ABOUT US > AUA Governance > Board of Directors

Board of Directors

AUA 2013 Board of Directors

Officers Section Representatives
Pramod C. Sogani, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)
President
John H. Lynch, MD
Mid-Atlantic Section
William W. Bohnert, MD, FACS
President-elect
Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, MBA
New England Section
Dennis A. Pessis, MD, FACS
Immediate Past President
Muhammad S. Choudhury, MD, FACS
New York Section
Gopal H. Badlani, MD
Secretary
Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS
North Central Section
Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA
Treasurer
John D. Denstedt, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Northeastern Section
  J. Brantley Thrasher, MD
South Central Section
Michael Sheppard, CPA, CAE
Executive Director
Dennis D. Venable, MD
Southeastern Section
  Jeffrey E. Kaufman, MD, FACS
Western Section

Officers

Pramod C. Sogani

Pramod C. Sogani, MD, FACS, FRCS(C)
President, 5/9/13 – 5/20/14

Pramod C. Sogani, MD is currently attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, professor of clinical urology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University and adjunct professor of clinical urology at SUNY Downstate in New York. Dr. Sogani received his medical degree from Mahatma Gandhi Medical College in Indore, India and completed his post graduate general surgery residency there. He completed his urology residency training at New York University and George Washington University. He subsequently completed urologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center prior to joining the faculty there. Dr. Sogani is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is a member of 25 national and international medical societies. He is a renowned expert in the field of uro-oncology and has authored more than 125 scientific articles and many book chapters.

Dr. Sogani has served the New York Section of the AUA as treasurer, president and representative to the AUA Board of Directors. He has been the recipient of Sasruta Award of Excellence in Urology of the Indian American Urological Association, John K. Lattimer Award of Excellence in Urology of Kidney Foundation of America, Distinguished Service Award of MSKCC, Award of Distinction of Weill Cornell Medical College, Honorary Membership of AUA, and Russell W. Lavengood Distinguished Service Award of New York Section of the AUA. He has been a member of the AUA since 1983.

William W. Bohnert, MD, FACS

William W. Bohnert, MD, FACS
President-elect, 5/9/13 – 5/20/14

William W. Bohnert, MD, has been in private practice since 1970 and is the senior member of Urology Associates, Ltd., in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Bohnert received his medical degree and completed his urological surgery residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served in the Indiana National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Bohnert previously served on the AUA Board of Directors as the Western Section Representative from 1999 to 2003. He has served on the Practice Guidelines Committee and Guidelines Oversight Committee and is a mentor in the AUA leadership Program. Dr. Bohnert also served on numerous committees at the AUA Western Section and was the President from 1995-1996. Dr. Bohnert was the recipient of the 2010 Gold Cane Award for devotion to patient care and outstanding contributions to the AUA. He has also been on the Board of UROPAC and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Catholic Healthcare West Arizona. In addition, he has served on committees and boards of local, regional and national urologic and medical societies and foundations for more than three decades. Dr. Bohnert has been a member of the AUA since 1975.

Dennis A. Pessis

Dennis A. Pessis, MD, FACS
Immediate Past President, 5/9/13 – 5/20/14

Dr. Pessis is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago Medical School. He completed his urological residency in 1978 at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. Dr. Pessis joined the Rush faculty following his residency, earning the rank of professor in 2003. He also currently serves as Associate Chairman of the Department of Urology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center since 1991. Dr. Pessis has more than 20 publications and 100 presentations to his credit, spanning the full spectrum of urologic conditions. He has held numerous positions with local, regional and national medical societies, including the AUA Board of Directors Section Representative (2009-2011) and the AUA North Central Section Treasurer (1999-2004) and President (2006-2007). He has been the principle investigator on many clinical trials and also served on countless committees. Dr. Pessis has been a member of the AUA since 1982.

[ return to top ]

Gopal H. Badlani

Gopal H. Badlani, MD
Secretary, 5/19/11 – 5/19/15

Gopal H. Badlani, MD, is currently professor of urology, vice chair for clinical affairs, and director of the Urogynecology Regenerative Medicine Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Badlani was president of the New York Section of the AUA and has served on numerous AUA committees, including the Bylaws, Section Secretaries and Annual Program committees. He is the former president of the Endourological Society and the Association of Indian Urologists in North America.

Dr. Badlani serves on the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health and has served on the boards of the International Volunteers in Urology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology, to name a few. He has held numerous editorial appointments throughout his career. He was the managing Editor of Journal of Endourology and the Journal of Videourology, and is currently editor of the AUANews.

In 2013, Dr. Badlani was one of three physicians nationwide selected to receive a Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The award recognizes physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice.

Dr. Badlani is a renowned expert in voiding dysfunction, specifically related to urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse in women, male incontinence from prostate surgery and neurological disease. He has completed a number of trials for new minimally invasive treatments for benign prostate obstruction. He currently conducts research under two National Institutes of Health grants on identifying biomarkers for interstitial cystitis and using muscle precursor cells to treat incontinence in a nonhuman primate model.

Dr. Badlani completed his urological training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and a fellowship at Baylor University in 1983. He has been a member of the AUA since 1986.

Steven M. Schlossberg

Steven M. Schlossberg, MD, MBA
Treasurer, 5/9/13 – 5/23/17

Dr. Schlossberg is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Impact Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in Healthcare Information Technology. Previously, he was the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Yale New Haven Health System and the Yale School of Medicine. Prior to joining Yale, he was Professor of Urology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Vice President, Clinical Operations for Sentara Medical Group in Norfolk Virginia. He graduated from Cornell Medical School and trained at New York Hospital and Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Schlossberg received the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the College of William and Mary Executive Master of Business Administration Program in 1998. After training with Drs. Devine and Horton in Norfolk, he spent 25 years practicing reconstructive Urology.

Dr. Schlossberg has recently completed serving as Chair of Health Policy for the AUA. He has also served the AUA as the first Chair of the Practice Management Committee, Vice Chair of Health Policy and as AUA alternate to the AMA Relative Update Committee. He has served the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA as a Board member and representative to the Health Policy Council. In addition, he currently serves as a mentor for the AUA Leadership Program. Dr. Schlossberg has been a member of the AUA since 1987.

[ return to top ]

Section Representatives

John H. Lynch

John H. Lynch, MD
Mid-Atlantic Section Representative, 6/2/10 – 5/20/14

John H. Lynch, MD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, and has served as program director there for the past 19 years. Dr. Lynch received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed his urology residency. In 2009, Dr. Lynch was inducted into Georgetown University Medical Center's MAGIS Society of Master Teachers. He has authored more than 125 publications and abstracts and has delivered more than 150 presentations in the area of urologic oncology.

Dr. Lynch previously served on the AUA Practice Guidelines Committee and the Education Council and helped develop the AUA online Ethics Curriculum. He is also a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and serves on the Credentials Committee of the Washington Chapter of the ACS. Dr. Lynch has served numerous roles in local and regional urological or medical organizations, including the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA. He is also a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Society of University Urologists and serves on the Executive Committee of the Society of Urology Chairs and Program Directors. Dr. Lynch has been a member of the AUA since 1981.

Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, MBA

Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, MBA
New England Section Representative, 5/9/13 – 5/19/15*

Kevin R. Loughlin, MD, is a Professor of Surgery (urology) at Harvard Medical School; Director of Urologic Research and Senior Surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and Staff Urologist at numerous medical institutions throughout the Boston area, including the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He is actively involved in bladder cancer research and has lectured nationally and internationally on urologic research topics. Dr. Loughlin is a graduate of Princeton University, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and his MBA from Boston University. In addition, he holds an honorary master's degree from Harvard University.

Dr. Loughlin served as Secretary of the New England Section of the AUA from 2002-2007 and as President from 2008-2009. He is a served on numerous AUA committees including The Journal of Urology Editorial Board, Research Council, and Urologic, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging Committee. Dr. Loughlin currently serves on the Board of the American Association of Clinical Urologists and the Massachusetts Association of Practicing Urologists, and is a Trustee of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Loughlin has written more than 200 scientific publications and authored or edited 10 books. He has served on numerous editorial boards, including The Journal of Urology, Urology, the Canadian Journal of Urology, Urologic Oncology, and AUA News. Dr. Loughlin received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Section of the AUA and the Alumnus Medal of Honor Award from New York Medical College. Dr. Loughlin has been a member of the AUA since 1989.

Muhammad S. Choudhury

Muhammad S. Choudhury, MD, FACS
New York Section Representative, 5/24/12 – 5/20/14*

Muhammad S. Choudhury, MD, FACS, is currently professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at New York Medical College and director of urology at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York. He received his medical degree from M.A.G. Osmani Medical College in Bangladesh, and completed his urology residency training at New York Medical College affiliated institution in New York and his fellowship training in urologic oncology at Rowell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the AUA New York Section from 1996-2005, and served as secretary, president-elect and president of the New York Section from 2005-2009. Dr. Choudhury was president of the medical staff from 2007-2010 and chief of the Section of Urologic Oncology from 1984-2008 at Westchester Medical Center. At New York Medical College, he served as director of Surgical Sub-Specialties Clerkship from 1999-2010 and program director of the Urology Residency Training Program from 2000-2009. He is currently the chairman of the By-Laws Committee and Utilization Management Committees at the Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Choudhury has authored more than 100 publications in the field of urology. He has been a member of the AUA since 1988.

[ return to top ]

Stephen Y. Nakada

Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS
North Central Section Representative, 5/19/11 – 5/19/15

Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS is the David T. Uehling Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Dr. Nakada went on to complete his endourology fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1995. Dr. Nakada has been the chairman of urology in Madison since 2001.

Dr. Nakada's research focuses on urolithiasis and renal aspects of minimally invasive urology. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications in these areas. Dr. Nakada is currently associate editor for Urology, an editorial consultant for Urology Times and an assistant editor of the Journal of Endourology. Dr. Nakada has served numerous roles in regional and national organizations, including the Wisconsin Urologic Society, North Central Section of the AUA and the Endourological Society.

Dr. Nakada has served on both the Staghorn Stone and the Ureteral Stones Guidelines Committees, the AUA/ABU Examination Committee and he served as the chair of the AUA Laparoscopy & Robotic Surgery Committee. Recently, Dr. Nakada has been appointed to the Urology RRC and as a Trustee of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Nakada has been an AUA member since 1997.

John D. Denstedt, MD, FRCS(C), FACS

John D. Denstedt, MD, FRCS(C), FACS
Northeastern Section Representative, 5/9/13 – 5/19/15*

John Douglas Denstedt, MD, graduated from medical school at The University of Western Ontario (Western) in London, Ontario. He did his residency in urology at Western, and completed a fellowship in endourology at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been on the faculty at Western in the Division of Urology, Department of Surgery at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry since 1990, and is currently Professor of Urology. In July 2003, he assumed the role of Chairman and Chief of the Department of Surgery at Western, and was re-appointed in 2008 for another 5-year term. He also serves as Special Advisor to the Dean Internationalization and Simulation at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.

While maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Denstedt has served on countless boards and committees, and is currently a member of the AUA's Nominating Committee and Judicial & Ethics Committee, among others. Dr. Denstedt is a member of the Northeastern Section of the AUA, where he served as Treasurer and President. Additionally, Dr. Denstedt serves as Chair of the Canadian Association of Surgical Chairs and Treasurer of the Endourological Society. His clinical practice at St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre is primarily in endourology, with research interests in urolithiasis, biofilms, lasers and minimally invasive techniques in urology.

Dr. Denstedt has authored more than 200 scientific articles and book chapters and has been a guest professor at over 200 universities, national meetings or instructional courses throughout the world. He serves on the editorial board of most major urology journals, and is currently Managing Editor of the Journal of Endourology. In 1998, he became the first Canadian to win one of the AUA's highest honors, the Gold Cystoscope Award. Dr. Denstedt has been a member of the AUA since 1991.

 

J. Brantley Thrasher

J. Brantley Thrasher, MD
South Central Section Representative, 6/2/10 – 5/20/14

J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, is a professor and the William L. Valk Chair of the Department of Urology, as well as the co-director of operative services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Thrasher received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and urology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He subsequently completed a urologic oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Thrasher has held numerous leadership roles within the AUA, including president of the South Central Section, Kansas state representative to the Board of Directors of the South Central Section, vice chair of the AUA Prostate Cancer Guidelines Panel, chair of the Public Media Committee and mentor for the AUA Leadership Program. He has also served as chair of the Fellowship Committee for the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), and is currently the secretary of the SUO and a chair of the Metropolitan Kansas City Committee on Applicants of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Thrasher is a fellow of the ACS and was recently appointed a trustee of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Thrasher has been a member of the AUA since 1994.

[ return to top ]

Dennis D. Venable

Dennis D. Venable, MD
Southeastern Section Representative, 5/19/11 – 5/19/15

Dennis D. Venable, MD, currently serves as the B. E. Trichel Endowed Professor and chairman of urology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport (LSUHSC-S), where he also served from 1981-2010 as the program director for the Urology Residency Training Program. Dr. Venable has been an active member of the Southeastern Section of the AUA (SESAUA) since the early 1980s and has served the Section in several leadership roles, including secretary from 2003 to 2006, and president from March 2007 to April 2008. He was a Louisiana representative to the SESAUA Board of Directors and was subsequently elected chairman of the Committee on Education and Science. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Venable served as an SESAUA Representative to the editorial board of The Journal of Urology®. He was appointed as one of the associate editors of AUANews in 2009 and also currently serves on the editorial board of the AUA Update Series. Dr. Venable has held leadership positions with the Society of University Urologists and the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors. In addition, from 2001-2007, Dr. Venable served as a member of the Urology Residency Review Committee, and is currently on the ACGME Appeals Panel for Urology.

Dr. Venable received his medical degree as an AOA honor graduate from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, and obtained his urology residency training at Confederate Memorial Medical Center and LSU Medical Center – Shreveport. He obtained post-graduate fellowship training in voiding dysfunction and urodynamics at Christchurch Hospital and Medical School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr. Venable has been an AUA member since 1984.

Jeffrey E. Kaufman

Jeffrey E. Kaufman, MD, FACS
Western Section Representative, 5/19/11 – 5/19/15

Jeffrey Kaufman, MD, is the chair of urology at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, CA, and assistant clinical professor of urology/surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Dr. Kaufman obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California and received his urology training at the University of California, San Diego. Following a urology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Michigan, he returned to California, where he entered into private practice and joined the UCI teaching faculty. He has served as urology department chair at each of his local hospitals, as well as chief of staff at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, CA, from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Kaufman has served as president of both the California Urologic Association and, most recently, the American Association of Clinical Urologists. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Kaufman developed a deep interest in health policy and has held many leadership positions. He served on the board of directors of UROPAC, urology's political action committee, and has been a member or chairman of the Orange County Medical Association's Public Policy and Ethics Committee for more than 25 years. In addition, Dr. Kaufman has been a member of the AUA Health Policy Committee for many years and has chaired the Health Policy Committee of the Western Section of the AUA since 2003. He has also represented California's urologists to the state's Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee since 1997. Dr. Kaufman has been an AUA member since 1985.

Executive Director

Michael Sheppard

Michael Sheppard, CPA, CAE
Executive Director

Mr. Sheppard is a business professional with over 20 years of corporate leadership experience. As the Executive Director of the American Urological Association (AUA) he is responsible for AUA's three corporate entities. In his 14 years with the AUA, Mr. Sheppard has held several executive level positions, including Director of Finance and Information Systems, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director. Prior to joining the AUA, Mr. Sheppard served in senior level business positions at USF&G Realty Advisors, Inc. as a Real Estate Portfolio Controller, and C.W. Amos and Company, LLC as a Senior Independent Public Auditor. In addition, Mr. Sheppard is a retiree of the U.S. Naval Reserves Service. He has numerous professional affiliations, including memberships with the American Society of Association Executives, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the Institute of Management Accountants Association, Specialty Societies CEO Coalition and the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sheppard received his MBA from Loyola College's Sellinger School. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Association Executive. Mr. Sheppard is the recipient of several awards, including many military honors. He has written a number of published articles and participates on several committees for medical-related organizations.

[ return to top ]

Updated 01/11

* eligible to renew for an additional two year term

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT
Donate
Contact
Press/Media
Sections
Term of Use
Site Map


ADVERTISEMENT