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Samuel L. Washington III


Urologic cancer surgeon
Health care disparities researcher and movie enthusiast

Dr. Samuel L. Washington III is a urologic surgeon who specializes in oncology. He cares for patients with cancers of the genital and urinary organs, including prostate, bladder and kidney cancers.

In his research, Washington studies patient outcomes after cancer treatment, looking particularly at how differences in treatment impact survival outcomes for individuals with genital and urinary cancers.

Washington earned his medical degree, completed a residency in urology and completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at UCSF. He also has a master of advanced study degree in clinical research from UCSF.

  • Education

    UCSF School of Medicine, MD, 2012

  • Fellowships

    UCSF, Urologic Oncology, 2020

  • Academic Title

    Assistant Professor

Guidelines give us a road map to cancer treatment, but understanding where a patient is coming from personally lets us tailor care to the individual.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    385 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 16, 2023
    Dr Washington and the entire nursing and support staff were GREAT!
    Oct 30, 2023
    Dr Samuel Washington is excellent couldn't give a higher mark
    Oct 28, 2023
    Dr Washington was great. I had many questions and he answered them all. He acknowledged my concerns and listened well.
    Oct 21, 2023
    Dr Washington is a godsend! Just the right combination of compassion empathy friendliness and competence
    Oct 21, 2023
    There was also a long delay after my first visit. I was supposed to be contacted in 3 to 4 weeks I called after five weeks and found out that nothing had happened.
    Oct 15, 2023
    Excellent discussion informative patient non-biased.
    Oct 11, 2023
    Excellent communication
    Oct 08, 2023
    Staff and care at UCSF are excelkent
    Sep 28, 2023
    Dr. Washington is the best doctor I have ever been to. He explained everything so well and provided diagrams to help with his explanations. He is awesome!!!
    Sep 14, 2023
    I was very happy!
    Sep 09, 2023
    Dr. Samuel did an excellent job for me. I'm so happy to be with him, he is so friendly
    Sep 09, 2023
    I will recommend others to the caregiver because they were very welcoming and caring for the patient and good treatment
    Sep 02, 2023
    Dr Washington was very kind and friendly as was the assisting RN
    Sep 02, 2023
    No time was wasted
    Aug 30, 2023
    Dr. Samuel Washington in my opinion sets "The Gold Standard" for professionalism as well as in his ability to educate the patient in a compassionate and empathetic manner - which is not very common anymore in the healthcare industry. What also sets Dr. Washington apart from most doctors is how he uses the results of data from research in his patient consultations.
    Aug 29, 2023
    This was a first contact call prior to referral to another specialist for a more detailed consultation. I was disappointed that the physician had not yet been able to view my CT scan.
    Aug 28, 2023
    Dr. Washington was exceptional in my opinion. Thorough in explanation great communication friendly and accessible. Overall a refreshingly wonderful visit!
    Aug 19, 2023
    I love Dr. Washington. He is very caring and thoughtful and has a good plan!
    Aug 06, 2023
    The exchange with the physician was pleasant.
    Jul 31, 2023
    I received the best care possible at UCSF! All caregivers were kind and attentive. I really liked Dr. Washington.
    Jul 29, 2023
    Dr. Washington is amazing. He understands my condition and my goals and is working for the best outcome. I so appreciate him.
    Jul 28, 2023
    Care provider was fantastic
    Jul 27, 2023
    Dr Washington is terrific. He gave my all of the information I requested.
    Jul 17, 2023
    They are very professional
    Jul 15, 2023
    Highly proficient intelligent skilled healthcare provider who excels in all aspects including communication information and treatment.
    Jul 13, 2023
    I was very satisfied with how Dr. Samuel Washington conducted my evaluation and consultation.
    Jul 10, 2023
    Excellent explanation of everything that was going on for my appointment.
    Jul 06, 2023
    Dr Washington is an excellent doctor!
    Jul 01, 2023
    Dr. Washington went above and beyond with great patient care.
    Jul 01, 2023
    Excellent doctor!
    Jun 26, 2023
    No problem.
    Jun 24, 2023
    I don't recall hearing about risks.
    Jun 24, 2023
    My Dr was awesome
    Jun 04, 2023
    Dr. Samuel explained me very well and answered the questions I asked him about my illness
    May 30, 2023
    Waiting for results from biopsy before we discuss care and treatment options. Preliminary discussion has been very good.
    May 22, 2023
    They are the Best!
    May 21, 2023
    Very very good
    Apr 17, 2023
    Doctors should review the extensive question patients completed during the e-checkin PRIOR to appointment to review with patient.
    Apr 16, 2023
    This Dr Washington was as good a doctor as you could find anywhere! I give him my highest recommendation.
    Apr 08, 2023
    All staff and dr Washington we're very kind comforting and caring gave me peace of mind so I could complete the procedure
    Apr 03, 2023
    I was pleased with the care provider's service.
    Apr 01, 2023
    The Dr explained everything I needed to know and made me feel assured that he would help me
    Apr 01, 2023
    He was professional kind and helpful. Felt fortunate to have him on my team
    Apr 01, 2023
    Dr. Washington is the kindest gentlest attentive Dr. I've ever had.
    Mar 27, 2023
    Dr. Washington is a pleasure to meet with. He was great!
    Mar 18, 2023
    Dr. Washington is an exceptional physician. Kind courteous compassionate and extremely knowledgable!! I am so blessed to be his patient!!
    Mar 11, 2023
    Dr. Washington is an excellent practitioner.
    Mar 04, 2023
    Dr Washington exceeded all my expectations.
    Feb 27, 2023
    Excellent of Dr Washington made it easier to get over my self bought and agree to the procedure upcoming
    Feb 24, 2023
    First time in many years that the care provider contact me following up on a difficult or crisis situation. He provides an excellent level of care.
    Feb 20, 2023
    Dr. Washington + the entire clinic are absolutely ace.
    Feb 20, 2023
    Dr. Washington displays confidence and expertise in the most open and neighborly way.
    Jan 28, 2023
    Since I am so ignorant of the problem the care provider now the 2nd visit after 1st one some 2 years ago took me further into details of MRI then done and furthered my comprehension of what is happening and what so far seems to be the best way to go to deal with an ongoing test problem that seems to indicate a very serious problem. But now a week later I have new questions that was not delt with 3 of great importance to me to be able to continue with plans care giver recommended.
    Jan 23, 2023
    I have the highest confidence and trust in Dr. Washington!
    Jan 21, 2023
    Overall good experience.
    Jan 21, 2023
    Couldn't be more complementary about Dr. Washington and his staff
    Dec 15, 2022
    Dr. Washington explained and described my health issue and recommendation.
    Nov 29, 2022
    Dr Sam Washington was excellent in the way he handled our meeting. He was friendly allowed me to ask all the many questions me and my wife had and provided valuable Information. He was very knowledgeable and we had a really good interchange. He exceeded our expectations for this first meeting.
    Sep 26, 2022
    Dr. Washington made me feel very comfortable and was professional.
    Sep 13, 2022
    Dr. Washington was Excellent! He is my new Urologist.
    Aug 27, 2022
    I like Dr. Washington. He's very nice. But sometimes I feel mildly frustrated that he doesn't provide direct answers to questions whose answers are probably not what I want to hear but are answers that feel like avoidance of saying an answer I wouldn't like. I.E.: Can I pay extra to be knocked out for the biopsy? Instead of just a straight up "No you can not." (Apparently) he says things I already know from our conversation: "I will deaden the prostate with lidocaine..." when from everything I hear the biopsy is still incredibly "uncomfortable." It's a very minor irksome bedside manner strategy I'm sure is taught to all physicians but I just personally prefer very direct to-the-point answers.
    Aug 26, 2022
    Jul 28, 2022
    Dr. Washington is a fabulous medical professional. He is kind thoughtful and extremely helpful.
    Jul 25, 2022
    Dr Samuel Washington could not have been better!
    Jul 23, 2022
    Outstanding physician in every way. So lucky and pleased I have him as my care giver
    Jul 17, 2022
    Dr. Washington is always the ideal!I am always very pleased by his manner and consultation.
    Jul 08, 2022
    Dr. Washington is an excellent doctor however it would give me pause to recommend him because of the poor ness of the facility he works for
    Jul 04, 2022
    Dr. Washington is so very thoughtful and caring. He speaks in terms patients can understand and takes his time. Always asking if there are any questions.
    May 28, 2022
    Again worried that if I miss the initial call to setup the MRI appointment setting that up may become a similar problem to getting the first urology appointment.
    May 01, 2022
    Doctor good after long wait to see him.
    Mar 07, 2022
    Dr Washington is easy to work with. Very patient and explained my problem in layman's terms.
    Feb 26, 2022
    Great first meeting on my second opinion on my cancer diagnosis. Great guy and will continue to see him
    Feb 12, 2022
    Dr. Washington is a first rate physician with the highest potential.
    Feb 05, 2022
    I'm very pleased with them