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)
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.