Abraham Morgentaler, MD, FACS, presented “Androgen Society 3rd Annual Meeting Review (Day 3)” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in June 2021.

How to cite: Morgentaler, Abraham. “Androgen Society 3rd Annual Meeting Review (Day 3)” June 2021. Accessed Jul 2024. https://grandroundsinurology.com/androgen-society-3rd-annual-meeting-review-day-3/


Abraham Morgentaler, MD, FACS, Associate Clinical Professor of Urologic Surgery at Harvard University, reviews day three of the 3rd annual meeting of the Androgen Society, an international organization consisting of healthcare professionals interested in testosterone deficiency and its treatment. The day began when Martin Miner, MD, and Jean-Paul Deslypere, MD, PhD, debated the correct threshold for diagnosing testosterone deficiency, ultimately concluding that the lower the T level, the better. Dr. Desylpere then discussed the role of active metabolites of testosterone in manhood, specifically the importance of testosterone in developing structural and functional characteristics of the sex. Hugh Jones, MD, followed with an analysis of androgen receptor sensitivity and its implications for clinical disorders and mortality. Abdulmaged Traish, PhD, then presented on whether or not age-related testosterone deficiency should be treated, respectfully disagreeing with the FDA’s position on not treating men with age-related hypogonadism. Martin Miner, MD, then looked at the relationship between testosterone and mood, depression, and dementia. Next, David Sullivan, MS, PhD, shared information about the preventative effect of androgens on dry eyes. Ernani Rhoden, MD, spoke on testosterone and gynecomastia before engaging in a debate on whether testosterone therapy may be used as monotherapy treatment of erectile dysfunction. The day concluded with a discussion by Dr. Morgentaler on testosterone, science, and human dignity that stemmed from his experiences with patients wanting testosterone therapy despite the impact on their life expectancies out of a desire to improve their quality of life.

A summary of day one of the meeting can be watched here. while day two is available here. For more on ADT, visit our Next Generation Androgen Deprivation Therapy Learning Center.


Abraham Morgentaler, MD, graduated from Harvard College in 1978 and Harvard Medical School in 1982. Dr. Morgentaler completed his residency in 1988 through the Harvard Program in Urology, and then joined the faculty of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School. In 1999, Dr. Morgentaler founded Men's Health Boston, the first center in the US to focus on sexual, reproductive, and hormonal health for men. Dr. Morgentaler was the recipient of the New Investigator Award in 1994 granted by the American Foundation of Urological Disease. Dr. Morgentaler is an international authority on men’s health and a pioneer in the treatment of testosterone deficiency in men. Dr. Morgentaler’s research is credited with reversing the decades-old belief that testosterone therapy is risky for prostate cancer. Dr. Morgentaler has published over 120 scientific articles on testosterone, prostate cancer, male sexual dysfunction, and male infertility. His work has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Cancer, and The American Journal of Medicine. He is the author of the book Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex, which has been widely hailed as a groundbreaking exploration of male sexuality. Dr. Morgentaler’s other books include Testosterone For Life: Recharge Your Vitality, Sex Drive, Muscle Mass, and Overall Health, and The Viagra Myth: The Surprising Impact on Love and Relationships.