Section and Specialty Meetings: South Central Section Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona

By: Michael S. Cookson, MD | Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

The 100th Annual Meeting of the South Central Section (SCS) will be held at the beautiful award-winning JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale Arizona from September 29 through October 2, 2021. The property is located at the base of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley.

Many members of the SCS will be familiar with the Camelback Inn as the Section hosted the meeting here last in 2015. The meeting is held at an outstanding venue and is one of our best attended sites. The SCS invites all of our members as well as guests from any section to attend. We also want to welcome any locals from the Phoenix–Scottsdale area. We will be fortunate to have both Dr. Raju Thomas, incoming President of the American Urological Association, and Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher, the Executive Director of the American Board of Urology (ABU), attending this year’s meeting, and we look forward to messages from them.

Dr. John W. Davis, SCS President-elect from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, has developed an outstanding program that really encompasses a broad range of topics. The program will open on the first day with timely topics on urologic oncology including “Prime Time: Screening and Early Detection of Prostate Cancer,” bladder cancer detection and a panel on nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer, and a kidney cancer session on renal mass management and upper tract tumors. The second day will include “Semi-Live Robotic Surgery” with surgical advances in prostate, kidney and upper tract tumors, a “Prime Time: Female Voiding Dysfunction Workshop” as well as a thorough discussion on urinary slings and neurourology. There will also be panel discussions on the surgical management of large prostate with benign prostatic hyperplasia and Peyronie’s Disease and testosterone replacement in patients with prostate cancer. The third day will cover the impact of COVID-19 on urological care, innovations in advanced prostate cancer and urologic oncology. The fourth day will include a session on “Diversity and Inclusion in Urology” and how the SCS can lead the way.

Abstracts of broad interest for general and specialty urologists will be grouped into podium session topics, while additional concurrent poster sessions will allow for detailed subspecialty exchanges in a smaller forum. In addition, the perennial favorites of the Resident Quiz Bowl and T. Leon Howard Conference will be part of the meeting. There will also be good discussions on health policy and an update on coding/billing 2021 for urologists by Dr. Mark N. Painter.

State-of-the-art lectures include “2020 AUA/ASRM Male Infertility Guidelines” presented by Dr. Larry Lipshultz and “Troubleshooting and Complications of Minimally Invasive Surgery” by Dr. Raju Thomas, who will also deliver the AUA Update. Dr. J. Brantley Thrasher will provide the ABU Update and oversee the T. Leon Howard Imaging Session. Additional featured guest professors will include Dr. Sam Chang from Vanderbilt and Dr. David Jarrard from the University of Wisconsin who will both add richness to the meeting with their expertise in urologic oncology. The Presidential Guest Lecturer will be Dr. Paul Andrews from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. We will also benefit from lectures by Drs. Mitch Humphreys and Mark Tyson at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

As is typical with the SCS, in addition to the excellent academic meetings there are numerous outstanding social events and gatherings. This includes the Welcome Reception sponsored by our industry colleagues where members and guests become reacquainted. Our Theme Night this year will be a “Welcome to the Wild West.” Friday will be a shortened program with a half day of tennis, golf or the numerous other activities offered at the Camelback Inn. Our meeting will conclude with our Annual Banquet formally celebrating our rich 100-year history, where we will also present awards from the meeting.

Please make plans to attend this year’s 100th Annual Meeting of the SCS at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale from September 29 through October 2, 2021 for a commemorative event that promises to deliver on both education and enjoyment.

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