Sushil S. Lacy, MD President
Dennis A. Pessis, MD, FACS, President-Elect
Sushil S. Lacy, MD, has been a faculty member at the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1970. Dr. Lacy currently serves as a clinical professor of urology, and is in private practice in Lincoln, NE, with seven other urologists. He received his medical degree from Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, and completed his post-graduate general surgery residency at King George's Medical College in Lucknow, India. Dr. Lacy conducted his vascular surgery fellowship at Duke University and his urology residency training at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Lacy has served on the AUA Board of Directors and several AUA committees. He presently serves on the Urology Care Foundation Development Council and is a mentor in the AUA Leadership Program. Dr. Lacy has served as a member of the Board of Directors for UROPAC, the Nebraska Clinician's Group and the American Association of Clinical Urologists (AACU). He also served as president of the AACU, South Central Section of the AUA, and the Nebraska Urological Association (NUA) and NUA Foundation. Dr. Lacy has been a member of the AUA since 1973.
Datta G. Wagle, MD, Immediate Past-President
Dr. Pessis is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Chicago Medical School. He completed his urological residency in 1978 at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. Dr. Pessis joined the Rush faculty following his residency, earning the rank of professor in 2003. He also currently serves as Associate Chairman of the Department of Urology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. Dr. Pessis has more than 20 publications and 100 presentations to his credit, spanning the full spectrum of urologic conditions. He has held numerous positions with local, regional and national medical societies, including the AUA and the North Central Section, for which he served as Treasurer (1999-2004), President (2006-2007) and on countless committees. Dr. Pessis has been a member of the AUA since 1982.
Gopal H. Badlani, MD, Secretary
Dr. Wagle is currently the chief of urology at both St. Joseph Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY. He received his urology training at Roswell Park Memorial Institute and the Cleveland Clinic after receiving his medical degree from Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Wagle has served as president for the American Association of Clinical Urologists, the Northeastern Section of the AUA, New York State Urological Society, Medical Society of the County of Erie, St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Staff and the Buffalo Urological Society. He is a member of 21 national and international organizations and has served on 15 different medical boards and 79 various committees. Dr. Wagle received the Northeastern Section of the AUA's Distinguished Service Award in 1999. He has authored over 100 publications including journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Wagle has been a member of the AUA since 1973.
Richard A. Memo, MD Treasurer
Gopal H. Badlani, MD, is currently professor of urology, vice chair of clinical affairs, and director of the Urogynecology Regenerative Medicine Program at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Badlani was president of the New York Section of the AUA and has served on numerous AUA committees, including the Bylaws, Section Secretaries and Annual Program committees. He is the former president of the Endourological Society and the Association of Indian Urologists in North America. In addition, Dr. Badlani has served on the boards of the International Volunteers in Urology, the National Kidney Foundation, and the Society of Female Urology & Urodynamics, to name a few. He has held numerous editorial appointments throughout his career and is currently managing editor of both the Journal of Endourology and the Journal of Videourology. Dr. Badlani is a renowned expert in voiding dysfunction, specifically related to urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse in women, male incontinence from prostate surgery and neurological disease. He has completed a number of trials for new minimally invasive treatments for benign prostate obstruction. Dr. Badlani completed his urological training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York and a fellowship at Baylor University in 1983. He has been a member of the AUA since 1986.
Richard A. Memo, MD is a practicing urologist at NEO Urology Associates, Inc. in Youngstown, OH. Currently, Dr. Memo serves on the AUA Compensation Committee. He was president-elect of the North Central Section in 2000. In addition, he was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as past president of the Ohio Urological Society. Dr. Memo has been an AUA member since 1981.
John H. Lynch, MD, Mid-Atlantic
David F. Green, MD, FACS New England
John H. Lynch, MD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, and has served as program director there for the past 19 years. Dr. Lynch received his medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed his urology residency. In 2009, Dr. Lynch was inducted into Georgetown University Medical Center's MAGIS Society of Master Teachers. He has authored more than 125 publications and abstracts and has delivered more than 150 presentations in the area of urologic oncology. Dr. Lynch previously served on the AUA Practice Guidelines Committee and the Education Council and helped develop the AUA online Ethics Curriculum. He is also a fellow in the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and serves on the Credentials Committee of the Washington Chapter of the ACS. Dr. Lynch has served numerous roles in local and regional urological or medical organizations, including the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA. He is also a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Society of University Urologists and serves on the Executive Committee of the Society of Urology Chairs and Program Directors. Dr. Lynch has been a member of the AUA since 1981.
Pramod C. Sogani, MD, New York
Dr. Green is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate training in urology at Yale University. Following his residency, Dr. Green was an AUA Scholar and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Yale. Dr. Green is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, a Member in the American College of Physician Executives and a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology. Currently, Dr. Green is senior partner at Concord Hospital's Center for Urologic Care in Concord, NH, where he has practiced since 1987. Dr. Green is also the Chief Medical Officer at Concord Hospital, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School. Over the past two decades Dr. Green has served in several capacities with the New England Section (State Representative, Secretary, President and AUA Long Range Planning Committee) and the AUA (Bylaws, Manpower and Public Relations Committees). Dr. Green has been a member of the AUA since 1987.
Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, FACS, North Central
Dr. Sogani is a professor of clinical oncology at Cornell University Medical College and an attending surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has served as treasurer and president of the New York Section of the AUA and is a member of 25 national and international medical societies. He is a fellow of American College of Surgeons and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as the recipient of the 2006 John K. Lattimer Award of Excellence in Urology. Dr. Sogani earned his medical degree from MGM Medical College in India and has been a member of the AUA since 1983.
Kevin Pranikoff, MD, Northeastern
Stephen Y. Nakada, MD, is the Uehling Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, WI. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his residency training at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Dr. Nakada went on to complete his endourology fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO, prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1995. Dr. Nakada has been the chairman of urology in Madison since 2001.
Dr. Nakada's research focuses on ureteral physiology, urolithiasis and minimally invasive urology. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications in these areas. Dr. Nakada is an associate editor for Urology, an editorial consultant for Urology Times and an assistant editor of the Journal of Endourology. Dr. Nakada has served numerous roles in regional and national organizations, including the Wisconsin Urologic Society, North Central Section of the AUA and the Endourological Society. He served on both the Staghorn Stone and the Ureteral Stones Guidelines Committees; the AUA/ABU Examination Committee; and served as the chair of the AUA Laparoscopy & Robotic Surgery Committee. Dr. Nakada has been an AUA member since 1997.
J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, South Central
Dr. Pranikoff is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Florida Medical School. After two years of general surgical training at the Jewish Hospital of Saint Louis at Washington University and two years in the navy, Dr. Pranikoff completed his urology residency in 1979 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Dr. Pranikoff is an Associate Professor of Urology and Rehabilitation Medicine and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University at Buffalo. He also serves as Clinical Director of Urology at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. His clinical and research interests include neurourology, urologic trauma and reconstructive urology and geriatric urology. Dr. Pranikoff has served in countless leadership roles for local, regional and national professional organizations, including the Northeastern Section of the AUA (Secretary, President-elect and President). He has been a member of the AUA since 1981.
Dennis D. Venable, MD, Southeastern
J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, is a professor and the William L. Valk Chair of the Department of Urology, as well as the co-director of operative services at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. Dr. Thrasher received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed his internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and urology residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He subsequently completed a urologic oncology fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Thrasher has held numerous leadership roles within the AUA, including president of the South Central Section, Kansas state representative to the Board of Directors of the South Central Section, vice chair of the AUA Prostate Cancer Guidelines Panel, chair of the Public Media Committee and mentor for the AUA Leadership Program. He has also served as chair of the Fellowship Committee for the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), and is currently the secretary of the SUO and a chair of the Metropolitan Kansas City Committee on Applicants of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Dr. Thrasher is a fellow of the ACS and was recently appointed a trustee of the American Board of Urology. Dr. Thrasher has been a member of the AUA since 1994.
Jeffrey E. Kaufman, MD, FACS, Western
Dennis D. Venable, MD, currently serves as the B. E. Trichel Endowed Professor and chairman of urology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport (LSUHSC-S), where he also served from 1981-2010 as the program director for the Urology Residency Training Program. Dr. Venable has been an active member of the Southeastern Section of the AUA (SESAUA) since the early 1980s and has served the Section in several leadership roles, including secretary from 2003 to 2006, and president from March 2007 to April 2008. He was a Louisiana representative to the SESAUA Board of Directors and was subsequently elected chairman of the Committee on Education and Science. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Venable served as an SESAUA Representative to the editorial board of The Journal of Urology®
. He was appointed as one of the associate editors of AUANews
in 2009 and also currently serves on the editorial board of the AUA Update Series. Dr. Venable has held leadership positions with the Society of University Urologists and the Society of Urology Chairpersons and Program Directors. In addition, from 2001-2007, Dr. Venable served as a member of the Urology Residency Review Committee, and is currently on the ACGME Appeals Panel for Urology.
Dr. Venable received his medical degree as an AOA honor graduate from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, and obtained his urology residency training at Confederate Memorial Medical Center and LSU Medical Center - Shreveport. He obtained post-graduate fellowship training in voiding dysfunction and urodynamics at Christchurch Hospital and Medical School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Dr. Venable has been an AUA member since 1984.
Jeffrey Kaufman, MD, is the chair of urology at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, CA, and assistant clinical professor of urology/surgery at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Dr. Kaufman obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California and received his urology training at the University of California, San Diego. Following a urology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Michigan, he returned to California, where he entered into private practice and joined the UCI teaching faculty. He has served as urology department chair at each of his local hospitals, as well as chief of staff at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, CA, from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Kaufman has served as president of both the California Urologic Association and, most recently, the American Association of Clinical Urologists. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Kaufman developed a deep interest in health policy and has held many leadership positions. He served on the board of directors of UROPAC, urology's political action committee, and has been a member or chairman of the Orange County Medical Association's Public Policy and Ethics Committee for more than 25 years. In addition, Dr. Kaufman has been a member of the AUA Health Policy Committee for many years and has chaired the Health Policy Committee of the Western Section of the AUA since 2003. He has also represented California's urologists to the state's Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee since 1997. Dr. Kaufman has been an AUA member since 1985.