In 2005, the Urology Care Foundation initiated a new grant program to encourage young urology faculty to enter and remain in research careers, the “Rising Star in Urology Award.” Applicants are Board-certified or Board-eligible urologists who have successfully competed for a new externally-funded, peer-reviewed career development award (e.g., K07/K08/K23 awards from NIH, or career development type grants from the Department of Defense, American Cancer Society or others). This program provides up to five years of supplemental salary support to career development awardees to ensure that their research salary compensation is competitive with other academic urology faculty. This supplementation allows the urologist to not only remain a contributor to their institution as a surgical specialist, but also have time to investigate potential treatments and cures to make a difference in the lives of urologists and the patients they serve. The participants are required to apply for independent, R01-type funding before the end of their award period.
The surgeon-scientists selected to participate in the Urology Care Foundation/Rising Stars in Urology Research Awards program are recognized young leaders in the field of urology. The accomplishments of the 10 participants are laudable to say the least. Here are just a few of the accomplishments this stellar group has collectively achieved: