Western Section AUA
91st Annual Meeting
October 25-29, 2015
Renaissance Indian Wells

Abstracts reviewed by the Western Section AUA Program Committee and accepted to present at the 91st annual meeting.

Congratulations to the following essay contest winners!


Miley B. Wesson Resident Essay Winners

(Eligibility: Must be a resident (does not include fellows) who has not completed residency by the time of the abstract submission deadline and are in training within the geographical area of the Western Section AUA. The contestant must be the principal worker and author of the paper.)

  • 1ST PLACE: Matthew Truesdale, MD – “Methylene Blue Bedside Injection as a Cost-Effective Alternative to Antegrade Nephrostography to Assess Urinary Obstruction after Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy.”
  • 2ND PLACE: Remy W. Lamberts, MD – “Incident Chronic Kidney Disease Following Kidney Cancer Surgery.”
  • 3RD PLACE: Michelle L. McDonald, MD – “Weight Loss Following Radical Cystectomy for Bladder Cancer: Characterization and Effect on Survival.”


Joseph F. McCarthy Physician Essay Winners

(Eligibility: Must be a urologist in the geographical area of the Western Section AUAwho has been out of training no more than 10 years. The contestant must be the principal worker and author of the paper.)

  • 1ST PLACE: Peter C. Black, MD – “Not All Notch is Created Equal: The Oncogenic Role of Notch2 In Bladder Cancer.”
  • 2ND PLACE: Sima P. Porten, MD – “The Impact of Tumor Stage and Node Status on Survival Following Cystectomy: The COBRA (Cancer of the Bladder Risk Assessment) Score.”
  • 3RD PLACE: Michael S. Leapman, MD – “Pathologic and Biochemical Outcomes among African-American and Caucasian Men with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer in the SEARCH Database: Implications for Active Surveillance Candidacy.”


History Essay Winners

(Essays may consist of anything of a historical nature including but not limited to persons, training programs, procedures, instruments, pharmaceuticals, diseases, treatment, concepts, etc.)

  • 1ST PLACE: Michael S. Leapman, MD – “Up and Away: Five Decades of Urological Investigation in Microgravity.”
  • 2ND PLACE: Karen Stern, MD – “Hyperbaric Oxygen in Urology: Past and Present.”
  • 3RD PLACE: Joseph D. Shirk, MD – “The Dark Side of Mary Poppins: How “Chimney Sweep’s Cancer” Led to the Discovery of Carcinogens.”
  • Honorable Mention: Matthew M. Banti, MD – “Wartime Genitourinary Injuries: Civil War to Present.”


Health Policy Essay Winners

(Eligibility: Must be either a young urologist WSAUA member (within 5 years after completing training), or a resident of a WS training program.)

  • 1ST PLACE: Remy W. Lamberts, MD (Resident) – “Minimizing the Cost of Treating Asymptomatic Ureterolithiasis.”
  • 2ND PLACE: Catherine Chen, MD (Resident) – “Cost Effectiveness of Robot-Assisted Urologic Oncology Surgery.”
  • 3RD PLACE: Michael A. Sanford, MD (Attending Staff) – “The Convoluted Reimbursement Laws Regarding Medicare Reimbursement Make Practicing Medicine Nearly Impossible.”
Important Dates

October 5
Hotel Reservations Cut-Off

October 10
Pre-Registration Deadline

Exhibiting Companies

American Med. Systems
American Urological Assoc.
Astellas Pharma, US
Bayer HealthCare
BK Medical/Analogic Ultrasound
Boston Scientific
California Cancer Regisrty- Eureka
Care Cloud
Care Credit
Cell Surgical Network
Cogentix Medical
Cook Medical
CR Bard

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