2023 Award Winners

Each year, the American Urological Association honors the contributions of physician researchers and educators to the field of medicine, the specialty of urology, and the AUA. Access the list of previous honorees.

Congratulations to the 2023 honorees!

Ramon Guiteras Award

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Peter R. Carroll, MD, MPH
For decades of innovative research and practice improving the lives of men with prostate cancer

Hugh Hampton Young Award

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Curtis Nickel, MD
For unwavering devotion to research and enhancing patient care in addressing pelvic pain and inflammation

Gold Cystoscope Award

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Ranjith Ramasamy, MD
For creative impactful work in andrology, mentorship, clinical scholarship and research

Mid-Career Award

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Anne M. Suskind, MD, MS
For demonstration of clinical expertise, research and mentorship

Lifetime Achievement Award

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J. Brantley Thrasher, MD
For dedication to advancing AUA's mission through visionary service and educational leadership

Victor A. Politano Award

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Kathleen C. Kobashi, MD
For advancing patient care through the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders

William P. Didusch Art & History Award

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Ronald Rabinowitz, MD
For revitalizing interest in urologic history through exceptional leadership and mentorship as AUA Historian

Diversity & Inclusion Award

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Simone Thavaseelan, MD
For dedication and commitment to promoting meaningful cultural change for the benefit of urology

Distinguished Contribution Award

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Judd W. Moul, MD
For prolific contributions and leadership in prostate cancer research and dedicated military service

Distinguished Contribution Award

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Samir Taneja, MD
For creative, notable contributions in the diagnosis, imaging and treatment of prostate cancer

Distinguished Service Award

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David B. Joseph, MD
For outstanding dedication to the ACMGE, ABU and pediatric urology

Distinguished Service Award

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Cheryl T. Lee, MD
For outstanding commitment to bladder cancer patients, and fostering a culture of inclusivity

Distinguished Service Award

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Anthony Y. Smith, MD
For dedicated service on AUA committees and always being a champion of resident education

Distinguished Service Award

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Joseph A. Smith Jr., MD
For outstanding service as The Journal of Urology® Editor and elevating the publication's overall impact

Gold-Headed Cane Award

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Muhammad S. Choudhury, MD
For a career dedicated to the education and training of urologists in the United States and Bangladesh 

Presidential Citation

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Gennady Bratslavsky, MD
For being an exceptional uro-oncologist and a tireless advocate for Ukrainians

Presidential Citation

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James W. Catto, PhD
For designing and conducting clinical trials to help patients with urothelial cancer

Presidential Citation

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Jean V. Joseph, MD, MBA
For refining and teaching robotic surgery for prostate and renal diseases

Presidential Citation

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Seth P. Lerner, MD
For dedication to clinical trials and studying the genetic foundations of bladder cancer

Presidential Citation

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Kathleen Z. Shanley, PhD
For advancing AUA’s mission in public policy & advocacy  

Presidential Citation

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Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD
For elucidating the molecular underpinnings of urothelial cancer