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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, study of selected didactic articles, and completion of a health policy project 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

Applications for the 2016-2017 Gallagher Health Policy Scholarship Program are now closed. Please check back in 2016.

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

Norm Smith, MD2015-2016
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).

Learn more about previous Gallagher Scholars


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