Recap of the LUGPA 2023 Annual Meeting

Celebrating “U”rology: 15 Years of Advancing Independent Practice


A Message From President, Dr. Evan Goldfischer 


As President of LUGPA, I am honored to continue leading this innovative organization that has made tremendous strides over the past 15 years to advance independent urology. Through collaboration, political advocacy and innovative offerings, LUGPA has made momentous achievements to help our member practices to thrive. I am also thrilled to welcome our 2023-2024 Board of Directors, who will help lead the way in strengthening the practice of independent urology. Through their leadership and expertise, LUGPA will continue to foster a health care system in which independent urologists can succeed and provide the best possible care to all patients.

As LUGPA’s 15th anniversary year draws to a close, we must look to the future. In 2024 and beyond, LUGPA will continue to champion key reforms to protect independent urology and improve patient care. LUGPA remains more dedicated than ever to addressing the evolving challenges faced by independent urologists and strengthening our health care system.


A Message From Program Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Spier


Our 2023 Annual Meeting was the perfect celebration of LUGPA’s accomplishments over the last 15 years. We had our highest attendance to date, with more than 1,100 attendees and 59 exhibitors. We also enjoyed more breakout sessions than ever before and three dynamic guest speakers.

Throughout LUGPA’s 2023 Annual Meeting, we engaged in conversations around the challenges facing urologists, solutions and opportunities for the future. We emphasized the importance of building partnerships, collaboration and sharing resources to support each other. I look forward to additional incredible programming in 2024, and using the knowledge and relationships that we gained during the meeting to strengthen and advance independent urology together.

Practice Administrator Workshop and CME Program


We kicked off the Annual Meeting with the practice administrators workshop and working groups for different specialties. Participants had the opportunity to collaborate with LUGPA members who have similar positions at practices across the country to discuss solutions to common challenges, such as addressing burnout and caring for urology teams during times of high turnover and shortages.

Attendees participated in LUGPA’s robust CME program, where experts had lively discussions on a wide range of innovative topics, such as new developments in radiation oncology, BPH treatments and active surveillance for prostate cancer. Attendees heard first-hand experiences from LUGPA members who created a female sexual health center, including the importance of social media and marketing to reach key patient populations. Experts also discussed the rise of artificial intelligence and how urologists can use it to their benefit to “work smarter, not harder,” including by creating automated, high-quality documentation, limiting invasive procedures and reducing wait times for patients.


Presidential Update and Awards


During the presidential update, Dr. Goldfischer discussed LUGPA’s key accomplishments over the organization’s first 15 years. Despite evolving challenges, LUGPA members have never wavered in their dedication to their practices, patients and the field of independent urology.

“LUGPA will continue to push forward to preserve not only the independent practice of urology, but the independent practice of medicine in this country—because every patient deserves to be cared for,” Dr. Goldfischer concluded.

Dr. Goldfischer then presented the Presidential Citations to Dr. Gary Kirsh, Dr. Deepak Kapoor and Dr. Neal Shore, the Trailblazer Awards to Dr. Brian Mazzarella and Dr. Arpeet Shah and the Spirit of Independence Award to Alan Winkler. All remarks from award recipients can be found here.

Finally, at the Annual LUGPA Business Meeting, Dr. Goldfischer was officially re-elected as president, and the 2023-2024 Board of Directors was announced. Read more.


Special Sessions: Disney Institute Program and Empowering Women in Urology


Attendees had the unique opportunity to hear from the Disney Institute Program at the meeting about strategies for creating a culture that employees believe in and want to work for, and how LUGPA members can replicate that in their practices.

This year’s meeting also included a brand-new session on challenges and opportunities for women in urology. The panel discussion covered topics such as work-life balance, the importance of mentorship and advice for navigating career paths in urology.

“We want women in urology to know that beyond your individual practice, you have a community of incredible women in LUGPA who you can look to and rely on for support and resources,” said Kari Bailey, MD, moderator of the panel discussion.  


Guest Speakers and Policy Updates


LUGPA was thrilled to welcome three incredible guest speakers at this year’s Annual Meeting.

Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala shared an insightful policy analysis and participated in a question and answer session with LUGPA’s Health Policy and Political Affairs committees. Sec. Shalala emphasized the importance of LUGPA’s advocacy efforts, explaining how pivotal it is for lawmakers to hear from doctors about their experiences. Afterwards, LUGPA’s Health Policy and Political Affairs committees discussed policy updates including the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, pharmacy benefit manager reform and telehealth.


Next, best-selling author, Ross Bernstein, gave an inspiring keynote speech focused on how to improve businesses. His advice for generating momentum and driving morale included passion, generosity and focusing on things you can control. Each piece of advice was accompanied by sports anecdotes and challenged attendees to think differently about leadership in their urology practices.

Finally, attendees heard from comedian and ophthalmologist Dr. Will Flanary, more commonly known online as Dr. Glaucomflecken. He delivered a comedic and heartfelt keynote speech about his experiences as a patient and physician. "Humor allows you to take [whatever is causing you stress] and make it yours again,” Flanary explained.


Breakout Sessions


This year’s Annual Meeting included more breakout sessions than ever before, with collaborative discussions on eight unique and timely topics for independent urology. In one session, keynote speaker Dr. Flanary spoke with LUGPA members about the power of social media as a tool for societal change and how urologists can use it effectively. In another session, attendees participated in discussions on the roles of advanced practice providers in urology, including the importance of communicating responsibilities clearly and opportunities to reduce burdens on physicians. Additional breakout sessions covered strategies to address burnout, creating a culture of leadership, legal claims, continued conversations around artificial intelligence and deep-dives into LUGPA’s Executive Leadership Program and benchmarking.


Annual Meeting App 

The LUGPA Annual Meeting app is still active! Use the QR Code to find all the exhibitors from the meeting and fill out our evaluation survey. 

App name: CVENT

Event ID: GET LUGPA2023


Conference Media Coverage

The LUGPA Annual Meeting garnered media coverage in key urology trade media outlets, including 12 articles in OncLive, three articles in Renal & Urology News and 20 articles in Urology Times, featuring LUGPA leadership and membership. Highlights include:

A full list of coverage from the meeting can be found below.

Conference Media Coverage

OncLive - Ongoing Research Aims to Enhance Radiotherapy Techniques in Prostate Cancer – 11/2/2023

OncLive - Dr Spratt on Sequencing Radiation Therapy and Hormone Therapy in Prostate Cancer – 11/2/2023

OncLive - Successful Bladder Cancer Programs Rely on Old Pillars, New Innovations – 11/2/2023

OncLive - Bladder Cancer Programs Offer Patients Comprehensive and Cutting-Edge Care – 11/3/2023

OncLive - Dr Jayram on the Role of Immunotherapy in Bladder Cancer – 11/3/2023

OncLive - Genomics Help Drive Active Surveillance Decisions in Low-Risk Prostate Cancer – 11/3/2023

OncLive - Strategic Active Surveillance Methods Drive Patient-Focused Prostate Cancer Care –11/3/2023

OncLive - Role of Radiation Continues to Grow in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer – 11/3/2023

OncLive - Dr Crawford on the Evolving Role of Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer – 11/3/2023

OncLive - Dr Morris on Active Surveillance in Low- and Intermediate-Risk Patients With Prostate Cancer – 11/3/2023

OncLive - Dr Lowentritt on the Exploration of Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer – 11/6/2023

OncLive – Dr Henderson on Incorporating Immunotherapy Agents into Practice in Bladder Cancer – 11/6/2023

Renal & Urology News - Optimizing Urology Care Using Advanced Practice Providers – 11/8/2023

Renal & Urology News - Women Urologists Still Face Gender Disparities – 11/8/2023

Renal & Urology News - Engage in Social Media, But Do So Carefully – 11/8/2023

Renal & Urology News - Artificial Intelligence Has Potential to Improve Urology Practices – 11/13/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Bailey previews LUGPA session on empowering women in urology – 11/2/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Girardi on the role of urologists in women’s sexual health issues – 11/2/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Spratt on the evolving paradigm of radiation therapy in prostate cancer – 11/2/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Kari Bailey highlights LUGPA sessions on women in urology and physician use of social media - 11/2/2023

Urology Times - Expert panel highlights state of the art and next steps in bladder cancer paradigm – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - BPH experts discuss care pathways, patient education – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Miles-Thomas on the importance of representation for women in urology – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Dr. MacDiarmid on combating the “crisis” of health care professional burnout – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Zorn on prostatic artery embolization for BPH – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Jayram highlights the latest developments in bladder cancer care – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Crawford on benefits and challenges with the use of AI in urology – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Expert: AI’s transformative impact can combat burnout crisis in urology – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Advanced technology, novel techniques drive use of radiation in prostate cancer – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Urologists strive to personalize active surveillance plans for patients with low-risk prostate cancer – 11/3/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Hafron highlights SPOTLIGHT data on flotufolastat F 18 in prostate cancer11/5/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Shah’s take-home messages from LUGPA 2023 BPH panel discussion – 11/6/2023

Urology Times – Dr. Henderson recaps LUGPA session on bladder cancer clinics– 11/6/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Goldfischer discusses LUGPA meeting, health policy, and more – 11/8/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Patel on the future of AI in urology– 11/8/2023

Urology Times - Dr. Patel recaps LUGPA session on optimizing the role of APPs in urology – 11/9/2023



Save the Date for the LUGPA 2024 Annual Meeting

November 14-16, 2024: Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel, Chicago, IL

Additionally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for upcoming regional meetings, including:

February 10-11, 2024:  Regional Meeting – Grand Hyatt Vail, Vail, CO
(Prior to the IPCU meeting at the same location.)

March 1-2, 2024: Urology Resident Summit and Job Fair – Grand Hyatt DFW Hotel, Dallas, TX

March 14-16, 2024:  Ambulatory Surgery Center Academy – Disney World Swan Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, FL

April 4-6, 2024:  Prostate Cancer Academy – Westin Irving Convention Center, Dallas, Texas