Russell B. Carson Memorial Lecture
This lecture memorializes AACU founding member Russell B. Carson and is presented at the Washington Update.
2017 Congressman Neal Dunn, MD
2016 Senator Bill Cassidy, MD
2015 Senator Shelly Moore Capito
2014 Congressman Andy Harris, MD
2013 Congressman Phil Roe, MD
2012 Congressman Tom Price, MD
2011 Congressman Michael C. Burgess, MD
2010 Congressman Charles W. Boustany Jr., MD
2008 Kerry Weems; Acting Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
2007 William G. Plested III, MD; President, American Medical Association
2006 John Tooker, MD; Executive Vice President and CEO, American College of Physicians
2005 Donald J. Palmisano, MD; Immediate-past President, American Medical Association
2004 Robert Laszewski; President, Health Policy and Strategy Associates
2003 Elliot E. Maynard; Justice, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
2002 Noble P. Kheder; Kheder & Associates; Former Director, Michigan Department of Social Services
Russell B. Carson is one of the co-founders of the American Association of Clinical Urologists. Dr. Carson had been active in national Blue Shield affairs during the Fifties and Sixties, and was among those physicians at that time who were displeased about the implications of political incursions into medical practice.
In 1968 at the AUA Meeting in Miami, Carson along with Charles Hoffman invited the AUA Section Presidents and some others who had similar concerns to a breakfast gathering for the purpose of creating an organization whose mission was to provide information about issues affecting socioeconomic and political spheres of our profession, and to influence directly the resolutions of those issues by providing one-on-one communication between urologist and legislator in order to assist in the development of suitable legislation in the best interests of private clinical patient care. The socio-economic and political purpose always was to complement the AUA, not to compete with it. From this meeting, the AACU was born.
Russell Carson had the foresight to know that medicine must be part of the discussion when it comes to policy issues.
Russell Carson, First Urologist In Broward (Orlando Sun-Sentinel, July 17, 2005)