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SIU Distinguished Career Award Update

November 7th 2022

Monday, November 7, 2022

Traditionally, the SIU Awards Committee does not publicly announce to whom it intends to present its various honors for medical achievements in urology before the Opening Ceremonies of its annual Congress. However, the Society’s intention to recognize Dr. Nasser Simforoosh with a Distinguished Career Award for his medical achievements in urology was leaked to the Iranian press in July 2022. As a result, the Society subsequently received several e-mails and other communications making significant but unsubstantiated allegations regarding Dr. Simforoosh and therefore decided to postpone granting him the award to allow for a thorough investigation of the issues that came to our attention.

On November 7, 2022, Dr. Simforoosh resigned as a member of the Society, thereby becoming ineligible to receive an award.

The Society now considers this matter closed and will make no further comment.

 

Friday, November 5, 2022

The 42nd Congress of the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU) is taking place in Montreal November 9-13 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. The mission of the SIU is to enable urologists in all nations, through international cooperation in education and research, to apply the highest standards of urological care to their patients. 

Traditionally, the SIU Awards Committee does not publicly announce to whom it intends to present its various honors for medical achievements in urology before the Opening Ceremonies of its annual Congress. However, the SIU’s intention to recognize Dr. Nasser Simforoosh with a Distinguished Career Award for his medical achievements in urology was apparently leaked to the Iranian press in July 2022. As a result, the SIU subsequently received several e-mails and other communications making significant but unsubstantiated allegations regarding Dr. Simforoosh.

At this juncture, the SIU has requested information from Dr. Simforoosh concerning these allegations and has decided to postpone granting him the Distinguished Career Award to allow for a thorough investigation of the issues that have come to our attention. This process will continue after the conclusion of SIU 2022.

SIU will make no further public comment regarding this matter before its investigation has been completed.

 

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