SPECIALTY SOCIETIES Society of Urologic Oncology

By: Jeff M. Holzbeierlein, MD, FACS | Posted on: 01 May 2022

We were all excited for the promise of an in-person meeting at the AUA last year; unfortunately, with continued concerns surrounding COVID, the meeting was switched to a virtual format. However, we remain strongly optimistic that after 2 years of virtual meetings the 2022 AUA meeting in New Orleans will move forward as an in-person format. The Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) meeting at the AUA, which will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022, will be similar to previous years with a combined meeting with the Society for Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) in the morning followed by the traditional SUO meeting in the afternoon.

The combined SBUR/SUO meeting (Saturday, May 14 from 7:55–11:00 a.m.) will be led by Drs. Dan Lin and Will Ricke with an overall theme addressing “aging and disease/hormonal progression.” Experts in the field will speak on various aspects related to aging and how it affects the development and progression of cancer as well as affecting responses to treatment. This year’s Don Coffey lectureship will be given by Dr. Judy Campisi and will be entitled, “Aging Hallmarks in Normal Aging and Disease Progression: the Science and the Training.” The afternoon SBUR session will address mechanisms of hormone resistance in both benign and malignant urology and how it is affected by aging.

The afternoon session of the SUO meeting, which begins at 12:25 p.m., is chaired by Drs. Brian Cross and Stacey Loeb, and will begin with a session on kidney cancer and discuss topics from advanced imaging to surgical techniques, and surgical and adjuvant therapies for advanced renal cell carcinoma. This session will be followed by a focus on urothelial cancer, both upper tract and lower tract. The SUO is committed to continuing to explore racial disparities in urological cancer. This year’s lecture on this topic will be given by Dr. Randy Vince from the University of Michigan, who will discuss strategies to address the inequities in urological cancer care. The program is rounded out by a session that focuses on various aspects of prostate cancer and, finally, a session focusing on health care services research and technology in urologic oncology.

As in years past, we will begin the meeting with the presentation of several awards. This year’s recipients include Dr. Alan Partin from Johns Hopkins as the recipient of the SUO Medal, Dr. Sarah Psutka as the recipient of the Young Investigator Award, and Dr. Cheryl Lee and Dr. Kelly Stratton for the Distinguished Service Award. All of these award winners have made and continue to make significant contributions to urologic oncology and the SUO. We are extremely proud of these SUO members!

This year’s Whitmore Award will be given to Dr. Eila Skinner, who will also be giving the Willet F. Whitmore Jr. Lecture. This is one of the highest awards given by the SUO and recognizes significant contributions to the field of urologic oncology. Dr. Skinner, who was one of the first fellowship trained female urologic oncologists, has made outstanding contributions to the field of bladder cancer and orthotopic diversions while at the University of Southern California. She subsequently became the Chair of Urology at Stanford University where she has continued to improve our understanding of the treatment of bladder cancer while continuing the tradition of a world-class urology program at Stanford. In addition, she has had a tremendous impact on urological education, serving on the written examination committee, the oral examination committee and the American Board of Urology. She has been a pioneer for women in urologic oncology and inspired generations of female urologic oncologists. We are extremely proud of her service and impact on the SUO, and look forward to her lecture.

For the full schedules including lecture titles and speakers for both the SBUR and SUO meetings please visit the AUA Annual Meeting website.

The SUO held a safe and outstanding in-person meeting this past December in Orlando, Florida, and looks forward to the 23rd Annual Meeting, which will take place November 30–December 2, 2022 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California. For additional details, as well as further information about the SUO Young Urologic Oncologists Spring Webinar Series and future meetings, please visit the SUO website at https://suonet.org.

We are looking forward to an outstanding in-person meeting in New Orleans, and hope to see many colleagues there.

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