Jan 16, 2020 11:00 AM

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Editor's note: Will Lowrance, MD, moved to Bon Secours Oncology in October of 2020.

Video Transcript

That's what is fun about this is actually getting to meet people and form a, you know, a personal relationship with them.

I'm Will Lowrance. I'm a urologic oncologist here at Huntsman and I am the Genitourinary Cancer Center leader.

GU or genitourinary covers urologic cancers. In Utah and the country, prostate cancer is the leading cancer in men. So, it's the most common cancer in men and it's the second leading cause of cancer death in men.

What do you do outside of work?

I love doing things with my family. I have three young boys, and a lot of time playing sports. They're all active and playing competitive sports in their age group. I feel like my second job is as an Uber driver and driving them around to various practices and games.

I enjoy, you know, my free time being outdoors. I love to fly-fish—both trout fish and saltwater fly-fish—so I spend a lot of time doing that and then pretty much anything outdoors — camping, skiing.

I mean it's one of the reasons I love being out here. I'm from South Carolina originally, but have lived here for going on 10 years now.

If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be?

I recently went to business school; I did the Executive MBA program at the University of Utah and finished that about six months ago. So, I think right now with my mindset, I would, I would probably trade places with maybe Jeff Bezos for a day. Just to understand what it's like to run a company like Amazon. I mean that massive of an organization—it's something totally different than what I do day in and day out.

What do you love about working at Huntsman Cancer Institute?

We draw patients from a very large geographic area, so what I've loved is getting to know people from Wyoming, Montana. I mean I've gotten multiple patients from southern Canada, you know, and then we go down to Arizona, Nevada. Obviously, our kind of close neighbors Idaho and here. So, it's fun meeting people from all over the Intermountain West.

By and large people are very pleased to have this for them to come to and receive treatment. And then a lot of times we can help with whatever kind of specialty thing we do and then they're able to transition their care back to their community and not have to travel as far to see us.

What sets Huntsman Cancer Institute apart?

HCl is a fun place to come and work.

From a urologic cancers standpoint I feel like we have a very unique resource that you would have to go to a really big cancer center, maybe in New York, maybe in Texas, to have all the clinical trials we have available for our patients with bladder, prostate, kidney cancer. We have some real experts in both medical oncology, radiation oncology, and the surgical treatment of these of these diseases.

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