Christopher L. Amling M.D., F.A.C.S

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Professor of Urology School of Medicine

Accepting new patients

4.8 out of 5 (495 Ratings, 224 Comments)


  • Cancer
  • Urology

Special focus on

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Urologic Oncology


  • M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon 1985
  • Residency:

    • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 1990-1992
  • Fellowship:

    • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN Department of Urology, urologic oncology, 1996-1997
  • Certifications:

    • Diplomat, American Board of Urology


Dr. Amling specializes in treating cancers of the urinary and reproductive system, including the prostate, kidneys and bladder. He is an expert in minimally invasive cancer treatments, including robotic surgery for prostate and bladder cancer. Before coming to OHSU, Dr. Amling directed the Division of Urology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he held the Anton J. Beuschen Chair in urologic surgery and research. Previously, he was chairman of the Department of Urology at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Dr. Amling is a national and international authority on the latest prostate cancer treatments, including surgery with the da Vinci robotic system. He has also developed new ways to educate surgical residents and published many articles in medical journals on diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.

An Oregon native, he was born in Coquille and graduated from the University of Oregon and OHSU School of Medicine. He is board certified in urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Urologic Association, which chose him for a prestigious award in 2009. Each year, the Gold Cystoscope Award goes to a urologist who has made important contributions to the specialty within 13 years of finishing residency training.

Other awards and honors include being elected president of the Society of University Urologists and serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Urology. Dr. Amling also reviews papers submitted for publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Urology and Cancer and several other medical journals.


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  • English

Memberships and associations

  • American Urologic Association, Western Section - American Urologic Association, American College of Surgeons, American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons, Society of Urologic Oncology, Western Urologic Forum, Society of University Urologists, Society of Urology Chairman and Program Directors, and Society of Government Service Urologists.

Patient Ratings

4.8 out of 5 (495 Ratings, 224 Comments)

The patient ratings score is an average of all responses to the question "How likely would you be to recommend this provider to your family and friends (on a scale of 0 to 10)" on our nationally-recognized NRC patient surveys.

Patient Comments

  • Oct 18, 2019

    I had a prostate biopsy. Dr Amling is very qualified in what he does.thank you

  • Oct 15, 2019

    Intelligent, articulate, compassionate, objective. I got everything I could have expected from him.

  • Oct 14, 2019

    Everything went smoothly and everyone was friendly and helpful.

  • Oct 12, 2019

    Everything was fine except that I got an infection that required antibiotics.

  • Oct 06, 2019

    I like doctor very well, and he's a great person and I would recommend him to anybody I know. Thanks.

  • Oct 04, 2019

    very knowledgeable

  • Oct 01, 2019

    He always answers my questions or finds out

  • Sep 30, 2019

    Very professional and extremely knowledgeable. Dr. Amling was concerned and helpful in explaining my options.

  • Sep 30, 2019

    Dr. Amling was present he was there was a quiet confidence about him. He was totally focused on me. He was very thorough and explaining, what I would be going through and he was an outstanding listener. I I have nothing but good things to say about my visit with Dr. Amling outstanding. So, thank thank you very much.

  • Sep 29, 2019

    Timely, excellent, and very courteous. A pleasure.

  • Sep 27, 2019

    he answers all our questions and does a great job of keeping us informed.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    It was positive. i was very comfortable.

  • Sep 13, 2019

    Best of the best

  • Sep 12, 2019

    Dr. Amling is thorough, he is conscientious, and he is very, very kind. He's an amazing doctor, and I just really appreciated all his care over the last 10 years that he's been taking care of me. Thank you.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Professional and caring.

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Great service courteous on time very informational

  • Sep 10, 2019

    Excellent from start of process through today. I have the same for future expectations! The BEST of the best !

  • Sep 09, 2019

    My surgery seemed to go very well and my general experience was positive.

  • Sep 06, 2019

    I asked many technical questions and got thorough answers. The whole experience was exactly what I expected from my previous appointment with Dr. Amling. He confirmed my analysis of my current tests and added more detail that enhanced my understanding and put me at ease with the program we have decided on for the active surveillance of my condition. I am extremely happy having him as my physician.

  • Sep 01, 2019

    I felt like everyone cared.

  • Aug 31, 2019

    Very informational, easy to understand, personable, great bedside manner, surgery was a job well done !

  • Aug 30, 2019

    Yeah, I feel pretty fortunate to have found out about Dr. Amling, and I was very comfortable. He was very thorough and I am looking forward to getting better under his care.

  • Aug 25, 2019

    Focused, timely, available, confident and friendly

  • Aug 23, 2019

    Yes, this provider has saved my life, and I have been dealing with OHSU for years. Thank the good Lord. I've got them. Thank you. Bye.

  • Aug 20, 2019

    He seems to lack sufficient familiarity with my records and so I have to remind him occasionally of the number of times he has done a procedure, or the need for a recheck on specifics of my condition, etc.

  • Aug 18, 2019

    Dr. Amling has been treating my for some time & have the utter most trust in him.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Surgery went well. Staff was friendly and professional.

  • Aug 16, 2019

    Dr. Amling is an excellent physician.

  • Aug 14, 2019

    I was seen on time (actually a little early). Staff was cordial, efficient and compassionate. The doctor was a wealth of knowledge. He went over my options, informing me of what was and wasn't possible. He listened to my concerns and answered my questions. He also knew that my intent was to gather information through a consultation rather than charge ahead with a planned course of action. I felt valued and that my opinion mattered.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    I felt that experience was very good and I recommend the doctor very highly.

  • Aug 04, 2019

    I felt very confident in him and his residents and they were all very nice and helpful in answering all my questions.

  • Aug 02, 2019

    very good communication skills with me, his patient. I appreciate his willingness to share knowledge, answer questions and make certain that I understand the decisions that I will be making.

  • Aug 01, 2019

    I Had the A plus plus team, they all were exceptional and took great care of me and my medical needs.

  • Jul 25, 2019

    Dr. Amling not only has exquisite technical professional skills, his bed side manner is the best that I've ever seen in my 75 years. He is outstanding and his staff are very very good.

  • Jul 23, 2019

    Excellent care taken to inform me and answer all my questions . The lab was quick and well staffed . The Buildings functions really well and are Appointed nicely . The parking is challenging for larger vehicles .

  • Jul 22, 2019

    Dr Ambling and all of the OHSU surgical team were very professional, informative, and caring. I felt confident that I was in good hands during the entire process.

  • Jul 21, 2019

    Dr Amling is a miracle worker. He was still able to do my prostate removal robotically even though I had previously had three abdominal surgeries that left a great deal of scar tissue. I fully believe a lesser surgeon might not have attempted the surgery. I am forever great full for his skill and knowledge.

  • Jul 21, 2019

    Yes, I had a very good meeting with Dr. Amling. It was... he's been a urologist, my urologist, for a number of years. He's helping to oversee a prostate cancer situation which I'm in, active surveillance. This was on a different matter, but distantly related to the prostate cancer, and as usual he was, you know, I can describe the problem and he understood it, had looked at my records again and was up to speed and did a... you know, just a very thorough conversation of what I was facing and what my options were and... and that's where we left it. I'm going to think more about the options. I'll try them *

  • Jul 19, 2019

    Everything about my surgery experience with Dr. Amling and OHSU has been outstanding. The nursing staff on 7th floor are simply the best. They consistently went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that I was comfortable and that all my needs were met during my stay there. Highly recommend.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    My experience with this provider couldn't couldn't have been any better.

  • Jul 19, 2019

    I feel very confident about upcoming surgery after the consultation. Dr. Amling provided all the pertinent information and answered all our questions in a friendly, clear and straightforward way.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Dr Amling provided the care that I had initially sought him to provide - in a timely, effective, and caring way. His whole team was fantastic

  • Jul 12, 2019

    Impressed, Dr. Amling took time to answer all questions and gave very thorough answers with pros and cons.

  • Jul 09, 2019

    It was all good! Everyone was very helpful and explained everything well. I felt like I was in the best hands possible, and made an important decision to have surgery with doctor Amling. He listened to all my questions carefully and answered each one in an unbiased way. I feel completely comfortable with my decision!

  • Jul 01, 2019

    Everyone was cheerful, knowledgeable , friendly. Follow-up with scheduler was the next day! Great.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    Dr. Amling explained treatment options directly and succinctly and did not make recommendations unsupported by research.

  • Jun 28, 2019

    Dr. Amling is a very conscientious urologist and showed great interest in my situation. He provided some useful advice in our visit.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    Dr.Amling and his team is a first class team.

  • Jun 26, 2019

    Dr. Amling is professional, friendly, prompt and a superior doctor. He has taken wonderful care of my94 year old father.

  • Jun 25, 2019

    Thank you for making this as efficient and relatively painless as possible. I'm very pleased with the care I've received so far by Dr. Amling, Ashley Olson, and the medical assistants at OHSU Urology.

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