New England Section of the American Urological Association (NEAUA)
Spring 2021 Issue

Ernest Bove, MD
NEAUA President
Ernest Bove, MD
NEAUA President
Dear members of the New England Section,

Happy Spring! I hope that all of members are enjoying the start of this season of rebirth, renewal, hope and growth. These themes are fitting not only for the Spring season, but for where we are with starting to come out of the pandemic and all that we have learned over the last year. I am optimistic about what the next few months will bring as we look toward the fall with plans for the national AUA and NEAUA Annual Meetings.

We are moving ahead with plans for an in-person New England Section Annual Meeting in Burlington, Vermont to be held October 14-16, 2021. Drs. Martin Gross and Kevan Sternberg are planning this year’s meeting which will include our traditional scientific abstract sessions and panel discussions, two socioeconomic sessions, and new for 2021, interesting case presentations. This new and engaging session is designed to showcase “How I do it” type sessions and we are excited to offer it in 2021. We will also be offering an all-day Basic Comprehension Course geared to Advanced Practice Providers on Saturday October 16th. Our meeting will conclude with our residents, fellows and young urologists networking forum on Saturday afternoon. More

Congratulations to AUA Young Urologist of the Year – Dr. Brian Irwin!

Brian Irwin, MD
Brian Irwin, MD
Dr. Brian Irwin at the University of Vermont Medical Group was identified by the AUA as one of AUA’s Young Urologists of the Year for his mentorship of students, trainees and early-career urologists, particularly as it relates to public policy and advocacy! Dr. Irwin’s involvement in the New England Section over the years includes serving on the Board of Directors, Socioeconomic Committee, and on the Scientific Committee responsible for programming of the Section’s Annual Meeting. Dr. Irwin is a graduate of the 2016-2017 AUA Leadership Program and currently serves as the New England Section Representative to the AUA’s Public Policy Council.

Announcing the New England Section Wyland F. Leadbetter, MD Research Scholar Awardee

Keyan Salari, MD, PhD
Keyan Salari, MD, PhD
Congratulations to Keyan Salari, MD, PhD, who will begin his two-year research award on July 1, 2021! Dr. Salari’s project, titled “Homologous Recombination Deficiency as a Determinant of Prostate Cancer Progression,” will be conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital under the mentorship of Eliezer Van Allen, MD and Adam Feldman, MD, MPH. Dr. Salari proposes to investigate the role of homologous recombination deficiency, a defect in a form of DNA repair known to be important in advanced metastatic setting, in early-stage prostate cancer. Preliminary data suggests that this DNA repair defect occurs early in tumor formation and may be a key distinguishing factor between early-stage tumors that are destined to metastasize compared to those that are indolent. This work has the potential to enhance our ability to reliably identify tumors with lethal potential at an early stage from among the vast number of seemingly indolent tumors, ultimately improving patient care.

Volunteer to be a Co-Editor for the Highlighter!

Are you looking to get involved with the New England Section?
Are you looking to add activities to your CV or future AUA Leadership Program application?
Would you like an outlet for creativity?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider self-nominating to serve as an Co-Editor for the New England Section Highlighter! The Highlighter has been the newsletter publication of the NEAUA for many years, and the leadership is looking for a handful of young member to re-energize the publication and enhance its value to the Section membership.

Serving as a Co-Editor is a great way to participate in Section activities and contribute to a publication in the urology field. Editors will be responsible for collaborating as a team and working with NEAUA staff to release quarterly issues.

To submit a self-nomination to serve as a Highlighter Co-Editor, provide a few sentences expressing your interest
to no later than May 1, 2021.

Consider a donation to the Section Education Fund!

The New England Section Education Fund was created to support NEAUA educational activities in future years. Given recent changes seen in healthcare, politics and industry and knowing there will be more change in the future, the NEAUA leadership established the Fund as a way to ensure longevity of Section education regardless of the landscape. Contributions from the membership will go directly towards the intent of the Education Fund and support educational activity for all members. For the smallest of all the Sections, New England has always been and continues to be one of the strongest. Please consider the New England Section’s Education Fund this year!

The Section Education Fund is part of the New England Section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and its IRS EIN number is 04-2440813. All donations to the Section Education Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Thank you to NEAUA Corporate Members!


Karim J. Hamawy, MD
Karim J. Hamawy, MD
As Historian to the New England AUA, I would like to reflect on the events of 2020. This is a year for many of us to try and forget. However, it is also a year to reflect both on our past and give hope to a brighter future. Below are some thoughts on ancient history and our new modern day society.

At medical schools in the United States, students stand together and recite the Hippocratic Oath before officially beginning their careers as physicians. The Oath preserves timeless ethics and values, but it has changed since Hippocrates first wrote it some 2,500 years ago. A modern Hippocratic Oath keeps the original values in place while also meeting the needs of our advanced medical practices and societal values. Today, doctors see the Oath as a promise to uphold the art of medicine and act in patients' interests. More


We are looking forward to the Section’s 2021 Annual Meeting in Burlington!

The preliminary program, housing, and registration are now available online. Visit for more information.

This year the NEAUA is introducing a new session at the Annual Meeting that will highlight challenging cases. Submit your case today. Cases due by May 5, 2021.

Welcome New Members!

Welcome to some of the newest members of the New England Section!

Jason Akerman, MD, Dartmouth Hitchcock Urology
Elise De, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Evan Dunn, MD, Central Maine Health
Zachary Koloff, MD, BS, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Xiaolong Liu, MD, Greater Boston Urology
Courtney Rowe, MD, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Katherine Rotker, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical Center



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