Dr. Benjamin Lee, Professor and Chief of Urology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine (UA-COM), played an integral role during the 2017 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, which took place in Boston, MA on May 12-16th, and hosted over 16.000 attendees from around the world. Dr. Lee acted as a moderator at a plenary session on Kidney Cancer Robotic Surgery, and as a director for a post-graduate course titled, Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Comprehensive Course of Surgical & Medical Management for High Risk Disease. From Robotic Partial Nephrectomy, Complication Management to Targeted Therapy New Paradigms for Treatment.
Dr. Lee has many published manuscripts, including some on identifying methods of decreasing recurrence of cancer; and explanations why the immune system may be activated differently following laparoscopy compared to open surgery. He has developed nanotechnology applications in urologic disease as well as studies into preserving kidney function during laparoscopic & robotic kidney surgery. Dr. Lee's research has been recognized by awards from the American Urological Association, The Endourological Society and Urology Journal. He was awarded the prestigious Arthur Smith Award in 2008 for his contributions to the discipline of robotics, laparoscopy, and minimally invasive surgery.
The UA-COM Director of Female Urology, Pelvic Medicine, & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Christian Twiss, took his expertise in vaginal reconstructive surgery to the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting. There he debated in the AUA crossfire concerning Vaginal Mesh removal by Radical Mashectomy. Dr. Twiss’ research interests include outcomes in pelvic reconstructive surgery, incontinence, urodynamics, interstitial cystitis and vaginal prolapse treatment. Dr. Twiss is a multi-year recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctor Award 2013-2016. Dr. Twiss' work on treatment of pelvic organ prolapse is published in the April 2017 Journal of Urology; he and Urology Resident Dr. Frank Lin, both presented on it at the meeting.
Congratulations to the Division of Urology in doing an excellent job in representing our institution at this world renowned meeting. Illustrated below are the attendance statistics for the 2017 AUA Annual Meeting.