Board of Directors
The Urology Care Foundation Board of Directors' governance structure includes two public directors, four AUA member urologists, the AUA's treasurer and a chair. The extensive knowledge of this group will be invaluable as the Foundation forges ahead in its efforts to pave a way for advancements in urologic research and patient care.
Chair: Richard A. Memo, MD, is chair of the Urology Care Foundation. A member of the AUA since 1981, he is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a practicing urologist at N.E.O. Urology Associates, Inc. in Youngstown, Ohio. He is the immediate past treasurer of the AUA and has served in leadership roles with the American Association of Clinical Urologists, AUA's North Central Section and the Ohio Urological Society. His commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of others is deeply rooted within the Mahoning Valley community, where he has participated in several local programs, providing complimentary urological care and outreach. Dr. Memo also actively supports our military veterans.
Secretary/Treasurer: Steven Schlossberg, MD, MBA, is the AUA treasurer, as well as vice president and chief medical officer for Impact Advisors, a consulting firm specializing in health care information technology. Previously, he held the position of chief medical information officer for the Yale New Haven Health System and the Yale School of Medicine. An AUA member since 1987, Dr. Schlossberg has served the Association as the chair of Health Policy, first chair of the Practice Management Committee, and AUA alternate to the American Medical Association Relative Update Committee. Additionally, he has served the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA as a board member and representative to the Health Policy Council. Focused on developing our next generation of leaders within the urologic community, Dr. Schlossberg has been a mentor to those in the AUA Leadership Program for nearly five years.
AUA Urology Member-at-Large: Gopal H. Badlani, MD, is currently professor of urology, vice chair for clinical affairs, and director of the Urogynecology Regenerative Medicine Program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. He most recently served as the American Urological Association (AUA) Secretary where he supported the Urology Care Foundation chair, Dr. Memo and the BOD with the Foundation's outreach and development programs. Through his tireless efforts, he helped establish 14 new Research Endowment awards through the Research Scholars Award Program, the flagship research training program of the Foundation. In 2013, Dr. Badlani was one of three physicians nationwide selected to receive a Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The award recognizes physicians who exemplify excellence in clinical medical practice.
AUA Urology Member-at-Large: Harris M. Nagler, MD, FACS is Chair Emeritus of the Sol and Margaret Berger Department of Urology. He previously served as President of Beth Israel Medical Center. He is a Professor of Urology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and had been a Professor of Urology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. At Beth Israel he had also served as the Chief of Graduate Medical Education/Academic Affairs; the Program Director of the urology residency-training program, Chief Medical Officer and Physician-in-Chief. Dr Nagler’s clinical practice focuses on male infertility, erectile dysfunction and general urology.
AUA Urology Member-at-Large: Sanford J. Siegel, MD founded Chesapeake Urology Associates in 1999. He was elected President and CEO of the new Chesapeake Urology Associates in 2006 when Baltimore’s three largest urology practices merged. As President and CEO of Chesapeake Urology, Dr. Siegel has built the group into one of the country’s most prominent urology practices, and the largest in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Dr. Siegel also served on the board of directors for ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer and currently is a board member of the Park Heights Community Health Alliance (PHCHA).
AUA Urology Member-at-Large: Mary–Ann Lynn Stothers, MD, MHScis a Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Urologic Sciences. She also serves as Associate Member of the School of Population and Public Health; Associate Member of the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics; and Associate Member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Stothers is a principal investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), where she has a keen interest in the results and challenges following spinal cord injury. She is committed to her work with hospital foundations and other nonprofits and has been involved in raising funds for urology research and care for more 20 years. She enjoys her time volunteering with the Rick Hansen Institute and helping to raise funds for spinal cord injury research and education.
AUA Urology Member-at-Large: Raju Thomas, MD was named Chair of the Department of Urology at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, effective March 1, 1996. He is also a Professor of Urology and the Residency Program Director for the Department of Urology. Dr. Thomas played a key role in rescuing and rebuilding the Department of Urology at Tulane University following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Public Member-at-Large: Thomas J. Cavalier is managing director and senior vice president of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. He began his career in 1975 with Butler, Wick & Co., Inc., where he rose to chairman, president and chief executive officer. He served in this role for more than 20 years until Butler Wick merged into Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. Supplemental to his current role with Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., Mr. Cavalier serves on the board of directors for Stifel Trust Company, N.A. He has also served on several boards within the community, including Forum Health; the Poland Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence; the Tri-County Make-A-Wish Foundation; Youngstown/Mahoning Valley United Way; and the Securities Industry Association.
Public Member-at-Large: Sam Covelli is the owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the single largest franchisee of Panera Bread and O'Charley's Restaurants, and the fourth largest restaurant franchisee in the United States. Headquartered in Covelli's hometown of Warren, Ohio, Covelli Enterprises employs more than 25,000 people in five states and Canada. Mr. Covelli has a long-standing history of giving back to the community, donating millions of dollars to local charitable organizations each year. His company continually wins the most awards in the restaurant industry for its operational excellence. As a result, Mr. Covelli has earned numerous awards, including being named Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He also currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Clinic and the Ohio State Athletics Board.
Public Member-at-Large: Amarpreet Sawhney, PhD is the Chairman of Ocular Therapeutix, Inc., a company focused on solving unmet needs in ophthalmic drug delivery and wound sealing. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Instylla, Inc., a company focused on liquid embolic products for interventional oncology. His entrepreneurism has facilitated the creation of several bio-pharma and medical device companies, as well as the development of such innovative technology solutions as extravascular closure devices, surgical sealants and spacers that enable improved radiotherapy. Dr. Sawhney’s innovations are the subject of more than 120 issued and pending patents in medical devices, methods, and biomaterials. Many of his innovations have been “first of a kind” to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
He has been involved in several charitable causes including ones focused on education, the environment and creating platforms to support other healthcare entrepreneurs. Through his companies and inventions, Dr. Sawhney has touched more than five million patients and created more than 2,000 jobs.