Department of Urology


January 5, 2022

UW Urology Newsletter – Winter Quarter 2022

Message from the Chair Dear Colleagues and Friends, What a beginning to the new year! The close of 2021 brought snow and cold temperatures, disrupting holiday travel plans and exacerbating staff shortages in the hospitals. Both figuratively and literally, we greeted 2022 digging out of a snowdrift. And as we start back to work following…

November 29, 2021

Dr. Wessells Receives Renewed Funding to Help Understand Mechanisms of Bladder Dysfunction Study in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes

In continuation of a collaboration that began in 2008, Dr. Hunter Wessells, Professor and Nelson Chair of the Urology Department at the University of Washington alongside Dr. Aruna Sarma, Professor at the University of Michigan received funding from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases to seek deeper understanding of bladder control problems…

November 24, 2021

Hospice Enhances End of Life Experience for Bladder Cancer Patients

Pauline Filippou, MD, Acting Instructor and Society of Urologic Oncology senior fellow at the University of Washington’s Department of Urology, concluded that patients with bladder cancer enrolled in hospice have a higher quality end-of-life experience, as documented in a recent study in coordination with Department colleagues and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida….

September 27, 2021

UW Urologists Voted Top Doctors 2021

Congratulations to the 14 UW Department of Urology providers named Seattle Met Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2021 as “nominated [by] their most esteemed peers based on years of experience, competency, rapport with patients, patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best patient care.”…

September 10, 2021

UW Urology Newsletter – Fall Quarter 2021

Message from the Chair We begin another academic year in the Department of Urology with a sense of excitement and a glimpse of the future of urology. Our hospital workrooms are filled with great fourth-year medical students from our Seattle campus of the School of Medicine, its sites in the various WWAMI states, and all…

Dr. Hunter Wessells Receives Barringer Medal

Dr. Hunter Wessells, Professor and Nelson Chair of Urology has been awarded the Barringer Medal by The American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons for 2021. Dr. Wessells is the 39th recipient of the award, and was recognized for a number of his accomplishments, including: • Medical School: Junior AOA, Surgery Prize • Kendall Urology Research Award…

July 15, 2021

McMurray Building Clinic Opening

Integrating specialists and generalists to create closer links to early diagnosis, advanced technology, and timely treatment of urological diseases Two years ago, Dr. James Downey added a 30 year old man with bothersome urinary symptoms onto his schedule. The patient had been seen in multiple Emergency Departments, treated for infection, undergone outpatient endoscopy, and still…

February 17, 2021

Study Seeks to Discover Markers Identifying Patients Who Can Safely Avoid Prostate Cancer Treatment

Dr. Daniel Lin, Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Urology, shares his pioneering research in concert with the Canary Foundation after over a decade of research and over 2,000 patients. Their research encompasses the largest multi-site surveillance study with a biorepository in North America. Click HERE to learn more about his extensive research…

February 16, 2021

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, UW Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Trauma and Reconstructive Urology Serves Patients Across the Region

No other medical center in the Pacific Northwest offers the depth and breadth of reconstructive urology expertise provided by the team of urologists at UW Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Trauma and Reconstructive Urology. Forged by highly skilled urologists more than 20 years ago, UW Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Trauma and Reconstructive Urology helps…

December 4, 2020

UW Medicine Department of Urology in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic placed unprecedented strain on health care systems throughout the world, balancing appropriate and necessary health care with measures to minimize virus transmission. As the leading academic medical center in one of the first US cities to be hit, UW Medicine Urology has been involved in surgical triage, redeployment plans, telemedicine implementation, as…

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