New York Section Board of Directors (May 2022 – May 2023)


Election of Officers: 2022-2023

image: Lane Palmer, M.D.

Lane Palmer, M.D.


image: James Eastham

James Eastham, M.D.


image: Louis Kavoussi

Louis Kavoussi, M.D.

Immediate Past President


image: Reza Ghavamian, M.D.

Reza Ghavamian, M.D.

Past President

image: Peter Schlegel, M.D.

Peter Schlegel, M.D.


image: Thomas Rechtschaffen, M.D.

Thomas Rechtschaffen, M.D.



image: Jaspreet Sandhu

Jaspreet Sandhu, M.D.


image: Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad

Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad, M.D.


image: Alexander Epelbaum

Alexander Epelbaum, M.D.

District I Representative (Long Island)


image: Alfred Winkler, M.D.

Alfred Winkler, M.D.

District II Representative (Brooklyn)

image: Gina Badalato

Gina Badalato, M.D.

District III Representative (Manhattan/Bronx)

image: Amanda North, M.D.

Amanda North, M.D.

District IV Representative (Westchester Co.)


image: Ravi Munver

Ravi Munver

District V Representative

image: Steven Kaplan, M.D.

Steven Kaplan, M.D.


image: Michael Palese

Michael Palese



image: Michael Droller

Michael Droller


image: Frederick Gulmi

Frederick Gulmi

AUA Representative – Alternate

image: Grace Hyun, M.D.

Grace Hyun, M.D.

Socioeconomic Representative


District Legend

District I — Long Island (Nassau/Suffolk)
District II — Brooklyn/Staten Island, Queens
District III — Manhattan
District IV — Westchester, Rockland, Bronx, and other northern or western geographies located within the
geographic boundaries of the Section.
District V — New Jersey

Website Committee (3 year term) — Appointed by President

Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad (Chair)


John Phillips



Ivan Grunberger — Secretary (Chair)


Hossein Sadeghi-Nejad — Secretary-Elect


George Owens (3 yrs)



Frederick Gulmi (2 yrs)


Louis Kavoussi (4 yrs)


Harris Nagler (NYS rep to the AUA Bylaws Committee)


The Bylaws Committee shall become familiar with the activities of the Section and the applicability of the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws. The Bylaws Committee shall consist of the Secretary of the Section as Chair, the Section Secretary-elect, the Section Representative to the AUA Bylaws Committee and 3 active or senior members who shall be appointed by the President. The term of the 3 committee members is staggered initially and serves 2, 3 and 4 years. Thereafter, the term of each committee member shall be 3 years. The Bylaws Committee will report as needed to the Board of Directors.

Every five years, or as directed by the President of the Section, the Committee will undertake a thorough review of the Bylaws. Any rewrite of the bylaws will then be presented to the Board of Directors who shall vote on the rewrite.

James Eastham — Treasurer (Chair)


Felix Badillo


George Owens



Robert Weiss


Jeffrey Weiss


The Finance Committee shall consist of the Treasurer, who shall be the Chair, the President, the Immediate Past-President and the President-Elect and a Section representative on a rotating basis. The Finance Committee shall study and evaluate all financial affairs of the Section and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Committee shall set up a budget for the various activities each year, and on the basis of the projected budget, make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding dues for the ensuing year.

The Audit Committee shall consist of two active members in good standing in the Section, who shall be appointed by the President, and who shall serve for two years. It shall examine the audits submitted by the certified public accountant retained by the Section. It shall examine the accounts of the Treasurer. It shall verify submission of all appropriate tax documents. The audit committee shall present an annual report to the Board of Directors

George Owens (Chair)


Lane Palmer


The Nominating Committee shall consist of the Immediate Past-President, one District Representative assigned annually in rotation, and either the Secretary-elect or Treasurer elect. The members of the Nominating Committee are not eligible for consideration for the positions under consideration. The Nominating Committee will consider institutional, academic and practice diversity.

The Chairman of this Committee shall be the Immediate Past-President.

Survey Committee (3 year term) — Appointed by the President

Lane Palmer (Chair)


John Phillips



George Owens


Harris Nagler (non Board member)


Every 4th year the Chair will be approved by the Section President after the recommendations of the nominating committee are considered and will serve a four year term. The President will also appoint a non-board of director’s representative, a board member, and one of the members-at-large. The immediate past President will also serve on this committee. The Judicial and Ethics Committee shall investigate (a) all controversies arising from the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of this Section and (b) all questions which involve alleged violation of medical ethics and (c) all questions involving membership in the Section, or the rights and standing of members, whether in relation to other members, to the Section, or to the public. In cases of investigation of individual members, any Committee member from the same district as the individual being investigated must recuse himself from the deliberations. In this situation, the President of the Section shall appoint an additional member bringing the number of members for deliberation to five. The Judicial and Ethics Committee shall report to and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. The Chair of the Judicial and Ethics Committee shall be recommended as the Section representative to the AUA Judicial and Ethics Council subject to the approval by the President of the AUA

Felix Badillo (Chair)


Matthew Mene


Bernard Bochner



The Program Committee for the Section’s annual meeting shall consist of the President and his or her appointed Program Scientific Chair. The Program Chair shall be nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. The program chair is responsible for and shall in consultation with the president arrange the scientific program for the Annual Meeting.



Aryeh Keehn


Dmitry Volkin


Tom Facelle



Jason van Batavia


Vincent Olorunnisomo



David M. Golombos (NYS Rep to the AUA Resident’s Committee)


The Resident Committee shall consist of one representative from each of the residency programs within the Section. The candidate will be nominated by each program’s director. The chair of this committee will be selected by a vote from the representatives of each program. This committee shall meet no less than yearly with a meeting always occurring on the day of the Valentine Essay Contest. This committee shall submit their minutes to the executive Secretary of the Section which will then be submitted to the Board of Directors.

NYS Representative to AUA Committees

Elliot Paul

Young Urologists Committee (2 yr term)

Harris Nagler

Bylaws Committee (2yr term renewable)

Michael Droller

History Committee (Based on term of NYS Historian


Lane Palmer

Nominating Committee (2yr term renewable once)

Ivan Grunberger

Nominating Committee Alt

David Golombos

Resident’s Committee (1yr term renewable once)


David Hoenig

Practice Management Committee


Danil Markanov and Lee Richstone


Harris Nagler

Judicial and Ethics Committee

John Phillips

JU Editorial Board