Professor of Urology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. Downs, is a Professor of Urology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He completed his urology training at Harvard-BWH and fellowship in urologic oncology at UCSF. He was been in academic urology practice for 15 years and his main clinical research area in urology focuses on improving cancer outcomes for patients diagnosed with nonmuscle invasive (NMIBC) bladder cancer. Dr. Downs was the first surgeon to incorporate enhanced cystoscopy with blue light technology using Cysview in the state of Wisconsin in 2011. Dr. Downs has also been active in collaborative multi-institutional clinical trials regarding flexible enhanced blue light cystoscopy using Cysview and novel intravesical clinical trials for patients with BCG non-responsive disease. Within the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Dr. Downs, leads a research group focused on reducing cancer health disparities, CHDI – Cancer Health Disparities Initiative.
Nationally, Dr. Downs is the President of the R. Frank Jones Urologic Society. The R. Frank Jones Urologic Society/African American Urologic Society, is devoted to improving the health care of patients from African-American backgrounds as well as mentoring through professional development of its surgeon members who are faculty, fellows and residents from African-American backgrounds.
Dr. Downs also holds a major leadership role in the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. In this role, Dr. Downs oversees the recruitment of talented students from diverse backgrounds under-represented in medicine (African American, Latino/Hispanic, and Southeast Asian). In addition, to his numerous roles with students and student education, Dr. Downs also is the director of the Centennial Scholars Program, a faculty development program devoted specifically to providing support and mentorship for junior and mid-career faculty members who come from diverse backgrounds under-represented in medicine.