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Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program

Applicants must be AUA member 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

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 krufener@auanet.org.

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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.

Immediate Past Gallagher Scholar

Timothy David Averch, MD, FACS
Norm Smith, MD
Co-Director of Urologic Oncology
Chicago, IL

Dr. Smith is Co-Director of Urologic Oncology and associate professor in the Section of Urology, Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He previously served as Section Chief of Urology at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, as Section Chief of Northwestern Urology at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and Chief of Urologic Oncology in the Department of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has published more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous book chapters. He is an active volunteer, serving on multiple committees for the AUA, and works actively with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN).

Past Gallagher Scholars

2014 Timothy David Averch, MD, FACS
2013 Eugene Y. Rhee, MD, MBA
2012 Mark T. Edney, MD
2011 James C. Ulchaker, MD
2010 Christopher Gonzalez, MD, MBA
2009 Christopher Saigal, MD, MPH
2008 Quentin J. Clemens, MD, MSCI
2007 David F. Penson, MD, MPH

 

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