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December 2016

President's Message
D. Robert Siemens, MD

D-Robert-Siemens-2014.jpgI am writing to all members of the section to personally invite you to attend the 69th Annual Section Meeting which will be held in Savannah, Georgia from October 12-14, 2017. We are returning to Savannah for the second time in the history of the Section: it’s an outstandingly beautiful and historic city with great weather and represents one of the most “walkable” cities in the US. 

The meeting will be located at the Hyatt Regency right in the middle historic downtown area, which includes 22 parklike squares and one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States. I highly advise taking a few extra days after the meeting to more fully explore the city and, potentially, skipping off to Hilton Head, South Carolina (~30 miles away) for some much needed R and R after our engaging and enlightening annual meeting.

Our Scientific Program Co-chairs, Darren Beiko and Mike Leveridge, have been hard at work putting together an outstanding program which will generally follow our successful format from recent meetings but be prepared for some twists on the theme!

Finally, I would like to congratulate Badar Mian and of course Ron Kaufman and his wife, Janet, for last year’s meeting in Buffalo. It has been a distinct pleasure participating on the board of our section over the last 6 years, and I really look forward to fulfilling the mandate as President over this year. Your board has been active and effective in its “business” of running the section. This includes close shepherding of its fiscal health and broadening the educational, advocacy as well as research endeavors of section members.

I look forward to seeing you in Savannah next fall.

Board of Directors Report - Fall 2016

Reflections on the 68th Annual Meeting of the AUA Northeastern Section
Ronald P. Kaufman, Jr., MD

It is hard to believe that it has been 2 months since my presidency was completed at the annual meeting.
For me personally there were many highlights.

Socially, we began with the Past Presidents Dinner and tour at the Darwin Martin House, which was an interesting tour and a great evening prior to the official opening of the meeting and a time to renew old friendships in a wonderful setting. This was followed by the Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception which led to the Fun Night event at Buffalo RiverWorks. This was casual and interactive, again providing the members with a chance to relax, enjoy food and drinks, play some games, get caught up and have a good time. The highlight of the social events was the President’s Banquet which we held for the first time on Friday night prior to the meeting ending on Saturday. The room was packed which was really nice and seemed like old times when I first joined the section. The section members and their guests again had an excellent chance to socialize, the residents had the suspense of the prize winners being announced at the dinner and this was all topped off by the magic of illusionist Todd Nelson who was enjoyed by all.

Academically, we began with Dr. Gee’s lecture on Healthcare Reform, which was very timely with the pending election and our unique membership both American and Canadian. The session on Quality Measures lead by Tim Averch , the session on Geriatrics in Urology lead by Alp Senor, the session on BPH and voiding dysfunction lead by Darren Beiko, Reconstructive Urology lead by Dmitriy Nikolavsky, the Oncology session lead by Vincent Fradet, the Sexual Medicine Session lead by Ahmed Ghazi and the Prostate Cancer session lead by Badar Mian were all very pertinent to the modern practice of Urology. The resident debates on multi-parametric MRI of the prostate before initial biopsy and Testosterone Replacement Therapy in the Mildly Symptomatic Man with Low Testosterone were also very educational and stimulating. This was all topped off by the very interesting and thought provoking George E. Slotkin Lecture , “Urologists Embracing Level 1 Evidence An Oxymoron” by our past president and current chairman of urology in Rochester, Edward M. Messing.

All in all, the 68th annual meeting in Buffalo was a great success. The city of Buffalo was a great location for a fun, interactive and educational meeting. I look forward to Robert Siemens’ presidency and our 69th Annual Meeting in Savannah, Georgia October 12-14, 2017. Hope to see you all there!

2016 Annual Meeting Photo Album


Congratulations to Annual Meeting Prize Winners

2016 Resident Prize Essay Contest

All prize essay winners were given time during the Section Stars session in Buffalo to present their research. Award placing was announced at the President’s Banquet.

First Place
Novel Concept and Method of Endoscopic Urethral Stricture Treatment Using Liquid Buccal Mucosal Graft and Histologic Evidence of its Engraftment
Jared Manwaring, MD - SUNY Upstate Medical University

Second Place
Metabolic Imaging of Prostate Cancer Reveals Intrapatient Intermetastasis Response Heterogeneity to Systemic Therapy
Fannie Morin, MD - Laval University

Third Place
Neurotransmitter Mechanisms underlying Sacral Neuromodulation of Bladder Overactivity in Cats
Jathin Bandari, MD - University of Pittsburgh

You could be a prize essay winner too! Send your manuscript to by June 5, 2017.

Best Posters in Buffalo

These authors were chosen by the moderators as the “Best Of” in their poster sessions:

Session 1 – Oncology: Yifan Meng (Rochester)
Session 2 – Reconstruction/Andrology: Jeffrey Spencer (Syracuse)
Session 3 – Pediatrics/Voiding Dysfunction: Nahid Punjani (Western)
Session 4 – General/Endourology/Stones: Alexander Van Hoof (AMP of NY)
Session 5 – Oncology/Laparoscopy/Robotics/Basic Science: Nikunj Gevariya (Laval)
Session 6 – Education: Martin Koyle: (Toronto)

Nikolavsky named 2016 Young Investigator!

Congratulations to Dmitriy Nikolavsky of SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse who has been awarded the Section’s 2016 Young Investigator grant for his research in reconstructive urology.

Nikolavsky’s study is set to test a novel method for endoscopic treatment of anterior urethral stricture using liquid buccal mucosa graft to augment direct vision internal urethrotomy (DVIU). A preliminary study with a small number of animals (rabbit urethral stricture model) had shown liquid buccal mucosa engraftment in the urethra, and improvement of their urethral caliber compared to their controls. The proposed further study is designed to validate these findings with a larger number of animals. These will be divided in 3 groups: two groups treated with DVIU augmented with two different preparations of liquid buccal mucosa and one control group treated with DVIU alone.