At its upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago, the American Urological Association (AUA) will present 16 major awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine, the specialty of urology and the Association. These researchers, physicians and educators will be honored at the 2009 AUA Awards Dinner, to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2008.
The following awards will be presented:
Ramon Guiteras Award: The Ramon Guiteras Award is an annual award given to an individual who is deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology. Jack W. McAninch, MD, will receive this award for contributions to the field of reconstructive surgery and genitourinary trauma, especially in the diagnosis and treatment of renal lesions and urethral stricture disease.
Hugh Hampton Young Award: The Hugh Hampton Young Award may be presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the study of genitourinary tract disease. Richard D. Williams, MD, will receive this award for contributions to urology as an educator and advocate for research, a member of The Journal of Urology® editorial board and as a medical volunteer working with the people of Haiti.
Gold Cystoscope Award: The Gold Cystoscope Award is an annual award given to a urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing residency training. Christopher L. Amling, MD, will receive this award for outstanding contributions to the field of urologic oncology, most notably the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer, and for developing innovative tools to evaluate resident education.
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award may be presented annually to an individual, at least 25 years following completion of residency, who has been deemed to have made outstanding contributions to advance the mission and goals of the AUA. Mostafa M. Elhilali, MD, PhD, will receive this award for lifetime devotion to urology, especially in the development of novel treatments for benign prostatic hyperplasia and for substantial contributions to organized urology worldwide.
Victor A. Politano Award: The Victor A. Politano Award may be presented annually to an individual (e.g., urologist, basic scientist, researcher, biomedical engineer) for outstanding research and work in the field of incontinence and for enhancing the treatment of incontinent patients, thereby helping to improve their quality of life. Jerry G. Blaivas, MD, will receive this award for three decades of outstanding contributions to the field of urodynamics, voiding dysfunction, the management of incontinence and the education of numerous residents and fellows.
Health Science Award: The Health Science Award recognizes a company for its outstanding help in promoting the educational, scientific and research goals of the AUA. Eli Lilly and Company, a President’s Circle Patron, will receive this award for consistently supporting the AUA and its mission.
William P. Didusch Art and History Award: The AUA William P. Didusch Art and History Award promotes and recognizes contributions to urological art, including but not limited to illustrations, sculpture, still photography, motion pictures and television productions. This award may also be presented for lifetime contributions to the history of urology. Robert J. De Klotz, MD, will receive this award for outstanding contributions in educating members about urologic history and for donating artifacts to the William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History and the AUA Western Section.
Distinguished Contribution Award: The Distinguished Contribution Awards are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of urology, including but not limited to contributions made in a sub-specialty area, for military career service or for humanitarian efforts. Three AUA members will receive this award.
Catherine R. deVries, MD, will receive this award for outstanding contributions as founder and president of IVUmed, for 17 years of medical and surgical education, and treatment of thousands of children and adults suffering from urologic conditions worldwide.
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, will receive this award for significant work on chronic pelvic pain syndromes in men and women.
David G. McLeod, MD, will receive this award for his leadership and direction of urology programs at the Uniformed Services Medical School and Walter Reed Hospital, and his mentorship to civilian and military urologists.
Distinguished Service Award: The Distinguished Service Award may be awarded annually to individuals who are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the goals of the AUA. The following individuals will receive this award:
Michael A. Pretl, Esq., will receive this award for outstanding service as AUA General Counsel, confidant to the Board of Directors and AUA committees, and for successfully negotiating a never-ending minefield of challenging legal issues.
Michael J. Droller, MD, will receive this award for major contributions to the field to urologic oncology and efforts on the editorial board of The Journal of Urology®.
James B. Regan, MD, will receive this award for tireless dedication and outstanding service to the urologic community in leading AUA’s health policy programs.
Gold Cane Award: The Gold Cane Award is given to a senior urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession and to the AUA, and who has not previously been recognized in any other way. Stephen C. Jacobs, MD, will receive this award for innovation and leadership in the field of laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and resident education.
Presidential Citations: Presidential Citations may be presented to individuals deemed to have significantly promoted the cause of urology during a specific period of time. Each recipient is chosen by the AUA President. Two Presidential Citations will be presented to honor the following individuals:
Gregory A. Slachta, MD, will receive this award for lifelong service to urology health policy initiatives, including as AUA Health Policy Chair, and 17 years of representing urology’s delegation to the AMA House of Delegates.
Arthur I. Sagalowsky, MD, will receive this award for 15 years of diligent representation of the AUA at the United Network for Organ Sharing/Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
“These individuals have demonstrated tremendous commitment to serving and advancing the field of urology and we are honored to be recognizing them for their accomplishments,” said AUA Awards Committee Chair Joseph N. Corriere Jr., MD. “These prestigious awards serve as a testament to the contributions that AUA members such as these make to the field of medicine.”
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