Urologic Care for the Advanced Practice Provider - Sunday


Urologic Care for the Advanced Practice Provider - Sunday

Sunday, May 20
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: MCC SOUTH, 216

The purpose of this program is to educate the novice and the seasoned urologic PA/APN, allied health professional and nurse. This is a free educational program for registrants of the 2018 AUA Annual Meeting.

Heather Schultz

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Heather Schultz is a nurse practitioner who works at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Urology. She has been with them for 11 years as Faculty with the School of Medicine and Adjunct faculty with School of Nursing at Chapel Hill. She sees Urology patients in an outpatient setting. She performs some minor in office procedures.
She is the current chair of the APP Education committee, member of the membership committee, member of the Education Council through the AUA. She is also part of SUNA annual programming committee.


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Kenneth Mitchell

Meharry Medical College

Ken Mitchell is a certified Physician Assistant with over 21 years of clinical experience overall and with over 18 years of experience in male erectile and sexual dysfunction. Ken authored and implemented an innovative treatment protocol The Surgical Impotence Management Strategy (SIMS©) protocol that includes comprehensive patient education and delivery of care for men undergoing Prostate Cancer treatment. Ken has served as a co-investigator in sexual dysfunction research and continues to be active in this area. Ken actively promotes Men’s health and has participated in community outreach programs to educate men about sexual health. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on the subject of Men’s Health and sexual dysfunction. He is a co-author of the AUA Consensus Statement on Advanced Practice Providers (APP) and has given multiple presentations and has published articles on the subject of integration of APP’s in a urology practice. His practice interests include general men’s health and male sexual dysfunction.

Ken received his under-graduate degree from Dana College (1988), and his Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) at the University of Nebraska Physician Assistant Program (1995). Ken is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Urological Association of Physician Assistants (UAPA), associate member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, Chair of the AUA APN/PA Membership Committee, Past President of the Urological Association of Physician Assistants (UAPA) completing two consecutive terms as President, Past Chair of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America APN/PA Affairs Committee, and board member at-large of the American Society of Men’s Health (ASMH), and was recently inducted into the Pi Alpha Physician Assistant National Honor Society (2016). Ken is the Founding Program Director of the Meharry Medical College Physician Assistant Sciences Program.


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Michael A. O'Donnell

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Urology Clinic

Dr Michael O'Donnell, BA, MD, Richard D Williams Professor & Director of Urologic Oncology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and a member of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Development and enhancement of bladder immunotherapy has been his research focus for more than 20 years, he has also pioneered the use of combination intravesical chemotherapy in early bladder cancer. Personally directed as PI two large multicenter clinical trials involving over 1700 patients as well as several investigator-initiated trials. Over 80% of his active clinical practice is devoted to bladder cancer where he specialize in patients with early non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) who have failed first line therapy with BCG. Also newly involved as an investigator for industry and cooperative group trials involving immune checkpoint inhibitors for NMIBC. Furthermore, as a bladder cancer immunologist, he has applied expertise to investigating pathways of bladder inflammation and chronic pain in interstitial cystitis by establishing an animal models of the disease and by serving as an NIH funded investigator for several national clinical networks including the ICCTG, ICCRN, MAPP and LURN. Major research interests include the development of recombinant BCG for bladder cancer immunotherapy; deciphering the mechanism of anti-cancer action of BCG and cytokines; and the role of death receptors in mediating cancer apoptosis; biomarkers of successful cancer therapy; Role of Toll Like Receptors in bladder pain and inflammation; and defining BCG refractory NMIBC. He has lectured all over the country on bladder cancer and have served on special FDA panels, the SITC Immunotherapy Guidelines panel, the Bladder Cancer Task Force and as an external advisor for the MD Anderson Bladder Cancer SPORE.


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Mikel Gray

University of Virginia

Mikel Gray is a Professor in the School of Medicine (Department of Urology) and School of Nursing (Department of Acute and Specialty Care) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He is Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. He has authored or co-edited 4 books, and he has authored more than 50 chapters and 200 articles in peer reviewed journals. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics related to neurological urology and urodynamic testing.


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Sandip P. Vasavada

Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute and Lerner College of Medicine

Sandip Vasavada, MD, serves as the Urologic Director, Center for Female Urology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, at Cleveland Clinic within the Glickman Urological Institute. He is also Professor of Surgery (Urology) at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and has a joint appointment with the Women's Health Institute.

Dr. Vasavada has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters in the area of voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence and has been named to "Top Docs" in Philadelphia and Cleveland magazines for over 15 years. He has published three textbooks and has authored over 100 manuscripts and over 25 book chapters and numerous abstracts and videos . He has lectured and demonstrated surgical techniques around the world in over 20 countries. He serves on the American Board of Urology Exam Committee and has helped author the American Urological Association (AUA)/SUFU Guidelines in Overactive Bladder and Stress Urinary Incontinence for the AUA and SUFU. He is currently the Vice President of SUFU (Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine and Urogenital Reconstruction) and a member of their Executive council for almost 10 years.

Dr. Vasavada's main clinical interests lie in the area of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and complex reconstruction of the lower urinary tract and management of complications of vaginal and lower urinary tract surgery. His current research interests are in the field of refractory bladder overactivity and neuromodulation and care pathways for optimizing care in patients undergoing incontinence and prolapse surgery. Dr. Vasavada serves with the Section of Urogynecology on the NIH-Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.


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Brooke Zilinskas

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

After Graduating from Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, Brooke worked in general and vascular surgery for the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri until a family move to Dallas introduced her to the surgical speciality of urology. After continuing to serve the Veteran’s in Dallas she took a position at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Urology where she has been for over 8 years. She enjoys the variety of inpatient consults, outpatient evaluation of benign and malignant conditions, and robotic surgery that her job allows. She sees all urologic complaints, but her practice leans toward recurrent UTIs, incontinence, neurogenic bladder, and pelvic pain. She has given lectures to the PA school affiliated with her institution as well as at other state and national conferences. She has published in JAAPA and was a contributor to a Physician Assistant Clinics in Urology Journal. She is passionate about mentoring students and peers. She is the chairperson for a hospital wide mentorship program for advanced practice providers, is the conference chairperson for the Urologic Association of Physician Assistants, and serves on the AUA APP education committee.


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Tricia L. Zubert

Park Nicollet Clinic


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Thomas Patrick McBride

Thomas McBride is a physician assistant in urology at Adirondack Surgical Group, Saranac Lake, N.Y., with attending physician, Dr. Irwin Lieb. Tom is a member of AUA's Advanced Practice Nurse and Physician Assistant Education and Conference Planning Committees, and is Vice President of the Urological Association of Physician Assistants (UAPA- a subspecialty organization of the American Academy of Physician Assistants) and sits on their Conference Planning Committee. Tom received his undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1995), and his B.S. in Physician Assistant Studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (2002). Tom is currently a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and Fellow of the Urological Association of Physician Assistants (UAPA). Tom has 15 years of experience as a urology PA.


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Martin M. Miner

Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University Providence, RI. USA

Martin Miner, MD, currently practices both as the co-director of the Men’s Health Center at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and serves as Chief of Family and Community Medicine for the Miriam Hospital. He is also a clinical professor of family medicine and urology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence.

Dr. Miner graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College with his AB in biology and received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Upon receiving his MD, he completed his residency at Brown University and spent time working with the Indian and Public Health Service Corps. Following this experience, he practiced family medicine for 23 years both at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and in private practice.

Dr. Miner presently holds memberships in the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Urologic Association, and is a fellow of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America. He is the immediate Past- President of the American Society of Men’s Health seeking to forge relationships with other professional societies to partner and develop a graduate curriculum in Men’s Health. Active on several journal editorial boards, Dr. Miner has published extensively in the areas of erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular disease, benign prostatic hyperplasia, lower urinary tract symptoms, male preventative health, and hypogonadism. He has given numerous presentations in the United States and internationally, is active in several research studies on men's health. Dr. Miner has served on the AUA Guideline Committees for erectile dysfunction, Peyronie's disease, and testosterone deficiency.

Dr. Miner was chosen the Brown Teacher of the Year in 2003 and 2007 and was recognized by the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Award as achieving the most significant contribution to Men’s Health: 2012.


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Matthew E. Nielsen

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, FACS is Director of Urologic Oncology at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at the Brady Urological Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After residency, Dr. Nielsen served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins prior to joining the UNC Urology faculty in 2009. In addition to his position as Associate Professor in the Department of Urology, Dr. Nielsen also holds appointments as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Policy & Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and as a Clinical Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research since 2014.
Dr. Nielsen’s clinical practice is focused in urologic oncology—in particular the treatment of bladder, prostate and kidney cancer. He is co-Director of the integrated Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Nielsen’s research in medical decision making, cancer care quality and implementation science has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The American Cancer Society, and nationally recognized by the Urology Care Foundation / Astellas Rising Stars in Urology Research Award.
Alongside his clinical, research and teaching activities, Dr. Nielsen is actively engaged in quality improvement and patient safety efforts in his capacity as Physician Service Leader for the Department of Urology and through various leadership roles in the UNC Health Care System, where he received the Physician Friend of Nursing Award in 2017. He has also contributed in leadership roles to multiple national organizations, serving on the AUA QI/Patient Safety Committee, the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI), and as a consultant for the American College of Physicians' High Value Care Task Force.


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Lori B. Lerner

Boston University School of Medicine

Lori Lerner, MD is an Associate Professor of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine, and Chief, Section of Urology at VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Lerner is an expert in Male Voiding Dysfunction and laser prostate surgery, Fellowship trained in HoLEP. An academic urologist her entire career, she has been involved in teaching HoLEP to residents and urologists at home, and abroad, for over 17 yrs. She is a strong advocate of education about surgical energies, particularly laser energy, and has been involved in numerous initiatives and courses promoting education and training. She is also interested in and has published about issues of importance to women surgeons, including pregnancy complications, fertility, and cancer.


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Daniel Park

University of Southern California

Daniel Park is a graduate of the Keck School of Medicine of USC PA Program. His training involved rotations at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, CA. His education also included general surgery training at the Yale School of Medicine/Norwalk Hospital in New Haven, CT. He completed his PA medical training in 1996 and graduated with honors. He also holds a Master’s in Health Administration from the USC Price School of Public Policy where he graduated with honors and is a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta National Healthcare Honor Society. He was previously with a private practice urological group for over 10 years where he had extensive experience in the operating room in addition to office and hospital based urology. He was then recruited back to his alma mater by the department’s own chairman, Dr. Inderbir S. Gill, in 2010 where he now serves as Director of Clinical Operations within the Institute. He also serves as program director for USC’s post-grad PA Fellowship in Clinical Urology and is an Instructor of Clinical Urology. He has been first author and co-author of several urologic abstracts and peer-reviewed journals and is a member of the American Urological Association and the California Academy of Physician Assistants.


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