Jonathan L. Wright, MD, MS (and MoDAWGS Team Captain)
Dr. Wright specializes in urologic oncology, treating bladder, prostate, kidney, and testicular cancers.
Patient Care Philosophy
“Treating bladder cancer requires an integrative team approach that involves the patient, the patient’s family, the surgeon, the nurses, the medical oncologist, and in some instances, the radiation oncologist. When a patient requires a cystectomy, this team expands to include physical and occupation therapists, stomal therapists, and social workers. What we strive to provide is a comprehensive approach for the patient that helps them to navigate the physical and emotional challenges that come with a large cancer surgery combined with delicate reconstructive surgery. With the regionalization of bladder cancer care, where fewer and fewer centers perform radical cystectomies, we have seen firsthand the advantages of being a high volume center where the entire staff is committed to, and experienced with the unique issues surrounding caring for the patient with bladder cancer.”
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Affiliate Researcher, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- Radical cystectomy (removal of the bladder): Dr. Wright performs this procedure in the traditional open surgical approach and robotically.
- Bladder reconstruction: Dr. Wright performs orthotopic neobladders, continent cutaneous reservoirs (CURs), and ileal conduits.
In addition to teaching surgical skills, he is interested in teaching residents the importance of interpersonal skills at the bedside. From a research perspective, he teaches epidemiologic and data analytic techniques to help residents develop independent research skills.
Education And Training
Medical Degree, with honors – University of Washington, 2001
Internship, General Surgery – University of Washington, 2001- 2002 Residency, Urology – University of Washington, 2002 – 2006
Chief Resident, Urology – University of Washington, 2006 – 2007
Fellowship in Urologic Oncology- University of Washington Dept. of Urology, 2007 – 2009
Master Public Health, University of Washington School of Public Health, 2005
Dr. Wright has performed research in different aspects of bladder cancer, including characterizing the natural history of rare bladder tumor subtypes (adenocarcinomas and sarcomas) and the risk factors for developing tumors in the kidney and ureter after bladder cancer. He has studied the role of extent of lymph node dissection on survival in patients with bladder cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes. Finally, he has written on the evaluating quality of life in patients with bladder cancer.