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Department of Urology

About the Department of Urology

What is Urology?

The American Urological Association defines urology as a specialty that deals with diseases of the male and female urinary tract (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). It also deals with the male reproductive organs (penis, testes, scrotum, prostate, etc.).

Urology is known as a surgical specialty. Besides surgery, a urologist is a doctor with wisdom of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and other parts of health care. This is because a urologist encounters a wide range of clinical problems. The scope of urology is big and the American Urological Association has named seven subspecialty parts:

  • Pediatric Urology (children’s urology)
  • Urologic Oncology (urologic cancers)
  • Renal (kidney) Transplant
  • Male Infertility
  • Calculi (urinary tract stones)
  • Female Urology
  • Neurourology (nervous system control of genitourinary organs)

Our People

The department has thirty-four faculty members, eight PhD research faculty, five fellows and eighteen residents who work with multiple administrative staff to deliver the highest quality patient care. We are proud to serve our community at UW Medicine and partner locations throughout the greater Seattle area. Our experts see patients with a wide range of urological conditions at the top hospitals in the region, including Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Eastside Specialty Center, the Men’s Health Center at UWMC-Roosevelt, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Our Research Centers

The Department of Urology has an outstanding research program that is at the core of its mission. The model that has been successful in the Department is a close alliance of basic and clinical researchers in Research Centers of Excellence jointly led by a Physician-Scientist and PhD faculty member(s).

The Institute for Prostate Cancer Research (IPCR) supports research activities of approximately 15 programs at the UW and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Associate Professor of Urology Dr. Daniel Lin is the Director of the IPCR.