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William Gee, MD, FACS - AUA President

William Gee, MD, FACS
AUA President

William Gee, MD, FACS
AUA President
Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology), Voluntary Faculty at University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Emeritus Urologist at Commonwealth Urology
Lexington, Kentucky

What has been your most memorable Annual Meeting and why?

My most memorable Annual Meeting was in 1974, which was my first AUA. I was a resident, and I remember that the Saint Louis headquarter's hotel rooms at the Chase Park Plaza only cost $23! It was the first meeting where five post-graduate courses were offered. I heard many of the "great names" in urology speak. In particular, I remember Charles Robson (AUA President-Elect substituting for Wyland Leadbetter who was ill), Russell Roth (past AUA President and President of the AMA in 1974), James Glenn, Frank Hinman, Jr. and John Lattimer. The very first AUA Research Scholar, Mark Kiviat (one of my professors at the University of Washington), was introduced to the general session. I also remember that Hugh Jewett, editor of the Journal of Urology®, apologized to the membership for having to increase the subscription cost of the Journal to $20 a year!

If you weren't a urologist what would you be?

I would be a Physicist/Astronomer. I was a math major in college and am still fascinated by the power of mathematics.

What is one thing left on your Bucket List?

I want to shoot my age in golf (I'll have to live to be very old).

If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

I would like to have lunch with Winston Churchill, with lots of good food and drink (Pol Roger Champagne).

What is one piece of advice you would give to a urology resident?

I would tell them to ignore the 80-hour work week rule and learn and do as much as possible.