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Jonathan L. Wright, MD, MS

Physician
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Paul H. Lange, MD Endowed Professorship in Urological Oncology; Associate Professor, Department of Urology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Medical Director, Urology Clinic at UW Medical Center - Montlake
UW Medicine
Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Specialty:
Surgery
“My goal is to provide the highest level of medical and surgical care in a compassionate environment where each patient is an active member of the team.”
— Dr. Wright
What do you think patients notice about how you and your team work together?

One of the things I routinely hear from patients is that they are blown away by the kindness of the people treating them. It’s because we truly care about what we’re doing — the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, front desk people, everyone. By combining clinical care with research, we’re helping to offer options you can’t get other places. That excites us and makes us all proud to be working here.

What is your approach to care?

We always remember that we’re not treating a disease, we’re treating a person. And we need to figure out which treatments best fit that particular person. This very individualized approach is so important. For instance, there’s a subset of bladder cancer patients who are candidates for bladder preservation, meaning they can avoid surgery and have chemotherapy and radiation therapy instead. Even though I perform bladder removal surgeries, one of my goals is to help more people keep their bladders whenever I can. We look at all your options to figure out the right treatment plan for you. 

Chemotherapy Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. It may be given alone or with other treatments. Treatment that uses drugs to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells or by stopping them from dividing. Chemotherapy may be given by mouth, injection, infusion or on the skin, depending on the type and stage of the cancer being treated. It may be given alone or with other treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy or biologic therapy. Radiation therapy The use of high-energy radiation from X-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, protons and other sources to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. The use of high-energy radiation from x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons, protons and other sources to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may come from a machine outside the body (external-beam radiation therapy), or it may come from radioactive material placed in the body near cancer cells (internal radiation therapy or brachytherapy). Systemic radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance, such as a radiolabeled monoclonal antibody, that travels in the blood to tissues throughout the body. Treatment plan A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A detailed plan with information about a patient’s disease, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the disease and the possible side effects and expected length of treatment. A treatment plan may also include information about how much the treatment is likely to cost and about regular follow-up care after treatment ends.

Provider background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice

Genitourinary cancers

Genitourinary cancers, urologic care

Urology includes both medical and surgical treatment. I focus on the oncology side of urology because I appreciate being able to offer both these aspects of care to people with genitourinary cancers. As a urologist with SCCA, I screen people for tumors, perform biopsies, counsel patients about their treatment options, perform surgical removal of tumors and provide follow-up care and cancer surveillance. This gives me the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with my patients and their families, which is a great joy for me. I also co-host our annual event on Updates in Bladder and Urinary Tract Cancers for Patients and their Loved Ones.

My surgical work includes performing minimally invasive robot-assisted surgeries, such as robotic prostatectomies, robotic cystectomies, robotic partial nephrectomies and robotic inguinal lymph node dissections. 

Biopsy The removal of a sample of tissue or fluid that is examined to see whether cancer is present. This may be done with a large needle or through surgical removal of tissue or fluids. Surveillance Closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. In medicine, surveillance means closely watching a patient’s condition but not treating it unless there are changes in test results. Surveillance is also used to find early signs that a disease has come back. It may also be used for a person who has an increased risk of a disease, such as cancer. During surveillance, certain exams and tests are done on a regular schedule. In public health, surveillance may also refer to the ongoing collection of information about a disease, such as cancer, in a certain group of people. The information collected may include where the disease occurs in a population and whether it affects people of a certain gender, age or ethnic group.

Diseases treated

Education, experience and certifications
Undergraduate Degree
Boston College
Medical Degree
University of Washington School of Medicine
Residency
University of Washington, Urology
Fellowship
University of Washington, Urologic Oncology
Board Certification
Urology, 2011, American Board of Urology
Other
MS, Epidemiology, University of Washington School of Public Health
Languages
English
Awards
Seattle Met's 2021 Top Doctors Award

Dr. Wright has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Seattle Met's annual survey multiple years in a row.

Seattle Magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award

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

Castle Connolly America’s Top Doctors and America’s Top Doctors for Cancer

Dr. Wright received this national Top Doctor award in 2018.

UW School of Medicine’s 2016 Alumni Early Achievement Award

Dr. Wright received this award in June 2016 for significant contributions as a surgeon researcher.

Stories and testimonials

“Dr. Wright is a dedicated, patient-centered physician. He puts a lot of thought into creating cancer management plans and demonstrates technical excellence in surgical care. He’s someone I would be happy to send friends and family to. ”
— John Gore, MD, MS, FACS

Research

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.

Study ID:
NCT04172675
A Study of Erdafitinib Versus Investigator Choice of Intravesical Chemotherapy in Participants Who Received Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and Recurred With High Risk Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC)
Complete title
A Randomized Phase 2 Study of Erdafitinib Versus Investigator Choice of Intravesical Chemotherapy in Subjects Who Received Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and Recurred With High Risk Non-Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer (NMIBC) and FGFR Mutations or Fusions

Publications

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.

Press

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

Bladder Cancer: What to Know If You’ve Just Been Diagnosed

In this video, Dr. Petros Grivas and Dr. Jonathan Wright discuss what people diagnosed with bladder cancer should know, including questions to ask their doctor, current treatment options, and the latest research in bladder cancer.

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.

Insurance

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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