Each patient is unique, therefore, each patient needs to become an expert in their disorder or cancer in order to make a decision that is best for them. I prefer to meet with my patients at the end of the day or arrange a conference at off hours, to allow as much time as a patient needs to fully understand their options. At the end of this conference, I prefer the patient return home and think about our discussion before making a decision. I expect them to have discussions with their primary care doctor or any friends or family they trust to help them make an important decision. I encourage my patients to call or email with any additional questions. In the end, each patient will make a decision that they feel is right for them. If I can get my patients to this point, I know we have a great chance at success.
William K. Johnston III, MD is a board-certified Urologist and a partner in the Michigan Institute of Urology. He has practiced in Chicago suburbs for the last 7 years while holding appointments as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an Editor for the Journal of Endourology and an Instructor of da Vinci Robotic Surgery since 2005. Dr. Johnston completed his urology residency at the University of California, Davis and received advanced training at one of the first dedicated training programs (fellowships) in Laparoscopy and Robotic Surgery at the University of Michigan in 2003-4. Dr. Johnston specializes in minimally invasive Laparoscopic and da Vinci Robotic Surgery for the treatment of adrenal, kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers. He also has a keen interest in men's health and prevention by consulting with patients on early prostate cancer detection (elevated PSA values), enlarging prostates (BPH), and hormonal changes in the aging man. Dr. Johnston has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and made over 50 presentations at national and world meetings. His research has focused on improving patient outcomes in surgery by improving vision with special dyes and developing new surgical instruments (US Patent (7,591,817). He has also developed two free iPhone apps to improve patient care ("Kidney stone app" and "Uroflow"). His passion for teaching and research have resulted recently in 2 Academic Achievement Awards and an Outstanding Teaching Award at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.