Department of Urology

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…


September 7, 2021

RSVP Now for UW Urology Residency Virtual Town Hall

The goal of the UW Urology Residency Program is to recruit the most talented and diverse trainees, provide outstanding clinical and surgical training, and develop leaders in urology including those in community practice and academic surgeon scientists. Are you interested in learning about the UW Urology Resident program and would like the opportunity to hear…


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…


Is There Space for Diversity in Urology?

In a highly collaborative review, female urologists at UW Medical Center and beyond analyze the current landscape of Leadership Positions and opportunities for diverse leadership in urology. Their analysis reviews the case for increasing diversity and equity in the field, utilizing medical and business literature to present actionable strategies for the advancement of diversity in…


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…


October 14, 2020

2020 Graduating Fellow Feature: Ian Metzler

“I had an incredibly enriching operative and clinical experience during my endourology fellowship with Drs. Harper, Sweet and Sorensen. The multi-disciplinary clinic at the UW Kidney Stone Center was excellent training in the operative management and medical prevention of complex kidney stone patients. Additionally, the robotic experience in the treatment of ureteral obstruction at UWMC…


2020 Graduating Resident Feature: Jessica Dai

“The UW Urology Department is comprised of such an incredible group of individuals, and I feel so lucky to have been able to train here for the past six years. I have learned so much from all of the faculty, fellows, and residents, both past and current – many of whom have served as mentors, friends,…


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