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Award Winners

Each year, the American Urological Association honors the contributions of physician researchers and educators to the field of medicine, the specialty of urology, and the AUA. Access a list of previous honorees.

Congratulations to the 2015 honorees!

Ramon Guiteras Award

John M. Barry, MD

John M. Barry, MD

For outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology, as an artist, an innovator, an educator, for leadership as President of the WSAUA, ABU and AUA, and as a surgical scientist in multiple urological modalities, most notably in renal transplantation.

Hugh Hampton Young Award

Harry W. Herr, MD

Harry W. Herr, MD

For outstanding contributions in advancing the treatment of bladder cancer and the training of numerous urological oncologists.

Gold Cystoscope Award

Matthew R. Cooperberg, MD, MPH

Matthew R. Cooperberg, MD, MPH

For highly successful and outstanding contributions as a clinician-scientist in prostate cancer and health services research, and as a key participant in the launch of the AUA Quality Registry.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Leonard N. Zinman, MD

Leonard N. Zinman, MD

For a lifetime commitment to urological education and innovative development of reconstructive urethral and renovascular surgery.

Robert C. Flanigan Education Award

Glenn M. Preminger, MD

Glenn M. Preminger, MD

For commitment to urological education as chair of the AUA Office of Education, the AUA Nephrolithiasis Guidelines Panel, co-chair of the AUA/EAU International Nephrolithiasis Guidelines Panel, as well as service on the ABU Exam Committee.

Victor A. Politano Award

Victor W. Nitti, MD

Victor W. Nitti, MD

For expertise in urodynamics; medical and surgical therapies for urinary incontinence, female pelvic reconstruction and voiding dysfunction; contributions to the International Consultation on Incontinence and service as SUFU President and to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Health Science Award

To be determined in March

William P. Didusch Art and History Award

Lawrence W. Jones, MD

Lawrence W. Jones, MD

For contributions and service as editor-in-chief of The American Urological Association Centennial History 1902 – 2002 and a lifelong commitment to the promotion of the history of urology.

Distinguished Contribution Award

Leonard G. Gomella, MD

Leonard G. Gomella, MD

For contributions to the science and practice of urology and specifically for the "Clinicians Pocket Reference," widely used by medical students and health care providers.

Distinguished Contribution Award

Michael O. Koch, MD

Michael O. Koch, MD

For contributions to the science and practice of urology and specifically as past chair of the American Board of Urology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Residency Review Committee.

Distinguished Contribution Award

Alan W. Partin, MD, PhD

Alan W. Partin, MD, PhD

For contributions to science, most importantly, the creation of the "Partin tables," which are used by urologists throughout the world.

Distinguished Service Award

Mark T. Edney, MD

Mark T. Edney, MD

For tirelessly advocating for our military veterans and working with physicians, AUA staff, various stakeholders and elected officials to pass a urotrauma bill aimed at improving the health of our veterans.

Distinguished Service Award

Linda M. Dairiki Shortliffe, MD

Linda M. Dairiki Shortliffe, MD

For more than 20 years of outstanding leadership to the profession of urology through exemplary service to further the academic, research and clinical practice of our specialty.

Distinguished Service Award

J. Brantley Thrasher, MD

J. Brantley Thrasher, MD

For more than 15 years of outstanding and extremely effective contributions to academic and organized urology through service to the AUA Board of Directors and the South Central Section of the AUA.

Gold Cane Award

Gilbert J. Wise, MD

Gilbert J. Wise, MD

For dedication and service to the AUA, specifically as president of the New York Section of the AUA, for training a generation of residents and for contributions to the treatment of fungal infections and tuberculosis of the urinary tract.

Presidential Citation

COL (Ret.) Martin L. Dresner, MD, FACS

COL (Ret.) Martin L. Dresner, MD, FACS

For decades of dedicated service to the AUA, the Western Section of the AUA, the U.S. Army and Veterans Administration and urology residency training.

Presidential Citation

Sender Herschorn, MD

Sender Herschorn, MD, FRCSC

For unending contributions to the AUA and Canadian Urological Association in research for the treatment of urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.

Presidential Citation

Rick Rutherford, CMPE, CHA

Rick Rutherford, CMPE, CHA

For establishing the Practice Management Department at the AUA, advancing the mission of the AUA through daily dedication and diligence and serving as a key resource for AUA members.

Presidential Citation

Noel E. Sankey, MD, FACS

Noel E. Sankey, MD, FACS

For outstanding vision and dedication in establishing an innovative model of urologic stone therapy in Denver and the entire state of Colorado, as well as contributions to the AUA South Central Section.

Presidential Citation

Allen D. Seftel, MD

Allen D. Seftel, MD

For outstanding work with the Urology Care Foundation Outreach Council.

Presidential Citation

William D. Steers, MD

William D. Steers, MD

For years of dedication and outstanding service to the AUA, in so many ways, but most remarkably as editor of The Journal of Urology®.

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