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Urological Society for
American Veterans

The USAV 2021 Meeting is now a Virtual Meeting

Whova meeting access code: usav2021aua

Register now and join us: Sunday, September 12, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM Pacific Time.  

The virtual meeting will be separate from the AUA virtual meeting and open to the entire membership at no charge for those who RSVP and Register. More details coming soon!


2021 Meeting Agenda Highlights:

  • Improving prostate cancer imaging in VA
  • Implementing new surgical technology in the VA System.
  • Impact of the VA National Surgery Advisory Board
  • Implementing the National Cerner HER – urologist’s role.
  • Discussion of Urologists’ insights from National VA Service
  • Poster/Abstract presentations
  • Free Registration from our Whova platform


Thank you to our Industry Partners in 2021

Platinum Supporters

  • Exact Sciences
  • Laborie

Silver Supporters

  • Wellspect HealthCare
  • Philips
  • Exosome Diagnostics
  • Decipher
  • Pacific Edge Diagnostics
  • Photocure
  • Karl Storz Endoscopy America, Inc.
  • Myovant


We will miss seeing everyone in Las Vegas!

USAV Featured speakers



Chair, Dept. of Urology, Jack Lapides Professor of Urology, University of Michigan

Dr. Bloom is speaking at 12:30 – 12:50 PM (PT) on Finding Equanimity in a World of TMI.


Dr. Bloom’s clinical and scholarly interests include genitourinary reconstruction, lower urinary tract dysfunction, genital anomalies, neurogenic bladder, laparoscopy, and medical history.



Vipul R. Patel, MD, FACS

Director of the Global Robotics Institute AdventHealth Celebration

Professor of Urology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Nova Southeastern University.  Dr. Patel is speaking at 11:10 – 11:30 AM (PT) on The Genomic Prostate Score™ and Adverse Features at Radical Prostatectomy: Implications for Presurgical Planning.


Dr. Patel is world-renowned for his contribution to the field of robotic surgery and is committed to personalized patient care and quality outcomes. He is one of the most experienced robotic surgeons in the world and has personally performed over 14,000 robotic prostatectomies.


Mark Sawyer, MD

Assoc. Professor, Surgery-Urology, Univ. of Colorado, Chief of Urology, VA ECHCS, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Admin. Medical Center

Dr. Sawyer is speaking at 1:40 – 2:00 PM (PT) on Benefit of Disposable Cystoscopy Systems in the VA Setting.

USAV President's Message & Invitation


On behalf of the Urological Society for American Veterans (USAV) we invite you to attend the annual meeting of the USAV on Sunday, September 12 (10:30 am–2:30 pm, L.A. Pacific Time).

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the United States, providing care to over 9 million veterans through its 1,293 health care facilities, which include 171 Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Centers and 1,112 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity. In addition to operating one of the largest health care systems in the world, VHA provides training for the majority of America’s medical, nursing and allied health professionals, with approximately 70% of all physicians in the United States completing at least part of their training in VA facilities. Today, the VA Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) maintains more than 7,000 agreements with over 1,800 institutions, ensuring that training programs are available in every U.S. state and territory. In addition, VHA medical research programs benefit society at large. This year marks the 75-year anniversary of VA collaboration with academic institutions to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art health care to America’s veterans.

USAV is the premier professional society for the advancement of urological care for veteran patients. Through education, research and raising awareness of health care policies, USAV pursues its 3 missions: 1) promote the highest standards of urological care for American veterans, 2) advocate for the well-being of federal urological practitioners to enhance their ability to deliver the highest quality of urological care to American veterans and 3) affiliate and collaborate with the Society of Government Service Urologists (SGSU) in its missions to represent and support active and reserve urologists of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The 4-hour USAV program at the AUA is designed to review and discuss topics and opportunities unique to VA urological practitioners as well as university urologists and private urologists supporting VA Healthcare in providing care through VA community care referrals. The scientific program chair, Dr. Minhaj Siddiqui, Maryland VA/University of Maryland, and co-chair, Dr. Arvis George, Ann Arbor VA/University of Michigan, have organized a robust educational meeting you won’t want to miss! The program includes state-of-the-art presentations, keynote lectures and updates by nationally renowned speakers. In addition, there are 28 posters, moderated and unmoderated, on a wide range of urological topics. A mid-meeting break, with a light lunch, is provided while viewing the posters.

  • The Genomic Prostate Score:
  • Implications for Presurgical Planning. Vipul R. Patel, MD, Director of Global Robotics Institute, Celebration, Florida
  • Update on VA’s Transition from CPRS to Cerner. Jeremy Shelton, MD, MS, Director of Surgical Informatics, VA National Surgery Office.
  • Keynote Lecture: Finding Equanimity in a World of TMI. David Bloom, MD, Chair, Department of Urology, Jack Lapides, Professor of Urology, University of Michigan.
  • Scrotal Pain: How to Manage without Going Nuts. Amin Herati, MD, Director of Male Infertility & Men’s Health, The Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University.
  • New Technology in the VA: From Request to Roll Out. Kristin Chrouser, MD, MPH, Chief of Urology, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, S. Matthew Berge Research Professor, University of Michigan.
  • The National VA Surgery Advisory Board Open Forum: What Can We Do Better at the National Level? Joshua Meeks, MD, Chair, Urology Surgery Advisory Board, National Surgical Office.
  • Benefits of Disposable Cystoscopy Systems in VA Setting.
  • Veterans Prostate Cancer Awareness Medical Advisory Group. Michael Crosby, CDR, USN ret., Founder and CEO.
  • What is New in Industry: Key Products & Services.

For registration and information on USAV membership, please visit the USAV website at

We look forward to welcoming you at the USAV meeting. Finally, we wish to extend our thanks to the AUA and SGSU for their support of the Urological Society for American Veterans.

Muta M. Issa, MD, FACS, MBA, President, USAV