Linthicum, MD, March 12, 2014 – TheUrology Care Foundation, the world’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation and official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA), is pleased to announce the formation of its new board of directors as well as its inaugural members.
The Foundation’s new board members were approved by the AUA at the most recent board meeting on February 8, 2014. The board’s new governance structure includes three public directors, two AUA member urologists, the AUA’s treasurer and a chair.
New members functioning as the board’s officers are Richard A. Memo, MD, chair and Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA, secretary/treasurer. Additional members include AUA member urologists, Martin Dineen, MD, FACS and John Forrest, MD, FACS; as well as three business and community leaders, Thomas J. Cavalier, Sam Covelli and John F. Hirschbeck.
"This varied and experienced group of experts reflect the AUA and Urology Care Foundation’s continued commitment to advancing urologic research and education to improve patients’ lives,” said AUA president Pramod Sogani, MD. “Their experience and proven business leadership will definitely serve the Foundation well.”
Chair: Richard A. Memo, MD, has been named chair of the Urology Care Foundation. A member of the AUA since 1981, he is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a practicing urologist at NEO Urology Associates, Inc., in Youngstown, OH. He is the immediate past treasurer of the AUA and has served in leadership roles with the American Association of Clinical Urologists, AUA’s North Central Section and the Ohio Urological Society. His commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of others is deeply rooted within the Mahoning Valley community where he has participated in several local programs, providing complimentary urological care and outreach. Dr. Memo also actively supports our military veterans.
Secretary/Treasurer: Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA, is the AUA treasurer as well as vice president and chief medical officer for Impact Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in health care information technology. Previously, he held the position of chief medical information officer for the Yale New Haven Health System and the Yale School of Medicine. An AUA member since 1987, Dr. Schlossberg has served the Association as the chair of Health Policy, first chair of the Practice Management Committee and as AUA alternate to the American Medical Association Relative Update Committee. Additionally, he has served the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA as a board member and representative to the Health Policy Council. Focused on developing our next generation of leaders within the urologic community, Dr. Schlossberg has been a mentor to those in the AUA Leadership Program for nearly five years.
AUA Urologist Member-at-Large: Martin Dineen, MD, FACS, is a board certified urologist and fellow of the American College of Surgeons who has been with Atlantic Urological Associates since 1998. Additionally, he is a clinical assistant professor of urology at the University of Florida School of Medicine. A member of the AUA since 1990, Dr. Dineen is also an active member of both the American and Florida Medical Associations. He is founder and chair of the AUA National Insurance Advisory Work Group and has held various professional appointments including president of the AUA Southeastern Section and the Florida Urological Society. He is the recipient of the Dr. Tom Dooley Society, Notre Dame Medical Alumni, 2014 Founders Award, honoring his years of urological missionary work in Haiti. Dr. Dineen is actively engaged in his community, raising funds in support of local outreach initiatives as well as volunteering his time as coach, mentor and sponsor to youth sports teams.
AUA Urologist Member-at-Large: John B. Forrest, MD, FACS, is a board certified urologist who has been with Urologic Specialists of Oklahoma for more than 30 years. He is a former chief of staff of St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, OK and has served as president of the AUA South Central Section, chairman of the AUA Practice Guidelines Committee as well as president and trustee of the American Board of Urology. He is currently a trustee of the University of Tulsa. Dr. Forrest is actively involved with institutional development for St. John Medical Center where he fosters support for Presidential scholarships, undergraduate research programs and funding for both nurse education and indigent care. A member of the Association since 1985, Dr. Forrest was honored for his contributions in 2012 with the AUA Distinguished Service Award.
Public Member-at-Large: Thomas J. Cavalier is managing director and senior vice president of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. He began his career in 1975 with Butler, Wick & Co., Inc. where he rose to chairman, president and chief executive officer. He served in this role for more than 20 years until Butler Wick merged into Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. Supplemental to his current role with Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Mr. Cavalier serves on the board of directors for Stifel Trust Company, N.A. He has also served on several boards within the community including Forum Health; the Poland Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence; the Tri-County Make-A-Wish Foundation; Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way; and the Securities Industry Association.
Public Member-at-Large: Sam Covelli is the owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the single largest franchisee of Panera Bread and O’Charley’s Restaurants, and the fourth largest restaurant franchisee in the United States. Headquartered in Covelli’s hometown of Warren, OH, Covelli Enterprises employs more than 25,000 people in five states and Canada. Mr. Covelli has a long-standing history of giving back to the community; donating millions of dollars to local charitable organizations each year. His company continually wins the most awards in the restaurant industry for its operational excellence. As a result, Covelli has earned numerous awards including being named Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He also currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Clinic and the Ohio State Athletics Board.
Public Member-at-Large: John F. Hirschbeck is an umpire and crew chief for Major League Baseball (MLB). Initially a part of the American League for 17 years, Mr. Hirschbeck has worked throughout both major leagues since 2000; the same year he also was elected first president of the newly certified World Umpires Association. Now in his 32nd year as a major league umpire, Mr. Hirschbeck’s career includes such highlights as officiating the All-Star Games three times and the World Series four times. In 2009, Hirschbeck was diagnosed with a form of testicular cancer, which returned in 2011. In 2012, he was again cancer-free and returned to MLB a year later. In addition to the support he provides to MLB, Mr. Hirschbeck actively supports and participates in fundraising efforts focused on finding a cure for the genetic condition, adrenoleukodystrophy, as well as for various mental health, emotional and behavioral disorders impacting our nation’s youth. He also is a supporter of United Way.
"We are very pleased to bring together this broad range of industry and operational experience to guide the Foundation as it begins a new chapter in its evolution," said Dr. Memo, chairman of the board. "We believe the extensive knowledge of this group will be invaluable as the Foundation forges ahead in its efforts to pave a way for advancements in urologic research and patient care.”
Contact AUA Communications at 410-689-3932 for more information about the Urology Care Foundation board of directors or to schedule an interview.
About the Urology Care Foundation:The Urology Care Foundation is committed to advancing urology research and education. We work with researchers, health care professionals, patients, and caregivers to improve patients’ lives. The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 20,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
Christine Frey, AUA