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Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program

Scholars will spend up to 30 days away from their practice for intensive training on a wide range of health policy issues. Training includes mentoring from seasoned physician volunteers, participation in key meetings and conferences, and participation in public policy activities as outlined by the Public Policy Council. A stipend of $15,000 and reimbursement for travel and other expenses will be provided over the course of the year-long program. For more information, email

AUA will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Scholarship in summer of 2016.


About G. James Gallagher

In 2007, the AUA Board of Directors approved the launch of this annual scholar program in honor of former executive director, G. James Gallagher.  The Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program hopes to attract those urologists who have demonstrated a commitment to or have a keen interest in the field of health policy and who are dedicated to advancing urology’s health policy agenda. 

The past Gallagher Scholars, who are now among the current AUA health policy leaders, share their thoughts on the program.

Current Gallagher Scholar

Thomas H. Rechtschaffen, MD, FACS
Thomas H. Rechtschaffen, MD, FACS
Urologist, Advanced Urology Centers of New York
Westchester, New York

Dr. Rechtschaffen is a practicing urologist at the Advanced Urology Centers of New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the New York University School of Medicine. He is on staff at Montefiore Medical Center, St. John’s Riverside Hospital,New York Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital Center, White Plains Hospital Center and is a consulting urologist at Keller Army Community Hospital. Dr. Rechtschaffen is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a 2013 graduate of the AUA Leadership Program, and a current member of the AUA’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

Learn more about previous Gallagher Scholars


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