Michael Fabrizio, MD, FACS
It is a great honor and privilege to serve as President for our section, and I thank the membership for allowing me to assume this position. Our section continues to thrive, with a stable and engaged membership and solid financial footing.
We had a vibrant sectional meeting under the leadership of Dr. Edouard Trabulsi at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL in March. I would like to congratulate Dr. Trabulsi and Scientific Program Chair Dr. Costas Lallas on a successful meeting and the attendees of the meeting for being patient with the schedule change from September to March.
The October 2018 scientific program committee co-chaired by Jessica DeLong and Jennifer Miles-Thomas has started planning for our 76th annual meeting near Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill this October. This meeting promises to be an outstanding scientific, educational, and social event. We have listened to membership surveys and moved most of the abstract submissions off the podium to moderated poster sessions. This will allow greater depth and breadth of expert lectures, panel discussions and point/counterpoint debates on a variety of timely topics. We have an excellent lineup of prominent speakers with a focus on global healthcare policy and the business of urology.
Reflections on the 75th Annual Meeting of the AUA Mid-Atlantic Section
Edouard Trabulsi, MD
I am delighted to report on the success of our annual Section Meeting. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended for being flexible with the schedule change from October to March and am pleased so many were still able to attend. As I reflect on this meeting, I am sure that, as I did, many had a terrific time. It was good to see friends and colleagues and have great fun at the excellent venue of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
While serving as your president for the past 18 months, I am proud of what the Board and the Section has worked to accomplish. Please note many Section accomplishments and updates in this newsletter from the Secretary and Treasurer, including new financial (budgeting goals), membership growth, and new programming relating to educational meetings and support for our younger members.
In all, the tireless work of the Board has made this year and a half a tremendous success for the section. I also would like to thank Drew Shifflet and our management team in support of our Section. I look forward a great meeting in Washington, DC under the leadership of our new president, Dr. Mike Fabrizio as well as our section secretary Dr. Jay Raman and our treasurer Dr. Tracey Krupski. Thank you for allowing me to serve as president of our Section.
Jay Raman, MD, FACS
Greetings to our members of the Mid-Atlantic AUA section as we make our way out of the cold into a hopefully warmer spring! It is my pleasure as secretary to provide an update on happenings occurring within our MA-AUA Section as well as nationally.
I would like to congratulate Dr. Edouard Trabulsi on his recently completed Presidency and acknowledge his steady leadership through unprecedented circumstances occurring due to the effects of Hurricane Irma and the re-scheduling of our annual fall Section meeting. His thoughtful and measured approach to leading our section provided an excellent backbone for decision making during this challenging time that has led us seamlessly into the capable hands of current President Dr. Michael Fabrizio.
Despite the unanticipated rescheduling, we recently had a robust and successful MA-AUA Annual Meeting occurring from March 1-3 the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL. Dr. Costas Lallas organized an outstanding program with featured out of section speakers including Dr. Indirbir Gill from USC (Hugh Hampton Young Lecturer) and Dr. Daniel Lin from the University of Washington (Paul Schellhammer Lecturer). Attendance at our meeting was strong and the Section Board remains committed to maximizing the yield of these meetings for our membership. I welcome any comments or feedback to improve the program.
I am pleased to report that our Section membership remains strong with over 1,200 members across different membership profiles. We remain committed to engaging both allopathic and osteopathic trained urologists into our sectional membership and in this regard are aligned with the national mission of the AUA. Additionally, since the creation of an APP (PA/NP) membership category, the Mid-Atlantic Section has added 35 new members which mirrors national efforts by AUA to increase engagement and participation by our urologic non-physician providers. We continue to seek ways to increase our Advanced Practice Providers and Allied Members and the Section intends on providing educational opportunities at our annual meeting in Capitol Hill in October 2018 and our Practice Management Day in Spring 2019.
I thank you for the privilege to serve as your Section Secretary and look forward to seeing many of you at the October Program in Capitol Hill.
Tracey Krupski, MD
I would like to remind the Membership that the organization consists of two corporations the 501(c)6 or the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA (MA-AUA), and the 501(c)3 titled the MA-AUA Education Fund (MAEF). I am pleased to report that on a combined basis the Section had another overall positive financial year and finished 2017 with overall Net Assets of $1,498,333.
Given the rescheduling of the fall annual meeting we finished the year with $389,730 in Deferred Revenue (which was deferred to March 2018). Thanks to dividends and other investment gains of $190,942, we saw an increase in net assets of $89,541 for the year.
This year the Section will hold two meetings, each projected to be profitable and the combined budget projects an increase in Net Assets of $191,977. In the past year the Board has discussed the operating margin that should be the target budget each year and has mandated as a policy that we strive for a 5-10 percent operating margin. I am happy to report that the 2018 budget outlines a projected operating surplus of more than 20 percent (again due to two meetings in one year).
The Section has approximately $1.4 million in investments with Vanguard, aligned with the AUA’s portfolio offer. Four other AUA Sections have taken advantage of this offer which requires a $1 million dollar minimum investment from the Section. Sections benefit from this arrangement by having active management of the portfolio, clear reporting and significantly low expense and advisory fees which are less than .2 percent.
It is an honor to serve as your Treasurer. I look forward to ensuring that the Section finances remain in excellent shape so that we can continue to support our members. If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the Section office firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUA Leadership Program cultivates and inspires future leaders. Two members of each Section are selected to participate in the program. Mid-Atlantic Section representatives for 2018-2019 are Dr. Matthew Kaag and Dr. Anup Vora.
Matthew Kaag, MD
Dr. Matthew Kaag is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Kaag completed his undergraduate work in Biology with Honors at Penn State University followed by his medical degree and residency at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Thereafter, Dr. Kaag served as a fellow in urologic oncology fellow at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center before returning to Penn State as faculty in 2010. He maintains an active role in resident and medical student education, and conducts clinical research in urologic oncology with over 50 publications and several funded studies.
At present, he is the Co-Leader of the Genitourinary Disease Management Team in the Penn State Cancer Institute and serves on the Penn State University Faculty Senate. Dr. Kaag maintains an active role in the leadership of the Mid-Atlantic Section having served on the annual meeting program committee as well as presently being on the section board of directors serving as Historian.
Anup Vora, MD
Dr. Vora is a physician at Chesapeake Urology Associates, the largest single specialty urology practice in the Mid-Atlantic. He serves as their director of the Prostate Cancer Ablative and Focal Therapy Program and his clinical interests include both general urology and urologic oncology. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction and is completing an MBA with specialization in Healthcare from the University of Massachusetts - Isenberg School of Management. He completed his urology residency at the Georgetown University-Washington Hospital Center program in Washington, DC and completed a clinical fellowship in urologic oncology at Cleveland Clinic Florida (Weston, FL).
AUA Advocacy Summit: Urologists Take the Hill
This year the Mid-Atlantic Section sent four residents to the 2018 AUA Advocacy Summit held in Washington D.C. in March. We were thrilled to have so many wonderful applicants interested in attending and are delighted that so many Residents and Fellows are actively engaged in Public Policy Advocacy.
Mid-Atlantic Section residents Gregory Joice, Sravan Panuganti, and Hiten Patel with Rep. Neal Dunn, MD (R-FL-02).
Was there a particular speaker, topic or event during the conference that stood out and can you briefly describe the contents?
“A topic I was not familiar with was the idea of a potential governmental office related to men’s health. In 1991, the establishment in of an Office of Women’s Health as part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was a great advance in coordinating effective programs to educate and encourage women on many relevant health topics. It almost seems a no-brainer that it should have existed long ago. However, the concept of a similar office for men had not crossed my mind and was potentially unsettling without further discussion; I felt it could be subject to criticism and even backlash given disparities that already exist in access to care and outcomes for some diseases on the basis of sex.” - Hiten Patel, MD, MPH
Would you recommend this conference to your colleagues and peers also interested in Public Policy Advocacy?
“I would definitely recommend this conference to my fellow urology residents. The AUA Advocacy Summit presents a rare opportunity to learn about key public policy issues in urology from experts in the field. I took away from the meeting the importance of public policy within specialized surgical fields and how government decisions can affect our clinical practices. Additionally, advocating on Capitol Hill is a truly unique experience that everyone should have the opportunity to partake in." -Gregory Joice, MD
What were your expectations for this conference and did they meet the outcome?
“I knew that the AUA was involved with 'big ticket' advocacy topics (i.e. prostate cancer screening) but knew little details regarding other topics the AUA is actively advocating (i.e. men’s health, physician shortage/burnout, etc.) So the meeting more than met my expectations! I really wasn’t sure how to go about advocating especially as an individual but quickly learned how to become involved with an association such as the AUA which can really strengthen the individual voice. I find the policy/business side of medicine to be very interesting in addition to patient care. The AUA Advocacy Summit provided a platform for individual urologists to advocate for topics important to them. This hopefully leads to changes at the national level providing better patient care, which is our goal as practicing urologists!” - Matthew Nielsen, MD
Welcome New Board Members!
The Mid-Atlantic Section is pleased to introduce three new members joining the Section Board of Directors.
Matthew Kaag, MD - Historian (See Leadership Program)
Rob Linden, MD - PA/NJ Member
Dr. Robert A. Linden is a partner at Delaware Valley Urology in Voorhees, NJ. He completed his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and his urology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr Linden serves on the executive committee of Delaware Valley Urology. He has just completed two terms as the Young Urology Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA. Dr. Linden’s interests are in the surgical management of complex kidney stones, metabolic evaluation and management of kidney stones and BPH therapies.
Dr. Linden lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his wife and his two sons. He enjoys spending time outdoors running, biking and hiking. He is an avid fan of Philadelphia sports and has waited many years for the Eagles Super Bowl win!
I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Mid-Atlantic AUA and look forward to leading our organization into a bright future.
B. Mayer Grob, MD - VA/WV Member
Dr. Mayer Grob is the Urology Residency Program Director and a professor at VCU School of Medicine and VCU Medical Center. A board certified urologist who is fellowship trained in urologic oncology, Dr. Grob is also Chief of Urology at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.
Dr. Grob received his undergraduate degree as an Echols Scholar from the University of Virginia. He then achieved his medical degree and completed his urology residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. During his residency training, he developed a strong interest in urologic oncology and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in order to perform basic science research in tumor immunology.
After finishing his residency training, Dr. Grob completed additional fellowship training in urologic oncology at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, one of the top cancer centers in the world. There, he received subspecialty training in the surgical and medical management of urologic tumors and has maintained particular interest in patients with prostate cancer.
Dr. Grob remains dedicated to clinical research and is currently involved projects regarding diagnosis, staging, and treatment of prostate cancer. He has published numerous articles in urologic peer-reviewed literature and has presented his work at national and international meetings. Dr. Grob served a previous term on the board from 2008-2011 and was the Program Chair for the Section’s 2016 meeting at the Homestead.
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