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Attention Young Urologists! − Attend the Young Urologist Forum at the Western Section's Annual Meeting in Monterey Monday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m.!
Department Heads - send this to the Young Urologists in your division.


Meet & Greet Reception and Featured Speaker: Christopher J. Kane MD, FACS, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Surgery Chair, Department of Urology, UCSD

Speaking on: Facing an Uncertain Health Care Market: A View from the Trenches for Young Urologists

Be sure to attend this important forum, RSVP to – mention YU Forum in email. Refreshments served.

Bio: Christopher J. Kane is a specialist in prostate cancer and an expert in robotic and other minimally invasive procedures for urologic surgery. He is internationally recognized for his patient care and research in prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and minimally invasive surgical treatment of urologic diseases and disorders. Dr. Kane is an expert in robotic prostatectomy, open and laparoscopic kidney cancer surgery and bladder and testes cancer surgery. Dr. Kane has authored more than 220 publications and book chapters primarily on prostate cancer risk factors and outcomes, prostate cancer surgery and minimally invasive surgery for prostate and kidney cancer. He has taught laparoscopy and robotic surgery extensively and started the robotic surgery program at UC San Francisco and at the VA Medical Center San Francisco in 2002. He performs over 200 robotic cancer surgeries per year and is highly experienced in nerve sparing robotic prostatectomies, robotic radical cystectomy for bladder cancer and robotic partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer.

Learn more about Christopher J Kane, MD here.
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  Special Offer for WSAUA members — Practice Review
Are you concerned about diminishing reimbursements? Time to take action and give your practice a check up!
1) Take advantage of the complimentary Practice Analysis.
2) See how you can prepare for the Affordable care Act.
From production and reimbursement to coding and A/R, find out where you are and what you can do to take advantage of the changes in healthcare and to protect your practice.

ATTENTION RESIDENTS - Attend the Resident's Luncheon & Program during WSAUA Annual Meeting

Surviving After Residency
Learning the Business Side of Practice Sunday, Nov. 3, 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Presented by: Dr. Jonathan Perley, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Dr. Mark Edney, MD, AUA Galagher Health Policy Scholar, Peninsula Urology Assoc., Maryland, Dr. Eugene Y. Rhee, AUA Galagher Health Policy Scholar, Kaiser San Diego and Dr. David Y. Josephson, Tower Urology Los Angeles

Topics include: How to decide on the right job, Insurance, reimbursement and coding, The economic landscape and how it relates to medicine today, panel discussion with academic and Kaiser Faculty Medical and surgical management of OAB urology patients, Health policy/AUA guidelines and growth strategies involving young urologists. RSVP to to attend.

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Get Involved At The AUA Level
Committee positions available! Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Association Year. Members are encouraged to review the committee qualifications and apply through the Committees webpage on AUA’s website. Deadline to receive applications is Nov. 30, 2013. Questions about AUA Committees may be directed to the Committee & Society Affairs Department at The committees with open positions are: APNPA Education, APNPA Membership, Data, Education Council, Laparoscopic, Robotic & New Surgical Technology, Legislative Affairs, National Medical Student Curriculum, Practice Guidelines, Public Media, Quality Improvement Patient Safety, Urologic Diagnostic and Therapeutic Imaging, and Urologic Video Education.
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More Experts Take The Stage At WSAUA's Monterey Meeting
Keynote Lecture presented by:
Dr. Andrew Vickers, Research Methodologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Craig Comiter, Stanford University, speaking on "Evaluation and Management of Post Prostatectomy Incontinence: Is There Anything New?"

Panel Discussion/Case Management with:
Dr. Sia Daneshmand, USC; Dr. Maxwell Meng, UCSF and Dr. Jonathan Wright, University of WA discuss "High Risk Superficial Bladder Cancer."

Expert Debate with: Dr. Jaime Landman (Partial), UCI, and Dr. Jonathan D. Harper (Radical), University of WA, debate "Radical Versus Partial Nephrectomy."

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Peter R. Carroll, University of California San Francisco, speaking on "Active Surveillance for Early Stage Prostate Cancer — Who Now, Who in the Future"

Panel Discussion presented by:
Dr. Michael Albo, University of California San Diego and Dr. Christian O. Twiss, University of Arizona analyze "Urodynamics: Do They Matter?"

State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Thomas S. Lendvay, Seattle Children's Hospital, speaking on "Surgical Simulation Pre-op, Warm-up: New Credentialing Tools?"

Special Update on AUA Practice Guideline featuring:
Dr. Kirsten L. Greene, University of California San Francisco

Just Added! State of the Art Lecture presented by:
State of the Art Lecture presented by: Sean Stroup, MD, Naval Med. Ctr. San Diego, speaking on "Fluorescent Imaging for Lymph Node Mapping."

Just Added! Young Urologist Forum featuring:
Christopher Kane, MD, Chairman, UCSD Dpt. of Urology & Interim Chair, UCSD, Dpt. of Surgery to presenting "Facing an Uncertain Health Care Market: A View from the Trenches for Young Urologists."

New! State of the Art Lecture presented by:
Dr. Catherine deVries, University of Utah, speaking on "Supporting Urology Development Internationally."

New! State of the Art Lecture
presented by:
Dr. Christopher Amling and Dr. Sandy Srinivas on "Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy vs. Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer."

New! The Changing Economics and Regulation of Health Care
presented by: Dr. Larry Van Horn, MPH, MBA Associate Professor of Management (Economics), Director Office of Sustainable Health Care Finance Vanderbilt School of Medicine

New! State of the Art Lecture
presented by:
Dr. Thomas J. Walsh, University of Washington, speaking on "Testosterone Replacement."

New! Panel Discussion/Case Management
with: Dr. Brian K. Auge, St. Lukes, Boise, Dr. Matthew Dunn, USC, Dr. Blake D. Hamilton, University of Utah, and Dr. Trevor Schuler, University of Alberta discuss the "Management of Difficult Stone Cases."

New! Resident Educational Program
featuring: Dr. Jonathan E. Perley, Harbor UCLA, Dr. Mark T. Edney, Peninsula Urology Associates, Salisbury, Dr. Eugene Y. Rhee, MBA, Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Dr. David Y. Josephson, Tower Urology, Los Angeles

New! Special Update on Important Changes to the Journal of Urology
featuring: Dr. Mike M. Nguyen, MPH, USC


Date Event
Sept. 20 Hotel Reservations — Sellout Expected


The Validity of the Distress Thermometer in Prostate Cancer Populations
MD Linx
The Distress Thermometer (DT) is widely recommended for screening for distress after cancer. However, the validity of the DT in men with prostate cancer and over differing time points from diagnosis has not been well examined. The DT is a valid tool to detect cancer–specific distress, anxiety and depression among prostate cancer patients, particularly close to diagnosis.
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Low Estrogen Levels May Play Role in Hypogonadism
Urology Times
Insufficient estrogen levels in men may be at least partially to blame for symptoms that are often attributed to hypogonadism, according to a recently published study. "This study establishes testosterone levels at which various physiological functions start to become impaired, which may help provide a rationale for determining which men should be treated with testosterone supplements,” said corresponding author Dr. Joel Finkelstein, of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.
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Expulsive Therapy for Stones May Cut Costs
Renal & Urology News
Urologists may want to give patients with acute renal colic a trial of medical expulsive therapy (MET) before recommending early endoscopic stone removal (EESR), a new Canadian study suggests. Patients missed fewer days of work and were less likely to file short-term disability claims after undergoing MET than after having early endoscopic stone removal, researchers reported in a poster presentation at the the 33rd Congress of the Societé Internationale d'Urologie.
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Is There a Relationship Between Severity of Coronary Artery Disease and Severity of Erectile Dysfunction?
MD Linx
Authors evaluated the association between the number of occluded coronary arteries in myocardial infarction (MI) patients with the severity of ED, and investigated the influence of related risk factors in this study group. The severity of ED correlated with the number of occluded vessels documented by coronary angiography, in male patients with acute myocardial infarction. In addition, the presence of hypertension had a significant influence over erectile function only in patients with three–vessel occlusion.
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Detection Bias Could Explain Bladder Cancer Risk in Diabetics
Renal & Urology News
Early detection bias may explain the pattern of increased bladder cancer risk previously reported in patients with Type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online in Diabetes Care. During annual time windows following the index date, the incidence rates and hazard ratios for bladder cancer were calculated.
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3 of 4 Cases of Bladder Cancer Display Mutations in the Same Gene
Science Daily
Researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have discovered that more than 70 percent of bladder tumours display somatic mutations in the TERT gene (telomerase reverse transcriptase). The TERT gene is involved in the protection of DNA and in cellular ageing processes and cancer. These results make this gene the most mutated in these tumours, which represent a serious public health problem in Spain, where the highest rates in the world are registered with 11,200 new cases each year.
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High-Risk Prostate Tumors Not All the Same
Renal & Urology News
Prostate cancer (PCa) patients who have biopsy Gleason scores of 8, 9, or 10 are lumped together as having “high-risk” disease, but they represent individual subgroups with different long-term oncologic outcomes, according to a study by the European Multicenter Prostate Cancer Clinical and Translational research group. In particular, Gleason 8 tumors are associated with a substantially better prognosis after radical prostatectomy (RP) than Gleason 9 and 10 tumors.
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Lift Device For BPH Earns FDA Approval
Urology Times
The FDA authorized the marketing of the UroLift system, the first permanent implant to relieve low or blocked urine flow in men aged 50 years and older with BPH. The UroLift system, manufactured by NeoTract Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., involves the insertion of permanent implants into the prostate to retract the lobes away from the prostatic urethra.
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