Faculty: Pilar Laguna, MD, Casey Seideman, MD and Nishant Patel, MD

Moderators: Michelle Jo Semins, MD & Jeremy Teoh Yuen-Chun, MD


Pilar Laguna, MD

Professor M.Pilar Laguna qualified in medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain), in 1979. Following completion of his training as urologists she joined the medical staff at hospital del Sagrado Corazon and later at Fundacio Puigvert in Barcelona. She was appointed chairperson at the Department of Urology of the Hospital Gral. La Mancha Centro in Alcazar de San Juan in 1995 and moved in 2000 to the Netherlands. In 2014 she was appointed Professor in Uro-Oncology in the AMC University of Amsterdam and later on at Istanbul Medipol University where she works currently.

She is the current chairperson of the EAU testicular Cancer guidelines panel and the chair of the Institutes and Scholarships office of the SIU. She has been holding the chair position in the Ablative Working Party of the EAU section of Uro-technology (ESUT). Her main interest is on Renal and Testicular cancer. She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles in the field of urology, with special focus on minimally invasive therapies and Uro-oncology. She is co-editor of a book on Testicular cancer and of more than 20 book chapters. She belongs to the editorial board at large of European Urology and to the Urological Survey Section of The Journal of Urology.

Casey Seideman, MD

Casey A. Seideman, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Urology at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health and Science University. Originally from New York, she got her medical degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her urology residency at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, TX. Dr. Seideman pursued fellowship training in pediatric urology at Cohen’s Children Hospital, Northwell in Long Island, NY.

At Oregon Health and Science University, she is the Director of Pediatric Robotic Surgery. She has taught robotic surgery to learners of all levels, as well as on a regional and national level. Her interests include complex robotic surgery, resident education, diversity/equity and inclusion, and mentorship.

Michelle Jo Semins, MD

Dr. Michelle Jo Semins has been a staff urologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) since 2011 and is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Kidney Stone Clinic at UPMC Mercy Hospital.

She received her undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan in 2001 where she graduated with High Honors and High Distinction from the Honors Program and was selected to be a member of both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. She received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005. While there she received several merit-based scholarships and was awarded the Wayne G Cessna Memorial Prize for Finest Commitment and Achievement in Urology.

She then completed her general surgery internship in 2006 and urology residency training in 2011 at Johns Hopkins Hospital with additional specialty training in the field of endourology.

Her primary specialty interest is in kidney stones and she started the multi-disciplinary kidney stone clinic at her hospital in 2012. In addition to her clinical responsibilities she is also very involved in resident and medical student teaching.

Dr. Semins has a clinical research focus in kidney stones and is a past awardee of the Young Investigator Research Grant by the Northeastern Section of the AUA. Her special interests are reducing radiation exposure to both patient and provider, managing kidney stones during pregnancy, and minimizing infections in the management of kidney stones. She is a published author of over 40 articles, over 50 abstracts, and 9 book chapters. She is Associate Editor for the journal Urology. She also routinely reviews abstracts and videos for the AUA national meeting and moderates those respective sessions at the annual conference.

Dr. Semins is very active in the NSAUA/AUA. She was selected to participate in the 2018-2019 AUA Leadership Program. She currently sits on the NSAUA Board as the Pennsylvania Representative and is past Chair of the NSAUA Scholarship Research Committee.She currently serves on the AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, the AUA Urologic Video Education Committee, and the AUA Publications Committee. She is Chair of the Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusivity for the Society of Endourology. She is also an active member of the Society of Women in Urology and Research on Calculus Kinetics Society.

Dr. Semins is a recognized leader in the field of endourology and has been invited faculty at conferences and courses both nationally and internationally. She was named Young Urologist of the Year by the AUA in 2016.

In her spare time, Dr. Semins enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and being outdoors.

Jeremy Teoh Yuen-Chun, MD

Dr Jeremy Teoh is currently the Assistant Dean (External Affairs) and Assistant Professor of the Faculty of medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has primary interests in bladder cancer and prostate cancer. Jeremy has received numerous research grants with a total funding of more than 4 million USD.

He has published more than 180 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as European Urology, Journal of Urology and BJU International. In 2021, he has been awarded the ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons’ and the ‘SIU-Innovators Award’ for his outstanding contributions in his profession. Recently, Jeremy and his team published a study investigating the prevalence of “Manels” (i.e. all-male panel) in major urology meetings. The study showed that a huge gender imbalance exists and there is a need for urological associations and societies to play an active role to ensure a more balanced gender representation. This study highlighted the importance of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion within the urological community.