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About the Summit

Annual Urology Advocacy Summit
March 4-6, 2019
Washington, D.C.

The American Urological Association will host its second Annual Urology Advocacy Summit on March 4-6, 2019, on Capitol Hill in the heart of Washington, D.C. This AUA-led event will continue to expand, strengthen and unify the voice of urology on policy matters impacting our practices and patients by bringing together a broad array of stakeholders, including patient advocates and researchers.

The conference will host speakers ranging from urologists to patients, to government employees and members of Congress. It will continue to feature grassroots lobbying training for those new to the process, and will provide opportunities for participants to meet with lawmakers and their staff and others to attend a meeting with officials at various agencies around the D.C. metropolitan area.

Who Should Attend?

The Annual Urology Advocacy Summit is open to all U.S. AUA members, including

  • young urologists
  • researchers
  • subspecialties
  • nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • physician assistants
  • residents
  • fellows and medical students
  • patient advocates
  • policymakers

Lawmakers and other government officials are also anticipated to attend.

Keynote Speaker

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward


Legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, and associate editor of The Washington Post Bob Woodward will deliver the opening keynote address at the 2019 Annual Urology Advocacy Summit.

Mr. Woodward, is a journalistic icon who gained international attention when he and fellow journalist Carl Bernstein broke news of the Watergate scandal. Their book, All the President's Men, won a Pulitzer Prize.  He won a second Pulitzer in 2003 for his coverage of 9-11. He has written or coauthored 18 best-selling books. His newest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, was released earlier this year.

Hot Topics

The Summit will focus on a myriad of issues of importance to the urology community, including:


Learn about various federal and state measures that directly impact a urologists ability to practice medicine.


Understand the regulatory arena and the ramifications that agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have on urologic professionals around the country.

Patient Access

Work to ensure timely access to treatments and medications that enhance urologic patients' quality of life.