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Sima Porten


Urologic cancer surgeon
Mom, bladder and kidney cancer researcher, dance lover

Dr. Sima Porten is a specialist in cancers of the genital and urinary organs. She is a member of the urologic oncology team at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of genitourinary cancer, particularly bladder cancer, upper tract urothelial cancer, kidney cancer and high-risk prostate cancer.

Porten's research focuses mainly on the diagnosis and management of urothelial carcinoma, a cancer involving parts of the kidney, bladder and ureter (the tube connecting each kidney to the bladder). In studying the biologic or genetic basis of urothelial carcinoma, she hopes to develop new tests and treatments to bring personalized medicine to patients with bladder cancer.

Porten received her undergraduate, medical and master of public health degrees from Northwestern University. During medical school, she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and also completed a fellowship through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute–National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. She then completed her urology residency training at UCSF, where she received the Julius R. Krevans Award for Clinical Excellence. During her training in urologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she was awarded a John Quale Travel Fellowship for her research in bladder cancer.

Porten is an active member of the American Urological Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Women in Urology and Society of Urologic Oncology.

  • Education

    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2006

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Urology, 2008

  • Fellowships

    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Urologic Oncology, 2014

  • Board Certifications

    Urology, American Board of Urology

  • Academic Title

    Associate Professor

Through direct patient care, research and collaboration, I strive to be the best physician I can be for patients with urologic cancers.

Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    498 Ratings
    Explained things in a way that was easy to understand
    494 Ratings
    Did the doctor pay attention to your concerns
    495 Ratings
    Gave easy to understand instructions about taking care of health problems or concerns
    460 Ratings
    Knew the important information about your medical history
    494 Ratings
    The provider showed respect for what you had to say
    493 Ratings
    The provider spent enough time with me
    494 Ratings

    Selected research

    Decorative Caduceus

    Measuring Surgical Recovery After Radical Cystectomy

    Post-surgical outcomes determined from patient-reported assessment of symptom burden using the MD Anderson Symptom Inventory (MDASI-BLC form).


    Decorative Caduceus

    Blue Light Cystoscopy With Cysview® Registry

    Rate of detection of bladder malignancies with Blue Light Cystoscopy with Cysview versus white light cystoscopy alone.