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AUA Names Jason J. Jameson, MD as 2018 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar

Jason Jameson, MD

The American Urological Association (AUA) announced that Dr. Jason Jameson has been selected as the 2018 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar. This program is designed to train the next generation of urologists for leadership positions in health policy.

Gallagher scholars spend a full year engaged in critical seminars, conferences and meetings at the national level, receive mentoring from AUA physicians in senior roles and participate in a week-long health policy seminar for surgeons sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and held at Brandeis University. Scholars also engage in other educational activities that ensure their immersion in and understanding of health
policy issues of importance to urology. The award was created in honor of former AUA Executive Director G. James Gallagher.

“Dr. Jameson is a strong advocate for the specialty of urology at both the state and national levels,” said AUA Public Policy Chair Dr. Chris Gonzalez. “We look forward to watching him grow his skills as part of this public policy program.”

Dr. Jameson is an instructor in urology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Phoenix, AZ and is a graduate of both Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE and the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He completed his internship/residency in both general surgery and urology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Jameson is a recognized leader in the field of health policy, with a clinical specialty centered on men’s health and quality improvement.

In addition to his work with the AUA Legislative Affairs Committee, Dr. Jameson is an active member of the Arizona Medical Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors and as a Urology Delegate to the association’s House of Representatives. He is currently serving as president of the Arizona Urological Society.

For more information about the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program, or to request a headshot of Dr. Jameson, please contact Wendy Isett at 410-689-3789 or wisett@AUAnet.org.

Congratulations to the following for winning 2018 AUA Awards:

Distinguished Service Awards: The Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to individuals for outstanding service in advancing to the goals of the American Urological Association. The following individuals will receive this award:
Jeffrey E. Kaufman, MD, for decades of outstanding leadership and service to the Western Section and the AUA Board of Directors and contributions to the importance of Health Policy.

Gold-Headed Cane Award: The Gold-Headed Cane Award is presented to a senior urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession and to the AUA.
George W. Kaplan, MD, is this year’s award recipient for excellent work in the treatment of children with urologic diseases and mentorship in educating future pediatric urologists.

Presidential Citations: Presidential Citations are presented to individuals deemed to have significantly promoted the cause of urology. Each recipient is chosen by the AUA President. This honor will be bestowed upon the following individuals:
Jack W. McAninch, MD, for training and educating generations of urologists in trauma and reconstruction.

Joseph Sterbis, MD is chosen as Young Urologist of the Year in the WSAUA!

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 Award program to offer a two-year award for 2018. Following a rigorous peer-review process conducted in October, we are excited to announce that we were able to fill this award with an exceptional early-career investigator.

Kevin Batai, PhD

Congratulations to Ken Batai, PhD, who will begin his two-year award on July 1, 2018! Dr. Batai’s study, titled “Identification of Clinical and Molecular Characteristics Predicting Renal Cell Carcinoma Prognosis: Therapeutic Precision in a Racially Diverse Population,” will be conducted at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center under the mentorship of Benjamin Lee, MD and Nathan Ellis, PhD. He will first compare clinical and molecular characteristics of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) among Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and European Americans to identify clinical characteristics and molecular signatures, which are associated with RCC aggressiveness and predict progression. Associations between molecular profiles of RCC patients and response to therapeutic agents, such as tyrosine kinase inhibitors or PDL‐1 checkpoint inhibitors will also be examined.

We are also delighted to report that Alan L. Kaplan, MD completed his one-year award, titled “Value-based care redesign in urology: Can quality and cost data feedback change physician behavior,” at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA under the mentorship of Mark Litwin, MD, MPH and Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH. The training and funding he received during the award period enabled Dr. Kaplan to secure a position as Physician Lead for Clinical Integration at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital—a unique public-private partnership serving South Los Angeles. He is also preparing a manuscript for publication based on his work as a Scholar.

Hosu Sin, PhD, working at Stanford University under the mentorship of Margaret Fuller, PhD, recently completed the first year of her two-year research award, titled “Elucidating fundamental regulators of male meiosis.” Dr. Sin has made significant progress with her research and presented her findings to-date at the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting and the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Japanese Biochemical Society & Molecular Biology Society of Japan.

Finally, David C. Johnson, MD, MPH continues to work on his two-year project, titled “The effect on hospital system finances of episode-based bundled payments for patients undergoing radical prostatectomy: the business
case for value based cancer care redesign,” at UCLA under the mentorship of Mark Litwin, MD, MPH and Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH. We look forward to updating you on his progress this coming summer.

The generous support of the AUA Western Section has contributed significantly to the careers of these researchers, and is an investment in improving the lives of patients suffering from urologic diseases.

By Sean Stroup, MD, Chairman

WS Rep to AUA Young Urologists Committee

This year’s WSAUA Young Urologist Forum occurred on Tuesday, August 8 from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM in Vancouver, BC. We had a thoughtful and lively roundtable discussion about different career paths and employment opportunities in urology.  We were honored to have a fantastic group of speakers and attendees that shared different perspectives about being in academic, employed, and private practice. Our guest speakers included Dr. Lance Walsh in private practice in Rancho Mirage, CA; Dr. Ryan Kopp from the VA in Portland, OR; Dr. Erik Castle from the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, AZ; and Dr. Eugene Rhee the regional Chief of Urology at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California.  Specifically, we discussed the challenges and benefits of choosing a particular practice environment. Our speakers and attendees shared tips for Young Urologists seeking employment, including giving some advice to help prepare for interviews and essential questions to ask of the practice.

The AUA Young Urologists Committee is dedicated to providing a number of early career resources for young urologists.  This year the AUA Young Urology Committee launched a speed-mentoring program with great success, and we are planning future programs next year. The AUA Young Urology Committee also updated its “Transitioning From Residency to Practice,” guide which is a useful resource for residents, fellows, and early career urologists seeking employment.  This reference can be found on the Young Urology page on the AUA website.  The YU Online Community is an exclusive AUA member benefit for young Urologists to collaborate with their peers, to raise questions, and to discuss interesting topics.  Webcasts on a variety of topics are also available for viewing on the AUA YU online community library.  Lastly, the committee is working on the development and implementation of an introduction to understanding business concepts and practice management course that we hope to roll out as one of the available courses for the upcoming AUA annual meeting.

Ultimately, we hope to facilitate residents, fellows, and other urologists in our section develop robust professional networks and better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the practice of urology. Please join us next year in Maui for WSAUA 2018.

Call for Candidates for AUA President


 Eligibility: Active and Senior Members only

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WS Nominating Committee to submit short list to WsAUA BOD



BOD selects final candidates at Interim Board mtg at AUA in San Francisco



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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