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Yearly Archives: 2013

The Western Section is deeply saddened to report the loss of one its members: Dr. Charles Garo Gholdoian.

According to news reports,  the shooting occurred in Reno on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Posted on Kolo8 News Now by Staff

UPDATE 12/19/2013:
At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Reno police confirmed the name of the shooting suspect is Alan Frazier, age 51, from Lake Almanor. They say they have found evidence indicating the shooting was planned as Frazier’s final act, and that each shot was deliberately fired at somebody. They say they may never know the exact motive, but they have evidence that he was upset with the results of a 2010 operation. His truck was found outside the shooting site and towed to an evidence yard. His last known employment was with Mt. Lassen Power Company, with family in California and Arizona. Also, accounts have been set up at Wells Fargo bank branches for anyone whp wants to donate to help the victims and their families.

Based on witness statements and evidence, here is what police believe is the timeline of the shooting:

• The suspect entered through the main office doors and encountered office staff at the front desk and patients in the lobby.
• The suspect made statements that he was looking for physicians and not patrons of the office.
• The suspect walked into the interior of the office, toward the examination rooms, where he encountered our first victim, Dr. Christine Lajeunesse. He then shot her point blank in the arm and torso, where she immediately fell to the floor.
• As he continued down the hallway, he encountered Dr. Gholdoian. He shot at the doctor, missing him, but striking our second victim, Shantae Spears, in the torso.
• The suspect’s third shot was at Dr. Gholdoian in the hallway, striking him in the torso.
• The suspect then walked into the office area where he attempted to break into a locked room. There is indication that his fourth shot was through a smoked glass door, possibly in an attempt to gain access.
• He then returned to the main lobby area where the fifth and final shot was the self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
• Located with the suspect was the primary firearm, which was a pistol grip 12-gauge shotgun, a 2-shot derringer pistol, and a fully loaded 40-caliber handgun. There is no indication that either handgun was fired.

The victim in a Tuesday shooting at a Reno medical office has been identified as Dr. Charles Garo Gholdoian of Urology of Nevada. Reno Police declined to name the shooter pending notification of his next of kin. At a televised press conference this morning, a spokesman for the Reno Police Department said the shooter entered a medical building that’s part of the Renown Regional Medical Center Campus and made his way to the third floor offices of the Urology of Nevada.

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IVUmed is now accepting applications for the Traveling Resident Scholar Program. 

Deadline: Feb 1, 2014.

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Application Information: The 2014-2015 application deadline is February 1, 2014. Application link: http://www.ivumed.org/what-we-do/traveling-resident-scholars/. Please contact Amy Steele for more information at (801) 524-0201 or amy.steele@ivumed.org.

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Since 1999, IVUmed has provided over 175 urology residents with the opportunity to gain unique surgical experience in resource-limited settings throughout the world. Residents in PGY-3 and above obtain significant hands-on experience in urology under the supervision of board-certified mentors. As over 70 training programs can attest, this competitive program not only benefits the resident, but also the resident’s home institution.

Program Highlights

  • 1-2 week international trip, coordinated by IVUmed staff
  • Scholarships available to cover most trip expenses
  • Diverse surgical experience, with exposure to cases not often seen in the US
  • Service abroad to underserved populations
  • Share and interact with residents from other countries
  • Collaborate with mentors from other programs
  • Possibility to help meet ACGME core competencies
  • New appreciation and insight of the international medical community

Dear AUA Member:

The American Urological Association (AUA) and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) invite you to the 9th Annual Urology Joint Advocacy Conference (JAC), the only national advocacy conference devoted to protecting and promoting the interests of urologists and their patients.

March 9-11, 2014
Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.


The conference will host speakers ranging from academic urologists, to government employees, to elected officials. It will feature grassroots lobbying training for those new to the process and provide each participant with an opportunity to meet with elected officials and their staff.

All members of the AACU and AUA, including residents, fellows and students, are encouraged to attend the Joint Advocacy Conference.

Registration is free so register today! Please respond no later than February 7, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Kristine Tuinstra at the AUA at 202-403-8504 or ktuinstra@AUAnet.org.

Register Today!

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Dr. Timothy Brand

Dr. Paul Andrews, WSAUA President-elect, has confirmed that Timothy C. Brand, MD, FACS, LTC, MC, USA, Director, Urology Residency, Assistant Professor of Surgery, USUHS, Madigan Army Medical Center, has accepted an appointment as the general arrangements chairman of the 2014 annual meeting in Maui at the Grand Wailea. Congratulations Dr. Brand!


Here is the latest information for the AUA sections regarding the Urology Care Foundation grant programs. We are pleased to announce that we are extending the deadline for the 2014 Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Program. The deadline is now Monday, September 2nd, 2013.


The Urology Care Foundation is accepting applications across all areas of urology for this program. The oldest and most prolific funding program of the Urology Care Foundation, the Research Scholars program has supported more than 525 MDs and PhDs in 1- or 2-year research fellowships. Many remain in academic urology today, continuing to build upon the base of experience and knowledge gained during their research fellowships. One- and two-year awards are available for eligible MD and PhD researchers interested in pursuing careers in urologic research. Recipients receive $40,000 annually and the sponsoring institution provides matching funds.


There are currently at least 12 awards available for 2014 fellowships. Among those we have specifically targeted funding for three areas: neurourology, prostate cancer, and kidney cancer. The Allergan Foundation has provided funding for two, two-year awards for research in neurotoxins or areas associated with neurourology. The Robert J. Krane, MD Research Scholar Fund provides support for a one-year award for research on erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer or male incontinence. The Kidney Cancer Association provides support for a one-year fellowship in areas related to kidney cancer.


The deadline for application submission is Monday, September 2nd, 2013. Applicants do not need to submit a Letter of Intent. For details on the Research Scholars Program and other Foundation grant programs, visit: http://www.auanet.org/research/research-scholar-awards-83.cfm.


Jessica M. Ames, M.S.

Research Grants Coordinator  I  American Urological Association

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Welcome New Members (2018-19)

Samuel  Abourbih, MD

Gerlad  Atkins, NP

Matthew  M.  Banti, MD

Cathy  M.  Bartz, RN, CCRA, MBA

Ken  Batai, PhD

Andrew  S.  Behesnilian, MD

Scott  A.  Berkman, MD, FAAP

Erik  Beuker, MD

Kristin  Buschemeyer, PA-C

William  H.  Cho, MD

Simon  L.  Conti, MD

Christina  Cool, PA

Daniel  E.  Cooper, MD

Justin  J.  DeGrado, MD

Rajiv  Dhir, PA

Edward  C.  Diaz, MD

Alicia  Dietrich, PA

Kamyar  Y.  Ebrahimi, MD

Deidra  Ellis, PA

Ryan  Flannigan, MD

Catherine  L.  Fung, NP

Jennifer  Gilitiuk, PA

Tracy  M.  Hitzeman, RN, CCM

Samay  Jain, MD

Debra  Jur, NP-C

Ronald  W.  Keller, PA

Ina  Wu  Kim, MD, MPH

Paul  LaPine, PA-C

Benjamin  T.  Larson, MD

Aubree  A.  Larson, PA-C

Eric  E.  Lauer, MD

Justin  Ka-Pun  Lee, MD

Eric  Levy, MD

Ann  Martinez Acevedo, PA-C

Andrew  Medendorp, MD

Megan  Melnyk, MD, FRCSC

Mariam  Imnadze  Miller, MD

Sue  Miller, PA

Farshid  Mirzaee, MD

Jasmir  Nayak, MD, FRCSC

Hao  G.  Nguyen, MD, PhD

Lesli  I.  Nicolay, MD

Neal  J.  Olarte, NP

Mark  Painter, CPMA

Guillermo (Will)  Patino, DO

Deo  Perez, PA-C

Amanda  B.  Reed-Maldonado, MD

Douglas  S.  Reeve, HP

Sabeer  Rehsia, MD, FRCSC

Amber  Rennie

Michael (Mike)  E.  Robinson, MD

Aimee  E.  Rogers, MD

Kevin  J.  Rycyna, MD

Nader  Sadoughi, MD, FACS

Melissa  Scott, PA

Amanjot  Singh  Sethi, MD

Sadik  Shabdar, PharmD

Lisa  Shames, PhD

Abrar  A.  Siddiquee, BSc

Richard  C.  Slater, DO, MHA

Devon  Snow-Lisy, MD

Barb  Sobjack, PA

Bruce  W.  Sperry, PA

George  B  Stackhouse, MD

Heidi  A.  Stephany, MD

Philip  J.  Stuart, MD, FACS

Daniel  E.  Swanson, MD

Genevieve  H.  Sweet, MD

Kelly  A.  Swords, MD, MPH

Dan  Theodorescu, MD, PhD

Thomas  Tieu, MD

Scott  B.  Tobis, MD

Robert  C.  Tyler, PhD

Eric  J.  Uhlman, MD, FACS

Mark  Wainstein, MD

Whitney  Lynn  Ward, PA-C

Jonathan  N.  Warner, MD

Elias  Wehbi, MD, FRCSC

Priya  N.  Werahera, PhD

Mandy  Williams, PA-C

Bernardetta  Witek, PA

Ross  A.  Wopat, MD

Jonathan  A.  Wu, MD

Daniel  E.  Yanko, MD

Lorraine  Y.  Young, RN