History

Nepal Association of Urological Surgeons (NAUS) was established in the year 2005. With the increasing demand of urological services and very few urologists in the country it was necessary to have an association of surgeons who is practicing urology. So first historical meeting of urologists and urology practicing doctors was held in Hotel Shankar, Lazimpat, Kathmandu in July 15, 2004. Only 16 members had attended this meeting. The main aim of the meeting was to form a urological association which will formulate its rules, regulations. The name of urological society was decided as Nepal Association of Urological Surgeons.

As in most countries, in Nepal, urology practice has long been part of General Surgery. This was the era when blind urethral dilatation was the gold standard for management of urethral stricture in males. Since then, Endourology has come a long way. Endourology was introduced in Nepal in the year 1982. There was a large void in urological services due to few specialists during that time. Soon, the government realized the need for specialists and sent some senior surgeons for training in the UK. In 1999, the first urological meeting and workshop with British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) was held in B&B Hospital and Patan Hospital. Another workshop in Endourology was held in Army Hospital with faculties from USA the following year. With the increasing demand of urological services and very few urologists in the country it was necessary to have an association of surgeons who were practicing urology.

An ad hoc committee was formed and Prof JL Baidya was elected as President along with Prof Prem Raj Gyawali as General Secretary with the aim of formulating the rules and regulations of the association.

In 2005, NAUS became the member of Urological Association of Asia (UAA). NAUS has also been associated with the educational arm of UAA, the Asian School of Urology (ASU) through which the trainee urologists have been participating in the Urology Residents’ Course (URC) which is being co organized with the Singapore Urological Association. Through UAA, urology residents and young urologists are also actively participating in conferences of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ). Since 2010, NAUS shares a very strong bond with the Urological Society of India (USI). As part of goodwill, both the associations send special invitations to the President, General Secretary and 2 Urology Residents every year for their National Conference as per the Memorandum of Prof JL Baidya was founding president for two consecutive terms, and then the organization was led subsequently by Prof Prem Raj Gyawali, Prof Rakesh Verma and Prof Bishwa Raj Joshi. Prof CS Agrawal is the current President of NAUS. Similarly, founding general secretary was Prof Prem Raj Gyawali , then subsequent two term was completed by Dr Mahesh Adhikari , then by Dr Parash Mani Shrestha. Dr Pawan Raj Chalise is the current General Secretary of NAUS.

NAUS has been holding the National Conference (UROCON) every year and also regular Continuing Urological Education (CUE) meetings in various part of the country. Since 1982 urology in Nepal has developed in leaps and bounds. The desire for surgical residents to pursue their career in urology has been boosted and most of this credit goes to NAUS.

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