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President's Welcome Message

Joseph Alukal.

Joseph P. Alukal, MD

Some simple thoughts ...

As I write this Spring Newsletter update from sunny New York City, the Yankees home opener later today is being rescheduled. Because of snow, Spring has apparently sprung somewhere else.

While I remain in disbelief that the change of seasons will bring us better weather, I am excited as always for other spring eventualities that we can look forward to. Most notably, the AUA Annual Meeting in San Francisco (May 18 – 21, 2018) is right around the corner. Highlights include a number of sessions on the plenary including a state-of-the-art lecture on the Smart Phone Semen Analysis, a Prime Time Plenary Session on Men’s Health including discussions of varicocelectomy and vasectomy, and a Panel Discussion on Fertility Preservation in the Pediatric Patient (all on Sunday, May 20th).

For more info on all the male fertility sessions at the AUA Annual Meeting, go to:

The SSMR 2018 Symposium (Sunday May 20th, Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 9, Lower Level B2) will be chaired by James Hotaling. This 4 hour session, entitled, “Beyond the Semen Analysis: Bringing Personalized Medicine to Male Infertility,” will help all of us to understand the novel testing we can offer our patients now, as well as future directions for both diagnostics and therapeutics of infertile male patients. Jim has planned an exceptional program, and I am sure we are all equally excited for this event.

The 2018 SSMR meeting will be our 24th annual meeting; our “young” organization has managed to accomplish so much in a short time. We have a number of successes from the past year: continued support of the Andrology Research Consortium (ARC); this multi-center effort now generates prospective research in male fertility at a far large scale and pace than would ever be possible if there weren’t widespread collaboration on this effort as well as financial support from the SSMR. The 2018 AUA Advocacy Meeting occurred in March of 2018; the SSMR is one of 14 organizations in Urology with a role at the meeting. Aaron Spitz, Jim Dupree, Dorrie Lamb were present and centrally involved in the AUA’s Advocacy effort on Capitol Hill, while Ajay Nangia gave an exceptional summary of the USPSTF process with regard setting an arbitrary grade of “D” for testicular self-examination. We look forward to future collaborations with the AUA to bring the needs of our patients to Capitol Hill.

The Annual SSMR Banquet is another highlight to look forward to. The banquet is Sunday, May 20th and kicks off with cocktails at 7:00 p.m. The SSMR Annual Banquet will be held at the iconic InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. Catch up with old and new friends over dinner and cocktails at this majestic historic landmark located on Nob Hill with beautiful views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge!

My continued thanks to our board for their ongoing service: Dave Shin, Tom Walsh, Mike Eisenberg, Jim Hotaling, Stan Honig, Kirk Lo (Immediate Past-president) and Ed Sabanegh (Past-president). Dan Williams will take on the role of President after the Annual Meeting and you know, as I do, we are in excellent hands. It has been my great honor to serve as President this past year and I look forward to helping the SSMR however I can moving forward.

I can’t wait to see all of you together very soon in San Francisco. All my best wishes for a wonderful and warm spring, wherever you may be.

Joseph P. Alukal, MD
SSMR President, 2017 – 2018

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