James Porter, M.D.

Director of Robotic Surgery
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Jim Porter is the most experienced laparoscopic surgeon in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Porter graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in 1990 and completed his residency in Urology at the University of Washington in 1996. He remained on the faculty at the U.W., where he achieved the rank of Associate Professor. He received his laparoscopic training in Heilbron, Germany, and returned to be the first surgeon in the Northwest to use the laparoscopic approach for radical and donor nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, and radical prostatectomy.

Before joining Swedish Urology Group in 2005, Dr. Porter served as Chief of Urology at Harborview Medical Center and subsequently as Head of Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery in the Department of Urology at the University of Washington Medical Center. He has directed the Laparoscopic Fellowship in Urology there and has been active in teaching and promotion of laparoscopic minimally invasive surgical techniques to the regional and national urologic community. Dr. Porter also performs cutting-edge surgery using the da Vinci surgical system such as the da Vinci® prostatectomy.

Dr. Porter is currently the Medical Director for Robotic Surgery at Swedish Medical Center where he also directs the Robotic and Laparoscopic Fellowship in Urology.