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AUA2019 At a Glance


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Program Information

Learn more about this year's meeting schedule, including information on educational sessions and speakers.

Saturday, May 4

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Reception will be held from 4 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 5

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, May 6

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

AUA2019 Leadership

Robert C. Flanigan, MD, FACS

Robert C. Flanigan, MD, FACS
AUA President

Robert C. Flanigan, MD, FACS, is the Albert J. Speh Jr. and Claire R. Speh Professor and Chair of the Department of Urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Flanigan has been Department Chair since 1986. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine before completing his residencies in urology and general surgery at CWRU Affiliated Hospitals in 1978. He is board certified in both urology and surgery. After residency, he served in the U.S. Air Force for two years and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. He then began his academic career at the University of Kentucky before accepting a position at Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Flanigan is very involved in basic and clinical research. He has made over 430 contributions to the medical literature, including 285 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 73 book chapters. His primary research interests are in the area of urologic oncology, especially renal and prostate carcinoma. His research work with cytoreductive nephrectomy has dramatically changed practice patterns in advanced renal cancer. Most recently, his laboratory's work has focused on the relationship between prostate cancer, prostatic fatty acid levels and obesity. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Contribution Award of the Society of Basic Urologic Research.

Organized Urology leadership is an important part of Dr. Flanigan's career. He has served as President of the North Central Section of the AUA, the American Board of Urology, the Society of Urologic Oncology, the Society of University Urologists, the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and was founder and first President of the Society of Urologic Chairpersons and Program Directors. In 2011, he completed a five-year term as AUA Secretary, during which he directed the development of the first Core Curriculum for Urology and also initiated the Global Philanthropic Committee that has funded two successful urologic education projects in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2011, the AUA created the Robert C. Flanigan Education Award to be presented every three years to an individual that made exemplary contributions to the educational goals of the AUA. In 2017, he was awarded the AUA's highest honor, the Ramon Guiteras Award, for outstanding contributions to the art and science of urology as a surgeon, educator, leader and investigator, most notably in the field of uro-oncology. He has been a member of the AUA since 1982.

Manoj Monga, MD, FACS

Manoj Monga, MD, FACS
AUA Secretary

Dr. Manoj Monga is the Director of the Stevan Streem Center for Endourology and Stone Disease at the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, he was the Joseph Sorkness professor and vice chair of Urologic Surgery and director of Endourology & Stone Disease at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Monga received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed his residency at Tulane University School of Medicine. He is recognized as an international authority in endourology and stone disease, and has acted as a visiting professor at many of the major medical centers in the United States. In 2007, Dr. Monga was awarded the Endourology Society "Arthur Smith Young Innovators' Award," and has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. His research has focused on the evaluation and design of medical devices related to endourology. He has been an invited speaker in India, Thailand, Brazil, Italy, Greece, Mexico, China, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

Dr. Monga serves on numerous AUA committees, including the Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Committee, Abstract Committee, and Urology Care Foundation's Outreach Committee, and served as chair of the North Central Section's Education Committee. In addition, Dr. Monga served as the treasurer of the Ohio Urological Society and a member of the American Board of Urology Exam Committee, and is past-president of both the Minnesota Urological Society and the Engineering & Urology Society. Dr. Monga is the section editor of the Journal of Endourology and serves on several other editorial boards, including the Indian Journal of Urology and the International Brazilian Journal of Urology. Dr. Monga has been a member of the AUA since 1997.

Victor W. Nitti, MD

Victor W. Nitti, MD
AUA Education Chair

Victor W. Nitti, MD, is Professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Shlomo Raz Chair in Urology as well as the chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS) and the fellowship director for that ACGME accredited program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Prior to coming to UCLA, Dr. Nitti was Professor of Urology and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice Chairman of Urology at New York University Langone Medical Center where he was also the FPMRS fellowship director.

Dr. Nitti is a graduate of the University of Rochester and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He complete urology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY and then completed a fellowship in female urology, neurourology and reconstructive urology at UCLA.

Dr. Nitti served on the faculty at SUNY Brooklyn before joining the faculty of NYU from 1995-2018. He is an authority in urodynamic techniques, medical and surgical therapies for urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, female pelvic reconstructive surgery and voiding dysfunction. He has authored over 170 peer-reviewed articles as well and over 70 book chapters on these subjects. He is the editor of two text books: Practical Urodynamics, published by W. B. Saunders and Vaginal Surgery for the Urologist published by Elsevier. He has presented his research at national and international meetings and has been invited as a visiting professor and participated in postgraduate courses throughout the world. In 2015 he was the recipient of the AUA's Victor Politano Award for expertise and contributions in urodynamics, medical and surgical therapies for urinary incontinence, female pelvic reconstruction and voiding dysfunction.

Dr. Nitti is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Board of Urology (ABU) and a member of the American Urological Association (AUA), the Society for Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU), The American Urogynecologic Society (AUGS), the International Continence Society (ICS) and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th International Consultation on Incontinence (ICI). He is a past president of SUFU (2010-2012) and the current president of the SUFU Foundation. He served on the board of directors for the New York Section of the American Urological Association and was the organization's Secretary from 2017-2018. Dr. Nitti currently holds the position of Chair, American Urological Association Office of Education and is the Secretary of the New York Section of the AUA. He serves on the combined FPMRS Committee of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology/American Board of Urology. Dr. Nitti is on the editorial boards of Neurourology and Urodynamics, the Journal of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, and the International Urogynecology Journal.