Awards & Lectures

Call for Nominations for the AACU Distinguished Leadership Award

The Award, including a suitable recognition presentation piece, will be selected by the AACU Board of Directors and presented at the AACU Annual Meeting Banquet... Read More

AACU Distinguished Leadership Award The AACU Distinguished Leadership Award recognizes elected officials and executive-level appointees who support the organization’s priorities and the interests of the urologic community before state government.


    Heather Carter, PhD (2018)

    The Honorable Heather Carter, PhD, is a Member of the Arizona House of Representatives, where she is the Chairperson of the House Health Committee, and a member of the... read more

    Gregory F. Murphy, MD, FACS (2017)

    The Honorable Gregory F. Murphy, MD, FACS, was appointed to the North Carolina House of Representatives in October 2015 and secured the seat himself in the next election... read more

    John O'Bannon, MD (2016)

    Dr. John O'Bannon is a neurologist in Richmond, VA. He represents a portion of western Henrico County in the Virginia House of Delegates.John O'Bannon, MD, is a... read more

    Ted Lieu (2015)

    The AACU is pleased to announce that U.S. Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) will accept the organization's Distinguished Leadership Award at a ceremony held in conjunction... read more

    Prasad Srinivasan, MD (2014)

    Dr. Prasad Srinivasan is a long time resident of Glastonbury, Conn. He has been practicing in Glastonbury and the Hartford area for over 30 years. He treats pediatric and... read more

    Alan Bates, DO (2013)

    Dr. Alan Bates is an Oregon State Senator from Jackson County (District 3) serving Medford, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Applegate, Ruch and Ashland. He was first elected... read more

    Herb Conaway, MD (2012)

    The Honorable Herbert C. "Herb" Conaway, Jr., MD (Delanco, NJ) was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 4, 1997. Dr. Conaway received his... read more

    Randi Becker (2011)

    Washington State Senator Randi Becker is a medical practice administrator who believes that listening, timely action and the wisdom to know which to use at the right time... read more

Hoffman/Carson Memorial Lecture This lecture memorializes AACU founding members Russell B. Carson and Charles A. Hoffman. It is presented at the AACU Annual Meeting.

In 1968 at the AUA Meeting in Miami, Russell B. Carson and Charles A. Hoffman invited the AUA Section Presidents and some others who had similar concerns to a breakfast gathering. The purpose was to create an organization to:

  1. Provide information about issues affecting socioeconomic and political spheres of our profession
  2. Influence directly the resolutions of those issues
  3. Provide 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

From this meeting, the AACU was born.

These founders had the foresight to know that medicine must be part of the discussion when it comes to policy issues. In their memory, the AACU continues the tradition of honoring individuals that make a significant contribution to supporting the best interests of physician practice and patient care with the Hoffman/Carson Memorial Lecture presented at the AACU Annual Meeting.


  • 2019 Jeffery M. Frankel, MD and Harry C. Miller Jr., MD

Prior to 2019, the Hoffman/Carson Memorial Lecture was presented as two separate awards. Please see Past Memorial Lectures for a full list of recipients.

The Herb Sohn Award Presented to a urologist who has demonstrated vision, leadership and rugged persistence in federal and/or state advocacy.

The Herb Sohn Award for excellence in advocacy for urology was established in 2019. The Award is intended to be presented to a urologist who has demonstrated vision, leadership and rugged persistence in federal and/or state advocacy on behalf of all urologists just as Dr. Sohn did throughout his career.


  • 2019 Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, FAPA, President, American Medical Association
Advocacy Priorities
  • Prostate Cancer Screening and Awareness

    Eliminating Misdiagnosis and Reducing Wasteful Medicare SpendingEvery 20 minutes an American man dies from prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 161,360 men were told they have prostate cancer in 2017. Early detection is critical because research shows the five-year survival...

  • IPAB Repeal

    IPAB permanently repealed in a major victory for the AACU and urology communityThe AACU is pleased to report that the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) included provisions to repeal the Independent Physicians Advisory Board (IPAB), a 15-member panel of unelected officials that had the...

  • Graduate Medical Education and Physician Workforce Shortage

    Ensuring a Well-Trained Physician Workforce Increase Federally Funded Physician Training ProgramsRequestUrologists urge Congress to acknowledge the importance of specialty medicine and address urological workforce shortages that jeopardize patient access to care. We urge lawmakers to support...

  • The Impact of Pharmacy Benefit Managers on Access to Affordable Treatment

    Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have a significant impact on prescription drug costs and the ability of patients to obtain the medications they need in a timely and affordable manner, and yet very little is known about their role. The AACU is dedicated to working with policymakers at both the...

  • Improve Preventive Task Force Recommendations, Preserve Access to Prostate Cancer Screening

    The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) plays a critical role in preventive care because its recommendations dictate what preventive services many health plans must provide without cost sharing. Currently, however, the USPSTF has little accountability. Task Force members are...

  • Medical Liability Reform: Protect Physician Volunteers During National Disasters

    Protection for Physician Disaster VolunteersClinical urologists urge support for the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017, introduced in the House by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) and in the Senate by Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). This crucial legislation seeks to shield medical...

  • Modernize Law Restricting Coordinated Care (“Stark Law”)

    When Congress enacted the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, it replaced a fundamentally flawed reimbursement framework with a program promoting value-based care delivery. Value-based care, as measured by the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and alternative payment...

  • Patients Over Paperwork: Reducing the Burden of Medicare Red Tape

    Urologists across the country treat a high volume of Medicare patients and therefore deal with the program’s numerous requirements and complex payment structures on a near daily basis. The AACU is dedicated to working with legislators and policymakers to identify ways to simplify and...

State Advocacy
  • Fair Contracting and Medical Practice Freedom

    Where We Stand Ensure openness and fairness in health care provider contacts. Prevent third-party payors from changing the terms of their provider contract without notice to the provider and without the consent of the provider. Ensure that physician licensure is based upon a physician's...

  • Medical Liability Reform — Expert Witness Qualifications

    Strengthen expert witness standards Ensure that expert witness is from the same specialty as the defendant physician Prevent frivolous lawsuits Improve the practice environment for physicians in your stateWhenever a physician’s conduct is being called into question, it is only fair...

  • Prostate Cancer Awareness & Assessment

    Where We Stand Continue the progress that has been made in the reduction of prostate cancer morbidity and mortality with the appropriate use of prostate cancer testing. Ensure that third-party payors provide for the reimbursement of prostate cancer testing when the patient and his physician...

  • Uniform Prior Authorization for Prescriptions and Health Services

    Where We Stand Prior authorizations cost the health system $728 million in 2012. Prior authorization requests must use a single form, no more than two pages in length. Forms must available for both access and submission electronically. Requests are deemed approved if no response is...

  • Work Force — Scope of Practice

    Where We Stand Allow the maximum patient-to-physician ratio to increase based on the number of physician assistants in a practice. Expand the ability of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to supervise medical assistants when doctors aren’t on the premises.Proactive Physician...

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