his Family for sharing him with us throughout his life. We honor you, his memory, and our prayers are with you always.
Craig Shriver, MD FACS, COL(Ret)
Served In Military Together
December 21, 2020
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Clinton Deas
December 21, 2020
Dr.McLeod was devoted to his family, I also know that he was devoted to his patients. I was one of his Patients that he made me feel special. I to had surgery through Dr. Col. McLeod. My Condolence goes out his wife and son. Col. Dr. McLeod will be truly missed.
Clinton Deas
Friend
December 20, 2020
David was a true visionary! He was able to see more in a single event than most. In my 20 years of service ,I never saw anyone use the "system" more effectively than Dave. He truly was able to turn lemons into lemonade. He also was a terrific human being, compassionate, and a superb physician, and above all a true LEADER! He did more for the practice of Urology and the Urology Residency Program at Walter Reed, than any other prior Chief of service. Above all, Dave was a friend and mentor. He was instrumental in the development of my medical career, and so many more urologists. He turned the Residency program into a powerhouse of talent. He also, turned the program into a first class research program, the Center for Prostate Disease Research. Even after his retirement, he continued to stay involved in urology. Dave touched the lives of many physicians, and they and their patients are better for it. My deepest sympathy to Claudia and family.

Michael R. Hardy, MD, FACS
WRAMC 1984-87
Michael R Hardy, MD
Served In Military Together
December 20, 2020
In beloved memory of Col. David G. McLeod, MD, JD, MC, FACS.

Life grants us only rarely the opportunity to work for men of such vision and perseverance. Few men have ever trained so many soldiers, surgeons, scholars, and leaders.

God Bless you Col. McLeod and may the Holy Mother ease the loss of your family at this time.

Neal & Leah Dunn (WRAMC '86)
Neal P. Dunn, MD, FACS
Friend
December 20, 2020
Dr. McLeod personified the best of the medical profession with his gifted surgical acumen and depth of empathetic caring for his patients.

I hold him in the highest personal and professional esteem and will always be thankful that he detected my prostate cancer early and then performed the successful surgery.

All of us whose lives he touched and saved will be forever in his debt.

David F. Martin Captain Army Ret.
David F. Martin
Served In Military Together
December 20, 2020
Dave was a trusted colleague of my husband and a friend to both of us. I fondly remember good times with Dave and Claudia over the years. My condolences go out to Claudia and the family
Carolyn d’Avis
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