Matthew Nielsen has been selected as the next chair of the American Urological Association’s Science & Quality Council
On April 15, 2021, the American Urological Association (AUA) announced its Board of Directors has approved Matthew Nielsen, MD, MS, FACS, John Sloan Rhodes and John Flint Rhodes Distinguished Professor and Chair of Urology, as the next chair of the AUA Science and Quality (S&Q) Council.
An active member of the AUA since 2002, Dr. Nielsen currently serves as chair of the AUA Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, working closely with current S&Q Chair, David Penson, Chair of Urology at Vanderbilt University. Nielsen received the AUA / Urology Care Foundation Rising Stars in Urology Research Award and was named AUA Young Urologist of the Year in 2018. He Chaired the 2017 AUA Quality Improvement Summit on Stewardship of Urological Imaging and was a member of the 2020 AUA hematuria guideline panel.
Dr. Nielsen will assume the role of chair-elect on June 1, 2021 and begin his four-year term as chair on June 1, 2022. As chair, Dr. Nielsen will lead the AUA S&Q Council, providing strategic oversight to shape and execute on the broad science, quality and data agenda of the AUA. This includes the creation, dissemination and implementation of clinical guidelines and white papers; maintenance of the AUA Quality (AQUA) Registry; development and implementation of physician performance measures; advancement of patient safety initiatives; monitoring of federal, state, and local quality healthcare programs; and the formation and execution of data projects.
He has served as Associate Director of the UNC Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement and surgeon champion for the UNC opioid stewardship and blood management initiatives. Outside of UNC, he has served the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and the American College of Physicians’ High Value Care Task Force and Performance Measurement Committee. In 2019, he was appointed to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Technical Expert Panel for the CMS Quality Measure Development Plan and Quality Measure Index.