LINTHICUM, Md., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Urological Association (AUA) has named Timothy D. Averch, MD, FACS, the 2014-2015 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Averch joins the prestigious ranks of past Gallagher Health Policy Scholars.
The Gallagher Health Policy Scholar Program, created in honor of former AUA Executive Director G. James Gallagher, is designed to train the next generation of urologists for leadership positions in health policy. Scholars spend a full year engaged in critical seminars, conferences and meetings at the national level, receive mentoring from AUA physicians in senior roles and participate in a week-long health policy seminar for surgeons sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and held at Brandeis University. Scholars also engage in other educational activities that ensure their immersion in and understanding of health policy issues of importance to urology.
"In a field of impressive applicants, Dr. Averch's accomplishments, particularly his activity on behalf of urology at the national level, stood out and earned him the honor of being selected as the fifth Gallagher Health Policy Scholar," said AUA Health Policy Chair Dr. David F. Penson, MD, MPH. "The AUA is making great strides in ensuring that we have the best and the brightest young urologists becoming conversant in the full range of regulatory, legislative, quality, reimbursement and legislative issues needed to protect and advance urology's interests at the local, state and national levels."
Dr. Averch is Director of Endourology and Professor and Vice Chair for Quality at the UPMC Department of Urology and serves as Division Chief of Urology, UPMC Presbyterian. He has authored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals with a focus on stone management and endourology. He is an active volunteer at the national and regional level, currently serving as vice chair of the AUA's Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Committee and as the Pennsylvania representative to the AUA's Northeastern Section Board of Directors.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, Maryland, the American Urological Association is a leading advocate for the specialty of urology, and has more than 20,000 members throughout the world. The AUA is a premier urologic association, providing invaluable support to the urologic community as it pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care through education, research and the formulation of health policy.
Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA
SOURCE American Urological Association