Timothy Averch, MD, FACS
As President of the Northeastern Section of the American Urological Association, I would like to thank Dr. Gerald Sufrin and his committee for organizing this year’s extraordinary 70th Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, and for ensuring that it was an outright success. All in attendance benefited from the robust scientific program and thoroughly enjoyed the “Fun Night” at the Hockey Hall of Fame! This meeting raised the bar and will be a tough act to follow.
We have big plans for the 2019 Section Meeting in Syracuse, NY and I need help from each and every one of you to make this meeting even more successful. The 71st Annual Meeting will be held from Thursday, September 19 through Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the centrally located Syracuse Marriott Downtown; an historic gem formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse and recently restored to its original 1924 grandeur. Our program committee, led by Drs. Michelle Jo Semins and Paul Rusilko, is already hard at work to create a full-bodied scientific program with practical urologic topics for the provider. We plan to have dedicated and directed lectures for Advanced Practice Providers, as well. You do not want to miss fall in the Finger Lakes region so mark your calendars now and tell all your friends!
Jody Maranchie, MD
It was great to see everyone in beautiful Toronto for our 70th Annual Meeting. We had a strong turn out from every sector of our membership, making for an animated and interactive gathering. The scientific program prepared by Dr. Danforth was outstanding, with a great line-up of esteemed speakers who have certainly left us with a lot to think about this winter. It was particularly gratifying to see such a strong presence from our residents both in the poster sessions and at the podium for some lively and provocative debates. The future of our small section is secure.
We are always looking for new way to meet the needs of our membership. If you have ideas or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to working with you.
Welcome to our New Members!
- Raj Kumar Goel, MD (Lasalle, ON) - Associate Member
- Jason P. Izard, MD (Kingston, ON) - Associate Member
- Kevin L. Chandler, MD (Henderson, NY)- Associate Member
- Yousef S. Al-Shraideh, MD (Altoona, PA) - Active Member
- Eric Arnone, MD (Jamestown, NY) - Active Member
Kenneth Pace, MD, MSc, FRCSC
I am pleased to report that the Section had another overall positive financial year and finished 2017 with overall Net Assets of $1,936,838. The Section experienced an operating deficit of ($16,428). Investment Activities for the year totaled $195,530 (dividends and interest of $69,361 and market gains of $126,169), resulting in a total $176,402 added to Net Assets for the 12-month period.
As I recently reported at our Toronto meeting, the Section continues to look carefully at operating deficits and how investments are designated and used to offset our grants activities. We are grateful to our members who attend and promote the annual meeting and to our corporate sponsors. We have been focused on cost-containment at the Board level, and have reduced expenditures over the last four years in ways that have not impacted on Section activities, or benefits for our members. The Section is proud to continue programs which support resident attendance at the annual meeting, as well as sponsorship of IVUmed’s Resident Scholar mission trips and for the second year in a row the sponsorship of female residents from the US and Canada to attend the Society of Women in Urology (SWIU) leadership conference.
501(c)(3) Foundation Reclassification. The Section completed its reclassification of our Foundation entity (to a new IRS 509(a)(2) classification) and amended the Articles of Incorporation to establish the C-3 as a supporting organization to the C-6. This has no impact on Section operations or how the Section works for you. It is simply being done to better codify the intent of the Foundation to be supporting the overall Section mission, and to ensure that the Section is fully compliant as a tax-exempt organization.
This year, the Section moved our portfolio of approximately $1.8 million in investments to Vanguard. Approximately $1.2 million is invested under the umbrella of the much larger AUA portfolio. This allows the Section to essentially “piggyback” onto AUA’s large portfolio which is composed of 10 mutual funds in a 65 percent Equity and 35 percent Fixed Income allocation. Four other AUA Sections have taken advantage of this offer which requires a $1 million dollar minimum investment. Sections benefit from this arrangement by having active management of the portfolio, clear reporting and significantly low expense and advisory fees which are less than 0.2 percent. In addition, the Section’s C-3 Foundation has a separate account of approximately $600,000 which is also invested in a separate “Moderate Growth” fund with Vanguard.
It is an honor to serve also as President-Elect during my final and fourth year as Treasurer. Dr. Darren Beiko, who has served with me on the Board, is serving this year as Treasurer-Elect. I look forward to working with him to ensure that the Section finances remain in excellent shape so that we can continue to support our members. If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact the Section office at email@example.com
Welcome New Board Members
The Section would like to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors
David Corral, MD – Pennsylvania Representative
Dr. Corral is a community urologist with Sewickley Urology Associates in Pittsburgh. Dr. Corral earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 1985, and went on to earn his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY in 1989. He served his internship in General Surgery and residency in Urology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center from 1989-1995.He went on to further develop his interest in cancer research and care by completing a Urologic Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX from 1995-1998.
Rodney Breau, MD – At-large Representative (Canada)
Dr. Breau is a Surgical Oncologist, an Assistant Professor of Urology at The University of Ottawa, and an Associate Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He attended medical school at Dalhousie University and urology residency at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Urologic Oncology and Robotic Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic and received a Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Research from Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Breau is a founding member of the International Evidence Based Urology Group and serves on the AUA steering committee for Evidence Based Reviews in Urology. He is a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology and has been recognized nationally and internationally for research contributions in prostate, kidney and bladder cancer.
Naeem Bhojani, MD – Young Urologist Representative (Canada)
Dr. Bhojani is an Assistant Professor at the Université de Montréal and a Urologic Surgeon at the Centre hospitalier de I’université de Montréal. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions over the course of his career including but not limited to the AUA’s Young Urologist of the Year Award for 2017 and the Best Clinical Research Project of the Quebec Urological Association 2012. In addition to his various awards and distinctions, Dr. Bhojani has published in several journals including the Journal of Endourology, the Journal of Urology, the Canadian Urological Association Journal and the British Journal of Urology International to name a few.
Young Investigator Research Grant Recipient – Michael Ordon, MD
The Section proudly continues to sponsor an annual Young Investigators Research Grant aimed at supporting start-up research programs of faculty members. Over the course of the last several years the NSAUA has been able to fund numerous innovations and has been able to contribute to the academic careers of dozens of individuals.
This year there were several excellent applications submitted and the choice was extremely difficult -- but we were pleased to announce in October that Dr. Michael Ordon was funded to continue his work in the area of kidney stone disease, kidney transplantation and minimally invasive urologic surgery.
Prize Essay Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 NSAUA Resident Prize Essay competition. The top three submitted manuscripts were selected by the review committee, and those residents presented their work at the 2018 Annual Section Meeting in Toronto this October.
- First Place – Alexis Rompre-Brodeur, MD; Immune-Checkpoint Inhibition with Radiation in Bladder Cancer: In Situ and Abscopal Effects
- Second Place – Todd Yecies, MD; Modeling the Incidence of Secondary Malignancy Related to Ionizing Radiation use in the Management of Nephrolithiasis
- Third Place - Lee A. Hugar, MD, MSCR; Landscape of Palliative Care Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries with Bladder Cancer.
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