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

Ernest Bove, MD
NEAUA President
Ernest Bove, MD
NEAUA President
Greetings from Vermont! We hope you can join us at the 2021 New England Section Annual Meeting in Burlington, Vermont, October 14-16, 2021. This meeting will be the first for the Section in two years, and our leadership and program committee are looking forward to reuniting the Section in the spirit of education, collaboration, and camaraderie. Our small, friendly city of Burlington offers a thriving art scene, museums, a full range of outdoor activities, renowned restaurants, and a welcoming culture. Combined with peak foliage season, Burlington provide the perfect setting to enjoy the beauty of our New England fall season!

Our scientific program coordinators are my good friends, Drs. Martin Gross and Kevan Sternberg, who are planning this year’s meeting. They have assembled three days of programming which will include our traditional scientific abstract sessions and panel discussions, two socioeconomic sessions, and a new interesting case presentations. The interesting case session is designed as an engaging “How I do it,” program and we are excited to offer it this year. We will also be offering an all-day Basic Comprehension Course geared toward Advanced Practice Providers on Saturday October 16th. Our meeting will conclude with our residents, fellows and young urologists networking forum on Saturday afternoon. More

 

By Kevin R. Loughlin MD, MBA, Harvard Medical School

One of the many advantages of living in New England is our traditions. Whether enjoying our extensive coastline during the summer or our beautiful mountains in the winter, the natural beauty of New England is breathtaking.

However, it should not go unnoticed that our New England environment is in some peril and the site of our annual meeting in Vermont serves as an exclamation point to what has been happening to climate in New England.

Figure 2 is a U.S.A. climate map. (2) It dramatically depicts that east of the Mississippi, the areas of most intense climate change are New England, northern Michigan and southern Florida. To emphasize the point further, the site of our annual meeting, Burlington, Vermont, is listed in the top five fastest warming cities in America. (Figure 1) More

 
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The Highlighter Editorial team is seeking content for the following new columns!

  • Member Shout Out! This column will highlight papers recently published by members of NEAUA.
  • Interesting Cases: Submit and share your most interesting case with the Section membership.
  • Let's Get Together: Highlight a recent collaboration and/or seek out partners with which to collaborate on a project.
If you are interested in being featured in the upcoming issue of the Highlighter, please send an email with your contribution to admin@neaua.org.

Content contributions from all practice settings and all professional levels are welcome. If you have other ideas for new columns, suggestions are welcome as well.

 
Reports from the AUA 2021 Advocacy Summit

Toby C. Chai, MD
The 2021 Annual Urology Advocacy (AUA) Summit was held, virtually, several weeks ago. Meeting participants interacted with panel speakers to discuss the four “asks” being brought to our Federal legislators (an “ask” is a statement articulating the expected result to be achieved in a Federal bill). These asks come from the AUA Public Policy Council after much pre-Summit deliberations. The first ask was to permanently expand telehealth through support of House of Representative (HR) Bill 2903 and Senate (S) Bill 1512. These bills eliminate geographic restrictions for patients and expands originating sites to include the home. Telehealth is important for our patients who do not have time, transportation, and/or mobility to come for an in-person visit. The second ask was to address urology shortages in rural areas by supporting HR Bill 944. This bill authorizes the Federal government to pay back a portion of eligible student loans in return for practicing in rural communities experiencing shortages of urologists. The third ask was to support new legislation to better care for our veterans with prostate cancer. We advocated for a bill that would create a national prostate cancer clinical pathway, a national prostate cancer implementation program, and a prostate cancer registry and a research program. The fourth ask was to support current legislative language for a .2 billion (7.5%) budget increase over FY2021 level for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We emphasized that this same percentage increase in NIH budget should be reflected in increased urologic research funding. Summit attendees also participated in multiple separate Zoom meetings with Congressional staffers in healthcare policy for us to advocate for these four asks and to answer questions. If you haven’t participated in the AUA Summit meeting previously, I encourage you to do so. Advocacy is vitally important for our patients and urology. In the increasing complex healthcare landscape, giving a strong unified voice to urology is critical. As the saying goes, “If you are not at the table, then you’re probably on the menu”.

Toby C. Chai, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Urology, Boston University School of Medicine
Chief of Urology, Boston Medical Center

Benjamin Pockros
The 4th Annual Urology Advocacy Summit took place in July, and as a student applying into urology this fall, it was an amazing experience to learn about different opportunities to engage with policy and advocacy during residency. The summit highlighted four agenda items to receive congressional support: 1) H.R. 944 to address urology shortages in rural areas, 2) legislation to develop a national prostate cancer clinical pathway for veterans, 3) CONNECT for Health Act of 2021 to permanently expand telehealth services, and 4) federal funding for urological research. One of the silver linings of our current virtual world is the opportunity to join important discussions while balancing our normal busy days. After a long day learning in the operating room, I was able to jump in a Zoom call with staffers from the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative James McGovern, and Representative Katherine Clark to offer my perspective on why the Summit’s agenda was important for patient care. As a student, the summit was also a great opportunity to network with local faculty who are also interested in advocacy. Dr. Jennifer Yates, Dr. Toby Chai, and Dr. Richard Babayan were all on the call with the office of Senator Warren and passionately sharing their perspectives. The 5th Annual Urology Advocacy Summit is slated for March 14-16, 2022, in Washington, DC, and I’m looking forward to learning more about advocacy in person. As said by Dr. Ashish Jha, the Summit's keynote speaker, “Advocate for evidence, science, and data like we practice the craft of medicine.”

Benjamin Pockros
Medical Student, Tufts Medical School

Jennifer Yates, MD
The AUA approached the Advocacy Summit this year with a creative series of events that capitalized on the virtual meeting milieu. July was “Advocacy Month” and included a number of lectures and events geared toward a diverse group of Urologists. This included events for our urology trainees to involve them early in urology advocacy. Attendees of the Advocacy Summit participated in a series of interactive online lectures that covered topics including the urology workforce shortages, telemedicine, urologic research funding, and Veteran’s prostate cancer care. These topics were then discussed during the virtual Hill visits with lawmakers and congressional staff. In addition, Dr. Ashish Jha delivered the Keynote speech, discussing the impact of COVID on our practice of medicine. The NEAUA was fortunate to be represented by several trainees, including Benjamin Pockros and Marietherese Valovska, and Andrea Balthazar MD.

Jennifer Yates, MD
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Academic Affairs
Residency Program Director
University of Massachusetts Medical School

 
Consider a donation to the Section Education Fund!

The Section would like to recognize the following 2021 donors who have generously contributed to the Section Education Fund. For the smallest of all the Sections, New England has always been and continues to be one of the strongest!

Peter Albertsen
Richard Alexander
Philip Ayvazian
Richard Babayan
Paula Bellin
Jared Bieniek
Robert Blute
Peter Bosco
Ernest Bove
Anthony Caldamone
George Canellakis
David Chalmers
Anurag Das
Jennifer Davila-Aponte
Morice Dennery
Anthony DiStefano
Stephen Eyre
Scott Fabozzi
Adam Feldman
Frederic Fernholz
Michael Flanagan
Stephen Gallo
Francis Garofalo
Evangelos Geraniotis
Michael Grant
David Green
Martin Gross
Brooke Harnisch
Robert Hartnett
Matthew Hayn
Mark Hirschhorn
Liam Hurley
Mark Katz
Kevin Killeen
Brian Kowal
Jeffrey Lamont
Michael Lee
Lori Lerner
Francis McGovern
Rachel Moses
York Moy
Edward Myer
Michael O'Leary
Aria Olumi
Joshua Pagar
Sagar Phatak
Mark Preston
Steven Previte
Anthony Quinn
Jeffrey Ranta
Jose Reyes
Craig Rinder
Benjamin Ristau
Ossama Sakr
Stephen Schiff
Steven Schoenberger
John Seigne
Leonard Shaker
Tim Siegrist
Mitchell Sokoloff
Stephen St Clair
Jonathan Starkman
Joshua Stein
Peter Steinberg
William Swanson
Arthur Tarantino
Veronica Triaca
G. Thomas Trono
Joseph Wagner
Hsi Yang Wu
Joseph Yared
Jennifer Yates
Michael Zachareas
Jacob Zamstein
Max K. Willscher, M.D. Memorial
Fund for Urological Research

Peter Albertsen
Richard Alexander
Philip Ayvazian
Richard Babayan
Paula Bellin
Jared Bieniek
Robert Blute
Peter Bosco
Ernest Bove
Anthony Caldamone
George Canellakis
David Chalmers
Anurag Das
Jennifer Davila-Aponte
Morice Dennery
Anthony DiStefano
Stephen Eyre
Scott Fabozzi
Adam Feldman
Frederic Fernholz
Michael Flanagan
Stephen Gallo
Francis Garofalo
Evangelos Geraniotis
Michael Grant
David Green
Martin Gross
Brooke Harnisch
Robert Hartnett
Matthew Hayn
Mark Hirschhorn
Liam Hurley
Mark Katz
Kevin Killeen
Brian Kowal
Jeffrey Lamont
Michael Lee
Lori Lerner
Francis McGovern
Rachel Moses
York Moy
Edward Myer
Michael O'Leary
Aria Olumi
Joshua Pagar
Sagar Phatak
Mark Preston
Steven Previte
Anthony Quinn
Jeffrey Ranta
Jose Reyes
Craig Rinder
Benjamin Ristau
Ossama Sakr
Stephen Schiff
Steven Schoenberger
John Seigne
Leonard Shaker
Tim Siegrist
Mitchell Sokoloff
Stephen St Clair
Jonathan Starkman
Joshua Stein
Peter Steinberg
William Swanson
Arthur Tarantino
Veronica Triaca
G. Thomas Trono
Joseph Wagner
Hsi Yang Wu
Joseph Yared
Jennifer Yates
Michael Zachareas
Jacob Zamstein
Max K. Willscher, M.D. Memorial Fund for Urological Research

The New England Section Education Fund was created to ensure longevity of Section educational activities despite the future landscape of healthcare, politics, and industry. Make your donation today!

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!

 
AACU Government Relations and Advocacy Update

Based on a partnership between the New England Section of the AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU) the following provides updates on legislative processes and issues affecting urologists. Contact the AACU government affairs office at 847-517-1050 or info@aacuweb.org for more information, or with comments or suggestions.

 

 
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