The Society of Women in Urology


SWIU Supports AUA Statement on Recent Supreme Court Decision

July 5, 2023
SWIU supports the recent statement by the AUA and the Urology Care Foundation regarding the SCOTUS decision to reverse affirmative action. The diversity of our organization and our profession is essential to caring for our patients and for achieving health equity.

Dr. Jannah Thompson on partnering with the Society of Women in Urology

April 28, 2023
Read SWIU past president Dr. Jannah Thompson’s interview with Urology Times on Partnering with SWIU

SWIU Donation to Planned Parenthood of Arizona

April 28, 2023
To demonstrate its support for women’s reproductive rights, SWIU donated to Planned Parenthood of Arizona — the location of SWIU’s 12th Annual Clinical Mentoring Conference.

Gold Journal Editor-in-Chief Position

April 24, 2023
The Gold Journal is accepting applications for the Editor-in-Chief position. You can find out more information at For questions, contact Helene Caprari at

GOLD Journal: The Official Journal of the SWIU

September 27, 2022
We are thrilled to announce that the GOLD journal is now the official journal of SWIU. SWIU selected Dr. Casey Seideman as the editor and Dr. Gina Badalato the assistant editor, of a new “Women in Urology” section, dedicated to advancing the research of women urologists and women urologic scientists.

SWIU Issues Statement on Recent Supreme Court Decision Concerning Reproductive Rights

June 27, 2022
The Society of Women in Urology (SWIU) opposes the Supreme Court decision to limit reproductive freedom by overturning Roe vs. Wade. Furthermore, we condemn government interference in the clinical practice of medicine. Physicians and surgeons must feel free and safe, to practice evidence-based medicine without fear of criminal or civil prosecution.

Gender-Based Pay Gap in Urology: A Review of the Literature and Potential Solutions

June 6, 2022
SWIU Salary Equity task force members Annah Vollstedt, Helen Y Hougen, Priyanka Gupta, Carrie Johans, and Kristin G Baldea published Gender-Based Pay Gap in Urology: A Review of the Literature and Potential Solutions in Urology 2022. An online version is available now in advance of the print version. You must be a Urology subscriber to see the full article.

SWIU Leadership Message About Women’s Health

May 31, 2022
SWIU’s mission is to support the professional advancement of women urologists, encourage public education regarding urologic issues, and promote urologic research.

American Urological Association Honors Smith with Gold Cystoscope Award

January 10, 2022
The American Urological Association presented Angela B. Smith, MD, MS, FACS, director of urologic oncology at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of urology in the UNC School of Medicine, with the 2022 Gold Cystoscope Award, an award presented annually to a urologist distinguished by outstanding contributions to the field of urology.

Nominations Being Accepted for AUA Guideline Panel on Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma

April 13, 2021
The AUA is currently putting together a guideline on Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma and have recently posted the nomination form for panel positions.

SWIU Supports Bladder Cancer Research Funding at National Level

March 30, 2021
SWIU signs on to AUA letter to Congress urging House Appropriations staff to create a Bladder Cancer Research Program within the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s (CDMRP).

SWIU Member on AUA Research Council

February 5, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Margarett Shnorhavorian, who is beginning her term as a member of the AUA Research Council. Dr. Shnorhavorian will lead the new AUA Research Council EDI workgroup. She is the first woman to serve on the Council.

Physician Practices with More Female Doctors Have Smallest Gender Pay Gaps

July 31, 2020
In medicine, men generally earn more than women for similar work, but new data published in BMJ finds that the income gap between genders shrinks substantially in practices with more equal gender distributions of staff physicians.

Dr. Akanksha Mehta Promoted to Associate Professor at Emory

July 17, 2020
SWIU congratulates current Board member, Dr. Akanksha Mehta, for her promotion to Associate Professor at Emory University. She is the first woman in Emory Urology to be promoted.

Dr. Rena Malik’s Vlog of the 2020 Clinical Mentoring Conference

March 23, 2020
Check out SWIU member, Dr. Rena Malik’s, suite of You Tube videos highlighting the 9th Annual Clinical Mentoring Conference and the benefits of SWIU membership.

The Value of Being a SWIU Member

March 16, 2020
Watch the video of SWIU members talking about being a women who is a urologist and the benefits of SWIU.

AUA 2020 Young Urologist of the Year Award Winners

February 25, 2020
Congratulations to the up-and-coming women urologists who are being recognized for their achievements!

SWIU Board Member Dr. Denise Asafu-Adjei Wins AUA Grant

February 10, 2020
Congratulations to SWIU board member Denise Asafu-Adjei, MD, MPH, who has been awarded a one year grant for her study, “Disparities in Access to Care for Male Erectile Dysfunction Services,” by the American Urological Association.

UROLOGY planning Special Womens Health Edition

December 5, 2019
We are delighted to announce that UROLOGY, The Gold Journal, is planning a Special edition on Women’s Health in Urology, with Guest Editor Una J. Lee, MD. 

Dr. Sutherland Coordinates First Ever All Female Panel for the Conference on Prostate Cancer

October 4, 2019
Dr. Suzette Sutherland, a past president of SWIU, coordinated the First Ever ALL FEMALE PANEL for the Conference on Prostate Cancer in Manhattan, Saturday, October 5, 2019, by Malecare.

SWIU Board Member Akanksha Mehta Publishes on Gender Differences

September 26, 2019
SWIU Board Member, Dr. Akanksha Mehta, published article on gender differences among urologists: “Variation in Practice Patterns and Reimbursements Between Female and Male Urologists for Medicare Beneficiaries.”

Congratulations, Dr. Suskind!

May 9, 2019
Dr. Anne Suskind, SWIU’s nomination for the AUA Research Forum “Early Career Investigator Showcase” won third place with her presentation “Functional outcomes after ‘minor’ urologic surgery among nursing home residents; a national study.”

Past-President Presents at AUA Advocacy Summit

March 5, 2019
Dolores Lamb, PhD, past president of SWIU, makes general session presentation — Collaborative approaches to overcome workplace challenges in Urology — at AUA’s 2019 Urology Advocacy Summit on March 5, 2019.

Bobbilynn Hawkins, a Trailblazer in Urology, Retires

March 4, 2019
SWIU would like to recognize Dr. Bobbilynn Hawkins, the nation’s first African-American full professor of urology and the first female urologist in the US Army upon her retirement from Augusta University and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. She spent over 20 years in the military and 10 years at Augusta University.

Dolores Lamb, PhD will receive the 2019 Christina Manthos Mentoring Award

February 8, 2019
Dr. Dolores Lamb will receive the 2019 Christina Manthos Mentoring Award during the SWIU Networking Reception at the AUA on May 4, 2019 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Jackson CD @ Hyatt Regency McCormick in Chicago. The number of people who Dr Lamb has mentored is impressive. Here are excerpts from 3 of the recommendation letters received with her nomination by Dr. Rose Khavari at Houston Methodist.

SWIU Board Members Interviewed for Mel Magazine

February 8, 2019
SWIU Board members, Dr. Teresa Beam, Dr. Suzette Sutherland and Dr. Akanksha Mehta, were interviewed for an article on what it is like to be a female urologist.

Celebrate National Women Physicians Day, February 3rd

January 28, 2019
SWIU recognizes all women urologists and their accomplishments in honor of National Women Physicians Day on February 3.

Women Make Great Strides on Urology Match Day

January 18, 2019
View the stats for the 2019 Urology Residency Match.

TWO SWIU Members Among AUA 2019 Award Winners

December 17, 2018
The American Urological Association (AUA) is pleased to announce recipients of its 2019 AUA Awards Program.

AUA Names Dr. Elizabeth "Brook" Brown as 2019 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar

December 3, 2018
The American Urological Association (AUA) today announced that Dr. Elizabeth "Brook" Brown has been named as the 2019 Gallagher Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Brown is the first female urologist to receive this honor.

New Online Course for Urology Researchers Seeking NIH Funding

November 29, 2018
The AUA’s “Writing A Successful Career Development Award Application” course is written by NIH-funded urology researchers and will help prepare early-career investigators to write competitive grant applications. While this course focuses on preparing an NIH Career Development Award application, the tips from established researchers with strong funding records are applicable to most career development-type award mechanisms.

Congratulations to Dr. Simone Thavaseelan

November 28, 2018
Congratulations to Dr. Simone Thavaseelan who just made Associate Professor at Brown University!

Do Women Work Less Than Men in Urology: Data From the American Urological Association Census

August 17, 2018
(Urology subscription or article purchase required to access article) To further explore the issue of work parity between male and female urologists in the context of demographics, practice characteristics, subspecialty affiliation, and planned retirement, the researchers analyzed data from the 2014 American Urological Association census, which is a specialty wide survey distributed to the entire urology community in the United States.

2018 Male vs Female Urologists Salaries

July 5, 2018
Male urologists earn more than their female peers—but why? How does this affect their overall net worth? In the Medscape 2018 report, find out who has the greatest net worth and which factors might be contributing.

The Representation of Women in Urological Leadership

June 5, 2018
While urology has historically been a male dominated field, the number of female urologists is increasing. In 2015 women made up 7.7% of practicing urologists and 17.1% of urologists younger than age 45 years. In the medical field overall females have been markedly underrepresented in leadership positions. We assess the current prevalence of women in urological leadership roles.

SWIU signs on to AUA letter providing comments and feedback on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF)

May 30, 2018
“Final Recommendation Statement: Prostate Cancer Screening"

Historic Plaque To Be Unveiled

May 14, 2018
New York — On May 14th, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will commemorate the life and work of Elizabeth Blackwell and the founding of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children at 58 Bleecker Street with the unveiling of a historic plaque.

Achieving Gender Equity in Physician Compensation and Career Advancement: A Position Paper of the American College of Physicians

April 24, 2018
Women comprise more than one third of the active physician workforce, an estimated 46% of all physicians-in-training, and more than half of all medical students in the United States.

Speed Mentoring at the 7th Annual Clinical Mentoring Conference

April 19, 2018
Mentoring is a central goal of SWIU, and as the organization has grown in recent years, the breadth and depth of interests and experiences of SWIU members has become more apparent.

“Advancing the Careers of Women in Urology,” 2018 AUA Advocacy Summit Presentation by Dolores J. Lamb, PhD

April 17, 2018
“Advancing the Careers of Women in Urology,” 2018 AUA Advocacy Summit Presentation by Dolores J. Lamb, PhD

AUA Announces New Positions To Support Global Strategy

February 27, 2018
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Hadley M. Wood, MD, FACS Wins YFA Advocacy and Issues Workgroup Essay Contest

September 30, 2017
KUDOS: Dr. Wood Wins ACS Young Fellows Essay ContestRead “The Immortality of John”

Jean L. Fourcroy, Founding Member of SWIU, 1930 – 2016

November 8, 2016
Jean L. Fourcroy, Founding Member of SWIU, 1930 – 2016Obituary   Remembrance