2016 Annual Meeting
Grand Hyatt Kauai
October 23-28, 2016
Kauai, Hawaii

Program Topics and Speakers

Last update: September 26 (please check back regularly)
Dress code for presenters: Hawaiian Style Business Attire (no suit and tie)

Please scroll down the page to see the many programs and offerings...and there is more to come!


State of the Art Lecturers • Expert Panels
Point Counterpoint


Tuesday, Oct. 25

  • 7:30 AM: Management of the Vaginal Apex During Prolapse Repair.
    Kathleen Kobashi, MD, Virginia Mason MC
  • 9:08 AM: Expert Panel on Mixed Incontinence - Treat the Bladder First vs Treat the Outlet First.
    Alvaro Lucioni, MD, Virginia Mason MC, Donna Deng, MD, UCSF
  • 11:39 AM: Controversies in Genital Surgery for Infants, Children, and Young Adults: Hypospadias, Disorders of Sexual Development and Gender-Variant Youth.
    Michael DiSandro, MD, UCSF
  • 12:00 PM: Promoting Wellness in 2016 Save Time Reviewing What Works and What Is Worthless.
    Mark Moyad, MD, MPH, U of Michigan
  • 2:10 PM: Clinical Based Management of Peyronie's Disease.
    Tom F. Lue, MD, ScD (Hon), FACS, UCSF, Emil Tanagho Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology.


Wednesday, Oct. 26

  • 7:30 AM: Expert Panel: Managing Bladder and Urethral Complications of Prostate Cancer Therapy.
    Moderator: Jill Buckley, MD / Panel Discussion: Bryan Voelzke, MD, UW, Keith Rourke, MD, U of Alberta, Jack McAninch, MD, UCSF
  • 8:45 AM: Pre-habilitation Prior to Radical Cystectomy.
    Sima Porten, MD, UCSF
  • 11:20 AM: Prostate Cancer Point Counterpoint: Early Detection of Prostate Cancer With Serum PSA Needs to be Refined.
    William Catalona, MD, Northwestern, Chicago (Con) / Peter Carroll, MD, UCSF (Pro)
  • 2:11 PM: Flexible Ureteroscopes: Reuse or Dispose? Evaluating the New Technology.
    Matthew Dunn, MD, USC


Thursday, Oct. 27

  • 9:30 AM: Emil A. Tanagho Lectureship - A Non-Invasive Stem Cell Therapy.
    Tom F. Lue, MD, ScD (Hon), FACS, UCSF, Emil Tanagho Endowed Chair in Clinical Urology
  • 11:45 AM: Point/Counterpoint: Is Pre-operative Needle Biopsy of Small Renal Masses the New Standard of Care?
    Benjamin Lee, MD, University of Arizona & James Porter, MD, Swedish Urology Group, Seattle
  • 12:15 PM: Continuing Care for Your Patients with Metastatic CRPC.
    William Aronson, MD, UCLA
  • 1:30 PM: GU Tumor Board:
    Moderator: Joseph C. Presti, Jr., MD, Oakland, CA,  Joe Sterbis, MD, Triper HI,  Anne Schuckman, MD, USC,  John Lederer, MD, Honolulu, HI, Andrea Harzstark, MD, Oakland, CA.


Friday, Oct 28

  • 7:45 AM: AUA/SUO Guidelines Update on Bladder Cancer.
    Siamak Daneshmand, MD, USC
  • 9:15 AM: Breakthroughs with Biomarkers and Risk Stratification in Prostate Cancer.
    E. David Crawford, MD, U of Colorado


Health Policy Luncheon & Forum

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Sunday, October 23

Lunch: 11:45am
Program: 12 noon - 2:30pm

Program Directors:
Jeff Frankel, MD, Chairman, Health Policy Committee
Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA, Vice-Chair

Preliminary Program Agenda

• Welcome – Jeff Frankel, MD

• Framing the Future - AUA President, Richard Babayan, MD

Keynote: Post-election Health Care: Our Finest Hour or A Bridge Too Far?
     - Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, Boston, MA

• Special Presentation: Physician Heal Thyself: Building Resilience
     - Eugene Rhee, MD, MBA

Health Policy Essay Contest Presentations (3)

1st Place
Brock O’Neil, MD
“The Influence of Provider Characteristics and Market Forces on Response to Financial Incentives

2nd Place
Anobel Y. Odisho, MD
“Beyond Classical Risk Adjustment: Socioeconomic Status and Hospital Performance in Urologic Oncology”

3rd Place
Geolani W. Dy, MD
“Variable Resource Utilization in the Prenatal and Postnatal Management of Isolated Hydronephrosis”

2016 Western Section Member Survey Results

Morning Practice Management Courses

8:15am to 11:30am
Sunday, October 23

♦ 8:15am - Planning for Success for Urology Practices in 2017

        Mark N. Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems

♦ 9:30am - Physician Payment Reform: What You Need to Know

       Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE
       Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E

♦ 10:30am - Surgeon of the Future: Tooling Innovations for Quality

       Robert M. Sweet, MD, Prof. Urology, Univ. of Washington

Medical errors are now the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.   Conformable sensors, virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing, “modular manikins”, robotics, and crowd sourcing are all “hot” technologies.  This talk will present a glimpse at how these technologies are coalescing and promise to facilitate and enhance our ability to care for our patients, assure competence and provide a pathway towards obtaining mastery of new skills.


All Courses are included in your registration fee.


Post-graduate Review and Exam Preparation Courses (PREP-C)

Overall Director: Daniel Lin, MD, Univ. of WA

Monday, October 24th

A Western Section AUA Program Especially for Residents and Physicians wanting:
  • Preparation for the In-Service Exam
  • Maintenance of Certification
  • An Overall Didactic Urology Review

All Courses are included in your registration fee.

Each course offers 2 hours of intense didactic material and take place Monday morning and end around 12 noon. Note: The video session follows the PREPC this year at 1pm.

Prostate Cancer Update

William J. Catalona, MD – Northwestern Univ.


Andrew E. MacNeily, MD, CSC, FAAP, Univ. of British Columbia

Afshar, Kourosh, MD – Univ. of British Columbia

Peter Metcalfe, MD – Univ. of Alberta

Urethral Reconstruction/Trauma

Bryan B. Voelzke, MD, MS, FACS – Univ. of Washington

Keith Rourke, MD – Univ. of Alberta

Jill Buckley, MD - UCSD


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Mentorship Mixer and Networking Event

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3 pm

Directed by John Lam, MD and Sean Stroup, MD

A great way to get connected with leadership and your peers in an informal and fun environment. Plan to enjoy some networking and a short program.


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During the meeting, be sure to try your hand to extract a stone burden both percutaneously and ureteroscopically in a set amount of time!
Participants will be judged by overall weight and greatest amount of stone burden! Held in The Lab at the Cook/Storz Booths.

WSAUA Residents Luncheon Program

Sunday, Oct. 23, 11:30am

Surviving After Residency – Learning the Business Side of Practice

Course Director: Jonathan Perley, MD, Clinical Instructor, Harbor UCLA & Private Practice, Long Beach, CA
  • Polina Reyblat, MD, Kaiser Permanente Med. Ctr., Los Angeles, CA
  • Jesse Mills, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
How to select the right job, gain a better understanding into today's medical / financial landscape, how to maximize your training into a successful practice by incorporating minimally invasive therapies, and understand the basics of insurance and coding.


  • How to decide on the right job
  • Academic vs. private vs. HMO
  • Groups large and small
  • Partnerships
  • Understanding insurance, reimbursement and coding
  • How to get started in a practice and what is expected of me
  • Understanding the economic landscape and how it relates to medicine today
  • Panel discussion with academic and Kaiser faculty
  • Update on ancillary care services (surgery centers, pathology labs, & lithotripsy, radiation centers)

            RESIDENTS PLEASE RSVP TO: info@wsaua.org

Advanced Practice Provider (APP) / Allied Health Program

We are pleased to continue a special CME segment on Tuesday and Wednesday that is directed toward our Advanced Practice Provider attendees, nurse practitioners and other allied professional colleagues in Urology. We encourage you to register the non-MD professionals in your practice and have them attend.
This program is included in the Health Professional’s registration package, is also open to all physicians and will include CME which is pending review.
Detailed program - click here

Bring your Urologic Health Care Team to Kauai!


Resident’s Bowl Competition

Plan to join the fun for three rounds of quiz-show style excitement with our resident teams. 
Each training institution will be represented by one resident who can participate. There will be mixed teams of four residents and the final winning team will represent the Western Section at the AUA’s Annual Meeting Resident Bowl next year. Plan to attend and match wits with your favorite team at each of the games!
Congrats to our 2015 winning team who came in with a very close 2nd place at AUA San Diego this year.


GU Tumor Board

Thursday, October 27, 1:30PM to 2:30PM

A huge hit, this new session was launched last year at the WSAUA Indian Wells with fantastic participation and attendance. 

The GU Tumor Board this year will be only better. It is a multidisicplinary panel discussion of challenging cases in Urologic Oncology.  The format will involve case presentations that include multiple choice questions at various decision points in the evaluation and treatment of these patients. An audience response system will be used to poll the audience and then the panel will discuss “best choices”. 
Program Director, Dr Joe Presti (Urology, moderator) will put the panel together and post here soon.  This should be a valuable learning experience for our attendees.

The Grand Finale Event:

Round Table Program & Brunch – Do Not Miss!

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A creative blend of urological humor, science and oddities combine to make this famous session the trademark Western Section event. Enjoy door prizes, great food and camaraderie at its best!

Friday, October 28, 10:30AM to 1:00PM




Key Dates
■ Presenter PowerPoint File Submission Available Onsite
■ Registration Available Onsite


Exhibit Companies

AbbVie Inc.
Ambry Genetics
American Urological Association
Astellas Pharma, US
Bard Medical
Bayer HealthCare
Boston Scientific
Cogentix Medical
Cook Medical
Dendreon Corp.
Dornier MedTech America
Edap Technomed
Endo Pharmaceuticals
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
GenomeDx Biosciences
Genomic Health
Janssen Biotech
Karl Storz

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