Michael P. Porter, MD, MS

Michael P. Porter, MD, MS

Associate Professor
Department of Urology
Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology University of Washington


Dr. Porter is a UW assistant professor of urology and an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology. His clinical interest is surgical treatment of urinary tract cancer (bladder, prostate and kidney). His research interests include comparative effectiveness research, cost and value research, screening for urologic cancer, epidemiology and outcomes in urologic cancer and rural access to surgical subspecialty care.

Patient Care Philosophy
He believes in providing high quality, patient-centered care. This involves knowing his patients, respecting their values and preferences and encouraging them to participate in the treatment decision process.

Scope Of Care
A range of urologic surgery, including cystectomy (surgical removal of the bladder); transurethral resection of bladder tumors; urinary diversion including neobladder construction; open and laparoscopic nephrectomy (surgical removal of the kidney); partial nephrectomy (surgical removal of kidney tumors without removal of the entire kidney); and radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate). He also has expertise in treating urothelial tumors of the renal pelvis and ureter using minimally invasive techniques. He works closely with oncologists and radiation oncologists to provide a comprehensive approach to treating urinary tract cancer.

Personal Interests

He spends his free time with his family. They enjoy biking, hiking, playing baseball and basketball with their two sons and taking road trips around the Northwest. He also enjoys running, golf and music.

Clinical Interests
Surgical treatment of bladder cancer, the fifth most common cancer in the U.S. He is expert in the surgical removal of the bladder and reconstruction of the urinary tract after the bladder has been removed. He also has expertise in treating prostate and kidney cancer and is proficient in minimally invasive approaches such and laparoscopy and ureteroscopy.

Research Interests
Comparative effectiveness research; cost and value research; screening for urologic cancer; epidemiology and outcomes in urologic cancer; and rural access to surgical subspecialty care.

Teaching Interests
He enjoys teaching medical students and surgical residents. He serves as a preceptor for two or three medical students annually and gives the annual medical student lecture on diseases of the prostate. He instructs both junior and chief residents in the clinic and operating room and mentors residents on research projects.




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