Department of Urology

April 14, 2020

UW Urologist Dr. Rob Sweet Leads Covid-19 Innovative Taskforce

The COVID-19 Pandemic placed unprecedented challenges in the UW Medicine supply chain for medical and protective equipment that threatened to halt the lifesaving work of so many UW Medicine providers and healthcare workers. In response, Dr. Tim Dellit, UW Medicine Chief Medical Officer, charged Dr. Rob Sweet from the Department of Urology, and a UW…


February 27, 2020

Groundbreaking Urethral Stricture Study Seeks Improvement in Urinary Flow

UW Medicine’s trauma and reconstructive urologist, Dr. Judith Hagedorn, is making a huge impact for patients who suffer from significant symptoms of stricture. The Department of Urology at UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center has a high-volume reconstructive practice and has been a key player in the multi-center trial, Urotronic Robust III, to help alleviate…


This Cutting-Edge Bladder Cancer Research is Changing the Face of Patient Care

Urologist Dr. John Gore at the University of Washington School of Medicine is changing the way clinical trials are viewed in the eyes of patients and researchers, one bladder cancer patient at a time. His work with the Comparison of Intravesical Treatment and Surgery (CISTO) is a first-of-its-kind patient first approach to recurrent bladder cancer treatment options…


February 13, 2020

Marijuana and (In)Fertility

Marijuana consumption is prevalent among men of reproductive age, and decriminalization in the United States is growing as the medical use of marijuana is legal in 33 states and recreational use is legalized in 10 states, including Washington, with no signs of slowing down. It is estimated that 192 million individuals, comprising 2.5% of the…


UW Researchers Use Burst Wave Lithotripsy to Successfully Treat Kidney Stones in First 10 Humans

University of Washington (UW) researchers in a multi-institutional study funded by the NIH report comminution of the first ten stones in humans by burst wave lithotripsy (BWL)- focused, cyclic ultrasound pulses at pressure amplitudes lower than in shock wave lithotripsy (SWL).After successfully fragmenting a kidney stone in the first patient treated with BWL, researchers kicked off an…


UWMC Leads State in Advanced Wireless Technology for Patients with Incontinence

UW Medical Center Northwest’s own Director of Female Urology, Dr. Suzette Sutherland, is the first provider in the state to bring new Axonics neuromodulation technology to patients.The small, flash drive-sized device has shown highly positive outcomes in clinical studies of patients with urinary incontinence with at least 90% (116/129) patients implanted with the Axonics Sacral Neuromodulation (SNM) System achieving at least a 50% reduction in the number of urgency…


January 17, 2020

2020 AUA Match Results

The Department of Urology is thrilled to announce another successful American Urological Association match resulting in all four of its open residency position being filled. Please join the University of Washington Urology Residency Program in welcoming 2020 residents Arash Amighi (research), Daniel Carson (research), Tova Weiss (clinical) and Lisa Zhang (clinical). Cheers to another great recruiting…


December 30, 2019

Dr. Wessells’ End of Year Chair Message

Dear Colleagues and Friends, The outstanding performance of the Department of Urology in 2019 gives me a deep appreciation for the many individuals who contribute to our success. Our patients continually inspire us to innovate and secure our highest collective impact. Our faculty are exceptional, and we continue to attract a very talented and diverse…


May 6, 2019

Dr. Richard Pelman Launches Podcast – “The Original Guide to Men’s Health”

NEW PODCAST in 2019 “The Original Guide to Men’s Health” Have you listened?  We’re launched. iTUNES iPhone, podcast app Search: The Original Guide to Men’s Health Push subscribe!


April 19, 2019

Julian Ansell MD – Rest in Peace

Dear Colleagues, It is with sadness that I inform you that Dr. Ansell, our founding Chair, passed away on April 2nd 2019. Julian will be remembered for his tireless dedication to patients, trainees, and research. An inspiration to a generation of urologists at UW, he embodied the academic surgeon who put the patient ahead of…


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