Dear SCS colleagues,
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as President of the South Central Section for 2018 - 2019. We have a very active and dynamic section which takes a leadership role in many different aspects of organized urology. This was certainly in evidence with the broad participation by section members and wide array of topics during the 97th annual meeting held in Nashville, Tennessee this past September. Dr. Tim Langford and his wife Terri did a marvelous job in hosting the meeting and arranging the excellent social events. The Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame was a terrific venue for our evening dinner event with great food and live music. I certainly enjoyed exploring the museum and seeing all of the photographs, musical instruments, costumes, Grammy Awards, gold records, and other memorabilia on display.
I continue to get great feedback on all aspects of the meeting including the scientific sessions, our guest speakers, panels and breakout sessions, and the social events. We were particularly pleased to be joined throughout the meeting by current AUA President Dr. Robert Flanigan and his wife Joan. In addition to his AUA Presidential address, Dr. Flanigan presented an outstanding summary of past and present research and treatments for advanced kidney cancer. It was a pleasure to hear such a concise summary of the science in this area from one of the world experts.
We were excited to welcome several prominent guests who are each experts in their specific fields in urology. Drs. Kathleen Kobashi and Todd Morgan respectively gave state of the art lectures on the recent AUA guidelines on surgical treatment of stress urinary incontinence and muscle invasive bladder cancer. These were each followed by panel discussions of complex cases on these topics. Dr. Dmitriy Nikolavsky was our invited speaker for his AUA Course of Choice on urologic practice for transgender care, which was also followed by a panel discussion. Dr. David Penson delivered a thought-provoking Presidential lecture entitled ‘Is Value-Based Purchasing for Real or Just Another Health Policy Buzzword?’ Dr. Timothy Langford focused his Presidential address on his group’s highly successful collaborative practice with physician assistant and nurse practitioners’ colleagues.
Other sessions included critical discussions on neurogenic bladder and sexual dysfunction, a point-counterpoint debate on focal therapy for localized prostate cancer, and lectures on complex genitourinary trauma, transitioning from pediatric to chronic adult care, and the intersection of pain management in urologic practice and the national opioid crisis. Breakout sessions on pediatric urology, VA and military service urology, academic urology and residency education, and clinical trials were quite popular. As always, the health policy presentations were provocative and provided current updates on issues that influence all of our practices. Many thanks to all of our speakers, moderators, prize winners, judges, industry partners, and others who contributed so much to the meeting.
The 98th annual meeting of the South Central Section will be held September 25 – 28, 2019 at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For many years it has been one of our section’s favorite venues for the annual meeting, and for good reason. Besides top-rate accommodations and service at The Broadmoor, the Colorado Springs area has majestic natural scenery and many exciting attractions for visitors. The scientific meeting this year is being chaired by Dr. James Cummings, and I know that he and the Program Committee have already been working to plan what I am sure will be another very successful program.
As I write this message, Thanksgiving week is upon us and the other end of the year holidays are fast approaching. I am grateful for the many colleagues and friends who are part of our urologic community. My special thanks to Dr. Tim Langford for his friendship and guidance during this past year. I appreciated the ability to call on him for advice throughout this process. I also appreciate the members of the Program Committee and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for helping make my year as Scientific Program Chair go so smoothly. Many thanks to the team at WJ Weiser and Associates for all of their hard work in organizing the meeting and other work of running the SCS all year long. I also thank my husband, Michael Miklovic, for his constant support.
As 2018 draws to a close, I hope all of you will take time to step back and reflect on this past year, and look toward the future. I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming meeting next fall in Colorado Springs.
Tomas L. Griebling, MD, MPH
President, South Central Section of the AUA, Inc.