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Last update: September 27, 2013 (please check back regularly)
Dress code for moderators and presenters: Business casual

Enjoy a wide variety of content and styles: Offered are Poster Sessions, Exam Prep Courses, Practice Management Workshops, Health Policy Forum, Debates, Panels, Discussions, Interactive Sessions, our DVD Surgi-Session, Expert Lectures, Tricks of the Trade, Commercial Exhibits, Industry Symposium, Recreational Activities, the Round Table Program, the inaugural Resident’s Bowl, and lots of time for networking with friends, speakers and industry innovators.

 Program approved for a maximum of 36.25 CME credits

State of the Art Lectures, Debates & Discussions

State of the Art Lecture

Evaluation and Management of Post Prostatectomy Incontinence: Is There Anything New?
Dr. Craig Comiter, Stanford University
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 7:30AM

Panel Discussion/Case Management

High Risk Superficial Bladder Cancer
Sia Daneshmand, MD, USC
Maxwell Meng, MD, UCSF
Jonathan Wright, MD, Univ. of WA
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 2:03PM

Expert Debate

Radical Versus Partial Nephrectomy
Jonathan D. Harper, MD, Univ. of WA (Radical)
Jaime Landman, MD, UCI
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 3:45PM
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State of the Art Lecture

Active Surveillance for Early Stage Prostate Cancer – Who Now, Who in the Future?
Peter R. Carroll, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 8:50AM

Panel Discussion

Urodynamics: Do They Matter?
Michael Albo, MD, Univ. of California San Diego
Christian O. Twiss, MD, Univ. of Arizona
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 9:14AM
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State of the Art Lecture

Surgical Simulation Pre-op, Warm-up: New Credentialing Tools?
Thomas S. Lendvay, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 4:58PM

State of the Art Lecture

Testosterone Replacement
Thomas J. Walsh, MD, Univ. of Washington
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 2:15PM

State of the Art Lecture

Fluorescent Imaging for Lymph Node Mapping
Sean Stroup, MD, Naval Medical Center San Diego
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 4:35PM

Panel Discussion/Case Management

Management of Difficult Stone Cases
Brian K. Auge, MD, St. Lukes, Boise
Matthew Dunn, MD, USC
Blake D. Hamilton, MD, Univ. of Utah
Trevor Schuler, MD, Univ. of Alberta
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 11:33AM
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Survival After Residency Course

Jonathan E. Perley, MD, Harbor UCLA
Mark T. Edney, MD, Peninsula Urology, Salisbury, MD
Eugene Y. Rhee, MD, MBA, Kaiser San Diego
David Y. Josephson, MD. Tower Urology, Los Angeles
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, 11:15AM


Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy vs. Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
Christopher Amling, MD
Sandy Srinivas, MD
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 3:08PM
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State of the Art Lecture

Supporting Urology Development Internationally
Catherine deVries, MD, University of Utah
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 12:00PM

State of the Art Lecture

New Treatments for Advanced Prostate Cancer
Fred Millard, MD, University of California, San Diego
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 9:42AM

Special Update on AUA Practice Guidelines

Kirsten L. Greene, MD, Univ. of California San Francisco
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, 2:30PM

The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care

Larry Van Horn, PhD, MPH, MBA
Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, 12:00PM
 Larry Van Horn Featured guest speaker
at the Health Policy Forum & Luncheon
on Sunday, Nov. 3

Special Update on Important Changes to the Journal of Urology

Mike M. Nguyen, MD, MPH, USC
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, 11:25AM

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

Director: Chris Porter, M.D., Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA 
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.

Monday: November 4, 2013

Course #1 – BPH

J. Kelly Parsons, MD, UCSD & Alan So, MD, Univ. of British Columbia

  • Epidemiology, natural history, and diagnosis
  • Evidence-based principles of medical management
  • Evidence-based principles of minimally-invasive and surgical management
  • Case discussions: practical approaches to common problems

Course #2 – Urologic Trauma and Reconstruction

Allen Morey, MD, UT Southwestern, Daniel Dugi, MD, Oregon Health Sci. Univ. & Jeremy B. Myers, MD, Univ. of Utah

  • Upper Tract Trauma
  • Lower Tract Trauma/Genital Trauma
  • GU Trauma Case Discussions

Course #3 – Testis Cancer

Sia Daneshmand, MD, USC, Craig Nichols, MD, Virginia Mason Med. Ctr. & Chris Porter, MD, Virginia Mason Med. Ctr.

  • Management of Stage 1 Germ Cell Tumors
  • Management of Disseminated Germ Cell Tumor

Course #4 – Advanced Ureteroscopy

Michael Conlin, MD, OHSU, Duane Baldwin, MD, Loma Linda Univ. Med. Ctr. & Brian Duty, MD, Oregon Health Sci. Univ.

  • Ureteroscopic Instrumentation and Challenging Access
  • The Complex Stone Patient
  • Ureteroscopy for Transitional Cell Carcinoma



Robert V. Day (Keynote) Lecture
Andrew Vickers, PhD

Research Methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr Andrew Vickers

PSA: how a great marker turned into a public health fiasco (and how to turn it back)

PSA is often described in terms of a “controversy” as to whether or not to screen. But PSA screening isn’t a single intervention, like 250mg of Aspirin, it can be implemented in different ways. The question of whether screening does more good than harm therefore depends on the way in which we screen. There is little doubt that the unsystematic way in which PSA was introduced in the US has led to a set of suboptimal screening practices that have led to definite harm and questionable benefit. We can screen better based on a set of very simple principles: don’t screen men who won’t benefit; don’t biopsy unless without very good reason; don’t treat low-risk disease; if you have to treat, do so at a high-volume center.

Plan to hear this presentation on Wednesday, November 6 at approx. 11am.

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Health Policy Forum and Practice Management Courses

Sunday, November 3, 2013
(Included in your registration fee)


Program Directors:

Jeffrey E. Kaufman, M.D., Chairman, WSAUA Health Policy Committee, Past-President AACU & CUA
Eugene Y. Rhee, M.D., MBA, President, California Urological Association
2013 AUA Gallagher Health Policy Scholar, Past President, San Diego Urologic Society



At this years’ WSAUA Health Policy Forum, we will provide many of the answers to your questions about where medical care is going and how you can best adapt to coming changes.

Health care delivery in America is rapidly changing.  In response to PPACA, many new programs are being piloted as we transition from a fee-for-volume system to one based on fee-for-value.  Urologists in practice for many years are adapting to the use of electronic health records and electronic prescriptions and getting used to quality audits of their performance by responding to PQRS questions.  They are making decisions about joining an ACO or subcontracting with a medical home, accepting bundled payments or assuming risk-sharing in return for shared savings reimbursement.  Many have simply given up and taken an employment position with a large medical group or hospital chain.   Others are planning for early retirement but are not yet sure of the optimal time to get out.   Residents graduating from training programs are more often than not making the decision to stay in academic medical practices or going straight to an employed position.  Few are electing to join a small group or solo practitioner in private practice.  And yet the pressures impacting these choices are not well understood by most.

As we have in the past, we’ll start off with updates on medical payment policies and Medicare updates from Mark Painter, PRS expert on coding and reimbursement, and Arthur Lurvey MD, the Medicare medical director for California.  A new view on how AUA guidelines may be incorporated into your EHR system to improve quality and enhance reporting to payers will be discussed by the 2013 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar and CUA president Eugene Rhee MD.  Our 2013 Health Policy essay contest winners will present a resident’s view on current topics.

In the afternoon, we can look forward to presentations from a leading academic urologist and a private practitioner who has opted to move to an employed position who will both discuss aspects of practice unique to their experience, the challenges and benefits each has derived from choosing their particular style of practice.  This should prompt an intense discussion among attendees about the benefits of various practice models and help you deciding which one fits your needs best.  Our featured speaker, a highly entertaining academic economist from Vanderbilt Dr. Larry Van Horn is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat as he reviews the changing landscape of health care economics and regulation currently underway.  And finally, an update summarizing the dizzying array of new models of health care delivery currently being piloted by public and private payers who are making decisions on how we’ll practice urology for the next 10 years.

If you have any concerns about the changes urologic practices are about to face, if you have any intent on remaining in practice beyond 2014 and if you have any uncertainty at all about where new laws and regulations are taking us, this year’s forum is a must-attend event.  Hope to see you all there.  Jeffrey E. Kaufman, M.D.

Preliminary Program Agenda

Moderated by Jeffrey Kaufman, M.D., Chairman, Health Policy Committee

Morning Practice Management Courses

Top 10 Actions for Urology Practices in 2014
Mark Painter, Physician Reimbursement Systems

Managing Medicare in 2014 and Beyond
Arthur Lurvey, MD, FACP, FACE
Medicare Contractor Medical Director, Noridian Jurisdiction E

One Finger Typing in EHR: Reluctance to Full Adoption-
A look into how guidelines are successfully incorporated within a health care network
Eugene Rhee, MD,MBA,  President, California Urologic Association
2013 AUA Gallagher Health Policy Scholar, Past President, San Diego Urologic Society

Health Policy Essay Contest Presentations
(co-sponsored by the AACU)


Health Policy Forum & Luncheon

Moderated by Jeffrey Kaufman, M.D., Chairman, Health Policy Committee

The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care
Larry Van Horn, PhD, MPH, MBA

Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director
Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance
Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Two Perspectives: The Future of the Employed Urologist
Chris Gonzalez, MD (Academic)
Mark Beaghler, MD (Private to Employed)

The Future of Private Practice
Jeff Frankel, MD

AACU Update
Richard Pelman, M.D., President AACU

Closing Remarks & Evaluations


residentsbowl2013Inaugural Western Section Residents Bowl

For the first time, the WSAUA will start a new tradition of hosting a Residents Bowl at the annual meetings. 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 in Orlando next year. Plan to attend and cheer your favorite team at each of the games!


Game Schedule
Round 1 : 2:40-3 p.m. Nov. 5
Round 2 : 6:30-7 p.m. Nov. 5
Round 3 : 9:30-10 a.m. Nov. 6 (Finals)

Important Dates

  • Presenters File Submission Deadline - September 13
  • Hotel room block cutoff date - September 20
  • Pre-Registration Deadline - October 17



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Boston Scientific

Bostwick Laboratories

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