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 (377 Ratings, 96 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 (377 Ratings, 96 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

  • Jan 20, 2019

    Was responsive to concerns, informative and confidence-inspiring.

  • Jan 19, 2019

    Very professional and skilled

  • Jan 15, 2019

    Excellent had all my questions answered.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    Dr. Amling was very very knowledgeable and I appreciated the chance to talk to him.

  • Jan 14, 2019

    The team was professional and provided clear communication on the process. Thank you.

  • Jan 13, 2019

    Dr. Amling was excellent, very professional wonderful bed side manner very knowledgeable. He put me at ease. I would give him a score of 10 as well as his PA Ashley. Very thorough, very knowledgeable quite pleased with my experience and very happy to recommend him to everybody. I know who has an oversize prostate or other Urological issues. Thank you.

  • Jan 12, 2019

    Dr. Amling was generous with his time and provided me with complete and understandable interpretation of my test results.

  • Jan 11, 2019

    Everything seemed to go well

  • Jan 10, 2019

    Dr. Amling was the consummate professional very *

  • Jan 09, 2019

    Dr. Amling took the time to answer all of our questions and gave ua a sense of confidence in what lies ahead.

  • Jan 08, 2019


  • Jan 07, 2019

    Yes, we were very happy with Dr. Amling. Very professional very forward about everything and kindly mannered. Talked to us right after surgery and talk to us again when [Name] got back to his room and we feel like he answered all of our questions very well. Thank you.

  • Jan 06, 2019

    So straight forward. Plenty of time to discuss. Great bedside manners.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    appointment was on time and the doctor answered all my questions fully.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    High quality professionalism

  • Jan 05, 2019

    I came for the 3rd stage of a second opinion consult. I found the staff and the medical team to be attentive, professional, and extremely helpful.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    Dr. Amling seems very competent and knowledgeable and would answer any straightforward direct questions I would ask. I wish he were better at communicating the situation with the patient (me). For example, I had/have cancer of the bladder. He treated it surgically. This was a followup visit to see how well the surgery went. He did a cystoscopy. He was just about ready to leave but never told me if he found any residual cancer until I asked. When I asked what the situation with my cancer was he said, "We got it all. It looks all clear." Then he left. Wonderful news!!! Great doctor, but talk to me a little.

  • Jan 05, 2019

    Dr Amling is a great DR. he has done a great job taking care of me one of the best.

  • Jan 04, 2019

    Yeah, my experience with Dr. Amling was was very good. And then fact we have decided to have him do my surgery coming up with you. I need to schedule so who is very professional very matter of fact in. I guess instill confidence in me in his ability to to be my doctor and didn't to have him do the surgery. So I was a good experience.

  • Jan 01, 2019

    Dr. Amling's skill has extended my life. The staff is always courteous and have demonstrated skill and training.

  • Dec 21, 2018

    Dr. Amling took the time to explain the procedure and what to expect as far as post-op results and recovery. Communication with my family during surgery was exemplary compared to personal experiences I have had with hospitals in my area. Entire team was professional and attentive.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Dr Amling was professional, friendly and spoke to my Dad about the things important to his health. His assistant was also professional and very helpful. My father felt safe, respected and well taken care of by the people he was in contact with.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Very skilled and very pleasant.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Dr. Amling is top notch, love the guy. Would not go to see anyone else for my stuff.

  • Dec 16, 2018

    Dr. Amling is a very, very nice person. He makes you feel at home. You don't get nervous around him, and I really trust in him.

  • Dec 15, 2018

    Concerned, Professional,. Very pleased

  • Dec 13, 2018


  • Dec 13, 2018

    It went well with very good news. I would like to thank Dr. Amling and his staff for nine years of services that have been completed and done very well, efficiently and with loving care

  • Dec 13, 2018

    Yeah, I think I'm very, very lucky to have Dr. Amling as my doctor.

  • Dec 12, 2018

    Dr. Amling was really attentive, very courteous, and very professional, and I have the highest respect for him, and I have been very happy with him.

  • Dec 09, 2018

    It was a good day for me,all the people who are on your team did a great job,so far it's doing good knock on wood,I think you all!

  • Dec 05, 2018

    Very informative and qualified. Really easy to talk to and ask questions. When he wasn't exactly sure what what an answer would be from another Dr. He said So. Great Job...

  • Dec 05, 2018

    Both doctor and nurse. Let's see... Dr. Amling and gosh almighty... Justina, they were fantastic as far as information goes, personality goes. They made me feel like... it helped remove any fear I've had of dealing with this problem that I have. How's that? And they made me feel very trustworthy, and I look forward to working with them and hope that they keep working with me. So thank you very much for everything.

  • Nov 28, 2018

    Felt like I was getting the best care available.

  • Nov 27, 2018

    Very efficient, courteous, proficient.

  • Nov 27, 2018

    I liked him, he was very comfortable to talk to. Hoping in the future he will do my surgery. Thank you.

  • Nov 26, 2018

    Dr. Amling and his whole team were very knowledgeable and skilled, they followed up really well after the procedure, and any concerns I had they were addressed promptly. I was very impressed and would recommend them to anybody with urological or prostate problems.

  • Nov 25, 2018

    Hello. I just wanted to say that all the doctors and nurses that I encountered were very helpful and super nice.

  • Nov 24, 2018

    Kind, caring~explains well and vigilant about monitoring medical condition

  • Nov 23, 2018

    Very professional, informative, and caring.

  • Nov 17, 2018

    The provider, meaning Dr. Amling and all of those in his department who care for me, made me feel confident in my difficult choice that I am in the right place for my healthcare. I was given the time to ask many questions. All of my questions were answered in great detail in a manner that gave me comfort, knowing I am in good hands. It also was pleasing for me to watch these professionals guiding students while caring for me.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Very professional and we?re confident in there in there ability

  • Nov 14, 2018

    He was professional and also warm. He explained each step of the procedure and answered each question. After he was finished, he asked how I was doing. I felt comfortable and in competent hands.

  • Nov 14, 2018

    Well, I enjoy his expertise, his professionalism. He's kind and I just feel that he's extremely... I feel in very good hands, enormously competent, and I am able to ask him questions, get them answered, and feel very comfortable with the answers that I get, and so I'm extremely pleased with my interactions with him and his staff. His staff is... is always courteous and phenomenally so, and so I just have enjoyed this relationship extremely well, I could not be more pleased.

  • Nov 08, 2018

    Staff and doctor nice. Everything was fine for first appointment.Thank you-

  • Nov 07, 2018

    Weren't very happy with what he had to say. He wasn't prepared, did not have my MRI, any... any x-rays with him, CAT scans to look at. I wasn't... just come away feeling not satisfied with the time that we spent with him.

  • Nov 07, 2018

    I thought our conversations we had were very informative. I walked away feeling a whole lot better and I had some misconceptions. So I was completely pleased with our whole conversation. Also on that, I would like to say the Dr. Amling answered a lot of an unanswered questions I had so I I do feel like he was really up on the subject we were talking about.

  • Oct 28, 2018

    Capable, but seems whole department is rushed for time.

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Sarah is a Great receptionist! Dr. Amling is the top of his profession.he comes in makes you feel comfortable and answers all my questions! The very best!

  • Oct 24, 2018

    Explained my diagnosis in detail, answer all my question, even some before I asked, and, I was never rushed, he gave me all the time I needed. Also discussed my treatment options, giving me the pros and cons of them.

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