Message from the President

Dear AAPU Friends,

I am pleased and honored to serve as your President of the American Association of Pediatric Urology for 2019-2020. Let me first thank Dr. & Mrs. Israel Franco for coordinating and hosting our 2019 annual meeting this past January in Grand Cayman. It was an excellent meeting in every respect. The meeting venue at the Westin Grand Cayman was magnificent, and the lecture presentations and discussions were informative and stimulating. Additionally, Dr. Gregory Dean should be given recognition for his hard work toward raising funds to facilitate this event. With contributions such as these from our members, the future looks very bright for the AAPU!

The AAPU was founded in 1988 by Dr. David Roth and now, 31 years later, represents one of the most cherished pediatric urology meetings of the year. Thanks to our Historian, Dr. Richard Hurwitz, and the fortitude of Dr. Franco and several AAPU Board members, significant improvements to the AAPU bylaws were approved by the members at the recent AAPU Annual meeting. These changes were critical and reflect the maturation and evolution that has transpired within the AAPU. The AAPU Board will continue to refine the bylaws and we will send any further proposed changes to the membership for vetting prior to next year’s meeting.

I extend a warm welcome to all members, both current and prospective, to join us at the AAPU 2020 Annual Meeting (January 20-24, 2020) at the Fairmont Hotel & Resort, Myakoba, which is located in the Riviera Maya portion of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The Fairmont Mayakoba is a AAA-5 Diamond and Rainforest Certified resort and is located within a private, gated resort community 39 minutes driving time south of Cancun.  It is surrounded by 240 acres of tropical forest intersected by river waterways and surrounded by a pristine Caribbean shoreline. There are many activities to satisfy any interest on the resort. For golfers, there is the El Camaleón Golf Club that is home to the PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic. There are tennis courts, use of kayaks, stand-up paddles, snorkel and masks, boogie boards, balls and equipment to build sandcastles. There is a nature trail for walking and biking, and water taxis and golf carts also shuttle people throughout the resort property. We will have onsite coordination for activities outside of the resort, such as exploring the local cenotes (underwater caves) and nearby Mayan ruins. Finally, there are organized activities for children ages 4-12 at the onsite Discovery Club, which also includes up to 3 hours per day.

I would like to make a strong challenge for members to encourage and engage young faculty within the pediatric urology community to join, participate and attend next year’s meeting. I fondly remember attending the AAPU meeting in 1996 when I was a resident. I accompanied Dr. Yves Homsy, who was invited as a guest lecturer, and I recall the interactive discussions and passionate debates as being both memorable and influential in my training and professional development.

In closing, the AAPU is a unique and special organization that offers substantial value for American Pediatric Urology. Many bonds of friendship and professional collaboration have formed among our members, and it is always a delight to have this time together each January.  I hope that you will make plans to be a part of it, and that we all may continue to contribute as valuable members in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Paul Austin