Course Information

48th Annual UCLA State-of-the-Art Urology Conference

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California

March 03, 2023 to March 05, 2023

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This course explores the most challenging management problems facing the practicing urologist. Distinguished faculty present current information and techniques in urologic oncology (prostate, bladder, kidney), male and female voiding dysfunction, incontinence, BPH surgical therapies, thulium and holmium lasers, disposable scopes, androgen deficiency, Peyronie’s disease, prostate cancer focal and radiation therapy, perineal prostate biopsy, active surveillance, genetic testing, advanced prostate cancer therapy, non-muscle invasive bladder cancer, upper tract TCCA, renal tumors, pediatric urology, urethral stricture disease, gender affirming care, and GU dermatology. The conference emphasizes interaction between participants and faculty and allows ample time for case presentations and group discussions, ensuring an outstanding educational experience for attendees.

A few days before the meeting you will be emailed a link and a password to download the individual speaker handouts.

Course Fees

Fees include course registration and materials, daily continental breakfasts and breaks, Friday evening reception, and Friday and Saturday luncheons.

$550 Physicians
$350 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Faculty
$275 Non-Physician, Healthcare Professionals
$110 Residents (accompanied by a confirmatory letter of status from department chief or training director)

Enroll Online

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards, and electronic checks (ACH). 

*Credit card and check payments via phone, fax, or mail are no longer accepted.

To register using a credit card or ACH/electronic transfer: click here.

Online registration will close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 26th.

Enrollment after online registration has closed:

  Option 1: Please call (310) 794-2620 between 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time) by Wednesday, March 1st.
  Option 2: After 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 1st, please enroll onsite. No registrations will be taken by our office.


Cancellations must be received by February 1, 2023 by email to and will be subject to a $75 processing fee. No refunds will be given after that date. If, for any reason, the course must be canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, a full refund will be provided.


If you have questions about enrollment, please call (310) 794-2620 or email:

Course Chair

William J. Aronson, MD


Course Co-Chairs

Craig Canfield, MD
Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS

Department of Urology Faculty*

Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Department of Urology
Professor of Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health

A. Lenore Ackerman, MD, PhD
William J. Aronson, MD
Z. Chad Baxter, MD
Jonathan Bergman, MD, MPH
Wayne G. Brisbane, MD
Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS
Arnold I. Chin, MD, PhD
Nicholas M. Donin, MD
Matthew Dunn, MD
Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD
Kathy Huen, MD, MPH
Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Steven E. Lerman, MD
Jesse N. Mills, MD
Victor W. Nitti, MD
Gladys Ng, MD
Jacob Rajfer, MD
Kymora Scotland, MD, PhD
Brian Shuch, MD
Jennifer S. Singer, MD
Renea Sturm, MD

UCLA Faculty*

Albert J. Chang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Brachytherapy and Vice Chair of Surgical Services
Departments of Radiation Oncology and Urology

Jeremy Davis, MD, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor
Division of Dermatology

Alexandra Drakaki, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Urology
Medical Director of the Genitourinary Oncology Program
Co-Leader of Genitourinary Research, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Division of Hematology/Oncology and Institute of Urologic Oncology

Amar U. Kishan, MD
Associate Professor
Chief of Genitourinary Oncology Service
Vice Chair of Clinical and Translational Research
Department of Radiation Oncology

Matthew Rettig, MD
Professor of Medicine and Urology
Medical Director, Prostate Cancer Program
Institute of Urologic Oncology
Chief, Division of Hematology-Oncology
VA Greater Los Angeles – West Los Angeles


Guest Faculty

Joseph P. Alukal, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Urology
Director, Men’s Health
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
New York-Presbyterian Hospital
New York, New York

Sam S. Chang, MD, MBA
Patricia and Rodes Hart Chair and Professor of Urologic Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Chief Surgical Officer
Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Ben H. Chew, MD, MSc, FRCSC
Associate Professor of Urologic Sciences
University of British Columbia
Chair of Research, Endourological Society
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Ricardo R. Gonzalez, MD
Associate Professor of Urology
Program Director, Urology Fellowship in FPMRS
Houston Methodist Hospital
Weill Cornell College of Medicine
TX A&M College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Urology
Harold Binstein Professor of Urology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Ariana L. Smith, MD, FPMRS
Professor of Urology
Chief of Urology, Pennsylvania Hospital
Director of Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Friday, March 3, 2023

7:00 am  Registration/Break/Exhibits
7:55 am Introductions and Announcements
William J. Aronson, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine
Moderator: Victor W. Nitti, MD
8:00 am Optimizing Surgical Care in Women
Ariana L. Smith, MD, FPMRS
8:15 am The Many Presentations of OAB: Spectrum or Different Phenotypes?
A. Lenore Ackerman, MD, PhD
8:30 am Anticholinergics and Dementia: Time to Change the Treatment Algorithm?
Victor W. Nitti, MD
8:45 am Practical Urodynamics in Female Pelvic Medicine
Ariana L. Smith, MD, FPMRS
9:00 am

Panel Discussion: Common Problems in Female Pelvic Medicine
Audience Questions – Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Victor W. Nitti
Panel: Drs. Ackerman, Baxter, Kim, and Smith

10:00 am Break/Exhibits
Male Voiding Dysfunction
Moderator: Victor W. Nitti, MD
10:20 am MIST vs. Surgery: Tailoring the “Best” BPH Treatment for Each Patient
Ricardo R. Gonzalez, MD
10:35 am Ejaculatory Preservation during BPH Procedures: Why and How
Ricardo R. Gonzalez, MD
10:50 am Primary Bladder Neck Obstruction in Young Men: Case-Based Diagnosis and Treatment
Victor W. Nitti, MD
11:00 am

Panel Discussion: Common Problems in Male Voiding Dysfunction
Audience Questions – Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Victor W. Nitti
Panel: Drs. Baxter, Gonzalez, and Kim

12:00 pm Lunch
Moderator: Matthew Dunn, MD
1:00 pm

Reusable vs Single Use Ureteroscopes
Where Are We Now and What’s the Future
Ben H. Chew, MD, MSc, FRCSC

1:20 pm Management of Ureteroscopy and PCNL Complications
Matthew Dunn, MD
1:40 pm Optimal Laser Settings and Which Lasers to Use
Ben H. Chew, MD, MSc, FRCSC
2:00 pm Panel Discussion – Audience Questions – Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Matthew Dunn
Panel: Drs. Chew and Scotland
3:00 pm Break/Exhibits
Men's Health
Moderator: Jesse N. Mills, MD
3:20 pm The Andrologist’s Guide to a Focused Men’s Health Evaluation
Joseph P. Alkulal, MD
3:40 pm Modern Approaches to Testosterone Therapy
Sriram Eleswarapu, MD, PhD
4:00 pm

Special Considerations in Testosterone Therapy
Erythrocytosis, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Fertility
Joseph P. Alkulal, MD

4:20 pm

Peyronie’s Disease – Evaluation and Treatment
Preventing and Managing Complications
Jesse N. Mills, MD

4:40 pm

Panel Discussion – Audience Questions – Case Presentations
Future Directions in Men’s Health
Moderator: Dr. Jesse N. Mills
Panel: Drs. Alukal, Eleswarapu, and Rajfer

5:45 pm Adjourn/Reception

Saturday, March 4, 2023

6:30 am  Break/Exhibits
Video Session
7:00 am Perineal Biopsy – How To – Tips and Tricks
Wayne G. Brisbane, MD
7:15 am Focal Ablation Techniques
Wayne G. Brisbane, MD
7:30 am Retzius Sparing Robotic Radical Prostatectomy
Wayne G. Brisbane, MD
Prostate Cancer
Moderator: Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
8:00 am Active Surveillance in 2023 – What’s New?
Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD
8:20 am Focal Therapy – What, When, and Why
Wayne G. Brisbane, MD
8:40 am Prostate Biopsy – Is Transrectal Dead?
Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD
9:00 am Panel Discussion – Audience Questions – Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Litwin
Panel: Drs. Brisbane, Kishan, and Schaeffer
10:00 am Break/Exhibits
10:20 am Radiotherapy – What Urologists Need to Know in 2023
Amar U. Kishan, MD
10:35 am Management of Localized High Risk Prostate Cancer – A Case for Therapeutic Intensification
Edward M. Schaeffer, MD, PhD
10:50 am

Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer in 2023
Practical Approach for the Urologist
Matthew Rettig, MD

11:10 am

Panel Discussion – Audience Questions - Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Litwin
Panel: Drs. Brisbane, Kishan, Rettig, and Schaeffer

12:00 pm Lunch
Bladder Cancer
Moderator: Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS
1:00 pm Contemporary Management of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
Sam S. Chang, MD, MBA
1:20 pm Is There Still a Role for Blue Light Cystoscopy – Point Counterpoint
Con: Arnold I. Chin, MD, PhD
Pro: Sam S. Chang, MD, MBA
1:40 pm Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma – State of the Art
Sam S. Chang, MD, MBA
2:00 pm Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Karim Chamie
Panel: Drs. A. Chang, S. Chang, Chin, and Drakaki
2:50 pm Break/Exhibits
Optimizing Cancer Care
Moderator: William J. Aronson, MD
3:10 pm Special Lecture: Supportive Care of Your Cancer Patients – Assessing for Depression and Goals of Care
Jonathan Bergman, MD, MPH
Kidney Cancer
Moderator: Brian Shuch, MD
3:30 pm Partial Nephrectomy: Enucleation vs Margin Resection – With Video
Brian Shuch, MD
3:50 pm Emerging Role for Radiation in Poor Surgical Candidates
Albert J. Chang, MD, PhD
4:05 pm Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Brian Shuch
Panel: Drs. Chamie, A. Chang, and S. Chang
5:00 pm Adjourn

Sunday, March 5, 2023

6:30 am  Break/Exhibits
Video Session
7:00 am Endourology Tips and Tricks and Managing Complications
Matthew Dunn, MD
Urethral Stricture Disease and Gender-Related Issues
Moderator: Nicholas M. Donin, MD
8:00 am Urethral Stricture Disease and Lichen Sclerosis
Guideline and Practical Approaches

Gladys Ng, MD
8:30 am Gender Affirming Care in General Urology
A Primer in the Care of Transitioning Patients

Gladys Ng, MD
GU Dermatology
Moderator: Nicholas M. Donin, MD
9:00 am Dermatology Issues in General Urology – Practical Approaches
Jeremy Davis, MD, MS
9:40 am Break/Exhibits
Pediatric Urology
Moderator: Steven E. Lerman, MD
10:00 am What’s New in Pediatric Urology
Steven E. Lerman, MD, Kathy Huen, MD, MPH, Jennifer S. Singer, MD, and Renea Sturm, MD
11:00 am Pediatric Urology Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Steven E. Lerman
Panel: Drs. Huen, Singer, and Sturm
12:30 pm Adjourn

At the completion of this program, participants should be better able to:

  • Tailor BPH surgical therapy
  • Preserve ejaculation with BPH procedures
  • Utilize perineal biopsy in clinical practice
  • Utilize active surveillance in prostate cancer patients
  • Perform retzius sparing robotic radical prostatectomy
  • Utilize focal therapy for prostate cancer
  • Utilize PSMA imaging for managing patients with prostate cancer
  • Manage high risk and advanced prostate cancer
  • Utilize genetic testing in clinical practice for prostate cancer
  • Manage bladder cancer refractory to BCG
  • Manage patients with upper tract urothelial cancer
  • Perform partial nephrectomy enucleation
  • Manage the spectrum of kidney cancer
  • Manage male and female voiding dysfunction including bladder neck obstruction
  • Utilize urodynamics in clinical practice
  • Understand anticholinergic induced dementia and alter treatment algorithm
  • Manage ureteroscopy and PCNL complications
  • Understand laser settings and risks with thulium and holmium lasers
  • Utilize disposable scopes in urology
  • Manage testosterone deficiency
  • Manage Peyronie’s disease and treatment related complications
  • Assess for depression in cancer patients
  • Manage common pediatric urology problems
  • Manage dermatology problems in urology
  • Understand important aspects of gender affirming care
  • Manage urethral stricture disease

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved for the AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists Credit
Approved by the ASRT for a maximum of 17.75 Category A continuing education credit.

The Department of Urology is a California Board of Nursing approved provider (#8888).

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is “truly independent” and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that non-promotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program’s participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manage all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We, at UCLA, fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.


UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Directions and Parking

From the 405 freeway, exit Wilshire Blvd., East toward Westwood. Turn left on Westwood Blvd., travel past Charles E. Young Dr. South and turn left on Structure 8 driveway. Drive up the ramp to the rooftop level to park. Pay stations are located up on the rooftop. All day self-parking is $15. There is a convenient walkway/bridge connecting Parking Structure 8 (on level 3) to the Luskin Conference Center Property. The Luskin Conference Center is located at Westwood Plaza and Strathmore Place.

Overnight self-parking is available at The Luskin Conference Center at $32 per night. There is also self-parking available at Parking Structure 8 at $26 per night.

All parking rates are subject to change. For additional information, please visit



The Luskin Conference Center features 254 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many with sweeping views of the stunning campus architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds. The gracious guest experience at the Luskin Conference Center is further enhanced by a full-service restaurant and lounge, on-site professional catering services, well-equipped fitness center, business center, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

UCLA has arranged a room block at the Luskin Conference Center for our guests. A room rate of $319 will be offered (tax exempt). Each individual guest must make their own reservations by going to the following link:

You may also call 855-LCC-UCLA (522-8252). All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. Reservations must be made by February 2, 2023. The group code is LG2303UROA.

Once the room block is filled, room rates will be subject to availability.