Marc Urquhart 2010
Dr. Marc W. Urquhart
BS Biology ’89
Iowa State men’s basketball fans know Marc Urquhart as the first Cyclone ever to record a triple-double on the basketball court. But those who have benefitted from his skilled and compassionate medical care consider him a hero for so many other reasons. As an orthopedic surgeon in Bayonne, N.J., Urquhart is known for providing excellent care to all patients, regardless of insurance level and socioeconomic background.
Urquhart has continually served without consideration for his own compensation and enriched both the medical community and his community at large. He is the only hand qualified orthopedist in his county of 650,000 residents who has chosen to participate in managed Medicaid programs. He has performed surgery gratis on patients in the Dominican Republic and served on the response team that treated survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks.
A 1989 recipient of both the NCAA and Big 8 Conference post-graduate scholarships, Urquhart attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993, received the Henry Strong Denison Award for excellence in research in 1992, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency from 1993-1998. Urquhart also completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship at Cornell University and a sports and shoulder fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.
Urquhart has been involved in a variety of youth and student mentoring programs and is currently active with Riverside Church and the Hoboken YMCA. Urquhart was also instrumental in organizing ISU’s 2007 cardiovascular disease awareness benefit and basketball reunion in honor of the late Barry Stevens (family and consumer studies’87).
Urquhart and his wife and orthopedic surgery practice partner, Erica, have a son named Amari and a daughter named Alexis. He is a lifetime member of the ISU Alumni Association.