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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 02, 2010

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Wendy Isett, AUA
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AUA RECOGNIZES TOP UROLOGISTS, CONTRIBUTORS TO UROLOGY

Annual Awards Honor Service to Specialty and Society

LINTHICUM, MD, June 2, 2010–At its upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, the American Urological Association (AUA) will present 20 major awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine, the specialty of urology and the Association. These researchers, physicians and educators will be honored at the 2010 AUA Awards Dinner, to be held Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

The following awards will be presented:

Ramon Guiteras Award: The Ramon Guiteras Award is presented annually to an individual who is deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology. Ralph V. Clayman, MD, will receive this award for his pioneering work in minimally invasive urological surgery, especially laparoscopic nephrectomy, and advancements in the endourologic management of urinary disease.

Hugh Hampton Young Award: The Hugh Hampton Young Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the study of genitourinary tract disease. Joseph A. Smith Jr., MD, will receive this award for his outstanding contributions in urological oncology education and clinical service in the United States and Africa. Dr. Smith has played a key role in the development of innovative treatment strategies and technologies for patients with urological cancers.

Gold Cystoscope Award: The Gold Cystoscope Award is presented annually to a urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession within 13 years of completing residency training. Patrick P. W. Luke, MD, will receive this award for his outstanding work in the basic science and clinical advancement of kidney transplantation.

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual who has been deemed to have made outstanding contributions to advance the mission and goals of the AUA. Edward J. McGuire, MD, will receive this award for his outstanding contributions to the understanding, education and management of lower urinary tract diseases.

Eugene Fuller Triennial Prostate Award: The Eugene Fuller Triennial Prostate Award is presented every three years to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the study of the prostate gland and its associated diseases. Peter R. Carroll, MD, will receive this award for advancing research and national patterns of patient care for prostate cancer by establishing a center of excellence at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Carroll is the Chair of the Department of Urology at UCSF and holds the Ken and Donna Derr-Chevron Distinguished Professorship.

Victor A. Politano Award: The Victor A. Politano Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding research and work in the field of incontinence and for enhancing the treatment of incontinent patients, thereby helping to improve their quality of life. Ananias C. Diokno, MD, will receive this award in recognition of three decades of outstanding contributions to the understanding and management of lower urinary tract disorders.

Health Science Award: The Health Science Award recognizes a company for its promotion of the educational, scientific and research goals of the AUA. Cook Medical will receive this award for its outstanding support of the Association’s international education programs.

William P. Didusch Art and History Award: The AUA William P. Didusch Art and History Award promotes and recognizes contributions to urological art, including, but not limited to, illustrations, sculpture, still photography, motion pictures and television productions. Robin R. Franklin, MSMI, CME, will receive this award for her outstanding illustrations depicting urological diseases and surgical techniques. Ms. Franklin is a full-time medical illustrator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hampton, VA, where her work supports teaching with an emphasis on patient education.

Distinguished Contribution Award: The Distinguished Contribution Awards are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of urology, including, but not limited to, contributions made in a sub-specialty area, for military career service or for humanitarian efforts. Three AUA members will receive this award:

Distinguished Service Award: The Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to individuals who are deemed to have made outstanding contributions to the goals of the AUA. The following individuals will receive this award:

Gold Cane Award: The Gold Cane Award is presented to a senior urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession and to the AUA. William W. Bohnert, MD, will receive this award for his devotion to patient care and outstanding contributions to the Association.

Presidential Citations: Presidential Citations are presented to individuals deemed to have significantly promoted the cause of urology during a specific period of time. Each recipient is chosen by the AUA President. Four Presidential Citations will be presented to honor the following individuals:

“These individuals have demonstrated tremendous commitment to serving and advancing the field of urology, and we are honored to be recognizing them for their accomplishments,” said AUA Awards Committee Chair Lawrence S. Ross, MD. “These prestigious awards serve as a testament to the contributions that AUA members such as these make to the field of medicine.”

About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients.

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