Past Memorial Lectures

Russell B. Carson Memorial Lecture

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)


  • 2018 Nelson J. Sabatini; Chairman, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission
  • 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
  • 2009 No lecture given
  • 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

Charles A. Hoffman Memorial Lecture

Charles A. Hoffman, MD.Charles A. Hoffman was born in Ironton, Ohio, in 1904. It was while he was working at a drugstore that he decided to enter medicine, enrolling first in the School of Pharmacy at Ohio State. He received his degree in pharmacy and began a brief career as a pharmacist in drugstores in Ironton and in Huntington, West Virginia.

Hoffman became associated with three other urologists in practice at Huntington, West Virginia, where he dedicated the rest of his career to his profession and his community.

Almost immediately, he began taking an active part in organized medicine. He served in a number of important positions in the American Medical Association, including delegate, secretary/treasurer and secretary of the Board of Trustees. In 1972 he was elected its 127th President.

In addition to co-founding the American Association of Clinical Urologists in 1968, Dr. Hoffman served as President of the organization and is a past President of the American Urological Association.


  • 2018 Congressman Andy Harris, MD
  • 2017 Rob Mechanic, MBA; Senior Fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and Executive Director of the Health Industry Forum
  • 2016 Ronald Loo, MD; Physician Director, Performance Improvement and Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center
  • 2015 Representative John Fleming, Jr., MD (LA-4)
  • 2014 Author Steven Brill canceled appearance
  • 2013 The Honorable Sandy Praeger, Commissioner, Kansas Department of Insurance
  • 2012 The Honorable Glenn Coffee; Oklahoma Secretary of State; Former President Pro Tem, Oklahoma State Senate
  • 2011 Mark E. Miller, Ph.D.; Executive Director, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
  • 2010 Charles W. Sorenson, MD; President and CEO, Intermountain Healthcare
  • 2009 Cyril M. Hetsko, MD
  • 2008 David Gratzer, MD, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • 2007 Marilyn Moon, PhD; Vice President, American Institutes for Research
  • 2006 Jack Lewin, MD; CEO, California Medical Association
  • 2005 Allan Korn, MD, FACP; Vice President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
  • 2004 G.K. Mangelson
  • 2003 The Honorable Richard Lamm, Former Governor of Colorado (1975-1987); Co-Director, University of Denver Institute for Public Policy Studies
  • 2002 Michael J. Naslund, MD
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