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John L. Gore, MD, MS, FACS

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Professor, Department of Urology; Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine
UW Medicine
Jessie H. Bridges Endowed Professor in Prostate Cancer Research
UW Medicine
“One of my goals is to ensure that you leave the clinic room knowing everything I know about your disease.”
— Dr. Gore
Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

When I was a resident, I took care of a patient with a huge mass in his kidney. It turned out to be an aggressive form of cancer, but it hadn’t spread, and I was able to remove it. Fourteen years later, he remains cancer-free. Every spring, on the anniversary of his surgery, he sends me an email thanking me for saving his life. I cherish his message every time it comes, especially on the tough days. Being able to help patients like him through a complex health situation is one of the most meaningful contributions I can make.

What do you think patients appreciate about working with you?

One of my goals is to ensure that you leave the clinic room knowing everything I know about your disease. Often, people come to SCCA understanding that they have cancer, but no one has shared with them the important details about their situation that influence their ability to make decisions. It’s really hard to be a patient, and one way I try to ease that burden is to lay out everything we know and the rationale behind my treatment recommendations. Good communication is a key ingredient of building trust and helping you feel confident in your care. 

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Urologic cancers, urologic surgery

I am a clinician, surgeon and researcher who specializes in caring for patients with urologic cancers. My main focus is kidney and bladder cancers; however, I also treat cancers affecting the prostate, testicles, urethra and ureter. I have expertise in minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and complex open procedures. Regardless of the type of treatment you need, I believe in prioritizing safety, cancer control and quality of life. 

As a surgeon-scientist, I also study how to improve access to urologic cancer care and the quality of that care. One area of focus is comparative effectiveness research, which helps identify what treatments might work best for a particular patient at a particular time. 

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
University of Minnesota
Medical Degree
Baylor College of Medicine
University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Urology
University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Health Services Research
Board Certification
Urology, 2011, American Board of Urology
MS, University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Gore has received this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row for providing excellent patient care.

Seattle magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Gore has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium Pilot Grant

Dr. Gore received this award in 2018 to support his research in using telehealth to reduce the prostate cancer burden in rural, underserved communities.


Kidney cancer: Multidisciplinary clinic helps navigate changing treatment landscape
Kidney cancer: Multidisciplinary clinic helps navigate changing treatment landscape

Treatment for metastatic kidney cancer is evolving rapidly, as providers move away from performing upfront cytoreductive surgery and navigate a growing number of new therapies and combined drug regimens. SCCA’s Kidney Cancer Multispecialty Clinic (KCMC) offers multidisciplinary consultations and care to help community oncologists and their patients understand and access the latest treatment options. 

Brent Hall
Brent Hall

Brent Hall lives his life at full speed. As a professional hydroplane driver, Brent races boats at over 150 mph, achieving a dream he had as a boy growing up on Mercer Island. He was a rookie driver later in life at 36, and has earned national rankings in several different classes of hydroplanes. Brent is focused on going fast on the water — but not too long ago, he had to slow things down in order to focus on cancer treatment.


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.

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Comparison of Intravesical Therapy and Surgery as Treatment Options for Bladder Cancer (CISTO)
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Telehealth to Reduce Disparities in Cancer Care
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Interactive Visualizations of Risk Prediction Tools


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.


SCCA providers are often asked to give their medical expertise for press and news publications. Read articles by or about this SCCA provider.

Top Doctors 2021: Urology

SCCA's John L. Gore MD, MS, FACS, Dr. Daniel W. Lin and Jonathan L. Wright, MD, MS, were named to Seattle Magazine’s list of Top Doctors in Seattle for 2021, recognizing their excellence in urology.

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.
Team coordinator (TC)
Team coordinator (TC)
Your team 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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