Department of Urology



black_2017_0Dr. 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.

Photo of Josephine Hidalgo TamolaDr. 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.

LeeRichard-11Dr. 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.

Long-photoDr. 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.



Dr. Marc Rogers

I am currently an assistant professor in the Department of Urology at Medical University of South Carolina, as well as Director of Men’s Health. I completed my Urology residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and went on to do my Fellowship training in male infertility and sexual medicine at UW with Dr. Tom Walsh, graduating in 2017. I am a member of the American Urological Association, Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction. My clinical interests include male infertility, vasectomy and vasectomy reversals, medical and surgical treatment of erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease, including complex reconstruction techniques, hypogonadism, and male urinary incontinence.  I have authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and review articles and presented research at national and international meetings. I am particularly interested in promoting resident education and promoting an improved awareness of men’s health in the community.

James KuanDr. James Kuan

“Urology chooses us!” That’s what happened to me, and this is how I answer the question, “why did you choose urology?” I grew up in a small farming town in rural Canada, and when I started med school, I assumed I’d become a family doctor–now I find myself a urologist. Under the mentorship of one of my attendings during my Urology residency at the University of Western Ontario, I became interested in prosthetic urology, sexual medicine and andrology. After residency, I pursued sub-specialty training in Urologic Trauma and Reconstruction, completing my fellowship at the University of Washington. The skills I developed during the program inform and enhance the clinical and surgical care I provide. I am board certified with the American Board of Urology and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. I am an active member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, AUA, CUA, and the King County Medical Society. I am the past Chief of Urology for Swedish Medical Center and the only fellowship trained sexual medicine/prosthetic urologist at Swedish.

Alas, life is not all about being a urologist. Work keeps me busy, but time away from work is equally important. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2005 and call Seattle my home, in spite of my Canadian roots. Presently, I am a fine art photography student at Photographic Center Northwest, a non-profit photography school in Seattle, and am working towards completion of this program in 2019. Like surgery, I approach photography as an apprenticeship, and my work is shot both on digital and film cameras. I caught the travel bug as a high school exchange student in New Zealand. Taking time to get away is my key to recharging. My other passion is cooking (one of the main reasons I travel), and I have often said that if I did it all over again, I might go to cooking school. Needless to say, I don’t see that happening anytime soon, so instead I tinker many weekends in my kitchen, and my love of food has eclipsed my distant memory of doing triathlons, having completed Ironman Wisconsin in 2008. I still have my bike, so maybe I’ll make a comeback some day.


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