From the AUA Secretary: Congratulations to our 2021 AUA Award Winners!
By: John D. Denstedt, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FCAHS | Posted on: 01 Mar 2021
The AUA Awards recognize top urologists and honor their service to the specialty of urology and the Association. We have the honor and privilege to recognize and celebrate physician researchers and educators for their contributions each year at the AUA Annual Meeting. This September in Las Vegas, Nevada, we will recognize a broad slate of distinguished individuals for their achievements. The following awards will be presented.
Ramon Guiteras Award: The Ramon Guiteras Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology. Ian M. Thompson, Jr., MD will receive this award for outstanding leadership and contributions in clinical trials and treatment of urological cancers.
Hugh Hampton Young Award: The Hugh Hampton Young Award is presented annually to an individual for their outstanding contributions to the study of genitourinary tract disease. Yves Fradet, MD will receive this award for outstanding mentorship, research, leadership and exemplary surgical care of patients with urological cancers.
Gold Cystoscope Award: The Gold Cystoscope Award is presented annually to a urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession within 10 years of completing residency training. Stacy Loeb, MD, PhD, MSc will receive this award for outstanding research to enhance the value of prostate cancer screening and active surveillance.
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding contributions to advance the mission and goals of the AUA. Ronald Rabinowitz, MD will receive this award for advancing the mission of the AUA by promoting education, research and advocacy.
Robert C. Flanigan Education Award: The Robert C. Flanigan Education Award is presented annually to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the educational goals of the AUA. Tracy L. Krupski, MD will receive this award for fostering evidence-based decision making in urology and outstanding commitment to resident and medical student education.
Victor A. Politano Award: The Victor A. Politano Award is presented annually to an individual for outstanding research and work in the field of incontinence and for enhancing the treatment of incontinent patients, thereby helping to improve their quality of life. Mary Ann Lynn Stothers, MD, MHSc will receive this award for excellence in advancing innovative methods for treating urinary incontinence throughout the world.
William P. Didusch Art and History Award: The William P. Didusch Art and History Award promotes and recognizes contributions to urological art, including, but not limited to, illustrations, sculpture, still photography, motion pictures and television productions. John L. Phillips, MD will receive this award for decades of outstanding writings, cataloging urological history and innovative use of history to educate residents.
Distinguished Contribution Awards: The Distinguished Contribution Awards are presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science and practice of urology, including, but not limited to, contributions made in a subspecialty area, for military career service or for humanitarian efforts. The following individuals will be recognized with this award:
Michael J. Droller, MD for critical contributions to the understanding of the biology and pathogenesis of bladder cancer
Peter A. Pinto, MD for unique and significant contributions involving novel methods for diagnosing prostate cancer
Fred Saad, MD for numerous significant contributions to the study and understanding of advanced prostate cancer
Distinguished Service Awards: The Distinguished Service Awards are presented annually to individuals for outstanding service in advancing the goals of the AUA. The following individuals will receive this award:
Christopher M. Gonzalez, MD, MBA for outstanding service as AUA Public Policy Chair and launching the Annual Urology Advocacy Summit and AUAPAC
Kevin Pranikoff, MD for dedicated service on AUA committees for 3 decades, and contributions to the Board as the Northeastern Section Representative
Roger E. Schultz, MD for dedicated service on AUA committees for 2 decades, and contributions to the Board as the Mid-Atlantic Section Representative
Gold-Headed Cane Award: The Gold-Headed Cane Award is presented to a senior urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the profession and to the AUA. The inspiration for the AUA Gold-Headed Cane dates back to a highly respected tradition that began in the 17th century. The gold-headed cane was first carried by Dr. Radcliffe from 1689 to 1714, and it accompanied him on many consultations in London, England. He was known by royalty for his medical skills and was considered an outstanding practitioner. Dr. Radcliffe was the first to pass the cane along to a successor whom he considered to be the greatest English physician of his time. AUA continues this tradition by presenting this award to Sanford J. Siegel, MD for tireless efforts to improve urology practice and support prostate cancer research and awareness.
Presidential Citations: Presidential Citations are presented to individuals deemed to have significantly promoted the cause of urology. Each recipient is chosen by the AUA President. This honor will be bestowed on the following individuals:
Peter E. Clark, MD for significant contributions to the urological care of patients as Practice Guidelines Chair
Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD for tireless support and diplomatic advocacy for high quality private practice care within organized medicine
Marguerite C. Lippert, MD for committed contributions to the success of women in urology and the education of urologists
Isaac J. Powell, MD for outstanding contributions regarding the biology, genetics and environmental impact of prostate cancer in Black men
Michael L. Ritchey, MD for outstanding contributions to pediatric urological oncology, and leadership with ABU and ABMS supporting urological certification
Norm D. Smith, MD for leadership in advocacy for fair and accurate relative value scale payments of physician services
Secretary Commendation for Global Leadership: Each year the AUA Secretary honors individuals deemed to have significantly promoted the cause of urology through international relations and collaboration with the AUA to improve urological education. I am honored to present this award to the following individuals:
Celeste Alston for advancing collaborations between the AsociaciÓn UrolÓgica de Centroamérica y el Caribe and the AUA to improve urological education
Miguel Angel Costa for advancing collaborations between the Sociedad Argentina de Urologia and the AUA to improve urological education
Yoshihiko Tomita for advancing collaborations between the Japanese Urological Association and the AUA to improve urological education
All award winners will be recognized during the AUA Awards Dinner in September. Please join me in congratulating all of our award winners for their contributions to the specialty of urology! For more information on the upcoming meeting, visit AUA2021.org.