What is the current status of the Urology Care Foundation, and where is it going in the future?
I think the current leadership has been great. Dr. Rich Memo has done an outstanding job trying to make the foundation as independent as possible, and he’s done great on the patient education side. Dr. John Lynch has done a really good job there in terms of increasing funds, philanthropy, and outreach. On the research side, Dr. Aria Olumi is doing an excellent job as well.
Is the AUA Board of Directors comfortable standing back a little and letting the foundation have more independence and self-direction?
The Urology Care Foundation is not ready for financial independence, but it continues under strong leadership to grow and expand its philanthropy, patient education, and support for research. We have a lot of confidence in what the foundation has done, and it will just get better.
What take-home message do you have for the members of the AUA?
I really want to unite urology. I want to increase the lines of communication. We have already started setting up meetings with the larger subspecialty societies. We are listening more than we’re talking. We want to know what we are doing well, how we can do better, and how we can support you and your society.
I don’t think we should be rowing in different directions. We’re a very small specialty, and we need to unite to maintain our strength and our voice. Opening the lines of communication and doing a better job of uniting the specialties are my primary goals. If I can accomplish that by the time I finish my term, I would feel great about it.
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