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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2011

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AUA ANNOUNCES 2011 ANNUAL AWARD WINNERS

Awards Recognize Top Urologists, Honor Service to Specialty and Society

LINTHICUM, MD, January 18, 2011–The American Urological Association today announced the list of 2011 award recipients who will be honored at the Association’s upcoming Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, this May. These physician researchers and educators are being honored for their contributions to the field of medicine, the specialty of urology, and the AUA.

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. E. Darracott Vaughan Jr., MD, will receive this award for outstanding contributions to the science of urology, most notably in the pathophysiology of renal obstruction, adrenal disease and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

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. William D. Steers, MD, will receive this award for his outstanding contributions in urological education and pharmacology of the genitourinary tract, including female urology, urinary incontinence and neurogenic bladder.

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. Sam S. Chang, MD, will receive this award for outstanding contributions in the field of bladder and prostate cancer, as well as the integration of evidence-based urological oncology into clinical pathways, practice guidelines and the AUA Core Curriculum.

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. Arthur D. Smith, MD, will receive this award for lifetime dedication to the development of the field of endourology.

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. George D. Webster, MD, will receive this award in recognition of outstanding contributions in incontinence, female urology and reconstructive surgery.

William P. Didusch Art and History Award: The 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. Robert Meyer, MD, will receive this award for his outstanding photographic documentation and written contributions to urologic history in the United States and Canada.

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:
• Culley C. Carson III, MD, for outstanding contributions to the understanding and management of the urological aspects of sexual medicine
• Michael A. S. Jewett, MD, for outstanding contributions to the science and treatment of urological malignancies
• Anthony W. Middleton Jr., MD, for outstanding contributions in health policy, socioeconomics, managed care and survey analysis on the national, Section and state levels

Distinguished Service Awards: 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:
• Richard K. Babayan, MD, for outstanding service to the AUA Foundation, AUA Leadership Program and the AUA Board of Directors
• Harris M. Nagler, MD, for outstanding contributions to the goals of the AUA through service as the chair of the Judicial & Ethics Committee
• Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH, for outstanding contributions to the goals of the AUA through committee service and editorial contributions to urological publications, including the Urologic Diseases in America Project

Gold Cane Award: The Gold Cane Award is presented to a senior urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession and to the AUA. David T. Uehling, MD, will receive this award for his outstanding contributions in investigations of urinary tract infections and clinical expertise in pediatric urology.

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. Six Presidential Citations will be presented to honor the following individuals:
• Jack L. Sales, MD, for a lifetime of exemplary service to the American and Canadian Urological Associations and for establishing the CUA and Northeastern Section Foundations
• Ajit Gangadhar Phadke, MD, for outstanding contributions in establishing and fostering progressive international relations with the AUA
• Jorge Elias Dib, MD, for his dedication to urology in Mexico and fostering collaborations with the AUA through the South Central Section
• Frank J. DeSantis, CAE, for more than 45 years of outstanding administrative management of the AUA Western Section
• Shlomo Raz, MD, for outstanding contributions in the field of female reconstructive surgery and strengthening urologic education in Mexico and South America
• Michael T. Sheppard, CPA, CAE for dedicated service as the Executive Director, advancing the AUA through new opportunities and leadership in navigating the complexities and challenges of association management

“These awards are testimony to the work of individuals who have made significant contributions to our subspecialty,” said AUA Awards Committee Chair Paul F. Schellhammer, MD. “We will be honored to recognize the recipients at our annual meeting in Washington, DC.”

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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