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Honors, Awards, and Achievements

Faculty Spotlight: Takacs to lead North Central Section of the AUA

Elizabeth B. Takacs, MD, clinical professor in the University of Iowa Department of Urology, is serving as president-elect of the North Central Section (NCS) of the American Urological Association for 2022-23. After serving the one-year term as president-elect, Dr. Takacs will assume the office of NCS president for 2023-24.

Dr. Takacs has held multiple leadership roles in the organization, including serving as secretary from 2019 to 2022. From this role, she ascends to her current position of president-elect and then president.

She is the first female urologist to serve as secretary and will be the first female president of the section.

“It has been an incredible honor and privilege to be part of the section leadership, and I look forward to my new roles,” Dr. Takacs says. “I hope that in the coming years I can continue to guide and evolve the section.”

Her ascension to president-elect was announced formally on August 30 in Chicago during the 96th annual meeting of the NCS.

A 1999 graduate of the UI Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Takacs joined the Department of Urology faculty in 2006.


More honors, awards, and achievements from around the department

Dr. James A. Brown

  • Served as president of the Society of Academic Urologists

Dr. Christopher S. Cooper

  • Received the 2022 John W. Duckett, Jr., MD, Pediatric Urology Research Excellence Award from the Urology Care Foundation of the American Urological Association
  • Received the Pediatric Urology Device Prize from the Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium for developing a home-based pediatric cystomanometer
  • Received a $17,170 award from the Carver College of Medicine GAP Fund in support of the work to bring the home-based pediatric cystomanometer to market
  • Featured in the fall 2022 issue of Medicine Iowa magazine for his collaboration with the UI Protostudios 3D design team to make the home-based pediatric cystomanometer more user-friendly for children
  • Received a UI Health Care Patient’s Choice Award for placing in the top 10% in the nation for patient experience as indicated on patient survey responses in 2021

Dr. Bradley A. Erickson

  • Named director of the Division of Functional Urology in the UI Department of Urology
  • Appointed to the Rubin H. Flocks Professorship in Urology, named in honor of the pioneering urologist who served as chair of the UI Department of Urology from 1949 to 1974
  • Received approval from the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, Iowa City, for a third year of funding of up to $321,000 for the project “Developing a Telehealth Model to Reduce Care Fragmentation and Improve Quality of Prostate Cancer Care for Rural Veterans”

Dr. Paul T. Gellhaus

  • Promoted to clinical associate professor
  • Named director of the UI Department of Urology medical student clerkship program
  • Named an Outstanding Author by Translational Andrology and Urology for his work as lead author on “Significant Financial Differences of Chemical and Surgical Androgen Deprivation in a Contemporary Cohort”

Dr. Gina M. Lockwood

  • Promoted to clinical associate professor
  • Recognized by the Societies for Pediatric Urology with a Presidential Citation
  • Completed UI Health Care’s Executive Leadership Academy, where her focus was on developing techniques for producing patient education materials

Dr. Kenneth G. Nepple

  • Promoted to clinical professor

Dr. Vignesh T. Packiam

  • Recognized by University of Iowa Physicians with its Best Consulting Provider Award for 2022
  • Appointed director of resident research in the UI Department of Urology to improve the mentoring process of residents and help with project formulation and completion

Dr. Ryan L. Steinberg

  • Awarded a $3,500 grant by the UI Carver College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund Committee for his proposal “Development of the hands-on portion of a dedicated point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for urology residents”

Dr. Douglas W. Storm

  • Promoted to clinical professor
  • Named editor-in-chief of Dialogues in Pediatric Urology

Dr. Elizabeth A. Takacs

  • Recognized by Medtronic with InterStim™ Center of Excellence designation, given to physicians who have demonstrated exemplary use of the InterStim™ system for treating patients with overactive bladder, fecal incontinence, and nonobstructive urinary retention

Dr. Chad R. Tracy

  • Nominated for National Teacher of the Year honors from the American Urological Association

Graduating Fellows

  • Dr. Kevin J. Flynn (Genitourinary Reconstruction) 
  • Dr. Aaron C. Smith (Endourology, Robotics, and Laparoscopy)

Graduating Chief Residents

  • Dr. Morgan Schubbe accepted a position in private practice.
  • Dr. Andrew Vitale accepted a position in private practice.
  • Dr. Courtney Yong began fellowship training in robotic surgery and minimally invasive urologic oncology at Indiana University.

Nicole Miller, PA-C

  • Received the award for Interprofessional Excellence and Outstanding Contributions to Education and Practice during the 2022 UI Carver College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Leadership Symposium