American urological association


Year in Review

Collaborated with key stakeholders to comment on Calendar Year 2023 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and worked to mitigate a 4.6% cut to the conversion factor.
Worked with legislators to introduce federal legislation to form a loan repayment program for specialty physicians practicing in rural areas (S. 4330, Specialty Physicians Advancing Rural Care Act).
Worked with the U.S. Congress to enact federal legislation to provide a clinical pathway for prostate cancer care within the VA health system (H.R. 4880, Veterans’ Prostate Cancer Treatment and Research Act).
Secured AUA-led Telehealth Report Language in the Fiscal Year 2023 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill.
Hosted Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance, Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance, and Bladder Health Alliance meetings and Hill days at AUA Headquarter and DC offices (all first time in-person meetings since the start of the pandemic).
Held first in-person Annual Urology Advocacy Summit since 2019 with more than 200 attendees and 175 Capitol Hill visits.
Accomplished $15 million increase for Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program within Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.

The Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance (PCIA) hosted three webinars as part of the Impact Diversity in Urology series focusing on racial disparities in urology, men who have sex with men and their battle with prostate cancer, and emotional wellness. The PCIA also advocated for support of the PSA 4 HIM Screening Act (H.R. 1176) on Capitol Hill as a full alliance.

Hosted Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) virtual briefing for Congressional staff, which included researchers, AUA Office of Research, and patient advocates.

The Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance (KCIA) held their first in-person full alliance meeting in Washington, D.C. while advocating to House representatives on the need and importance for funding towards Kidney Cancer Research.

Hosted Patient Advocacy Connections Program (PACP) during the AUA Advocacy Summit including participation from more than nineteen patient, physician, and research advocacy organizations. AUA members, allied health professionals and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry participated in roundtable discussions.

Held three webinars as a part of the Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance’s Impact on Urology series. Webinar topics included increasing Black or African American medical school students picking urology, Men Who Have Sex with Men and Emotional Wellness within the prostate cancer space.

Education and International Programs
Office of Education Committee Members
accredited educational activities including launch of leadership and business education
hours of CME claimed through AUAUniversity
international leadership meetings
international educational activities including those in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin
academic exchange and visiting scholars (11 from USA, 17 international)
international resident scholars (from Brazil, India, Japan)
questions answered in SASP app
page views of AUA Urology Core Curriculum
participants in the 2022 In-Service and OKAT exams
downloads of the Update Series AudioBook
AUAUniversity podcast plays
total video plays on AUAUniversity YouTube channel
AUA Annual Meeting

The AUA reunited the world of urology in New Orleans in May 2022 for the first live Annual Meeting since 2019, and the energy of that meeting was extraordinary as people were delighted to finally reconnect and re-engage in person. The 2022 Annual Meeting also offered an online learning option to ensure that those who were still unable to travel could access the very latest advances of our specialty from wherever they are in the world. Nearly 12,000 registrants took part in AUA2022, representing all 50 states and 96 countries around the globe. Nearly 10,000 of those attended the live meeting in New Orleans.

Abstracts Presented
Plenary Speakers
Instructional Course Faculty
Program Moderators
Sessions Available On Demand
Session Views
Minutes Streamed

AUA2022 featured an array of innovative new sessions, including:


Established Innovation Nexus, the first-of-its-kind research incubator powered by the AUA. The inaugural Innovation Nexus event will occur April 27, 2023 just prior to the AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago, and will give startups, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors and urologists the opportunity to come together to ignite urologic discovery like never before.

Launched the Boston Scientific Medical Student Innovation Fellowship to fund a 12-month research project for a medical student interested in translating urology research into innovation. Strong preference to award applicants from groups underrepresented in urology and/or projects focused on health disparities.

Hosted the 10th annual Early Career Investigators Workshop at AUA Headquarters to help promising urologic researchers develop grant writing skills.

Doubled the number of accepted mentees to the Urology Scientific Mentoring and Research Training (USMART) program from five to ten and met the goal that at least 50% of mentees would be from groups traditionally underrepresented in the scientific and biomedical workforce.

2022 Office of Research Awards

million in grant funding


researchers supported


women awardees


Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) awardees

AUA Annual Census
  • Published AUA Census report on U.S. urologists, The State of Urology Workforce and Practice in the United States in 2021.

  • Published AUA Census report on U.S. residents and fellows, 2020-2021 Urologists in Training.

  • Published A Special 2021 AUA Census Report: Practicing Urologists by AUA Section.

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AUA Statistical Services
  • Published four articles on peer-reviewed journals on the topics around professional burnout of advanced practice providers, demographic and practice trends of rural urologists in the U.S., patterns of surgical management of male stress urinary incontinence, and anticholinergic polypharmacy in the U.S.

  • Proposed AUA Data Research Program to be launched in May 2023 to annually award six projects using AUA data starting from January 2024. The research-friendly datasets from both AUA Census and the AQUA Registry with data dictionaries will be available in February 2023.

  • The AUA Quality Registry (AQUA) was approved by CMS as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) for the 2022 MIPS reporting year.

  • AQUA now includes more than 50 physician performance measures, including 16 measures that are urology-relevant.

  • AUA strengthened the collaboration with IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions (IQSS), an EHR company, resulting in 140 new practices with approximately 800 providers joining the AQUA Registry.

  • AQUA now includes 10 million unique patients in the AQUA Registry with various urologic conditions and more than 70 million patient encounters.


In 2022, the AUA launched the AUA Institute for Leadership & Business, an initiative dedicated to providing education, training and resources to support leadership development and business acumen within the urology community. The AUA recognizes the tremendous value of business and leadership training for all urology professionals — throughout all stages of their career.


The AUA offers an array of programming designed to nurture future leaders in urology. From the esteemed Leadership Program to Speed Mentoring, AUA is committed the leadership development of its members.


From live courses to webinars and podcasts, the AUA’s business education offerings cover the topics most relevant to urologists and urology practice professionals.


From the Coding Hotline to the Practice Managers’ Network, the AUA offers education and resources to meet the evolving needs of the practice team.

In 2022, AUA had more than 24,000 members representing 129 countries around the globe!
Our members are at the core of everything we do!

Our members volunteer countless hours each year to support the AUA mission, and their tireless efforts are critical to the work we do.

In 2022, 500+ member volunteers served on 50+ Councils, Committees and Workgroups.

New Chief Diversity Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Committee

In July 2022, the AUA announced the appointment of Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA, as AUA’s new Chief Diversity Officer and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee Chair. Dr. Bresler began her three-year term on August 1, 2022.

In November 2022 the AUA announced the 14 inaugural members of the D&I Committee.

Dr. Bressler and the D&I Committee are tasked with advising the AUA Board of Directors on shaping and executing diversity initiatives in accord with the recommendations of the AUA's Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. The Committee will also be responsible for identifying and advising the Board on potential solutions to meet diversity gaps within the AUA organizational programs; collaborating with AUA Program Councils on the implementation of diversity initiatives and methods to recruit, support and retain diverse AUA leaders and volunteers.

The Committee has representation from all eight sections of the AUA as well as a diversity of gender, race, sexual orientation, practice type and specialty which will provide the diversity of thought that is necessary to move D&I initiatives forward.

The inaugural D&I Committee includes:

  • Denise Asafu-Adjei, MD, MPH, Director of Male Reproductive Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology and the Department of Public Health Sciences, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

  • Gregory Broderick, MD, Professor of Urology, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine; Program Director, Urology Residency, Mayo Clinic Florida

  • Pamela Coleman, MD, FACS, FPMRS, Associate Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, OBGYN, Howard University School of Medicine; Interim Chief of Urology, Howard University Hospital

  • Gabriela Gonzalez, MD, Urology Resident Physician, University of California, Davis

  • Tomas Griebling, MD, MPH, FACS, FGSA, AGSF, John P. Wolf 33rd Degree Masonic Distinguished Professor Urology, Department of Urology, Faculty Associate, The Landon Center on Aging, The University of Kansas School of Medicine

  • Nathan Grunewald, MD, FACS, Chief Medical Innovation Officer and Urology Medical Director, Sauk Prairie Healthcare

  • Lourdes Guerrios, MD, Urology Attending, Urology Section, Surgery Department, Introductory Research Program Co-Director, VA Caribbean Healthcare System; Research Program Director, Puerto Rico Trauma Center; Assistant Professor, Surgery Department, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

  • Justin Han, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Hofstra-Northwell Zucker School of Medicine; Director of Male Reconstructive Urology, Smith Institute for Urology, Northwell Health; Chair for Quality in the Department of Urology, North Shore University Hospital

  • Linda McIntire, MD, Urologist, MyMichigan Health

  • Miguel Pineda, MD, Director of Male Sexual Dysfunction and Urologic Prosthetics, State Island University Hospital – Northwell Health

  • Michelle Jo Semins, MD, Professor, West Virginia University School of Medicine; Chief, Division of Urology, West Virginia University Wheeling Hospital

  • Gjanje Smith-Mathis, MD, MPH, Staff Urologist, WakeMed Health and Hospitals

  • Simone Thavaseelan, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery/Urology and Program Director of the Urology Residency, Brown University; Chief, Section of Urology, Providence VA Medical Center

  • Vijaya Vemulakonda, JD, MD, Professor of Pediatric Urology, Director of Research and Residency Program Director, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, University of Colorado School of Medicine

2022 Urology Residency Match

143 registered and accredited training programs

556 match participants

365 positions filled (74% match rate)

180 female participants with a match rate of 72% among females (130 matched)

American Indian / Alaskan Native
Black / African-American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
2023 Urologic Fellowship Matches

Andrology, Endourology, Urologic Oncology, Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery on and Pediatric Urology.

143 fellowship programs

167 total vacancies

134 total vacancies matched

218 applicants submitting lists

134 applicants matched


Two new Guidelines were published on Localized Prostate Cancer and Non-Ischemic Priapism in addition to updates to Interstitial Cystitis/Bladder Pain Syndrome, Recurrent UTIs in Women, and Vesicoureteral Reflux.

Guidelines web pages logged over 1.1 million views in 2022.

The W.P. Didusch Center for Urologic History

In May 2022, the AUA/William P. Didusch Center for Urologic History in-person History Booth Exhibit was back with the Ins and Outs of Sexual Health, co-curated by Irwin Goldstein, MD and Sue Goldstein, CCRC of San Diego Sexual Medicine. Despite fewer international attendees, the booth and talks were visited by over 1,000 urology-care providers, bringing contemporary attention to the history (or lack thereof) of female sexual dysfunction and treatment. The Museum Store, with new items relating to female sexual health, brought in over $16,200.

2022 History Booth Social Media Impressions

AUA Highlights








Pre-May 12

The 2022 AUA Forum on the History of Urology kicked off with a Medical Ethics Debate: The Inflatable Penile Prosthesis is First Line Therapy for ED between Drs. Helen Levey Bernie and Gerald Brock. Based on a superb rebuttal, judges declared Dr. Brock the debate winner.

The 2022 Annual Frank Bicknell History of Urology Oration was given by co-curator of the History Exhibit, Sue Goldstein on Words Matter - Tracing the Language of Sexual Dysfunction.

The 2022 AUA Earl Nation Retrospectroscope Award was presented to Shreeya Popat, MD for “VAGINA" Is Not a Bad Word: Historical and Contemporary Censorship of The Word "Vagina”. Honorable Mention was awarded to Jonathan Xu, MD for Think Inside the Box: Wilhelm Reich’s Theories on Orgasm and the Orgone.


At the beginning of 2022, Dr. Robert Siemens began his tenure as Editor of The Journal of Urology®. His focus on Editorial Board engagement, open peer review, and implementation of an Early Career Editor program have been noteworthy. He also initiated a DEI education series for the Ed Board, which provides insights from editorial leaders in scholarly publishing outside of urology about their important efforts in this area. The Journal of Urology® earned its highest Journal Impact Factor to date: 7.60.

Urology Practice®’s impact continues to grow year over year as evidenced by weekly and monthly Altmetrics reports showing the wide reach of dissemination of articles in the press, social media, and beyond. The Journal’s Editorial Board showcases global talent notable for diversity across career stage, specialty, practice type, gender, race, and ethnicity.

JU Open Plus, the AUA’s new Gold Open Access journal, opened for submission in August 2022. Dr. John Davis is the inaugural Editor, and he and his editorial team have already accepted multiple papers for publication in January 2023, the journal’s first issue.

Our dedicated volunteer peer reviewers completed 3,647 reviews in 2022 (3,195 for The Journal of Urology®, 430 for Urology Practice®, and 22 for JU Open Plus).

The AUA’s scholarly journals are proud to have the most citations and the largest number of social media followers in all of urology.

AUANews published its second ever “Celebrating Diversity with the AUA” focus issue in April 2022, doubling the content offered the previous year.

Quality & Measurement

Hosted AUA’s in-person QI Summit session Laying the Foundation for Primary Palliative Care in Urology

Updated The Implementation of Shared Decision Making into Urological Practice

Released Controversies, Confusion, and the Future of Urologic Post-Operative Opioid Prescribing Reduction Strategies via podcast and webinar

Posted 7 new Engage with Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (E-QIPS) guides

Conducted empirical reliability and validity testing for urology-specific measures supported through the AQUA Registry

Released Integration in Action: A Focus on Urologic Oncology Care Through Medically Integrated Dispensing

Released Advancing Health Equity: Addressing Disparities in Prostate Cancer Care

Developed the 2022 MIPS Toolkit

Urology Care Foundation

The Urology Care Foundation is the official foundation of the American Urological Association and is powered by the trusted experts and members of the AUA. UCF’s goal is to be the leader in improving health care for urologic patients worldwide by supporting research, providing education and advancing humanitarian initiatives. This year was filled with accomplishments to help us fulfill that goal.


Our investigator award programs are essential to the development of young urology researchers and provide critical support to develop the field’s future research leaders (to date we have funded over 950 young scientists).

This year the Foundation:

  • Provided more than $1.5 million in funding to forty-nine early career investigators to support their pursuit of discoveries and breakthroughs in patient care in 11 urologic disease/condition areas. The awardee’s included 19 women and 13 from communities underrepresented in urology.

  • Supported three inaugural recipients of the Leadership in Education, Achievement and Diversity (LEAD) Program as they began their mentored research projects.

  • Announced the new Boston Scientific Medical Student Innovation Award Program.

Patient Education

The Foundation continues to grow as the single largest repository in the world for urologic patient education aligned with current AUA clinical guidelines.

This year the Foundation:

  • Welcomed more than 12 million visitors to our website,, providing access to more than 600 pieces of physician-led patient education for patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

  • Expanded its global presence with translated patient education in 9 languages aiming to reach those facing urologic cancers and conditions. More than 100 Spanish patient education materials were made available to the public with a digital Spanish Resource Center.

  • Addressed diversity, inclusion and disparities in care within its scope of patient education with more than a dozen new resources around Latino and African American Men’s Health, Black Women’s Health and Adult Gender Affirmation.

Patient Advocacy

The AUA and UCF teams had a busy year supporting patient advocacy efforts:

  • Lead and provided collaboration opportunities between four patient, physician and research advocacy organizations including, Patient Advocacy Connections, Bladder Health Alliance, Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance, Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance.

  • Provided patient advocacy organizations the opportunity to showcase patient-centered resources, and encourage interaction and dialogue about collaboration tactics that effectively promote patient advocacy policy agendas.

  • Rebranded our two AUA/UCF-led patient alliances, the Prostate Cancer Impact Alliance and the Kidney Cancer Impact Alliance.

Humanitarian Support

The Foundation recognizes and supports the work of urologists who are making outstanding contributions to improve urologic health in underserved areas both within and outside the U.S.

This year the Foundation:

  • Awarded the Humanitarian Recognition Award presented to Sakti Das, MD, for decades of service to patients in underserved areas across the globe, his passion for teaching and for supporting humanitarian initiatives in urology.

  • Awarded 7 Humanitarian grants supporting humanitarian projects in Belize, India, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago, Florida, and New York.

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2023 Sneak Peek

We have another extraordinary year planned for 2023, filled with more education, support, resources and innovation to advance urology and serve our members—and their patients—around the world. Here are just a few things we’ve got planned for 2023:

  • The 118th Annual Meeting, held in the dynamic city of Chicago, April 28 – May 1. AUA2023 will feature innovative new programs as well as a new abstract category for studies on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

  • The launch of the new AUA Innovation Nexus at AUA2023 in Chicago. The only urology-specific incubator of its kind, Innovation Nexus is a powerful forum to advance urologic discovery to solutions that improve patient care and save lives.

  • The inaugural Global Residents Leadership Retreat, a one-day program held in conjunction with AUA2023 that is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in urology, and foster a connection between residents and trainees around the world.

  • And much more!

We look forward to serving you in the year ahead!