Woodson W. Smelser, MD

Woodson W. Smelser, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Urologic Surgical Oncology

Common Procedures

  • Robotic prostatectomy
  • Robotic partial nephrectomy
  • Robotic adrenalectomy
  • Robotic and open cystectomy
  • Robotic nephroureterectomy
  • Laparoscopic and open nephrectomy
  • Orchiectomy
  • Ureteroscopy and laser tumor ablation
  • Transurethral resection bladder tumor
  • Cystoscopy
  • Prostate biopsy

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Prostate cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Adrenal cancer
  • Elevated Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)
  • Hematuria



BS, Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2011

Medical School: University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2015


General Surgery Internship, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 2015-2016

Urology Residency, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, 2016-2020


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 2020-2022

Professional Memberships

American Urological Association

Society of Urologic Oncology

American College of Surgeons

South Central Section of the American Urological Association

Awards and Honors

American College of Surgeons Advisory Council Liaison to Urology 2016-2022

American Urological Association Residents and Fellows Committee 2016-2022

American Urological Association Letter of Commendation for Service 2021

Chief Resident in Urology, University of Kansas Medical Center 2020

Best Poster: Bladder Cancer Epidemiology, AUA Meeting 2019

KU Urology Resident Research Award 2018

KU Student Voice, Excellence in Residency Award 2018

Best Poster: Bladder Cancer IV, American Urological Association Meeting 2017

ACS Leadership and Advocacy Summit Scholarship Recipient 2016


Areas of Research Interest

  • Genitourinary clinical trials
  • Urothelial cancer
  • Radical cystectomy outcomes
  • Perioperative optimization and prehabilitation

Clinical Trials

Perioperative Hypogonadism in Men Undergoing Radical Cystoprostatectomy for Bladder Cancer. NCT0306312. Trial Site: University of Kansas Medical Center. Accrual completed May 2018. Principal Investigators: Woodson Smelser, MD and Jeffrey Holzbeierlein, MD. Manuscript published to Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Investigations, Jan 1, 2021.

Association of Preoperative Medical Optimization with Postoperative Outcomes for High-Risk Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery Surgery. Trial Site: Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Departments of Anesthesia, Surgery, and Urology. Principal Investigator: Matt McEvoy. Sub-Investigators: Woodson Smelser, MD, Kamran Idrees, MD, Alexander Hawkins, MD. (Target Opening of August 2022)

Phase II Clinical Trial of Pembrolizumab in Localized Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma. Sponsoring Trial Site: Washington University in St. Louis. Principal Investigators: Woodson Smelser, MD and Sam Chang, MD, MBA. Sponsored by Merck Investigator Studies Program. (Target Opening of December 2022)



Financial Disclosures



Smelser WW. Editorial Comment [published online ahead of print, 2022 May 16]. J Urol. 2022;101097JU000000000000267501. doi:10.1097/JU.0000000000002675.01

Smelser WW. Editorial Comment. J Urol. 2021;206(3):546-547. doi:10.1097/JU.0000000000001837.01

Fonseca RB, Straub Hogan MM, Kapp ME, et al. Diagnostic renal mass biopsy is associated with individual categories of PADUA and RENAL nephrometry scores: Analysis of diagnostic and concordance rates with surgical resection. Urol Oncol. 2021;39(6):371.e7-371.e15. doi:10.1016/j.urolonc.2021.02.022.

Smelser WW, Randall JH, Caldwell J, et al. Characterization of perioperative androgen profiles in men with bladder cancer undergoing radical cystectomy. Urol Oncol. 2021;39(7):435.e23-435.e31. doi:10.1016/j.urolonc.2020.12.013

Koch GE, Smelser WW, Chang SS. Side Effects of Intravesical BCG and Chemotherapy for Bladder Cancer: What They Are and How to Manage Them. Urology. 2021;149:11-20. doi:10.1016/j.urology.2020.10.039

Javier-DesLoges JF, Cone EB, Smelser WW. A Call to Action for Resident Parental Leave. Urology. 2020;144:274-275. doi:10.1016/j.urology.2020.06.028

Christiansen A, Smelser W, Broghammer J, Deibert CM. Funding Peyronie’s disease: funding sources for primary research literature. Int J Impot Res. 2021;33(1):82-85. doi:10.1038/s41443-020-0244-6

Smelser WW, Jones CP. Management of anticoagulation and antiplatelet agents in the radical cystectomy patient. Urol Oncol. 2021;39(10):691-697. doi:10.1016/j.urolonc.2019.12.011

Chestnut C, Smelser W, Dum T, et al. Glycemic impact of a diet and lifestyle intervention on diabetics and prediabetics during treatment for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. Nutr Cancer. 2020;72(7):1219-1224. doi:10.1080/01635581.2019.1672761

Smelser WW, Woolbright BL, Taylor JA 3rd. Molecular subtyping of bladder cancer: current trends and future directions in 2019. Curr Opin Urol. 2019;29(3):198-202. doi:10.1097/MOU.0000000000000599

Campbell JG, Smelser WW, Lee EK. Contemporary Preoperative and Intraoperative Management of the Radical Cystectomy Patient. Urol Clin North Am. 2018;45(2):169-181. doi:10.1016/j.ucl.2017.12.003

Hamilton-Reeves JM, Stanley A, Bechtel MD, et al. Perioperative Immunonutrition Modulates Inflammatory Response after Radical Cystectomy: Results of a Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. J Urol. 2018;200(2):292-301. doi:10.1016/j.juro.2018.03.001

Johans C, Smelser W, DeRoche C, Campbell J, Cummings J. Assessment of Patient and Surgical Variables Including Residency Training Level on Adverse Events After Ureteroscopy for Ureteral Stones: A Multivariate Analysis. J Endourol. 2018;32(2):144-147. doi:10.1089/end.2017.0757

Parker WP, Smelser W, Lee EK, et al. Utilization and Outcomes of Radical Cystectomy for High-grade Non-muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer in Elderly Patients [published online ahead of print, 2017 Aug 1]. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017;S1558-7673(17)30208-2. doi:10.1016/j.clgc.2017.07.011

Smelser WW, Austenfeld MA, Holzbeierlein JM, Lee EK. Where are we with bladder preservation for muscle-invasive bladder cancer in 2017?. Indian J Urol. 2017;33(2):111-117. doi:10.4103/iju.IJU_279_16

Stewart G, Johnson L, Ganesh H, et al. Stone size limits the use of Hounsfield units for prediction of calcium oxalate stone composition. Urology. 2015;85(2):292-295. doi:10.1016/j.urology.2014.10.006

Matera JT, Monroe J, Smelser W, Gabay-Laughnan S, Newton KJ. Unique changes in mitochondrial genomes associated with reversions of S-type cytoplasmic male sterility in maizemar. PLoS One. 2011;6(8):e23405. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023405


Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Missouri Baptist Medical Center

Patients Seen At

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Urology, Washington University Physicians
1044 N. Mason, Suite 230
Medical Office Building 4
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

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