First Annual AUA National Chief Resident Debate
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Sails Pavilion, San Diego Convention Center

Designed to encourage a spirit of camaraderie and the art of persuasion among chief residents from each Section, the AUA National Chief Resident Debate will have selected topics from different fields of interest provided by recognized experts in these fields. The debate will consist of eight 15-minute debates, held on Sunday May 5, 2013, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Sails Pavilion area of the San Diego Convention Center.

Check out pictures from the Inaugural National Chief Resident Debate.

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural AUA2013 National Chief Resident Debate:
Aditya Bagrodia, MD (South Central)
Scott Tobis, MD (Northeastern)
Thomas Clements, MD (Mid-Atlantic)
Andrew Robert Leone, MD (New England)
Daniel Moreira, MD (New York)
Jay Simhan, MD (Mid-Atlantic)
Emma E. Bendana, MD (Northeastern)
William Parker, MD (South Central)

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Meet the debaters:

Mid-Atlantic Section Chief Resident Debate Team
Thomas R. Clements, MD (2013) Thomas R. Clements, MD (2013)
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Tom Clements, MD, was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. After completing his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University, he attended medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a chief resident at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Upon graduation, he will be joining Urology of Central PA, a large private practice group located in Harrisburg, PA. He is married and has three daughters.
Jay Simhan, MD (2013) Jay Simhan, MD (2013)
Temple University School of Medicine

Jay Simhan, MD, is currently a chief resident in Urology at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Simhan graduated summa cum laude with highest honors and a BS degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina (UNC) – Chapel Hill. After obtaining his medical degree at UNC-Chapel Hill as well, he subsequently completed a General Surgery internship at Temple University Hospital. Currently, he is an active resident member of the Mid-Atlantic section of the American Urological Association and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Urologic Society. Dr. Simhan's urologic interests are in urologic trauma, reconstruction, and oncology. After graduation from residency, he plans on completing a fellowship in urologic trauma, reconstruction, and prosthetics at UT-Southwestern.
New England Section Chief Resident Debate Team
Andrew Robert Leone, MD (2015) Andrew Robert Leone, MD (2015)
Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University

Andrew Leone, MD, is in his third year urology residency at Brown/RIH in Providence, RI. He is originally from outside of Boston, MA, and attended Boston College for undergraduate and UMASS Medical School where he met his wife. During college Dr. Leone minored in Spanish and is now fluent in Spanish. In medical school, he was fascinated by urology, particularly with the aspect of providing urologic care abroad to underserved populations through medical missions. He is active in the Christian Medical Association and his hobbies include swimming, golfing, and kayaking. He and his wife have been involved in medical mission trips in Bolivia and Honduras.
Kamal Nagpal, MD (2016) Kamal Nagpal, MD (2016)
Lahey Clinic Medical Center

Kamal Nagpal, MD, graduated from University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India and completed his Master of Surgery (MS) from the same institution. He then traveled to London to finish his MRCS and PhD from Imperial College. Dr. Nagpal was involved in the Surgical Safety Checklist project and subsequently joined the surgical categorical residency program in New York before entering into urology residency program in Lahey Clinic, MA.
New York Section Chief Resident Debate Team
Daniel Moreira, MD (2014) Daniel Moreira, MD (2014)
Hofstra North Shore-Lij Program In Urology

Dan Moreira, MD, was born and raised in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He attended medical school in Brazil at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. After graduation, he spent a year at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System as a surgery intern. Subsequently, he spent two years as a research fellow at Duke University where he attended a Master in Health Science focused on Clinical Research. He then joined the Urology residency at Hosftra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. In 2011, he was awarded with the John Blandy Prize. After graduation, he intends to go into the Urologic Oncology field.
Ranith Ramasamy, MD (2013) Ranith Ramasamy, MD (2013)
Weill Cornell Medical College

Ranjith Ramasamy, MD, is a Clinical Associate in Urology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College, and Cornell University. Dr. Ramasamy, working with Dr. Peter Schlegel, has performed research in male infertility and has also published extensively on microsurgical treatment of infertile men in reputed journals. He will be starting a fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine with Drs. Larry Lipshultz and Dolores Lamb. He has a passion for teaching and has created an app called Urology Flashcards, one of the most popular apps in urology. The app is used by residents and urologists preparing for the board examination. He was also a former television news anchor.
North Central Section Chief Resident Debate Team
Clinton Bahler, MD (2013) Clinton Bahler, MD (2013)
Indiana University Medical Center

Clinton Bahler, MD, is currently a chief resident in Urology at Indiana University. He completed his BS in Engineering at Purdue University followed by his MD at Indiana University. He is a boilermaker first and Hoosier only when required. Interests outside of urology include helping his wife chase the twins and newborn, running, hiking, traveling, Purdue basketball, and Colts football. He will start of two-year fellowship in minimally invasive urology under Chandru Sundaram at Indiana University in July and hopes to pursue a career in academic urology.
Nathan A. Bockholt, MD (2014) Nathan A. Bockholt, MD (2014)
University of Iowa Hospitals

Nate Bockholt, MD, is a fifth year resident at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, Nate went on to Drake University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular biology. He attended medical school at the University of South Dakota before becoming a Hawkeye fan during his residency in Iowa City. He is married with two daughters and would appreciate any post-residency career advice.
Northeastern Section Chief Resident Debate Team
Emma Ester Bendaña, MD (2014) Emma Ester Bendaña, MD (2014)
University of Rochester Medial Center

Emma Ester Bendaña, MD, is a urology resident at the University of Rochester in New York. Emma attended Albany Medical College. She enjoys traveling to exotic locations in Latin America and swimming with her puppy Lolita. She looks forward to a successful career in male urethral reconstruction.
Joel Bigley, MD (2013) Joel Bigley, MD (2013)
University of Pittsburgh

Joel Bigley, MD, was born in Morgantown, WV and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from Grove City College in three years with a degree in molecular biology and then went back to West Virginia for medical school. Victorious in the both the Inaugural National Residents Bowl and over the Canadian team at the 2012 Northeastern sectional meeting, his teams remain undefeated in competition. Upon finishing his chief year, Joel will be joining the staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Scott Tobis, MD (2013) Scott Tobis, MD (2013)
University of Rochester

Scott was a member of the 1993 Little League World Series championship team. Concerned he had reached the zenith of his life at age 12; he began looking for other worthwhile pursuits. While at Dartmouth Medical School, he quickly discovered urology, and was hooked. He now has a passion for crushing fellow residents in urology trivia competitions. After finishing residency he will complete a urologic oncology fellowship at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, CA. As for the true pinnacle of excitement and challenge, he and his wife recently welcomed their first child, Ava.
South Central Section
Aditya Bagrodia, MD (2014) Aditya Bagrodia, MD (2014)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Aditya Bagrodia, MD, is currently a fourth year resident (U3) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is in the process of applying for a fellowship in urologic oncology beginning in July of 2014. Aditya received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College and medical degree from The University of Tennessee. He spent one year as a Doris Duke Clinical Researcher at UT Southwestern. Personal interests include family life, running, and traveling.
William Parker, MD (2015) William Parker, MD (2015)
University of Kansas Medical Center

William Parker, MD, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2006 with degrees in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology. He then graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 2010 and started in urology at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he is currently in his third year of training. In addition to his role in residency, Will enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, reading, and fishing.
Southeastern Section
Kush Patel, MD, MBA (2013) Kush Patel, MD, MBA (2013)
Tulane University School of Medicine

Kush S. Patel, MD, MBA is currently a chief resident at Tulane University. He completed his BS in Combined Sciences at Youngstown State University. After this, he deferred his medical school admission for one year and completed an MBA in Finance at The University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. Following this, he completed his 6-year BS/MD program at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Irina Stanasel, MD (2013) Irina Stanasel, MD (2013)
Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Irina Stanasel, MD, is currently a chief resident at Wake Forest. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She looks forward to returning to Houston for Pediatric Urology fellowship at Texas Children's Hospital and to winning the Resident Bowl this year. It's for the kids...last year's stellar Southeastern Section team members...who were robbed in last year's bowl.
Western Section Chief Resident Debate Team
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University of California, San Francisco

Richard Greene, MD (2014) Richard Greene, MD (2014)
Madigan Army Medical Center

Richard Greene, MD, was born and raised in Utah, where he spent his high school years practicing on the debate team. He then studied at the University of Utah, where he continued to hone his debate skills, achieving all of his personal debating goals. He reluctantly had to put his debating aside whist earning his MD at Wright State University. Now, as he is entering his chief resident year, at Madigan Army Medical Center, he is thrilled at the opportunity to dominate a debate and bring home a victory for the West.

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