Our providers and philosophy
The Department of Urology’s Urologic Oncology Program provides comprehensive care for patients with urologic cancers. We value the multi-disciplinary approach to cancer treatment, collaborating closely with our Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology colleagues, and we offer a wide range of leading-edge surgical cancer treatments involving advanced open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches. For referred patients or those seeking a second opinion, we are committed to prompt evaluation and coordinated, compassionate cancer care. We provide streamlined access both for patients and referring physicians.
Each of our urologic oncologists bring with them specialty fellowship training, with 100% of their clinical practices dedicated to the evaluation and treatment of patients suffering from cancer of the prostate, bladder, kidney, and testis. Department of Urology surgeons are renowned for their expertise in treating complex cases that include high risk cancer, post-chemotherapy treatment, and salvage surgery following radiation therapy. In addition to expertise in traditional open surgery, they also utilize their advanced training in the use of minimally-invasive and robotic surgical techniques. Our robust volumes in open, minimally invasive, and robotic surgical cases assure the experience necessary for optimal postoperative outcomes.
Dr. Christopher Amling, M.D., F.A.C.S completed his urology residency training at Duke University Medical Center and his urologic oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. An expert in the minimally-invasive surgical treatment of urologic cancers, he is a high-volume surgeon utilizing robotic surgical techniques for the treatment of prostate, bladder, kidney and testicular cancer, though his primary clinical interest lies in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Dr. Jen-Jane Liu, M.D. completed her medical training and urology residency at Stanford University, followed by fellowship training in urologic oncology at John Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Liu performs both open and minimally invasive surgery for the spectrum of urologic malignancies, including prostate, bladder, kidney, and testicular tumors. Her particular research interests lie in clinical outcomes and practice patterns of urologic oncology surgery and new imaging technologies for urologic cancers.
Dr. Sudhir Isharwal, M.D. provides care for patients with cancers of genital and urinary tract. His clinical and research focus include bladder cancer, kidney cancer, prostate cancer, and testis cancer. He performs advanced minimally invasive surgeries including robotic assisted laparoscopic surgeries as well as open surgeries. He performs nerve-sparing procedures for prostatectomy, cystectomy, and retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. For patients undergoing cystectomy, he performs all forms of urinary diversion/reconstruction. His research focuses on improving the clinical outcomes of patients with urological cancers.
Hilary Shreves, M.S.N., A.C.N.P.-B.C. started and leads the Urologic Cancer Survivorship program at OHSU. She is a urologic oncology nurse practitioner with years of experience treating cancer patients. She completed her graduate training at Georgetown University. On a daily basis, Hilary enjoys living out her mission to bring hope, encouragement, and the best of medical care to patients with urologic cancers.
Ashley Olson, MMsc, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who assists Dr. Christopher Amling in caring for patients with urologic cancers. She is a Minnesota native, and she received her undergraduate education at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She subsequently assisted oncology patients in a hospital setting as a patient care technician and worked as a research associate in cancer biology prior to attending PA school. She received her medical education at Yale University School of Medicine
Lisa Langmesser, MHS, PA-C is a board-certified Physician Assistant who works with Dr. Jen-Jane Liu in caring for patients with urologic cancers. She received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Boise State University, and then went on to get a Master’s degree in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. Lisa continued on to P.A. school at Duke University in Durham, NC. After graduating from P.A. school she worked in Urology at Duke, and most recently at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Lisa is a native of Oregon, and is excited for the opportunity to come back to the Pacific Northwest.
More information on urologic cancer, please visit the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.