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WSAUA Attendees to the AUA Advocacy Summit in Washington DC, March 12-14

Many thanks to AUA for helping us establish a pathway for our Resident’s and Young Urologists interested in leadership, advocacy and health policy issues.


Kai Dallas, MD – Sponsored Young Urologist, Resident “Prior to the summit, I was completely unaware of the importance of advocacy to allow us to best care for our patients (and ourselves). I have to admit, over the course of my training hearing the frequent grumblings about the state of the system from other doctors was disheartening for a young trainee. Having the opportunity to see (and take part of) efforts to actually address these concerns has truly inspired me. I hope to remain actively involved in advocacy and work directly with you in these endeavors in the future.”

Kathleen Kan, MD—Sponsored Young Urologist, Resident


Robert Lurvey, MD — Sponsored Young Urologist, Resident

Alan L. Kaplan, MD — Sponsored Young Urologist, Resident


Sara M. Lenherr, MD, MS — Sponsored Young Urologist, Resident


Other WSAUA Attendees


Eugene Y. Rhee, MD — Program Group, AUA State Advocacy Committee, AUA Legislative Affairs Committee, AUA Telemedicine Work Group Co-chair, WSAUA Health Policy Committee Chairman


Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD — WSAUA President Elect, AACU Past President, UROPAC Chair, WSAUA Health Policy Committee Vice-chair


Jason Jameson, MD — District 8 Rep to Board, AUA Legislative Affairs Committee, Arizona Urological Society President

Peter N. Bretan MD—AUA Public Policy Council, President of California Urological Assn


Scott K. Swanson, MD — Rep to AUA Board of Directors, Past-President WSAUA


John S. Lam, MD – Secretary/Treasurer of California Urological Assn and CMA delegate


Ben Chew, MD — District 1 Rep to Board

Eric J. Zeidman, MD — AUA Public Policy Council, Past-President WSAUA


Micheal F. Darson, MD — AUA Public Policy Council, AUA Practice Management Committee, AUA Coding and Reimbursement Committee (liaison to AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee), AUA National Insurer Advisory Workgroup

The Western Section asked Dr. Brosman to write a short biography about himself for the newsletter. The award will be presented at the Member’s Business Meeting during the annual meeting on November 1, 2018.
When I was around 5 years old, I announced to my parents that I was going to become a doctor. In 1955, at age 21, I entered medical School at Indiana University. In the second year, I was provided with space for a research laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology. Not only was there space, but a large supply of compounds to test and research money. Evenings and weekends were spent in the lab studying ways to prevent the effects of nephrotoxic agents. Saturday evenings and Sunday’s were spent as an observer in the Emergency Department at the General Hospital. I learned to sew up lacerations, start IV’s, treat fractures and even got to tag along in the ambulance.

During the clerkships I discovered Urology. The doctors were happy and relaxed as compared to those in other surgical specialties. One year there was a visiting Professor, Willard Goodwin, who had just started the GU program at UCLA. He took a tour through the lab and we discussed GU research. When it came time to apply for a Residency, I sent him a letter and received a telegram notifying me of an acceptance.

In 1972, President Richard Nixon, declared war on cancer. Money was allocated to study the five most common cancers and there were two GU tumors on the list, bladder and prostate. We received a large grant to study the immunology of these two cancers. Immunology was a new field and was attached to the Department of Bacteriology. The research was focused on studying the immune status of the host and attempting to develop ways to enhance an anti-tumor response. This led to treatments for bladder cancer and some interesting observations for kidney, which we snuck in, and prostate cancer. Now the world of cancer revolves around immunotherapy and personalized medicine. Urologists were the first immunotherapists, there is still a lot more work to be done. I am glad I was able to take part of the initial research in this specialty. I am honored to be considered a Distinguished Member of the Western Section AUA. – SB

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Welcome New Members

2017 New Members:


Kashif  Alvi, MD

Jason  Archambault, MD

Rosanne  S.  Arnold, HP

Casey  Barnett, HP

Steven  C.  Bereta, NP

Raymond  Mark  Bernal, MD

Jennifer  Botelho, PA-C

James  M.  Bresee, MD

Kadi-Ann  Bryan, MD

Sierra  J.  Carmello, PA

Jay  Cascio, RpH

June  Chan, DSc

Samuel  T.  Chan, MD

Marina  Cheng, MD

Kalyani  Chilukuri, HP

Charles  H.  Chung, MD

Lee Ann  Clark, PA-C

Sophia  Drinis, MD

Jia  Emslie, RN

Winnie  Eng, PA-C

Heidi  Felton, PA-C

Melissa  R.  Garcia, HP

Daniel  Gilbert, DO

Greg  E.  Gin, MD

Shelley  Godley, MD

Kiran  Gollapudi, MD

Erin  Grantham, MD

Lindsay  A.  Hampson, MD

Mark  A.  Handley, PhD

Katy  Holder, HP

Robert  Hoy, PA-C, MPAS

George  J.  Huang, MD

Marketa  Injayan, HP

Nicole  Jensky, HP

David  C.  Johnson, MD, MPH

Richard  Jones, HP

Kimberly  Keller, HP

Stacey  A.  Kenfield, ScD

Nazih  P.  Khater, MD

Louis  Koncz, PA

Ryan  P.  Kopp, MD

John  Y.  Lee, MD

Denise  Lepley, PhD

Robert  Louie, PharMD

James  R.  Lucas, PA

Robert  Lurvey, MD

Jules  P.  Manger, MD

Julia  S.  McCord, HP

Laura  Stansell  Merriman, MD

Dennis  Mitchell, HP

Kenneth  Mitchell, PA-C, MPAS

Chinedu  Mmeje, MD

Allan  Murray, HP

Sylvia  D.  Nguyen, NP

Parag  D.  Nihalani, Pharmd, MS

Sepehr  Nowfar, MD

Brock  B.  O’Neil, MD

Mary  O’Rourke, HP

Vernon  A.  Orton, II, MD

Edward  Park, PharmD

Brent  Pitcher, PA

Leigh  R.  Platte, RN

Krishna  Ramaswamy, MD

Jacqueline  Reilly, PhD

Daniel  Reznicek, MD

Evan  G.  Rosen, MD

Yahir  A.  Santiago-Lastra, MD

Amy  Schlaifer, MD

Casey  Seideman, MD

Jay  B.  Shah, MD

Hilary  Shreves, MS, ACNP-BC

Toni  F.  Shull, RN

Kristien  Sima, HP

Jung  Suh, HP

Robert  M.  Sweet, MD

Youssef  S.  Tanagho, MD

Joel  Tappay, HP

James  R.  Templeton, PhD

Alan  E.  Thong, MD, MPH

Matthew  Uhlman, MD, MBA

Erin  VanBlarigan, ScD

Kevin  Wayne, PA-C

Jason  Woo, MD

Sara  Woodruff, HP

Mary Jo  Worischeck, PA

Faysal  A.  Yafi, MD, FRCSC