Urology and Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence

As pioneers in the treatment of bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer, the team of experts at Saint John’s Cancer Institute's Urology and Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence in Santa Monica, CA, are available to give you the personalized care required to meet your unique needs. You will find comfort in knowing that our team will focus on a cure while minimizing pain, discomfort and complications. We specialize in minimally invasive treatment that uses robotics and other leading-edge technology and services.

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Urologic Oncology Doctors at Saint John's Cancer Institute Dr. Linehan, Urologic Oncologist, reviews research findings with her team Timothy G. Wilson, M.D. and Kayla T. Tran, ACNP A doctor performs surgery at JWCI’s Urology and Urologic Oncology Center of Excellence Dr. Przemyslaw W. Twardowski reviews lab results at Saint Johns Cancer Institute Dr. Mehran Movassaghi shares data with a member of his urology oncology team

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Personalized Care

Our surgeons and physicians are pioneers in the treatment of bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer. Watch our video to learn how our team provides personalized, patient centered care to meet your unique needs.

Optimizing Your Quality of Life

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you may be considering radiation therapy for treatment. Radiation therapy is highly effective in targeting and treating prostate cancer, but there are potential side effects that can last for years after treatment is complete. That’s why we have partnered with SpaceOAR Hydrogel, a new technology for men choosing to undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer that minimizes side effects and optimizes your quality of life after radiation therapy.

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Urology Physicians

Robotic Surgery

Our physicians use the da Vinci Si and Xi robots for the surgical treatment of urologic cancers. We have leaders in this field with expertise in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer. Our team includes a world-renowned surgeon who pioneered robotic-assisted surgery for prostate cancer. We approach urologic cancer care with a personal commitment to each patient and a passion for constant innovation for the best possible outcome.

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Surgical robot

Groundbreaking Technology: High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Treatment For Prostate Cancer

The Saint John’s Cancer Institute in Los Angeles is the first center in the U.S. to offer a non-invasive, outpatient prostate cancer treatment using the new Focal One breakthrough HIFU technology. As a first-line diagnostic tool, it has become universally used to identify tumor localization and guide biopsy in order to improve their detection rate and remove the tumor.

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Focal One for non-invasive, outpatient prostate cancer treatment

Advanced Visualization for Kidney Cancer through Mobile 3D Imaging

We are the first center in California to utilize Ceevra’s 3D surgical planning application as standard practice for patients undergoing a radical or partial nephrectomy (surgical removal of a tumor from a kidney). The Ceevra 3D digital images, optimized for viewing from mobile devices and in virtual reality, help surgeons plan and perform complex operations, and help patients better understand their condition and proposed course of treatment.

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Introducing Ceevra - Advanced Visualization for Kidney Cancer through Mobile 3D Imaging

Clinical Trials

Under the leadership of Timothy G. Wilson, M.D., professor and chair of urology at the Saint John’s Cancer Institute, we conduct extensive research on bladder, kidney, testicular and prostate cancer. Our goal is to find better treatments and possibly cures for urologic cancers, which strike close to half a million people annually.

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Our program is continuing to refine standard treatments for urologic cancers, while working alongside researchers to pursue new discoveries and advances that will not only improve care of our patients, but patients around the world.

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If you are looking for a doctor who cares and is able to utilize the latest technology to diagnose your symptoms go see Dr. Linehan. She is the best at what she does, compassionate, intelligent and caring. I’m thankful and blessed to have her as my doctor.

Urology patient

Dr. Linehan is the best doctor I have ever encountered. She takes time to talk to you about your diagnosis and does it in a way you understand. I trusted her with my life and would do so again in a heartbeat.

Urology patient

Dr. Timothy Wilson is the finest surgeon I have ever met. He’s considered an expert by his peers, a gifted surgeon by his colleagues and a humble doctor by his patients.

Urology patient

Dr. Wilson cured my prostate cancer. His hands are angelic and he’s a complete gentleman. He has great bedside manners and has a lot of patience and answers all your questions.

Urology patient

Dr. Twardowski is probably the best doctor I have ever had. He is also one of the nicest people I know. I am delighted he is my Urologist!

Urology patient

I went to see Dr. Movassaghi for a men’s health checkup. I never felt rushed and I felt like there was a lot of good attention and thoughtful analysis on me, the patient. Very highly recommended.

Urology patient

Dr. Movassaghi is the most compassionate, thorough, intelligent and caring doctor we have encountered. Although he is a surgeon, it seems the last thing he wants for you (the patient) is surgery. He discusses all aspects of every procedure before going forward. Technically, he is brilliant, but equally important is his care and compassion.

Urology patient

Dr. Kelly is wonderful. He allows enough time to explain what is happening and listens to the patient. He considers what is best for the person in front of him. He offers different options to consider if there are areas that can be handled in a different way.

Urology patient