Ira D. Sharlip Lecture Award

Dr. Ira D. Sharlip is Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Francisco. Born in Pennsylvania, he earned his BA and MD from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and served as a Senior Flight Surgeon in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, and the Middlesex Hospital in London, England. He has consulted in hospitals throughout the world and worked as a volunteer physician and surgeon in Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam and several nations in southern Africa.

Within the society, we know him as the founder and past-president of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA), originally named the Society for the Study of Impotence in 1993. He has filled various roles in both the American Urological Association (AUA) and International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), including serving ISSMA as president (2006-2008) and as a member of the first International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM) in 1999. Dr. Sharlip is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and is a founder and assoicate editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Simply put, Dr. Ira Sharlip is one of the most prominent figures in the history and development of the SMSNA, and in recognition of his contributions to the society and the field of sexual medicine, the Ira D. Sharlip Lecture Award is given each year at the Annual Scientific Program of the SMSNA at the AUA.


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