Course Information
43rd Annual UCLA State-of-the-Art Urology Conference

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey, California
March 08, 2018 to March 11, 2018
*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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Course Description

This course explores the most challenging management problems facing the practicing urologist. Distinguished faculty present current information and techniques in female pelvic medicine and reconstruction, stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, interstitial cystitis, recurrent UTI, nocturia, renal and ureteral stones, surgical therapies and technologies for BPH, chronic prostatitis and pelvic pain, Peyronie’s disease, testosterone replacement therapy, urologic oncology (prostate, bladder, kidney, testis), imaging and ablative therapies, biomarkers for cancer detection and management, MRI fusion biopsy, active surveillance, robotic surgical procedures, BCG unresponsive bladder cancer, management of the small renal mass, GU dermatology, hemorrhagic cystitis, and practice management including coding, EHR strategies, and KPIs. 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.

Registration Information


To enroll click here.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
UCLA State-of-the-Art Urology
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512


Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

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)
  • $100 Dry Lab Fee (must be in conjunction with general session)

*Please indicate faculty appointment title and campus on registration form.


Cancellations must be received in writing by February 2, 2018, 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. You may fax your refund request to 310-794-2624.


Guest Faculty

Peter Carroll, MD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Ken and Donna Derr – Chevron Distinguished Professor
Taube Family Distinguished Professor in Urology
Department of Urology
UCSF – Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC
Professor & Chair
Department of Urology
Donald D. Albers Chair in Urology
The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center & The Stephenson Cancer Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Vandana “Wendy” Madkan, MD, FAAD
Staff Dermatologist
Mosaic Dermatology
Beverly Hills, California

J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC
Professor of Urology, Queen’s University
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Urologic Pain and Inflammation
Kingston Health Sciences Centre
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Mark N. Painter, BA, CPMA
Thornton, Colorado

Margaret S. Pearle, MD, PhD
Vice Chair, Department of Urology
Professor of Urology and Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Eric S. Rovner, MD
Professor of Urology
Department of Urology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Brian Shuch, MD
Assistant Professor of Urology and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Director, Genitourinary Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program
Department of Urology
Yale School of Medicine
Boston, Massachusetts

Anthony Zietman, MD
Shipley Professor of Radiation Oncology
Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Course Chair

William J. Aronson, MD

Course Co-Chairs

Craig Canfield, MD
Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS
Gregory S. Jack, MD

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

William J. Aronson, MD
Z. Chad Baxter, MD
Carol J. Bennett, MD
Jonathan Bergman, MD, MPH
Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS
Arnold I. Chin, MD, PhD
Matthew Dunn, MD
Stuart Holden, MD
Ja-Hong Kim, MD
Leonard S. Marks, MD
Jesse N. Mills, MD
Allan J. Pantuck, MD, MS
Jacob Rajfer, MD
Shlomo Raz, MD
Robert E. Reiter, MD, MBA
Christopher S. Saigal, MD, MPH

UCLA Faculty*

Alexandra Drakaki, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Urology
Director – Genitourinary Medical Oncology Program
Co-Director of Research, GU Trials Program
Division of Hematology/Oncology
and Institute of Urologic Oncology

Steven S. Raman, MD
Professor of Radiology, Surgery and Urology
Department of Radiology

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

*David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Program Agenda

Thursday, March 8, 2018

3:00-7:00 Registration for Dry Lab and General Session
Optional Dry Lab
5:00 MRI/US Fusion Biopsy – Applications in Clinical Practice
Leonard S. Marks, MD, Allan J. Pantuck, MD, MS, and Christopher S. Saigal, MD, MPH
5:45 MRI/US Fusion Biopsy – Hands On Dry Lab with Instruction
Leonard S. Marks, MD, Allan J. Pantuck, MD, MS, and Christopher S. Saigal, MD, MPH
7:30 Adjourn


Friday, March 9, 2018

7:00 Registration / Breakfast / Exhibits
7:50 Introductions and Announcements
William J. Aronson, MD
Female Voiding Dysfunction, Reconstruction, Surgical Tips and Tricks Moderator: Shlomo Raz, MD
8:00 Does One Sling Fit All: Sizing Up SUI Surgery in 2018
Eric S. Rovner, MD
8:20 Native Tissue Repair of Incontinence and Prolapse
Shlomo Raz, MD
8:40 Peripheral Nerve Stim, Botulinum Toxin, Sacral Neuromodulation Who Gets What
Eric S. Rovner, MD
9:00 Complications of SUI Surgery – Preventing and Correcting Failures
Shlomo Raz, MD
9:20 Break / Exhibits
9:40 Recurrent UTIs in the Female
Eric S. Rovner, MD
10:00 Diagnosis and Management of Female Urethral Obstruction
Shlomo Raz, MD
10:20 IC/BPS: Practical Tips from the Bladder Pain Clinic
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC
10:40 Nocturia – A Pragmatic Approach to a Complex Problem
Eric S. Rovner, MD
11:00 Case Presentations, Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Shlomo Raz
Panel: Drs. Baxter, Kim, Nickel, and Rovner
12:00 Lunch with Faculty
Urolithiasis – Medical and Surgical Therapy Moderator: Matthew Dunn, MD
1:00 Ureteroscopy: The Real Outcomes Tips to Maximize Your Success
Margaret S. Pearle, MD, PhD
1:15 Update on Dietary and Medical Management of Stone Disease
Matthew Dunn, MD
1:35 Advances in PCNL
Margaret S. Pearle, MD, PhD
1:50 Management of the Acute Stone Event
Margaret S. Pearle, MD, PhD
2:05 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Matthew Dunn
Panel: Dr. Pearle
2:50 Break / Exhibits
Men’s HealthModerator: Jacob Rajfer, MD
3:10 Sizing Up the New Technologies for LUTS/BPH
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC
3:30 Peyronie’s Management
Video Collagenase Injection
Technique and Complications
Jesse N. Mills, MD
3:45 Chronic Prostatitis/Pelvic Pain in Men – A Practical Approach
J. Curtis Nickel, MD, FRCSC
4:00 Testosterone Replacement Therapy in 2018
New AUA Guidelines and Beyond
Jesse N. Mills, MD
4:15 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Jacob Rajfer
Panel: Drs. Mills and Nickel
5:30 Adjourn
5:45 Reception


Saturday, March 10, 2018

6:30 Breakfast / Exhibits
Video Session
7:00 Challenges in Robotic Radical Prostatectomy
Large Median Lobe, Maximizing Continence, Extended Lymph Node Dissection
Robert E. Reiter, MD, MBA
Prostate Cancer Moderator: Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
8:00 Active Surveillance in 2018
State of the Art
Peter Carroll, MD, MPH
8:15 Radiation Therapy – Transitioning from 8 Weeks to 1 Week
How Did This Happen?
Anthony Zietman, MD
8:30 Focal Therapy in 2018: Updates and What’s on the Horizon
Leonard S. Marks, MD
8:45 New Guidelines for Genetic Screening for Prostate Cancer
Robert E. Reiter, MD, MBA
9:00 Serum and Tissue Biomarker Update for Diagnosis and Directing Management
Peter Carroll, MD, MPH
9:15 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Litwin
Panel: Drs. Carroll, Cookson, Holden, Marks, Reiter, Rettig, and Zietman
10:00 Break / Exhibits
10:20 Management of Biochemical Recurrence
Salvage Therapy in the Setting of Axumin and PSMA Scans
Peter Carroll, MD, MPH
10:35 Radiation for Oligometastatic Disease
Anthony Zietman, MD
10:50 Advanced Prostate Cancer for the Practicing Clinician
What You Need to Know
Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC
11:10 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Litwin
Panel: Drs. Carroll, Cookson, Holden, Marks, Reiter, Rettig, and Zietman
12:00 Lunch with Faculty
Bladder CancerModerator: Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
1:05 Difficult Issues in Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
Guidelines and Beyond
Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC
1:20 Role for Urine Biomarkers in 2018
Arnold I. Chin, MD, PhD
1:35 BCG Unresponsive NMIBC
What To Do Next
Michael S. Cookson, MD, MMHC
1:50 Update on Bladder Sparing Chemo-Radiation
Anthony Zietman, MD
2:05 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Litwin
Panel: Drs. Chamie, Chin, Cookson, Drakaki, and Zietman
2:50 Break / Exhibits
Kidney CancerModerator: Allan J. Pantuck, MD, MS
3:10 Kidney Cancer – What’s on the Horizon
Allan J. Pantuck, MD, MS
3:20 Small Renal Mass
State of the Art 2018
New AUA Guidelines
Brian Shuch, MD
3:35 Video Session
Robotic Partial Nephrectomy
Transperitoneal and Retroperitoneal: Tips and Tricks
Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS
3:50 The Tumor Is Out – What Next?
Surveillance, Adjuvant Therapy
Brian Shuch, MD
4:05 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Allan Pantuck
Panel: Drs. Chamie, Drakaki, Pantuck, Raman, and Shuch
5:30 Adjourn


Sunday, March 11, 2018

6:30 Breakfast / Exhibits
Video Session
7:00 Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HOLEP)
Matthew Dunn, MD
7:30 Robotic Simple Prostatectomy
Karim Chamie, MD, MSHS
Urology Grand Rounds
Challenging Cases – VideoModerator: Carol J. Bennett, MD
8:00 GU Dermatology – Practical Management Pearls
Vandana Madkan, MD, FAAD
8:20 Orchalgia: Causes, Therapies
Video: Denervation Technique
Jesse N. Mills, MD
8:40 Hemorrhagic Cystitis – Challenges and Solutions
Jonathan Bergman, MD, MPH
9:00 Testis Cancer Case Study
Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
9:20 Break / Exhibits
Practice ManagementModerator: Mark S. Litwin, MD, MPH
9:40 Surgical Coding Scenarios – Documentation and Reporting of Selected Surgical Cases
Mark N. Painter, BA, CPMA
10:10 Living with EHR – Scribes, Protocols and Delegation, Pitfalls and Suggestions
Mark N. Painter, BA, CPMA
10:40 KPIs – What to Watch and How to Measure Your Practice Billing Performance
Mark N. Painter, BA, CPMA
11:10 Panel Discussion and Case Presentations
Moderator: Dr. Mark S. Litwin
Panel: Mr. Painter
12:30 Adjourn


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

  • Understand key aspects of new guidelines for bladder cancer, testosterone deficiency, and genetic screening for prostate cancer
  • Utilize biomarkers and biopsy techniques for detection and active surveillance
  • Determine the role for SBRT for prostate cancer
  • Manage advanced prostate cancer
  • Understand the present role for focal therapy for prostate cancer
  • Utilize alternative intravesical chemotherapies for bladder cancer
  • Understand bladder sparing treatment for advanced bladder cancer
  • Manage the small renal mass
  • Manage GU pelvic pain conditions
  • Treat male and female voiding dysfunction, BPH, and kidney stones
  • Treat testosterone deficiency
  • Manage GU dermatologic conditions
  • Manage hemorrhagic cystitis
  • Navigate coding and related practice management issues


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 21.75 (plus 2.5 for Dry Lab) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Society of Radiologic Technologists Credit
Approved by the ASRT for a maximum of 15 Category A continuing education credit.


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The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
310-823-1700 or 800-241-3333
310-823-2404 facsimile

March is the ideal time of year to visit Southern California. Temperatures are usually in the mid 70s, and skies are sunny and clear. The Ritz-Carlton overlooks the world’s largest small craft harbor and offers spectacular coastline vistas from the balcony of every guestroom. Guests will enjoy two lighted tennis courts, a waterfront swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center/spa, as well as other amenities that give the Ritz-Carlton its uncompromising reputation. Within walking distance of the hotel are a variety of restaurants, clubs, and shops, as well as biking paths, jogging trails and, of course, the Marina Beach. Close by are art galleries, popular restaurants, architectural showpieces, and the distinctive cultural scenes of Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Shopping in Beverly Hills, Century City, Abbott Kinney, and Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade is close by. The Los Angeles area offers a variety of vacation entertainment for both adults and children. Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Universal Studios are just a few of the attractions that help make a visit to Southern California a memorable experience.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ritz-Carlton for conference participants at a special conference rate of $299.00 plus tax per night for single/double occupancy. One night’s deposit is required to guarantee late arrival (after 5pm). Confirmation of reservations received after February 6, 2018 is subject to availability. For reservations call 310-823-1700 or 800-241-3333. Be sure to mention UCLA’s State-of-the-Art Urology Conference when calling in your reservations. You may also visit their website:

Daytime: $13 valet only
Overnight: $28

Transportation to Hotel from LAX
Taxi or shuttle service is available from Los Angeles
International Airport to the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.