AACU, AUA add LUGPA to UROPAC board

October 3, 2012

The AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists have announced a new agreement for UROPAC, the urology political action committee.

The AUA and the American Association of Clinical Urologists have announced a new agreement for UROPAC, the urology political action committee.

The agreement establishes a new seven-member board, which includes equal representation from the AACU and the AUA, as well as the Large Urology Group Practice Association (LUGPA). Under the agreement, each organization will have two representatives, with the UROPAC chair being appointed by the AACU.

The new UROPAC board will be chaired by Gary Kirsh, MD, who is joined by three other officers: Vice Chair James Ulchaker, MD (AUA), Secretary David Green, MD (AUA), and Treasurer Arthur Tarantino, MD (AACU president). Rounding out the board are Jeffrey Frankel, MD (AACU), Deepak Kapoor, MD (LUGPA president), and Peter M. Knapp, MD (LUGPA).

In a press release, the president of each organization praised the agreement.

"The addition of LUGPA to the PAC board will capitalize on the strengths that all three organizations bring to the federal legislative advocacy arena," said Dr. Tarantino.

"We are proud of all AUA and AACU members that have gotten involved with UROPAC," said AUA President Dennis A. Pessis, MD. "We encourage everyone to ensure the future of urology by supporting this political action committee and are pleased with LUGPA’s affiliation with UROPAC."

"We are pleased to make our affiliation with UROPAC official and welcome the new change," said Dr. Kapoor. "This makes it clear that national urological organizations speak in a unified voice on issues that affect patients with genitourinary disease."

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