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SPECIALTY SOCIETIES "The Gloves Are Off" at This Year's Indian American Urological Association Annual Continuing Medical Education Program

By: Puneet Sindhwani, MD | Posted on: 01 May 2022

As president of the Indian American Urological Association (IAUA), along with my planning committee chairs, Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy and Dr. Raveen Syan, I welcome you to an exciting 6-hour-long continuing medical education (CME) session to be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the St. James Ballroom of the Hilton Riverside, New Orleans. The program has been planned as a series of spitfire moderated debates. Topics have been chosen for their controversial nature and contemporary significance, and speakers have been carefully chosen for their expertise in their relative fields. Here is a sample of what awaits the ringside audience:

In the field of female urology, Dr. Sneha Vaish will moderate Drs. Aqsa Khan and Nitya Abraham in debating management of stress urinary incontinence treatment using polyacrylamide injection (Bulkamid®) versus sling. Dr. Ajay Singla will moderate debate between Drs. Rena Malik and Raveen Syan regarding if hysterectomy is necessary during transvaginal repair for apical prolapse.

Debates in urologic oncology include latest developments in prostate cancer, bladder cancer and management of complications. Debate in the field of prostate cancer will focus on the role of prostate-specific membrane antigen positron emission tomography/computerized tomography in the setting of oligometastatic disease with negative conventional staging studies. The debate will be moderated by Dr. Sanoj Punnen and will pit Dr. Nirmish Singla against Dr. Thenu Chandrashekar.

In the field of bladder cancer, Dr. Sumeet Bhanvadia will debate Dr. Sima Porten about radical cystectomy versus trimodal therapy for muscle invasive bladder cancer as seen from the urologist’s perspective. Additionally, Dr. Mohit Khera will deliver a state-of-the-art lecture on recovery of sexual and urinary function following radical prostatectomy.

Dr. Satynarayana will moderate a debate between Drs. Nishant Patel and Hemendra Shah about optimal benign prostatic hyperplasia management for the 40 gm prostate gland: enucleation vs minimally invasive surgical therapy.

In the field of male reconstructive surgery, Dr. Jaspreet Sandhu will moderate a debate on the topic of sling versus artificial urinary sphincter in the non-irradiated male patient with moderate stress urinary incontinence. Speakers will be Dr. Jay Simhan and Dr. Krishnan Venkatesan.

The role of robotic assisted laparoscopic versus open ureteral reimplantation in the pediatric population will be discussed by Drs. Samir Mittal and Kunj Sheth.

In the field of male infertility, Dr. Sriram Eleswarapu will moderate a debate between Dr. Mehul Patel and Dr. Premal Patel highlighting controversies surrounding worldwide decline in sperm counts.

Our accomplished colleagues from the Urologic Society of India (USI), Dr. Ravindra Sabnis and Dr. Rohit Joshi, will debate on the topic “Is ECIRS hype or hope?” to highlight the pros and cons of endoscopic combined intrarenal surgery. This segment will be moderated by Dr. Mantu Gupta.

Continuing the proud tradition of IAUA collaboration with the USI, Dr. Ravindra Sabnis will deliver the USI presidential lecture on urolithiasis and “PCNL in Anomalous Kidney.” Chakraborty fellows Drs. Bora and Khanna will give their podium presentations.

A 7:00 am continental breakfast will kick off the poster presentations in the same hall until 8:00 am, followed by the CME session from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. An industry-sponsored lunch, along with a non-CME event, will be held from 12:00–1:00 pm, which will be followed by the annual IAUA business meeting. Awards for the poster session will be announced at the IAUA evening reception.

We eagerly look forward to seeing you all for an exciting event in the Big Easy!