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Urologic Oncology

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Our urologic oncology providers offer you skill and experience unmatched in the region for treatment of cancers affecting the urinary tract, bladder, kidneys, and male reproductive organs. Surgical expertise includes fellowship training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for procedures such as nephrectomy, cystectomy, and prostatectomy. We also offer high dose brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Whatever your diagnosis, we’ll work closely with your primary care provider to treat your cancer, ease your symptoms and side effects, and strengthen you physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Highlights & Resources

Providers

  • General Urology

    Biography

    Gregory T. Adams, MD performs full-spectrum urology with an emphasis on minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He treats a wide range of urologic diseases, including BPH (enlarged prostate), kidney stones, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and tumors of the kidney. Dr. Adams has extensive experience with the DaVinci surgical robot and advanced training in image-guided and minimally invasive treatment of kidney tumors.

    Dr. Adams is passionate about patient-centered care and improving the quality and experience of health care for his patients. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, being active in his church, and preparing gourmet meals.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Brian Auge, MD, FACS concentrates his practice in the evaluation and management of prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer, BPH, kidney stone disease, and other urologic conditions. He is skilled in the performance of da Vinci® robotic surgery for all urinary tract malignancies, BPH, and other benign processes, as well as percutaneous and ureteroscopic removal of kidney stones.

    Dr. Auge completed his fellowship training in endourology, minimally invasive surgery, and laparoscopy. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 24 years of active service prior to joining St. Luke’s Clinic – Urology.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urologic Oncology

    Biography

    Stephen A. Brassell, MD, FACS is a urologic oncologist with expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery and the management of complex urologic cancers. 

    During his Army career, Dr. Brassell completed an internship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, followed by two years as battalion surgeon with the 10th Special Forces Group. While at Walter Reed he also served as a urologic oncologist, and was appointed the Associate Director of the Center for Prostate Disease Research, a multi-institutional national prostate cancer program, and Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

    His military courses include airborne, flight surgery, dive medical, and cold weather/mountain warfare training. He has received a Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal among other awards. Dr. Brassell chaired over 30 research studies and has published and presented over 70 articles in the urologic literature with a focus on urologic cancer.

    • Robotic and open prostatectomy
    • Robotic and open nephrectomy
    • Robotic and open partial nephrectomy
    • Robotic and open radical cystectomy
    • Robotic and open partial cystectomy
    • Robotic and open excision of retroperitoneal tumors
    • Robotic and open adrenalectomy
    • Robotic and open ureteral surgery
    • Radical orchiectomy
    • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
    • Penectomy and organ sparing approaches to penile cancer
    • Inguinal lymph node dissection
    • Excision of any genitourinary malignancy

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urologic Oncology

    Biography

    Derek Derkacs, PA-C has experience in family practice, general surgery, orthopedics, and urology.

    Derek earned his bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado, and his master's of degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program. He also serves as an aeromedical physician assistant in the Idaho Army National Guard.

    In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with his family and running.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
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      These providers work together to achieve patient-centered care, using proven best practices to offer better care to you and your family.

    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Biography

    Scott G. Erpelding, MD treats all aspects of adult urology, and has a special interest in the evaluation and treatment of men's health issues, including erectile dysfunction, BPH (enlarged prostate), and reconstructive urology. He has additional training in penile implants and artificial urinary sphincters.

    Dr. Erpelding is experienced in the full spectrum of treatment options for BPH, including minimally invasive approaches like Rezum™, UroLift®, and robotic simple prostatectomy when indicated. He is skilled in da Vinci® robotic surgery for urologic malignancies and reconstructive urology, and he uses both percutaneous and ureteroscopic approaches for the management of kidney stones.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Jared G. Heiner, MD has a special interest in prostate cancer treatment.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Michael Morris, MD has special interests in all aspects of adult urology, including minimally invasive surgical techniques (laparoscopy, endoscopy, and robotic surgery), kidney stone disease, genitourinary cancer, BPH, female urology, prosthetic surgery, and infertility. Dr. Morris is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He completed his residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center, and served in the Air Force as a urologist.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Craig R. Spencer, MD provides care in all aspects of adult and pediatric urology, including urologic oncology, male and female voiding dysfunction, and stone disease. He performs open, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic surgery. Dr. Spencer continues to serve as a commander in the Naval Reserves.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Donald K. Stritzke, MD provides treatment and care for patients with a variety of urological problems, and has special interests in oncology and kidney stone disease. Dr. Stritzke graduated from the College of Idaho. He founded Caldwell Urology, and later joined St. Luke’s.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Urology

    Biography

    Michael B. Taylor, MD treats all aspects of adult urology, including kidney stones, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and urinary incontinence. He has a special interest in benign prostatic hyperplasia, where he has specialized training in greenlight photovaporization, Rezum, and the UroLift® procedures as alternatives to drugs or more invasive therapies.

    Dr. Taylor received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University where he graduated summa cum laude. He then went to medical school at the University of California, Irvine where he was elected part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  He completed his urology residency at the University of Utah. Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Urologic Association and is medical director of the St. Luke's Meridian operating room.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

Procedures & Treatments

  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery for prostate, bladder, kidney, testis, penile, and urinary tract cancers.

Supportive Oncology

Caring for the Whole Person

Supportive oncology is an integral part of the St. Luke’s Cancer Institute philosophy that healing comes from caring for the whole person, not just the disease.


You can count on a team of experts who will work alongside your physicians to help you and your family be as strong and stable as possible during your cancer diagnosis, treatment and beyond.


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