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Dr Tanagho accepts the Special Recognition awardEmil A. Tanagho, MD

Distinguished Member, Western Section AUA, 1995
Professor Emeritus of Urology
University of California, San Francisco

51 Years of Perfect Attendance to
WSAUA Meetings!!
Founded California Urology Foundation for Research (CUF)
Dedicated to Urology


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Text of presentation by president, Dr. Jeffrey Kaufman at the 2015 annual meeting:

I am pleased to present this honor to one of our most Distinguished Members, Dr. Emil Tanagho.  You know him well in person and can find a short biography about him on Page 106 in your program book. Dr. Tanagho is originally from Alexandria, Egypt where he obtained his doctorate in urology and surgery.  We are fortunate to have him as a long standing member of the Western Section!


Brief biography:  Emil A. Tanagho, MD served as Chairman of the UCSF Department of Urology from 1976 to 1996. Under his direction, the department became known for its pioneering work in the field of neurostimulation for control of micturition. In 1985, his work was recognized with the Jacob Javits Neurosciences Award, and was so honored for ten consecutive years. His group won the Jack Lapides Prize for Neurourology and Urodynamics eight of the eleven times it was given during his tenure. He has developed electrodes for stimulation of the sacral roots and has broad and lengthy experience with a large series of patients in whom these have been implanted. The author of hundreds of scientific articles, Tanagho also serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including The Journal of Urology, Urology, and Neurourology and Urodynamics.


As you can see, Dr. Tanahgo’s contributions to urology is cutting edge and extensive!  We’ve all benefited from his vast research and experience.  He has been a supporter of urology and an inspirational teacher to Young urologists everywhere for decades. He has attended every single one of the last 51 annual meetings, how many in here can say that? If you are positive, raise your hand!


I would be surprised to see anyone here who can beat that record of perfect attendance!  Dr. Tanagho is truly one in a million and has upgraded the study of urology immensely.   He is professor emeritus of Urology at the University of California San Francisco and still active in the study of documentation of urological procedures.


He founded the CUF along with Dr. Jack McAninch and Dr. Tom Lue as a way to preserve the future of urology.  To ensure its continuity and expansion he has entrusted the ongoing governance of the CUF to the Western Section AUA.  On behalf of the Western Section AUA, we will be proud and honored to continue the legacy of the CUF.   Thank you, Dr. Tanagho.  May I present this token of our appreciation of you!


The Urology Care Foundation, the official foundation of the American Urological Association, greatly appreciates the support of the Western Section of the American Urological Association in enabling the Research Scholar Program to offer two research awards for 2016. Following a rigorous peer-review process, we are excited to announce that both awards have been filled by exceptional early-career investigators.

Alan Kaplan, MD, will begin his one-year research award on July 1, 2016. His project, titled “Value-based care redesign in urology: Can quality and cost data feedback change physician behavior?” aims to evaluate and improve value-based care of benign prostatic hyperplasia in order to provide patients better healthcare at a lower cost. Dr. Kaplan’s research will be conducted at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA under the mentorship of Mark Litwin, MD, MPH and Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH.

Hosu Sin, PhD, will begin her two-year research award on July 1, 2016 as well. Her project, titled “Elucidating fundamental regulators of male meiosis,” will investigate key genetic regulators of male reproduction in order to understand and improve male fertility. Dr. Sin’s research will be conducted at Stanford University, School of Medicine under the mentorship of Margaret Fuller, PhD.


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Dear Urology Department/Division Chairs,

Please forward this information to interested individuals. Thank you.

Call for Nominations for the 2016 AUA Research Forum

“Early Career Investigators Showcase”

Sunday, May 8, 2016 –  3:00 – 5:30 PM – San Diego Convention Center

The AUA Research Forum: “Early-career Investigators Showcase” for 2016 is scheduled for Sunday, May 8, from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. The “Showcase began in 2008 and is still the only Annual Meeting venue completely dedicated to the work of early career investigators. The program consists of a poster exhibit of basic, translational and clinical research and features a podium session with up to nine presentations on innovative, relevant, and potentially impactful research projects that will be of great interest to the basic and clinical research communities.


We are again enlisting the assistance of members of the Research Council, all AUA sections, and several specialty societies to identify those individuals and projects that exemplify the best that the field of urology has to offer. We are asking each member or group to identify one of their top early-career investigators to present a brief, yet scientifically meritorious, presentation on his or her most interesting, innovative work. These stellar investigators are typically easy to identify, even early in their research careers, as they may have already won awards and recognition at past section or society meetings. This could now be an opportunity for them to have a platform at the Annual Meeting!


Nomination Criteria:

  • The nominee must be a Ph.D. or an M.D. within eight years of completing residency or doctorate. Residents, including Chief Residents, are eligible.
  • The nominee must be an Active, Affiliate, or Candidate member of the AUA in good standing.
  • Previous speakers in this Showcase are not eligible for re-nomination. Previous nominees that were not selected as a speaker are eligible for re-nomination.


Application process:

Each Section, Council Member must submit the following documents for their nominee*:

  • A one-page abstract of the project
  • An NIH-style biosketch in accordance with the new NIH biosketch guidelines that were effective in May 2015, of the nominee (five-page maximum)
  • A personal statement from the nominee that affirms his or her desire and commitment to participate in the Research Forum
  • A letter from an officer of the Section or Council Member which:
    • Emphasizes the importance and potential impact of the research
    • States the commitment of the Section to promote the Research Forum within their membership through all means possible to maximize attendance.
  • All documents must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font.
  • All documents for each nomination must be compiled together and scanned into a single PDF package and received as one package.
  • All applications must be submitted to the WSAUA Office by Friday, Dec. 5, 2015– Email to jeannie@wsaua.org.


Speaker Selection Process

Selection of speakers is based on the review of all submitted information by a review committee appointed by the AUA Director of Research and the Research Council Chair. All nominees are asked

to plan to attend the Research Forum. Nominees selected as speakers for the Forum will be notified no later than February 1, 2016. Nominees not selected as speakers will be acknowledged from the podium and asked to present a poster at the Forum.


Forum Program

All submissions will be reviewed and the top nine submissions will be selected for oral presentation at the Forum. A total of ten minutes will be allotted for each presentation: eight minutes for the

presentation and two minutes for a brief question and answer period. Speakers are asked to provide no more than five slides; the eight minute time limit will be enforced. The presentation must be submitted to the Office of Research for review and approval no later than April 20, 2016.


Speaker Awards

During the Forum program, a panel of senior investigators will judge the presentations for content, presentation skills, relevance, innovation, and potential impact. Awards will be presented for those judged to be the top three presenters.


Forum Poster Session

All nominees will be asked to display posters of their work at the Research Forum, whether or not they are chosen to present from the podium. The Office of Research may produce an abstract

for the event to promote the work of these fine investigators.


Urology Care Foundation Research Honors Awards Program

All nominees are invited to the Urology Care Foundation (UCF) Research Honors Program and Reception. This program is an annual event held to acknowledge past and current Foundation Scholars and other recipients of UCF Awards of Distinction. This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the San Diego Convention Center. Please direct applications and questions regarding the program to Rodney Cotten, Research Programs and Events Manager at (410) 689-3750 or research@auanet.org.


Please forward applications to jeannie@wsaua.org


Taking the AUA Annual Census - click here

The American Urological Association (AUA) annual census is a specialty-wide survey of all members in the urology community across the globe. This critical survey will provide important information on urology workforce and practice to clinicians, policymakers, patients, payers and the general public. Participating in the AUA annual census will take you less than 10 minutes and will help promote our specialty and inform policy.

Your responses are valuable and will allow us to build the case for issues critical to the profession, such as federal funding and workforce development, while strengthening the urology profession through federal and state advocacy and developing an annual publication, The State of the Urology Workforce and Practice, which is free of charge to all member participants.

Identifiable information collected from this AUA Membership ID-based census will be stored in a secured area and will not be reported or shared with any third party, although de-identified, aggregated data may be shared to advance urologic research.

The census is open to any member of the urology community, including urologists, non-physician providers, medical students, residents, fellows, researchers, educators, administrators and practice managers.

By clicking the “Take Census” button below, you agree to all the terms and conditions outlined above.

Thank you for your participation and support of the urology profession.

The AUA membership ID can be quickly located on the bottom right hand corner of your conference badge if you are at AUA2015.

If you cannot enter the Census, please contact dataservices@auanet.org for assistance.

Welcome New Members

2016 New Members:


Gregory  T.  Adams, MD

Rosanne S. Arnold

Gerlad  Atkins

Casey  Barnett

Glen W. Barrisford, MD

Steven C. Bereta, NP

Erin  Van Blarigan, ScD

Amin  Boroujerdi, PhD

Jennifer  Botelho, PA-C

Kristin  Buschemeyer, PA-C

Stacey  Carter, MD

Jay  Cascio, RpH

David M. Chadbourne, MD

June M. Chan

Mang  L.  Chen, MD

Kalyani  Chilukuri

Denise  Chow, MD

Stewart  P.  Chumbley, NP

Stewart P. Chumbley, FNP-BC

Nadya  Cinman, MD

Aaron  A.  Clark, MD

Lee Ann  Clark, PA-C

Robert  M.  Cope, M.D.

Brian  Cox, MD

Wallace M. Curry, MD

Mark T. Dickinson, MD

Alicia  Dietrich

Jamie  L.  DiPietro, DO

Jia  Emslie, RN

Ekene  Enemchukwu, MD

Heidi  Felton

Ann Fenton, MD

Stephen J. Freedland, MD

Stanley  K.  Frencher, Jr., MD

Ariella  A.  Friedman, MD

Gwen  M.  Grimsby, MD

Amit Gupta, MD

Judith  C.  Hagedorn, MD, MHS

Mark A. Handley, PhD

Catherine  Harris, MD, MPH

Katy  Holder

Jack  C.  Hou, MD

Joseph  L.  Hsu, DO

Craig  B.  Hunter, DO

Marketa  Injayan

Robert  E.  Jackson, MD

Nicole  Jensky

Richard  Jones

Erin E. Katz, MD

Kimberly  Keller

Stacey A. Kenfield, ScD

Aqsa  Khan, MD

Brian  J.  Kim, MD

Thomas  J.  Kinahan, M.D.

Louis  Koncz

Megan A. Kushner

Jesse  D.  Le, MD

Benjamin R. Lee, MD

Dennis  Lee, MD

Eugene  W.  Lee, MD

Sara  M.  Lenherr, MD, MS

Jen-Jane  Liu, MD

Joshua  E.  Logan, MD

Richard  Long, MD

James R. Lucas

Gregory  Maggass, MD

John M. Mai, MD

Julia S. McCord

Dennis  Mitchell

Allan  Murray

John E. Musser, MD

Hiep T. Nguyen, MD

Sylvia D. Nguyen

Mark  Nigro, MD

Parag P. Nihalani, PharmD, MS

Uzoamaka  Nwoye, MD

Mary K. O'Rourke

Antonio  J.  Otero, MD

Edward  Park, PharmD

Khanh   N.  Pham, MD

Robert  Louie, PharmD

Denise  Lepley, PhD

Jason  Phillips, MD, MBA

Brent  Pitcher, PA

Leigh R. Platte, RN

Patrick  M.  Ramos, MD

Jacqueline  Reilly, PhD

Alexandra  E.  Rogers, MD

Jon A. Rumohr, MD

Anthony  Schaeffer, MD

Melvin Leon Seard, II, MD

Galaxy  Shah, MD

Hilary  Shreves, MS, ACNP-BC

Toni F. Shull, RN

Abrar A. Siddiquee, BSc

Kristien  Sima

Hosu  Sin, Ph.D.

Sara  E.  Spettel Aliyar, MD

Blair  A.  St. Martin, MD

Marti D. Stow, PhD

Daniel  Su, MD

Jung  Suh

Joel  Tappay

James R. Templeton, PhD

Maggie  D.  Vuturo, MD

John C.H. Wang, DO

Deanna R. Williams

Sara  Woodruff

Mary Jo  Worischeck

Ramy  F.  Yaacoub, MD

Yuka  Yamaguchi, MD

Benjamin  Yuh, MD

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