Western Section AUA
91st Annual Meeting
October 25-29, 2015
Renaissance Indian Wells
Program Approved for maximum of 34.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Program Topics and Speakers

Last update: Oct. 15, 2015 (please check back regularly)
Dress code for moderators and presenters: Business casual
Enjoy a wide variety of relevant content in high quality sessions that foster engagement, collegiality, connections and learning. This is urology Upgraded.


 Special Saturday Pre-Meeting Workshop

Violence in Medical America: Is your Clinic Prepared?

Protect Your Practice – Empower your Staff
Saturday, October 24, 2pm-5pm at the Renaissance Indian Wells
(Spouses and Office Staff Welcome )

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State of the Art Lectures and Expert Panels


Pelvic Floor Medicine Session, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Evaluation and Management of Pelvic Pain – Female and Male presented by Christopher Payne, MD / Jeannette Potts, MD
  • Expert Panel on Management of the Extruded Polypropylene Sling – Panel: Fred Govier, MD  / Chris Elliott, MD / Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Pediatrics Session, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Stone Management and Surgery in Children presented by Aaron P. Bayne, MD
Sexual Medicine Session, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Transgender Surgery presented by Maurice Garcia, MD
Special Talks, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
  • AUA Core Curriculum Update presented by Benjamin Breyer, MD
  • IVU Experience presented by Alan Kaplan, MD
  • AUA Research Scholars Experience presented by Sungyong You, PhD  / George Schade, MD
  • AUA Guidelines Update presented by Christopher Tessier, MD
Prostate 1 Session, 3:45 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Expert Panel on BPH. Panel:
    Harcharan Gill, MD, Andrew Southwick, MD, Mitch Humphreys, MD & Maurice Garcia, MD



Bladder/Testis/Urethra Session, 10:30 AM – 12:25 PM
  • Practical Approach to the Management of Urethral Strictures presented by Joel Gelman, MD
  • Management of Superficial Bladder Cancer in the Era of BCG Shortages presented by Erik Castle, MD
Calculi Session, 1:35 PM – 2:20 PM
  • To MET (Metabolic Expulsion Therapy) or Not to MET: Re-analysis of an Accepted Practice presented by Roger Sur, MD and Mark Anderson, MD
Kidney & Laparoscopy, 3:30PM – 4:45 PM
  • Comprehensive Management of the Small Renal Mass presented by James Porter, MD and Ben Chung, MD
  • Ultrasound vs. CT Imaging for ER Evaluation of Renal Colic: Appraisal of the NEJM Study presented by Thomas Chi, MD

GU Tumor Board
  • A new session will be introduced at the WSAUA this year.  The GU Tumor Board will be a multidisicplinary panel discussion of challenging cases in Urologic Oncology.  The format will involve case presentations that include multiple choice questions at various decision points in the evaluation and treatment of these patients. An audience response system will be used to poll the audience and then the panel will discuss “best choices”.  Currently the panel consists of Dr Joe Presti (Urology, moderator), Dr Sia Daneshmand, MD (USC), Chris Kane (Urology), Dr Chris Amling (Urology) and Dr Alan Bryce (Medical Oncology).  This should be a valuable learning experience for our attendees.



Prostate 2 Session, 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
  • Genetic Testing Prostate Cancer – Ready for Prime Time? presented by Mark Garzotto, MD
  • Management of Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) for the Practicing Urologist presented by Medical Oncologist Alan Bryce, MD
Round Table Program  & Brunch, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Health Policy Luncheon & Forum

Sunday, October 25

Moderated by Jeff Frankel, MD, Chairman, Health Policy Committee

This year we will continue with our nationally recognized program on health policy and practice management. The morning sessions begins with our essay contest winners and later that morning Mark Painter will provide practical information on proper coding and an update on ICD 10 which is scheduled to start 3 weeks before our meeting.  His session is both practical and educational. The  coding tips are critical to adequate reimbursement and in avoiding coding problems.

Dr. Arthur Lurvey, Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E, joins us once again to help us examine the latest data to fine tune ICD-10 and MU for maximum efficiency. He will also be available to help one-on-one with any individual problems. You can visit him after the session at his help desk in the foyer. This is a rare and valuable opportunity – please come prepared.

We are also planning a session on medical scribes-a practical approach to coping with the burden of EMR and providing better patient care. This course will be presented by a Western Section member who is successfully using scribes and examines the reasons why it has made him 1/3 more efficient. Scribes have the potential to increase your productivity and get you out of the office earlier.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kevin Loughlin from Boston. He has served organized urology well. He has been involved in health policy for many years and has lived through the Massachusetts experience.  His talk will be enligtening, insightful and entertaining.  You don’t want to miss it.  We will also hear from Dr. William Gee, the current AUA president.  He represented Urology on the medicare RUC committee for many years. Finally, Dr. Eugene Rhee will be highlighting the rapidly expanding field of telemedicine with a panel of experts.

Please look at the agenda for more details–which also includes lunch! Health policy continues to have  a greater and greater influence on our practices, regardless of your practice setting.. See you in California and thanks for supporting these important topics.

Jeffrey Frankel, MD, Chair – WSAUA Health Policy Committee

Preliminary Program Agenda

Welcome – Jeff Frankel, M.D.

Presentations Include:

William Gee, MD, AUA President
Health Care Reform: Past, Present and Future

Keynote Speaker – Kevin R. Loughlin,M.D., Boston, MA
Universal Health Care: Context, Consequences and Conundrums

• Expert Panel: Drs. Eugene Rhee, Aaron Spitz, and Peter Bretan
Telemedicine in Urology: The Doctor is in….Online


Morning Practice Management Courses

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Sunday, October 25

Planning for Success for Urology Practices in 2016

Mark N. Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems

Managing Medicare and the Tsunami of Change

Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE

Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E

Scribes for Urologists: The Wave of the Future

Al Borhan  M.D., FACS (Phoenix)

Affiliated Urologists , Managing Partner

Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center,  Vice Chair of Surgery

Creighton University Medical  School, Clinical Assistant Professor

Health Policy Essay Presentations


Post-graduate Review and Exam Preparation Courses (PREP-C)

Overall Director: Sia Daneshmand, M.D., USC
Each course offers 2 hours of intense didactic material that you can use to study for  upcoming exams or general review. All courses are included in your registration fee and include a take-home workbook to help prepare you for the In-service exam, Maintenance of Certification or a general urology review.

Monday, October 26th

A Western Section AUA Program Especially for Residents and Physicians wanting:

• Preparation for the In-Service Exam

• Maintenance of Certification

• An Overall Didactic Urology Review

All Courses are included in your registration fee.


Course #1 – Female Pelvic Medicine

Christian Twiss, MD, Univ. of AZ

Donna Deng, MD, UCSF

Una Lee, MD, Virginia Mason Clinic


Course #2 – Kidney Cancer

Ithaar Derweesh, MD, UCSD

Sean Stroup, MD, UCSD

Ryan Kopp, MD, UCSD


Course #3 – Markers, Mapping and MRI for Localized Prostate Cancer

David Crawford, MD, Univ. of Colorado

Nelson N. Stone, MD, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY

Matthew Cooperberg, MD, UCSF


Course #4 – Nephrolithiasis

Matthew Dunn, MD, USC

Gerhard Fuchs, MD, USC

Charles Metcalfe, MD, USC



Robert V. Day (Keynote) Lecture

Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Author and Tech Futurist

From Yesterday’s Science Fiction, to the Wonderful Futures yet to Come

Plan to hear this presentation on Wednesday, October 28 at approx. 2:30pm.

benford Gregory Benford,  is that unusual creative combination of scientist scholar, talented artist and professional speaker. Author of top-selling novels, including Jupiter Project, Artifact, Against Infinity, Eater, and Timescape, his stories capture readers – hearts and minds – with imaginative leaps into the future of science, technology and of us. He uses inspiration and humor as he shares his story and creates a powerful message that is both personal and applicable to the technology we likely will someday be using.

A professor emeritus of physics and astronomy from UC Irvine, Benford is involved in several bio-tech startups and has conducted research in plasma turbulence theory and experiment, and in astrophysics. A recipient of two Nebula awards, he has written over 100 articles in the field of physics, and has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy for NASA and the White House Council on Space Policy. His published scientific articles include papers in fields of physics from condensed matter, particle physics, plasmas and mathematical physics, and several in biological conservation.

Often called hard science fiction, Benford’s stories take science and technology into inspired realms. How will the future unfold in front of us? What would happen if cryonics worked and people, frozen, were awoken 50 years in the future? What might a re-engineered human look like? How far will embedded technology merge with medicine?  The questions that physics and scientists ask, Benford’s imagination explores.


Advanced Practice Provider (APP) / Allied Health Program

This program is included in the Health Professional’s registration package, is also open to all physicians and will include CME which is pending review.
For the third year,  we are pleased to continue a special CME segment on Tuesday and Wednesday that is directed toward our Advanced Practice Provider attendees, nurse practitioners and other allied professional colleagues in Urology. We encourage you to register the non-MD professionals in your practice and have them attend.

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IMG_3688Resident’s Bowl Competition

Each training institution will be represented by one resident who can participate. There will be mixed teams of four residents and the final winning team will represent the Western Section at the AUA’s Annual Meeting Resident Bowl next year. Plan to attend and cheer your favorite team at each of the games!

Game Schedule

Round 1 : 10:15 – 10:45am – Oct. 27

Round 2 : 6:30-7 pm – Oct. 27

Round 3 : 9:45-10:15 am – Oct. 28 (Finals)


IMG_0660Young Urologists and Aspiring Leaders Program

Plan to Attend the Young Urologists Mentorship Mixer and Happy Hour

Monday, Oct. 26, 5:30 to 6:30pm


Moderated by John Lam, MD, AUA Young Urologist Representative for the Western Section AUA



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Surviving after Residency – Learning the Business Side of Practice

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Sunday, October 25, 11:45AM – 1:30PM



The Grand Finale Event:

Round Table Program & Brunch – Do Not Miss!

Round Table Judges with Gong


A creative blend of urological humor, science and oddities combine to make this famous session the trademark Western Section event. We promise you will not be disappointed!
Thursday, October 29, 10:00AM to 1:00PM






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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