Urology Association Honors Dr. Kaufman

Melissa Kaufman receives the Zimskind Award

Melissa Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Urologic Surgery, received the 2017 Zimskind Award at the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine, and Urogenital Reconstruction (SUFU) Winter Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Zimskind Award, established in 1979, is awarded to an individual who, within 10 years of completing residency or fellowship, has made significant contributions to the field, primarily through basic and clinical research, and has shown great potential for continuing and progressive scholarship.

“The Zimskind award represents the highest possible achievement for a mid-career specialist in lower urinary tract and female pelvic floor dysfunction. This is a singular recognition of an outstanding individual,” said Roger Dmochowski, M.D., professor of Urologic Surgery.

Dmochowski, who serves on the SUFU board, received the Zimskind Award in 1999.

Kaufman completed her Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Tennessee and obtained her medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine.

She completed her general urology residency at Vanderbilt and a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship under the direction of Dmochowski.

She is also a past president of the Society of Women in Urology (SWUI).

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