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 (384 Ratings, 156 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 (384 Ratings, 156 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

  • Jun 15, 2019

    I went to Dr. Amling because of his reputation as a very experienced and technically excellent surgeon. Every aspect of my interaction with he and his staff (after the original hurdle of getting my referral accepted) was very orderly and well managed. I appreciated the way Dr. Amling himself communicated with me: in a precise but thorough manner, with confidence and humility. Every member of Dr. Amling's team that I came into contact with on my journey (nurses and his Physician's Assistant, Ashley) displayed the utmost in professionalism and compassion. I always knew I was in good hands! One area for improvement is in the initial (new patient) intake processing. I experienced some difficulty with communication; faxes from my primary care doctor's office having to be sent 3 times, resulting in delays of multiple days when I desperately wanted to get in.

  • Jun 09, 2019

    Dr. Amling and his team are amazing. My husband's surgery went 2 hours longer than expected and the team made sure I stayed informed throughout the surgery. After the surgery was complete, Dr. Amling came out and spent a lot of time explaining what he had encountered and what to expect, post-surgery. He was unbelievably calm and present when talking with me and my family, something I have never experienced from any other doctor. Later that evening Dr. Amling came and checked on my husband and reviewed how the surgery went, again calm, patient, professional and personable. About an hour later, Chief Resident Dr. Ahmadi came up to my husbands room to check on how he was doing and review the surgery outcome. Dr. Amling and the entire team are caring, personable and unbelievably skilled. Both my husband and I feel so fortunate that we chose Dr. Amling to perform his surgery. We highly recommend Dr. Amling for his knowledge, skill, compassion and professionalism.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    Good job for all.

  • May 25, 2019

    He is the best there is!!!!! Not only a wonderful surgeon but a wonderful person!

  • May 24, 2019

    It was very pleasingEvery body was so help fullAnd nice.

  • May 23, 2019

    Dr. Amling and his team were just amazing, thank you!

  • May 16, 2019

    Staff was very attentive and pleasant thought out the stay. Professional and informative through each step of the procedure and post operative care.truly felt that I was treated as an individual.Thank you

  • May 15, 2019

    Hi, Dr. Amling was very direct, clear, gave me great information in a very (INAUDIBLE) manner. Very professional. I was impressed with his presence and his knowledge and his sense of understanding of my problem. I was just very impressed. I felt as I was working with a leading expert in the field of Urology.

  • May 04, 2019

    I think that the operation was great and I'm feeling very well. I really appreciate the work that the doctor has done.

  • May 02, 2019

    He's great, I'm very happy with him.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    He's a terrific surgeon and I felt very well cared-for.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Dr. Amling is wonderful. He is the best at his profession. He’s friendly, explains ever step of the procedure and provides good feedback.

  • Apr 30, 2019

    Explanation of circumstances and answers to my question met my expectations.

  • Apr 29, 2019

    Utmost professionalism, prompt, thorough, caring. Everything I was hoping for.

  • Apr 28, 2019

    Shows concern for my health. Answers all my questions.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    I have full confidence in Dr. Amling....he is such a fine, fine surgeon. He is the consummate professional and I feel so grateful to be in his care.

  • Apr 26, 2019

    Nothing but good. I can’t think of a negative thing to say.

  • Apr 23, 2019

    Compassionate, listens and does not rush appointment, skilled medical professional

  • Apr 19, 2019

    Spend necessary time with patient. Answers all questions clearly and in terms u understandable.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Best Doctor I have ever had!

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Yes, he was very confidence inspiring. He was very clear. He was very pleasant and quite Masterful at what he did. Thank you.

  • Apr 09, 2019

    This was by far the best service I have ever had here in the 40 plus years I have gone to this dept.

  • Apr 09, 2019

    nationally recognized expert, with outstanding "bedside manner"

  • Apr 09, 2019

    He and his staff were highly attentive and professional.

  • Apr 06, 2019

    We really enjoy Dr. Amling and he is very professional and we trust him and seem in good hands.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Dr.Amling is a caring and competent professional. I appreciated his genuine interest in me and my medical situation. Also, he asks for my input and we work collabortively to make decisions about future treatment.

  • Apr 05, 2019

    Excellent bedside manner. Explained all questions clearly and suscint ly

  • Apr 04, 2019

    Dr. Amling was completely prepared and explained an upcoming surgery to me to my total satisfaction.

  • Apr 04, 2019

    I was greeted very pleasantly. Taken back to a room on time. Spoke with Ashley , Dr. Amling’s P.A., who was very pleasant. Then Dr. Amling came in and did such a wonderful job of explaining everything! No doctor had given me this information in plain, layman’s terms. It was such a relief! OHSU was very clean and all the signage (so I knew where I was going) was awesome! Great experience!

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Friendly and professional. I really appreciate his knowledge and advice.I am very glad that he is at OHSU.

  • Apr 03, 2019

    Dr. Amling provided all the time and patience to answer all my questions, very knowlegeable on various treatments. He was very open and helpful in addressing my concerns. He didn't try to push one treatment over the other but just gave me facts to make my own decision.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    The Dr and staff were kind and attentive.

  • Apr 02, 2019

    Professional and clear.

  • Mar 30, 2019

    Dr. Amling is a fantastic physician/urologist! He has a very caring attitude and spends time explaining very alternatives to deal with a condition. He has been my urologist for several years and frankly, he is the best!!

  • Mar 29, 2019

    Arrived at 8:00am for an 11:00am biopsy. Was able to get my blood drawn and biopsy done in less that an hour. Dr Amling and staff are the best!!

  • Mar 27, 2019

    Dr Amling was very clear when giving us information regarding our treatment options. He spoke in terms we could understand and he also was kind and thurough.

  • Mar 27, 2019

    This is my first visit to OHSU and first meeting with Dr Amling. It's a little to early to comment.

  • Mar 26, 2019

    Very professional and caring.

  • Mar 24, 2019

    He was excellent and provided the very best care.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Very good at explaining options now and in the future. Actually learned more about issue than from my local provider.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    Yes, Dr. Amling's handling has been a urologist, you know, focusing on prostate cancer and he's my urologist for coming on 4 years. I've ... I'm on active surveillance which means no surgery right now although his main thing in doing robotic surgery for prostate cancer. He's still just you know (INDAUDIBLE) for a few and great for him and has answered several questions. So I was there with, you know the question (INAUDIBLE) whether this was a dangerous thing as was very dark purple tissue and so on. And he, you know quickly checked it out explained to me why you know, it's not and*

  • Mar 16, 2019

    Admissions and execution were smooth. Nursing and support staff was g eat.

  • Mar 15, 2019

    I am extremely grateful for Dr Amling, his support staff, and each and every member of the OHSU team who I encountered during my surgical journey, the best possible experience I could imagine. Thank you!

  • Mar 15, 2019

    I consider Dr. Amling the best choice for me.He takes the time with my concerns to explain his experience.

  • Mar 13, 2019

    I waited a very short time to see Dr. Amling although I arrived early. Urology staff were all great. Dr. Amling was gracious and welcoming. He answered my questions readily and with obvious compassion, experience and knowledge.

  • Mar 11, 2019

    Very caring doctor. He excels in making his information clear and understandable. He doesn't rush out as long as you keep asking questions.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Excellent, one of the best.

  • Mar 09, 2019

    Excellent session- answered all our questions; explained my possible procedure clearly and understandably, was warm and very understanding. I felt he cared very much about me the process I am going through to understand the treatment options that I, and no one else, must make. He very fairly balanced surgery vs ratiation letting me see the differences the two approaches would likely have on me both in the short term and long term.

  • Mar 07, 2019

    Doctor Amling took his time to explain

  • Mar 05, 2019

    Dr. Amling is knowledgeable and relatable. I trust him with my life!

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