By: Janet Kukreja, MD, MPH, FACS, University of Colorado, Denver | Posted on: 19 Sep 2023

I am so honored to represent the South Central Section (SCS) of the AUA as a member of the 2023-2024 Leadership Class. Although, I have only been an official SCS member for a few years, I was actually introduced to the SCS when I was a medical student doing research with the University of Kansas. My first abstract presentation was at SCS in 2008. I think it is safe to say without my foundation and support from some prominent SCS members I would not have found my residency spot. While I left the SCS for residency, I quickly returned for fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

I am so grateful to the SCS for my foundation and continued development of both myself and career. Joining the AUA Leadership Class of 2023-2024 will provide me with the next steps in developing my skills to enable me to rise to the leadership roles that I desire. I sincerely want to shape and lead the future of urology.

I am particularly excited to be a role model and mentor to other women in the field of urology. Many women ahead of me have paved the way, but I feel very strongly about mentoring the women around me and helping them lead as well. Acceptance to this leadership class will help improve our gender diversity and advance the AUA as an organization.

I am so thankful for this opportunity and cannot wait to serve in further leadership roles of the SCS as well as the AUA!