Drs. Gomella, Thrasher among 2015 AUA honorees

Two advisers to Urology Times are among the 2015 AUA annual award recipients.

Dr. GomellaTwo advisers to Urology Times are among the 2015 AUA annual award recipients.

UT Editorial Council member Leonard G. Gomella, MD, of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, was one of three recipients of the distinguished contribution award. Dr. Gomella was recognized “for contributions to the science and practice of urology and specifically for the ‘Clinicians Pocket Reference,’ widely used by medical students and health care providers,” according to a press release from the AUA. 

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In addition, Urology Times Editorial Consultant J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, of the

Dr. ThrasherUniversity of Kansas, Kansas City, was one of three recipients of the distinguished service award. Dr. Thrasher was recognized “for more than 15 years of outstanding and effective contributions to academic and organized urology through service to the AUA Board of Directors and the South Central Section of the AUA,” according to the AUA.

The staff of Urology Times congratulates Dr. Gomella and Dr. Thrasher for their well-deserved awards. Dr. Gomella, Dr. Thrasher, and their fellow recipients will be honored at the 2015 AUA annual meeting in New Orleans.

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In related news, the AUA also announced the first recipients of the organization’s Data Grant Awards.

Bradley Erickson, MD, of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, and Mitchell Sokoloff, MD, of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, were each awarded a 1-year grant, providing up to $50,000 for population-based, data-driven projects that fill knowledge gaps in urology, the AUA announced in a press release.

“The AUA data grant program supports evidence-based studies on urologic care delivery, workforce development and health policy,” said J. Quentin Clemens, MD, chair of the AUA Data Committee. “The AUA’s support of efforts to examine data in electronic health records and government healthcare databases will describe urologists’ practice patterns and improve patient outcomes.”

Dr. Erickson will evaluate the impact of outreach clinics and physician extenders on the quality of urologic care in rural communities in the United States, while Dr. Sokoloff will study how U.S. primary care providers’ use of PSA screening for prostate cancer has evolved, using time periods defined by the publication of prostate cancer screening trials and changes to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines.

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