Physcian Stairs

Message from the Chair

William See, MD

The Department of Urologic Surgery at MCW is committed to the classic academic tenets of clinical care, medical education, and scientific advancement of the field. It is with great pride that I can state that through the efforts of all the members of the Department we have achieved excellence in each of these areas.

Clinical care within the department is delivered by providers with subspecialty training within their niche area of expertise. This subspecialty focus encompasses both our advance practice providers as well as our physicians. The diagnosis and management of both routine and complex urologic disorders is built on a foundation of the latest scientific advances in the field coupled with state-of-the-art technology. Where appropriate, robust partnerships with allied specialty fields provides patient access to true multidisciplinary care. Irrespective of age, gender, or problem, our group delivers care on par with the best centers in the world and represents a unique resource to the people of Wisconsin.

Education of future generations of Urological Surgeons is one of our core missions. I use the term education in contrast to training to emphasize the life-long learning skills with which we strive to imbue our residents. Patient care is more than a static technical exercise, and no longer an individual undertaking. Driven by scientific advances care paradigms are constantly evolving. The team approach to patient care mandates robust interpersonal skills. Honesty, integrity, and mutual respect are core tenets of our education philosophy. Teaching our young partners to do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time, with the patient as the epicenter of the decisional process, ensures that our Department’s professional legacy and value will continue for future generations of patients. 

The opportunity to engage in scientific pursuit lies at the heart of academic clinical medicine. Whether in the form of basic research, public health studies, or clinical trials academic providers trade the financial advantages of private practice for an opportunity to make enduring contributions to their field. Our faculty members continue to pursue research in each of these areas. As such members of our Department have gained international recognition for their contributions to both the art and science of medicine.

I am extremely grateful to all who have made our success possible. Ours has been a team effort. Faculty, staff, residents, and students, in partnership with our health care affiliates, have worked together to place our organization among the most preeminent programs in the country. It is a privilege to serve as Chair and continue to represent the interests of our patients, faculty, and staff.

William See, MD