Department of Urology

Department Chair

Dr. Hunter Wessells

Dr. Hunter Wessells

Hunter B. Wessells, MD, FACS, is a UW professor and chair of the Department of Urology. He is a surgeon, researcher and expert on urogenital trauma and erectile dysfunction. His clinical interests include reconstructive surgery of the genitourinary tract, acute injury management and complex surgery for male sexual dysfunction.

Dr. Wessells’ research interests are in urogenital trauma epidemiology and management; the physiology and pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction; reconstructive surgery; crash injury mechanics; and urological complications of diabetes. A proerectile melanocortin agonist developed by Dr. Wessells and his collaborators at the University of Arizona is in clinical trials for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

He currently serves as a permanent member of the UKGD Study Section of the National Institutes of Health, is a member of the Advisory Committee for Urology of the American College of Surgeons and is an ad hoc editorial reviewer for numerous peer reviewed journals.

Dr. Wessells has served on several national and international professional and government committees, including the WHO International Consultations on Erectile and Sexual Dsyfunction, an NIDDK working group on urological complications of diabetes, and a NIH symposium on diabetes.

He has published more than 75 journal articles or book chapters, is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on topics related to erectile dysfunction and genitourinary trauma.

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