Recap of the LUGPA 2022 Annual Meeting

Highest-attended LUGPA meeting ever, with more than 960 attendees and the largest exhibit hall to date!

A Message from the Incoming President, Dr. Evan Goldfischer

I am deeply honored to serve as the president of LUGPA, an organization that has made tremendous strides in strengthening urology and the independent practice of medicine as a whole. To advance this progress, we must continue to educate policymakers on the benefits of integrated urologic care.   


As president, I hope to both fortify and advance the state of independent urology, and by doing so, help ensure that every patient has access to the high-quality, affordable and efficient urologic care that they deserve. We are going to continue to thrive in 2023 and into the future.

Dr. Goldfischer has set three key priorities for his term as LUGPA president:

  1. Further expand on LUGPA’s work in political advocacy to play a larger role in the future of health care and preservation of independent practices.
  2. Expand membership to include more smaller independent practices that can benefit from LUGPA and bring new knowledge and talent to the organization.
  3. Reach younger physicians through leadership programs and recruitment to independent practices.

Read more here.

A Message from Program Chair, Dr. Scott B. Sellinger

Our 2022 meeting embodied the theme of “Independent Urology Powered by Innovation.” Our speakers shared timely and insightful solutions to the current landscape of independent urology and the challenges we face. Our goal over the past two years has been to expand on the style of our meetings and provide more opportunities for group participation and problem solving, which has shown positive results.


Our breakout sessions returned to the meeting this year, giving attendees a chance to discuss fascinating topics in interactive and engaging ways. From “The Ins and Outs of Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Management Services Organizations” session to the “Creative Staffing Models to Accelerate Recruitment and Improve Retention” session, attendees received relevant content to help improve their practices.

Over the course of three days, we gained valuable knowledge and skills to implement innovation in our practices and exchanged ideas and solutions with each other.

We look forward to another exciting year celebrating our accomplishments and working together to strengthen our practices and independent urology through innovation.

Day 1 Highlights

To begin the first day of the meeting, practice administrators, radiation and oncology professionals, medical directors, lab directors and managers and research coordinators participated in interactive working groups, where they had the opportunity to connect with urologists who have similar roles at practices around the country.   


The highly anticipated CME program, led by Dr. Neal Shore and Dr. Gordon Brown, included a variety of sessions on relevant and new topics, including PSMA-PET, APCC Optimization and Appreciating Diversity in Urologic Care. Throughout the program, attendance and participation were high, leading to valuable conversations and great take-aways.

During the evening, attendees enjoyed networking events with colleagues and new connections, ending the night with the LUGPA Forward “Mingle on the Magnificent Mile” Reception.

Day 2 Highlights



Dr. Sellinger presented Dr. E. David Crawford with a
Certificate of Honorary LUGPA Membership

Program Chair Dr. Scott Sellinger kicked off day two by officially welcoming attendees to the meeting. During his welcome and introductions, Dr. Sellinger presented Dr. E. David Crawford with a Certificate of Honorary LUGPA Membership.

Outgoing president, Dr. Jonathan Henderson, delivered the Presidential Update, providing highlights from the past year, examining the state of LUGPA in the United States and discussing goals moving forward. Dr. Henderson emphasized the importance of unity within LUGPA, explaining that it provides strength and allows LUGPA to succeed. Dr. Henderson announced the new LUGPA One Committee, as well as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, both of which will encourage unity among the individuals of LUGPA.


Following his presidential update, Dr. Henderson presented the first-ever LUGPA Spirit of Independence Award to Dr. Gail Reede Jones (pictured) for her dedication and service to her patients and independent urology. Dr. Henderson also discussed LUGPA’s collaboration with Specialty Networks with Darren Dieleman, and then proceeded to moderate an engaging Health Policy Forum with LUGPA experts Dr. Mara R. Holton, Dr. Deepak Kapoor, Dr. Gary Kirsh, John McManus and Elizabeth Barnett.

LUGPA was honored to welcome guest speaker, political analyst Amy Walter, who gave an insightful political analysis of the current and future political landscape, followed by a Q&A with members of LUGPA’s Health Policy and Political Affairs team. To conclude the policy discussions of the day, Dr. Gary Kirsh gave the Political Affairs Update.



Amy Walter (center) sits in with LUGPA's Health Policy panel.. 

Next, Dr. David Albala presented the highlights of the Executive Leadership Program, and program graduates shared updates on their final projects.

LUGPA welcomed our second guest speaker, entrepreneur Josh Linkner, who delivered a keynote speech about ways to drive and implement innovation daily through “Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results.”

Following the keynote speech, the Annual LUGPA Business Meeting was conducted, where Dr. Evan Goldfischer was officially announced as president. Additionally, outgoing president, Dr. Jonathan Henderson and Board members, Dr. Richard Harris and Dr. Michael Fabrizio were recognized for their dedication to LUGPA and independent urology. Lastly, two new Board members and three current members were elected to new positions to the Board of Directors. Read more about the new Board of Directors here.

The day concluded with a Welcome Reception in a large ballroom, where attendees could connect and discuss the exciting sessions.

Day 3 Highlights

On the final day of the meeting, Dr. Sellinger began the day with a recap of Thursday and Friday’s sessions.



Dr. Waisanen (left) accepts the Resident Clinical Innovation Award
from LUGPA Forward Chair Tim A. Richardson, MD. 

The LUGPA Forward Chair, Dr. Tim Richardson, presented the Resident Clinical Innovation Award to Dr. Kyle Waisanen for his project, “Direct Urethral Sphincter Stimulation for Stress Urinary Incontinence.”

Following the award presentation, members of the LUGPA Forward group gave a fascinating and timely presentation on “The Young Urologist’s Roadmap to Success,” which covered topics including leadership skills, physician burnout and ways to encourage and support the next generation of urologists. The presentation was followed by a panel, where experts went into more detail about these important topics.

For the rest of the morning, attendees participated in breakout sessions of their choosing, learning about topics including improving staffing models, mergers and acquisitions, addressing an active shooter incident, restructuring care delivery models and an open-mic session.

Dr. Evan Goldfischer gave his Incoming Presidential Address, where he discussed the influence and impact of LUGPA throughout the years and his goals moving forward, particularly to develop a robust legislative agenda, enhance programming and expand LUGPA membership.


Our final keynote speaker was political icon, James Carville, who entertained the audience with his insightful and humorous analysis of recent and future elections and the state of American politics, followed by a Q&A.

Dr. Sellinger gave closing remarks. "We are very thankful to all who attended this year’s meeting, including our incredible speakers, leadership, committee members, exhibitors and sponsors. This year’s meeting had the highest attendance to date, with nearly 1,000 attendees and more than 50 exhibitors." 


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Conference Media Coverage

OncLive - Shore Unpacks Treatment Advances for Patients with Urologic Cancers – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Dr. Siefker-Radtke on Erdafitinib in Urothelial Carcinoma – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Role of PSMA-PET Expands in the Treatment of Prostate Cancer – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Dr. Shore on the Importance of Genetic Testing in Prostate Cancer – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Dr. Antonarakis on Therapeutic Agents for Select Patients With mCRPC – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Dr. Albala on the Advantages of PSMA-PET Imaging in Prostate Cancer – 11/11/2022

OncLive - ADT Alone, With Docetaxel Is Not Enough: ADT Intensification Is SOC for Metastatic Castration-sensitive Prostate Cancer – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Genetic Testing Proves Significant in Identifying Somatic and Germline Mutations in Prostate Cancer – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Sequencing Considerations in mCRPC Treatment Grow Increasingly Complex – 11/11/2022

OncLive - Dr. Siefker-Radtke on Unmet Needs in Frontline Urothelial Cancer Treatment – 11/14/2022

OncLive - Dr. Antonarakis on the Benefits of Genetic Testing for Select Patients With Prostate Cancer – 11/14/2022

OncLive – Prostate Cancer Has High Rate of Actionable Mutations, Underscoring Need for Testing – 11/11/2022

Targeted Oncology - The Impact of PSMA PET on Prostate Cancer Treatment – 11/14/2022

Targeted Oncology - ADT Intensification with Docetaxel is the Standard mCSPC Treatment Strategy – 11/11/2022

Targeted Oncology - Promising Targets for Bladder Cancer – 11/11/2022

Targeted Oncology - The Latest Treatment Advances in Prostate Cancer – 11/11/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Morris on challenge of fixed reimbursement vs rising inflation in urology – 11/15/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Meeks recaps LUGPA panel on optimizing advanced bladder cancer clinic – 11/14/2022

Urology Times – Dr. Harris discusses staffing and regulatory challenges faced by urologists – 11/14/2022

Urology Times – LUGPA President Dr. Goldfischer discusses the challenges facing independent urology – 11/13/2022

Urology Times – Expert discusses unmet needs in urologic care for LGBTQ patients – 11/13/2022

Urology Times – Expert explains sequencing strategies in patients with mCRPC – 11/13/2022

Urology Times – Dr. Alicia Morgans details decision between doublets and triplets in mCSPC  - 11/12/2022

Urology Times - New LUGPA president discusses this year's meeting and 2023 goals – 11/11/2022

Urology Times - Tips for optimizing an advanced prostate cancer clinic – 11/11/2022

Urology Times - Dr. J. Christopher Webster on the biggest challenge facing his urology practice – 11/11/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Diana Bowen on welcoming gender-diverse patients in the urology practice – 11/11/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Hafron explains the benefits of Jelmyto since its approval – 11/10/2022

Urology Times - Update on adjuvant treatment of bladder cancer – 11/10/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Ashley Ross on the biggest recent advances in prostate cancer – 11/10/2022

Urology Times - Expert on PSMA PET: "It's just simply better" – 11/10/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Antonarakis describes optimal populations for genetic testing in prostate cancer – 11/9/2022

Urology Times - Dr. Albala on financial implications of emergence of PSMA-PET imaging – 11/9/2022

Urology Times - LUGPA 2022: Dr. Shore on the significance of genetic testing in prostate cancer – 11/9/2022




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