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Urology for Social Responsibility

Passion. Purpose. Peace. Urology helps you P.

UC San Diego
January 13-14, 2024

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Dear Colleagues,

Many issues cloud the future for our children. As a community committed to the welfare of others, Urology and other medical specialties embrace the need and opportunity to advocate for positive change that will lead to a brighter future. The goal of UROLOGY FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY is to bring together our extended community to:

  1. Learn more from each other and experts in the field regarding the nuances of these social topics
  2. Discuss approaches to being effective leaders for social change, through dialogue, advocacy, and activism


Please use this link to register: Registration


 Dr. Monga's signature


Manoj Monga, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair
Department of Urology
Joseph D. Schmidt MD Presidential Chair in Urology

Who should attend?

Anyone passionate about social issues facing our society that impact the health and wellness of our world.

Specific themes and topics to be discussed will include:

Global Responsibility

Sustainability in the Operating Room

National Equity

Basic Human Rights (Food and Shelter, Violence [Gun, Domestic, Child])


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Urology
Gender Equity in Urology
Wellness & Burnout in Urology

The world belongs to our children. We would invite you to bring your teenagers and adolescents if they would like to lend their important insights into our discussions. Each day will have a 2-3 hour mid-day break to allow for wellness, family time or informal continuation of discussion with new friends and colleagues. A family friendly social events will also be planned for Saturday evening.


T. Denny Sanford Medical Education and Telemedicine Center ("MET") 


7:00a Light Breakfast in the MET Atrium
7:30a Alec J. Calac: Welcome Blessing and Land Acknowledgement – People of the Kumeyaay Nation
7:45a Keynote Speaker: Amanda Gosman, MD, Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery,  UCSD School of Medicine
Building a Sustainable Program for Medical Outreach
8:15a Keynote Speaker: Rita Abbati Albert, JD, Executive Director & Legal Counsel, ConnectMed
What It Takes To Start a Non-Profit
8:45a Talk: Shira Abeles, MD
Sustainability and Healthcare (Hospital Administration Perspective)
9:15a Keynote Speaker: Kathryn Unger, Vice President, Environmental, Social and Governance, Boston Scientific
Sustainability and Healthcare (Industry Perspective)
9:40a Talk: Christian Escobar, VP of Marketing, Ambu
Sustainability In Single-Use Endoscopy (Industry Perspective)
10:00a Panel: Sustainability in the Operating Room
Kathryn Unger, Christian Escobar, Jay Shah, MD
10:45a Talk: Paul Findley
Swimming in a Plastic Ocean
11:15a Talk: Lisa Geller
Public Health and Gun Safety
11:40a Panel: Basic Human Rights (Food and Shelter, Violence [Gun, Domestic, Child])
Chair: Brian Stork, MD
Rose Ann Sharp, Taseen Haque, Alec J. Calac, Lisa Geller
12:30pm Wellness Break and Family Time
2:00p Roundtable Discussions
- Sustainability and Human Rights: Chair - Manoj Monga, MD
5:30-8:00p Reception: Family-Friendly Light Buffet
7:00a Light Breakfast in the MET Atrium
7:50a Keynote Speaker: Mikki Leach, MD
Next-Gen Advocacy 101: The Resident Perspective
8:10a Talk: Camila Vargas
Think Like a Scientist: Reaching the Children
8:30a Talk: Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD
Gender Equity in Health and in the Healthcare Workforce: Where are we now and where do we need to be?
9:00a Panel: Women’s Healthcare, Equity and Inclusion: The Women’s Health Initiative and Beyond
Chair: Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD
Marianna Alperin, MD, Seth Cohen, MD, Elodi Dielubanza, MD
10:00a Panel: Allyship and Gender Equity in Urology
Chair: Yahir Santiago-Lastra, MD
Nishant Patel, MD, Suzette Sutherland, MD, Elodi Dielubanza, MD
11:00a Talk: Daniel Lee, MD
Wellness Exist in the Practice of Medicine? Kelee Meditation Will Help!
11:30a Talk: Nishant Patel, MD
Recovery and Resilience
11:50a Panel: Wellness & Burnout
Chair: Jay Shah, MD
Camila Vargas, Daniel Lee, MD
12:20p Wellness Break and Family Time
2:00p Roundtable Discussions
 - Wellness & Burnout in Urology: Chair - Jay Shah, MD; Camila Vargas, Daniel Lee, MD
 - School Outreach: Chair - Mater Cofield; Viktoriya Ladygina
4:30p Where do we go from here?
5:00p Adjourn
7:00a Sunrise at Soledad Mountain Park for MLK Day


Urology for Social Responsibility gratefully acknowledges the generous participation of our sponsors:

Boston Scientific Corporation


Ambu Inc