Annual Urology Advocacy Summit (2018)

Washington, DC US
March 12, 2018 to March 14, 2018

The American Urological Association will host its first independent advocacy summit. This new, AUA-led event aims to expand, strengthen and unify the voice of urology on policy matters impacting our practices and patients by bringing together a broad array of stakeholders, including patient advocates and researchers.

The conference will host speakers ranging from urologists to patients, to government employees and members of Congress. It will feature grassroots lobbying training for those new to the process, and will provide opportunities for participants to meet with lawmakers and their staff and some to attend a meeting with officials at agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the National Institutes of Health.

Target Audience

  • Urologists
  • Researchers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Residents/Fellows

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe how to balance the cost and care of new treatment options available for men with prostate cancer.  
  2. Discuss the differences in the behavior of prostate cancer in African American men, and the need to advocate for increased research.
  3. Collaborate with the patient advocacy community and others to advocate for issues and solutions that address shared prioritie
  4. Discuss how to integrate Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) into urologic practices; and how employing APPs can make a positive impact on patient access and care. 
  5. Evaluate the urology work force, and describe where shortages exist. 
  6. Cite evidence that demonstrates treatment of male sexual dysfunction improves overall health and/or cancer survivorship in men.
  7. Discuss the epidemiology of cancer in men, the health risks in men who are cancer survivors, and sexual dysfunction in men who are cancer survivors.
  8. Evaluate the United States Preventive Services Task Force Guidelines and existing data.
  9. Explain the data regarding testicular self-examination and the current USPSTF grade of “D” for this practi
  10. Describe advocacy issues facing pediatric urology as a whole.
  11. Explain the current advocacy efforts regarding disorders of sex development at the state and local levels.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.75 Non-Physician Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/12/2018 - 12:00am EDT
Event ends: 
03/14/2018 - 11:59pm EDT


Monday, March 12

11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

  • Advocacy 101 for first-time attendees/residents/fellows/young urologists (Senate Room)
  • Advocacy 201 for experienced advocates (Congressional Room)


11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Welcome Address (Presidential Ballroom)

  • J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, President, AUA
  • Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, Chair, AUA Public Policy Council

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
General Session – Keynote Speaker/Luncheon

  • Tucker Carlson, host of Tucker Carlson Tonight and founder of The Daily Caller

1:00 - 2:10 p.m.
General Session – Prostate Cancer Advocacy**
Moderator: David Penson, MD

  • R. Frank Jones Urological Society:
    • Speaker: Isaac Powell, MD – Health Care Disparities Related to Prostate Cancer: The Science Behind the Statistics
    • Speaker: Robert Waterhouse, MD – Prostate Cancer Advocacy: The USPSTF
  • Society of Urologic Oncology:
    • Speaker: Matthew Resnick, MD – Active Surveillance of Prostate Cancer Treatment
    • Speaker: Peter Carroll, MD – Cost Effectiveness of Prostate Cancer Treatment
  • Prostate Cancer International: Focusing on Broadly Shared Priorities
    • Speaker: E. Michael Scott, President

2:10 - 3:10 p.m.
General Session – Urologic Workforce/Graduate Medical Education**

  • Society of Academic Urologists/Moderator: Pat McKenna, MD – Workforce: What Exactly Are We Short Of?
  • Society of Women in Urology: Women in the Urology Workforce
    • Speaker: Dolores J. Lamb, PhD
  • Society of Urologic Nurses and Associates: How to Better Utilize APPs in the Urologic/Surgical Setting
    • Speaker: Susanne Quallich, PhD, NP-C
  • Urological Association of Physician Assistants: Physician Assistants in Urology
    • Speaker: Jessica Nelson, MPAS, PA-C
    • Guest Speaker: Janis Orlowski, MD – Association of American Medical Colleges

3:10 - 3:20 p.m.

3:20 - 4:20 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

  • Session 1: Current and Future State of Health Care Payment Reform (Presidential Ballroom)
  • Moderator: C.J. Stimson, MD, JD – Overview of the Transition from Volume- to Value-Based, Accountable Payment Policies
    • Mid-Atlantic Section: The Quality Payment Program: Policy Primer & Update of 2018 Final Rule
      • Speaker: Trinity Bivalacqua, MD
    • LUGPA: Alternative Payment Model Development: Lessons Learned from the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Process
      • Speaker: Deepak Kapoor, MD
  • Session 2: Business of Medicine (Congressional Room)
  • Moderator: Jay Motola, MD, Chair, AUA Practice Management Committee
    • New York Section: Administrators Squeezing Urologists - Limiting Health Care Costs
      • Speaker: James Eastham, MD
    • ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer: Financial Toxicity
      • Speaker: Jamie Bearse, CEO
    • American Association of Clinical Urologists: Rising Cost of Pharmaceuticals
      • Speaker: Ally Lopshire, JD
  • Session 3: Leveraging Research Advancement and Needs in Research Advocacy – Case Studies in Successful Research Advocacy (Senate Room)
  • Moderator: Aria Olumi, MD, Chair, AUA Research Council
    • Society for Basic Urologic Research: Basic Science Discoveries We Want Congress To Know
    • Speaker: Ganesh Raj, MD
    • Northeastern Section: Clinical Science Discoveries We Want Congress To Know
    • Speaker: Dave Albala, MD
    • Endourological Society: Highlighting Research Needs That Need Our Advocacy
    • Speaker: Ben Chew, MD
    • Kidney Cancer Action Network: Success in Kidney Cancer Research Advocacy
    • Speaker: Bryan Lewis, Founder

4:20 - 5:00 p.m.
Distribution of Capitol Hill meeting schedules (Presidential Ballroom)

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Evening Grand Reception at National Press Club (529 14th Street Northwest)
Buses depart from the front of hotel
Loading begins at 5:00 p.m.



Tuesday, March 13

7:00 - 7:45 a.m.
Networking Breakfast (Presidential Ballroom)
Dine with subject matter experts and discuss key advocacy priorities

  • USPSTF and PSA: Tom Rechtschaffen, MD and Kevin Koo, MD
  • Workforce: Chris Gonzalez, MD
  • Men’s Health: Jason Jameson, MD and Josh Langston, MD
  • Research: Aria Olumi, MD and Toby Chai, MD
  • Regulatory Relief: C.J. Stimson, MD, JD


7:45 - 8:30 a.m.
General Session – Men’s Health/Full Continuum of Care**

  • Sexual Medicine Society of North America/Moderators: Run Wang, MD & Ira Sharlip, MD
    • Speaker: Arthur Burnett, MD – Evidence That ED is a Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Speaker: Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, MD – Review of Cancer Survivorship Data
    • Speakers: Carlos and Olivia Basurto – Patient/Partner Experience With Sexual Dysfunction (with Eugene Rhee, MD)
    • Speaker: Ana Fadich, MPH, CHES, Vice President of Men’s Health Network – Arguments for Establishment of a Federal Office of Men’s Health

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
General Session – Professional Athletes and Surgeons: The Quest for Tools for Performance Improvement
Western Section/Moderator: Eugene Rhee, MD

  • Speaker: Tim Brand, MD
  • Speaker: Thomas Lendvay, MD
  • Guest Speaker: Joe Theismann, world champion quarterback, broadcaster and entrepreneur

9:30 - 9:40 a.m.

9:40 - 10:40 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Session 1: Physician Burnout (Presidential Ballroom)
  • North Central Section/Moderator: Deborah Lightner, MD – Burnout in Urology: Fact or Fiction
  • Southeastern Section: Impact of EHR on Physician Burnout and the Impending Public Health Crisis
  • Speaker: Matthew Nielsen, MD
  • South Central Section: Physician Burnout: The Use of PAs and NPs as Practice Extenders
  • Speaker: Jonathan Heinlen, MD
  • New England Section: Mitigating Burnout – Experiences and Lessons Learned
  • Speaker: Mark Plante, MD


  • Session 2: Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer (Congressional Room)

Moderator: John Lynch, MD, Chair, Urology Care Foundation Public Education Council

  • Caregiver Action Network: Family Caregivers Matter: Training You in Team-Based Medical Decisions
  • Speaker: Mark Gibbons, Senior Program Director
  • US TOO International: Informed/Shared Decision Making for Prostate Cancer
  • Speaker: Chuck Strand, CEO
  • National Alliance of State Prostate Cancer Coalitions: Shared, Informed Decision-Making in Prostate Cancer
    •  Speaker: Merel G. Nissenberg, JD, President
  • Malecare: Shared Decision Making – How to Talk to Men About Cancer
  • Speaker: Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW, Founder


  • Session 3: Bladder Health Conditions (Senate Room)

Moderator: Toby Chai, MD, Vice Chair, AUA Research Advocacy Committee

  • Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital Reconstruction: Advancement of Care with Neurogenic Bladder Conditions
  • Speaker: Quentin Clemens, MD
  • National Association for Continence: Working Together to Create a More Centralized Voice of the Patient
  • Speaker: Steve Gregg, PhD, Executive Director
  • Association of Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Comorbid Conditions: When Intersect Complicates Care
  • Speaker: Sherrie Palm, Founder

10:40 - 11:00 a.m.

Last Minute Instructions for Hill/Agency Visits (Presidential Ballroom)

  • Depart for meetings

11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill or Agency Visits

  • Boxed lunches to be provided on the Hill from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-50)

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Congressional Reception (Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044-2045)






Wednesday, March 14

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast (Presidential Ballroom)

  • Open time to meet with your colleagues over breakfast

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

General Session – Veterans Affairs and Urologic Care

Moderator: Jeremy Shelton, MD

  • Urological Society for American Veterans
  • Speaker: Jeffrey Jones, MD
  • Guest Speaker: Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN-1), Chair, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

**General Session – USPSTF/Self- Examination for Testis Cancer**

  • Society for the Study of Male Reproduction/Moderator: Joseph Alukal, MD
  • Speaker: Ajay Nangia, MD

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

General Session – Urologist/State Legislator: Advocacy Perspectives

Moderator: William Gee, MD, Chair, AUA State Advocacy Committee

  • Speaker: Greg Murphy, MD, Urologist and North Carolina State Legislator

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

**General Session – Advocacy in Pediatric Urology: Intersex**

  • Societies for Pediatric Urology/Moderator: Lane Palmer, MD
  • Speaker: Rick Rink, MD
  • Speaker: Pat McKenna, MD

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

General Session – LUGPA Advocacy: How We Fit Into Urology’s Advocacy Efforts

  • Speaker: Gary Kirsh, MD, Chair, LUGPA Political Affairs

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

General Session – Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-6), Ranking Member, House Committee on Energy & Commerce


11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

General Session – Member of Congress (Invited)


12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks/Advocacy Summit Adjourns

  • Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, Chair, AUA Public Policy Council
Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Accreditation: The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: The American Urological Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.75 Non-Physician Participation
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