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LINTHICUM, MD, January 14, 2009--The American Urological Association (AUA) has named Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH, the 2009-2010 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Saigal joins the prestigious ranks of past Gallagher Health Policy Scholars.


The Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program, created in honor of former AUA Executive Director G. James Gallagher, is designed to train the next generation of urologists for leadership positions in health policy. 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.


“In a field of impressive applicants, Dr. Saigal’s accomplishments, particularly his political successes on behalf of urology at the national level, stood out and earned him the honor of being selected as the third Gallagher Health Policy Scholar,” said AUA Associate Executive Director of Health Policy Beth Kosiak, PhD. “The AUA is making great strides in ensuring that we have the best and the brightest young urologists becoming conversant in the full range of regulatory, legislative, quality, reimbursement and legislative issues needed to protect and advance urology’s interests at the local, state and national levels.”


“Since its inception, the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program has attracted an exceptional group of young urologist applicants,” noted AUA Health Policy Chair Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA. “While it makes the Selection Committee’s job extremely hard, it also encourages us about the future of our field to see physicians of this caliber willing to volunteer to advance urologic issues at the national level.”


Dr. Saigal is an associate professor of urology at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree, completed his residency and a fellowship in oncology; he earned his master’s degree in public health at the UCLA School of Public Health. In addition to his role as faculty member and practitioner at the UCLA Medical Center and the VA hospital, he also serves as a principal investigator with the RAND Corporation. He has authored more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, with a special focus on prostate cancer and quality of life in patients with prostate cancer. Dr. Saigal, in partnership with Mark Litwin, MD, and under the auspices of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), led the creation of Urologic Diseases in America (UDA), the most comprehensive compendium describing the nature and scope of all major urologic diseases in America.



For more information about the Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program, or to request a headshot of Dr. Saigal, please contact Lacey Dean at 410-689-4054 or The following spokespeople are also available for interviews:


  • Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH, associate professor of urology at the UCLA School of Medicine and  2009-2010 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar
  • Beth Kosiak, PhD, AUA associate executive director of health policy
  • Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA, Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program Selection Committee chair and AUA Health Policy chair

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.

Lacey Dean, AUA