Department of Urology

Where are they now?

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Dr. Peter Black

I completed residency at UW in June 2005 and moved on to a urologic oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. There I spent two years doing translational bladder cancer research in Colin Dinney’s laboratory, in addition to a clinical year. Since July 2008 I have been back in my hometown, Vancouver, B.C., on faculty at the University of British Columbia. I practice urologic oncology with an emphasis on bladder and prostate cancer. Half of my time is spent conducting translational research in the Vancouver Prostate Centre, where I focus on novel targeted therapies for bladder cancer. I am especially interested in Notch signaling and its role in metastasis and regulation of bladder cancer stem cells.

I have had the extraordinary good fortune of benefiting not only from excellent training at UW and beyond, but have also had remarkable mentors along the way. At UW it all started at the top, with Dr Lange’s vision of the surgeon scientist, but there were (and still are!) many positive influences in the Department that embodied this vision and inspired residents like myself to seek out similar opportunities. I love what I do, and feel that I would not be doing it if it were not for the outstanding faculty in the Department of Urology at the University of Washington. One of my goals in Vancouver is to instill the same type of enthusiasm for urology and urologic research in our residents that UW did in me.


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Dr. Josephine Hidalgo-Tamola

Innovation and wonder are the two words that come to mind when I reflect upon my residency training.  Completing residency in 2011, I had the privilege to train under the auspices of two dynamic chairmen.  From Dr. Paul Lange, I developed a deep sense of wonder, not only about the disease process, but also about the patient.  Dr. Hunter Wessells showed me how innovation can bridge the gap between the patient and the laboratory bench.  Armed with these tools and many more, I started my practice at Group Health Cooperative as a general urologist with a special interest in pediatric urology.  The diverse surgical cases and patient care experience during residency provided me with a strong skill set to meet the many challenges as a general urologist.  My program’s strong pediatric training allows me to meet the basic pediatric urologic needs of my practice.  

The opportunity to travel with International Volunteers in Urology during my research and 5th year spurred me to establish a non-profit organization.  My family and I started the RJ Hidalgo Foundation in memory of my father who passed away shortly after residency.  Its mission is to provide health care and educational support to those living in poverty in the Philippines.


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Dr. Richard Lee

I am currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Department of Urology. I completed UW Urology Residency in 2004. I then did a 3-year fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). I remained on staff here at BCH since 2007 as a surgeon-scientist. I currently split my time 50/50 between research and clinical work. My clinical focus within Pediatric Urology is on obstructive nephropathy. This focus translates well with the primary goal of my research, which is to identify clinically relevant urinary biomarkers of renal injury caused primarily from obstruction or infection. To date, our group has successfully leveraged advanced mass spectrometry and proteomics techniques in combination with highly defined urologic disease cohorts to identify potential urinary biomarkers for a variety of conditions. In specific, we have identified a short list of candidate panel of urinary proteins as potential biomarkers of congenital ureteropelvic junction obstruction Beyond biomarker identification, my group has developed optimal methods of urine sample preparation and handling, and examined the effects of normal development on the urinary proteome. We have also recently developed two novel methods of sample preparation for the fields of glycomics and glycoproteomics and have developed patents around these methods.

My experience with UW Urology was invaluable. I can think of no better training. I am constantly exposed to young urologists and even though I have been in Boston for some time, I often teach the UW way. UW not only trained me to be a clinician, but also uniquely prepared me to be a surgeon-scientist. I am ever thankful and grateful to my co-residents, attendings, and many mentors at the UW.


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Dr. Layron Long

I am currently the Director of Urologic Minimally Invasive/Robotic surgery at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center. I am also a Clinical instructor for Western University of Health Sciences, and was a Guest Lecturer to the pre-med class at Oregon State University (2012 and 2013). I was the first surgeon to perform robotic urologic surgeries (robotic radical prostatectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, suprapubic prostatectomy) at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, and now serve as a Surgical Proctor for Davinci robotic surgeries. I am the Chief Editor of “Renal Transplantation: Update and Advances” and a reviewer/referee for various urology journals including the Journal of Endoruology and Urology Annals. I also have the privilege to speak to prostate cancer support groups in the Willamette Valley.

After practicing for several years now, it is evident that my residency and fellowship training at the University of Washington has prepared and equipped me to offer world class treatment in all aspects of urological care both clinically and surgically.