John L. Gore, MD, MS, FACS

John L. Gore, MD, MS, FACS
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John L. Gore, MD, MS, FACS

  • Physician, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Department of Urology; Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Physician, UW Medicine
  • Jessie H. Bridges Endowed Professor in Prostate Cancer Research, UW Medicine


“One of my goals is to ensure that you leave the clinic room knowing everything I know about your disease.”

— Dr. Gore

Tell us about an interaction with a patient that had a significant impact on you.

When I was a resident, I took care of a patient with a huge mass in his kidney. It turned out to be an aggressive form of cancer, but it hadn’t spread, and I was able to remove it. Fourteen years later, he remains cancer-free. Every spring, on the anniversary of his surgery, he sends me an email thanking me for saving his life. I cherish his message every time it comes, especially on the tough days. Being able to help patients like him through a complex health situation is one of the most meaningful contributions I can make.

What do you think patients appreciate about working with you?

One of my goals is to ensure that you leave the clinic room knowing everything I know about your disease. Often, people come to Fred Hutch understanding that they have cancer, but no one has shared with them the important details about their situation that influence their ability to make decisions. It’s really hard to be a patient, and one way I try to ease that burden is to lay out everything we know and the rationale behind my treatment recommendations. Good communication is a key ingredient of building trust and helping you feel confident in your care. 

Provider Background

Specialty: Surgery

Area of clinical practice
Genitourinary cancers, kidney cancer

Urologic cancers, urologic surgery
I am a clinician, surgeon and researcher who specializes in caring for patients with urologic cancers. My main focus is kidney and bladder cancers; however, I also treat cancers affecting the prostate, testicles, urethra and ureter. I have expertise in minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery and complex open procedures. Regardless of the type of treatment you need, I believe in prioritizing safety, cancer control and quality of life. 

As a surgeon-scientist, I also study how to improve access to urologic cancer care and the quality of that care. One area of focus is comparative effectiveness research, which helps identify what treatments might work best for a particular patient at a particular time. 

Diseases Treated

Ureteral Cancer

Urethral Cancer



Education, Experience and Certifications

Undergraduate Degree
University of Minnesota

Medical Degree
Baylor College of Medicine

University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Urology

University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Health Services Research

Board Certification
Urology, 2011, American Board of Urology

MS, University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles


Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors Award
Dr. Gore has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.

Seattle Magazine's 2021 Top Doctors Award
Dr. Gore has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Fred Hutch/University of Washington Cancer Consortium Pilot Grant
Dr. Gore received this award in 2018 to support his research in using telehealth to reduce the prostate cancer burden in rural, underserved communities.

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch doctors. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your doctor can decide if a study is right for you.

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Many of our Fred Hutch doctors conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other doctors and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch provider has written.

View Dr. Gore's Publications

Your Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes doctors, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like nutritionists, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders.


Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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