George R. Schade, MD

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Assistant Professor, Department of Urology
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine
“The amazing thing about research is that we can offer more hope to more patients.”
— Dr. Schade
What drew you to the field of oncology?

When I was a child, my uncle had testicular cancer, and when I was in medical school, my grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Looking back, I think their diagnoses made an impact on me and helped lead me to the field of urologic oncology. I was close to my grandpa, and we talked a lot about his experiences with his diagnosis and treatment. At one point during his care, he was scheduled for surgery, but at the last minute, his physician changed the treatment course. It didn’t make sense to us at the time, and I realized how hard the unknown can be for the patient. Drawing on my experience, I want to do better for you and make things clear, so you understand all elements of your disease and you aren’t surprised by your care plan.

What is your approach to patient care?

Building patient connections isn’t common for many surgeons, but urologic oncology allows me to form a long-term relationship with you over the course of your treatment. I truly care about my patients and want to establish a bond with you. I don’t have a big ego, and I hope I’m very approachable. My family does not have a medical background, and I’ve learned to be a better provider from their experiences. I will approach you the way I would treat my family, so you are well cared for and have your questions answered. I will share my personal understanding of the disease to provide compassionate care tailored to you.

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Genitourinary cancers, kidney cancer

Urologic oncology

I treat urinal, kidney, prostate and bladder cancer from the surgical realm. I perform open laparoscopic and robotic surgery and am part of the SCCA Bladder Cancer Multispecialty Clinic and the SCCA Kidney Cancer Multispecialty Clinic.

In addition to seeing patients, I am an assistant professor of urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor at the UW Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound and Applied Physics Lab. I conduct research on noninvasive treatments aimed at improving urologic cancer diagnosis and treatment. I also study the impact of urologic cancers on patients’ quality of life and I have an ongoing clinical trial aimed at reducing post-operative pain.

Clinical trial A type of research study that tests how well new medical approaches work in people. These studies test new methods of screening, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Ultrasound A procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to look at tissues and organs inside the body. The sound waves make echoes that form pictures of the tissues and organs on a computer screen. A procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to look at tissues and organs inside the body. The sound waves make echoes that form pictures of the tissues and organs on a computer screen (sonogram). Ultrasound may be used to help diagnose diseases, such as cancer. It may also be used during pregnancy to check the fetus (unborn baby) and during medical procedures, such as biopsies. Also called ultrasonography.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Chicago
Medical Degree
University of Chicago
University of Michigan
University of Washington
Board Certification
Urology, 2018, American Board of Urology



Clinical trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by SCCA doctors. Many of these trials at SCCA have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.


Many of our SCCA physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this SCCA provider has written.

Your care team

At SCCA, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a team coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.
Registered nurse (RN)
Registered nurse (RN)
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician and assists with care procedures and treatments.
Patient care coordinator
Patient care coordinator
Your patient care coordinator works closely with you and your physician and serves as your scheduler.


SCCA accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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