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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

  • 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 da Vinci® surgical robot for treatment of prostate cancer, tumors of kidney/ureter/adrenal gland, BPH (enlarged prostate), and obstruction of the ureteropelvic junction. His robotic procedural expertise includes radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, radical prostatectomy, simple prostatectomy (BPH), adrenalectomy, nephroureterectomy, and urinary tract reconstructive procedures. He also has 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.

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  • 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. His procedural expertise includes ureteral reimplant, pyeloplasty, buccal-augmented pyeloplasty/ureteroplasty, bladder diverticulectomy, and retroperitoneal robotic surgery including nephrectomy and partial nephrectomy.

    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.

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  • Urology

    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. He is the medical director for urologic oncology, as well as medical director for St. Luke’s Cancer Institute in Boise.

    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

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  • Urology

    Biography

    Autumn Bridger, DO concentrates her practice in the evaluation and management of a wide spectrum of adult urologic disorders, including prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer; enlarged prostate (BPH); kidney stone disease; and other urologic conditions.

    Dr. Bridger's skills include use of the daVinci robotic surgery for urologic cancers and procedures such as robotic assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, radical nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, sacrocolpopexy, ureteral reimplantation and renal cyst decortication. She also enjoys offering medical and surgical treatment options for BPH, endoscopic treatment of kidney stones, and voiding dysfunction treatment and evaluation.

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  • 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.

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    • Specialties, Conditions & Treatments

  • Urology

    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.

    He is skilled in da Vinci® robotic surgery for BPH, urologic malignancies, and reconstructive urology, and uses both percutaneous and ureteroscopic approaches for the management of kidney stones.

    Availability

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  • Urology

    Biography

    Jared G. Heiner, MD has a special interest in prostate cancer treatment and extensive experience using the da Vinci® surgical robot for laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.

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  • 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.

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  • Biography

    Misty Neisen, PA-C specializes in surgical oncology. She is certified by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants. 

    Misty earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Boise State University and her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Idaho State University. She is an avid outdoors person, and loves biking, hiking, and rafting in Idaho with her family.

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  • 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, and is experienced in the minimally invasive Rezum™ treatment for BPH. 

    Dr. Spencer continues to serve as a commander in the Naval Reserves.

    Availability

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  • General Urology

    Biography

    Sean P. Stroup, MD, MBA, FACS is an expert in urologic oncology and specializes in the evaluation and management of prostate, kidney, testicular, and bladder cancer, as well as benign conditions like BPH, and strictures. He is highly skilled in da Vinci® robotic surgery, management of kidney stones, and a wide array of reconstructive urologic surgery. Listening to patients and compassionately helping them through their treatment is the hallmark of Dr. Stroup’s approach to patient care.

    Dr. Stroup served 21 years in the United States Navy, retiring with the rank of captain. During his military career, he was the 1st Marine Division assistant surgeon, the 15th MEU surgeon, and advance team surgeon for Pacific Partnership 2012. He also served as chairman of urology at Naval Medical Center San Diego, published over 67 articles, and was promoted to professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Stroup also received a Meritorious Service Medal and five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, including one with a Combat “V” Distinguishing Device. 


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  • Urology

    Biography

    Michael B. Taylor, MD treats all aspects of adult urology with a special focus in benign prostatic hyperplasia, otherwise known as BPH or enlarged prostate. He is the first and only physician in Idaho performing HoLEP procedures (Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate) and was the first physician in the Treasure Valley to be trained in Rezum and Urolifit. He also has extensive experience in greenlight laser photovaporization of the prostate. These are all highly minimally invasive procedures. In addition, Dr. Taylor treats kidney stones, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and urinary incontinence.

    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 and is a member of the American Urologic Association.

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Procedures & Treatments

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

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