Department of Urology

Richard Pelman

Emeritus Clinical Professor

Retired Emeritus



I am committed to helping patients understand all elements of their care, whether it be studies, diagnosis, procedures, or surgical intervention. I believe that urology can and should recognize men with urinary disorders that place them at risk for associated or linked medical conditions. The emphasis on male health should help to reduce the disparity in health needs that men face and allow for better integration of care.

Dr. Pelman was a board-certified urologist who has many times been voted by his peers to be among Seattle’s top physicians. Most recently he was selected as one of America’s best doctors by U.S. News & World Report. In 1997, he received the Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award for his interest in Men’s Health.

After attending the University of Washington for both of his baccalaureate degrees in Zoology and Anthropology, Dr. Pelman received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1979 from the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Since completing his Urology training, he successfully maintained a thriving private practice in Bellevue, Washington as well as engaging in multiple academic pursuits.

Dr. Pelman has published several articles and lectured extensively on various aspects of Urology, particularly OAB and on Men’s Health. He served as the AUA Representative as a member of the Technical Expert Panel, Evidence Based Practice Centers Program of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for Guidelines development for Overactive Bladder 2008-2009.

He developed the Men’s Health program for the Washington State Urology Society and is the chair of that committee. In 2009, he proposed to the American Urological Association Board of Directors the concept of an AUA Committee on Male Health. He served as Chairman of the AUA Ad Hoc Committee on Male Health until 2010, as well as having served as Course Director and Faculty for the inaugural AUA instructional course on Male Health.

In 2002, Dr. Pelman’s interest in Men’s Health led him back to the University of Washington ‘s Department of Anthropology where he and a talented group of Anthropology faculty have developed and completed the pilot study titled Health Initiatives in Men (HIM), reviewing male health norms and knowledge, health care intentions and behavior, social networks related to health issues, as well as incentives and barriers to health-related behaviors and use of the healthcare system.

Dr. Pelman is a Member of the American Urological Association, the Western Section of the American Urological Association, The American Medical Association, The Washington State Medical Association and the King County Medical Society. He is a past President of the Washington State Urology Society, and is a Past President of the Northwest Urological Society. He is a member of the American Association of Clinical Urologists and served on the Board of Directors of that organization as the President (2013-2014).


Dr. Richard S. Pelman talks about the importance of the Health Provider Toolkit (Partnership for Male Youth)