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Volume XXI, Number 6

Reporting Prostate Biopsy: Transrectal vs. Transperineal Approach

Most urologists are intimately aware of the transrectal approach using ultrasonic guidance and a needle biopsy to obtain prostate specimens to diagnose prostate cancer. Another newer approach to obtain prostate biopsy specimens is the transperineal, where a stereotactic grid is placed in front of the perineum, ultrasonic guidance is used and the prostate specimens are obtained using a needle as well. The third is prostate biopsy by incisional approach. 

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9th Annual Practice Management Conference Held in Atlanta

AUA Announces New Health Policy Leadership

Following the 2012 AUA Annual Meeting, several health policy-related committees appointed new chairs and/or vice chairs.

Health Policy Council Chair and Vice Chair

In June 2012, David Penson, MD, MPH, and Christopher Gonzalez, MD, MBA, began their tenures as the AUA Health Policy Council chair and vice chair, respectively.

After receiving his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Penson completed the urology residency program at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997. Through a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship, he studied clinical epidemiology and health services research at Yale University, obtaining a Masters in Public Health. In August 2009, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University as Professor of Urologic Surgery and Director of the Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research in the Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Penson maintains a clinical practice in urologic oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

For The Record

The Guidelines Department was pleased to have several guidelines, as well as a first-of-its-kind technology assessment, ready for distribution in time for the May 2012 AUA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Developed by a panel chaired by Drs. Ira Sharlip and Arnold Belker, the AUA Vasectomy guideline focuses on the various surgical options available to clinicians, while providing a detailed comparison of both the short- and long-term complications and outcomes associated with each. Additionally, the guideline includes recommendations on pre-op counseling of patients and necessary follow-up. 

AUA Names New Associate Executive Director of Science & Quality

The AUA has announced that Heddy Hubbard, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has been named Associate Executive Director of Science & Quality. Dr. Hubbard joined the AUA as Director of Guidelines in December 2006.

In her new role, as a member of the Executive Team she will oversee the AUA’s Clinical Guidelines, Data and Quality departments, including the development, dissemination, and implementation of clinical practice guidance, the development and testing of urology-specific performance measures and the planning and implementing of data collection and analysis initiatives. 

Dr. Hubbard holds a bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in health services research from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).