In January 2017, the Society of Government Service Urologists (SGSU) awarded Harold Frazier, MD, professor of urology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Outstanding Service Award. The award is presented to those that demonstrate continual service to the organization and commitment to the mission, as well as service at the larger organizational level. Frazier received the award during the 64th Annual James C. Kimbrough Urology Seminar held in San Diego, California.
Since the late ’80s, Frazier has been a member of the SGSU. During his almost 30 years of membership, Frazier has displayed the kind of initiative and commitment to service that got him elected to the board of directors in the ’90s and to president of the society for 2016–17.
“It all started with my military service,” said Frazier, who was a member of the U.S. Navy for almost 25 years.
“The goal is to coordinate educational programs for the military [and government] urology community. The requirements of people in the military can be different from those in the civilian world.”
Members of SGSU share common best practices and the best ways to navigate the challenges encountered during the treatment of patients in the military.
In the role of president, Frazier helped to facilitate enhanced and expanded involvement with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). SGSU worked in coordination with surgeons from the Urologic Society of American Veterans on this endeavor.
With membership at around 500, SGSU services military and government urologists, such as those at the VA. The organization serves two functions as a place to network and as an entity that provides education to future urologists in government and military communities. SGSU is an affiliate organization of the American Urologic Association.
Frazier closed out his term as president of SGSU this spring, and was invited back onto the board of directors as secretary.
For more information about the Society of Government Service Urologists, visit http://govurology.org/.