Biography & Education

I make every effort to treat each patient with respect; to give each patient the type of care I would want for my own family. I balance the latest advancements in technology with personality. When my patients need surgery, I enjoy giving them the best possible outcomes, mixed with a "bedside manner" they will want to tell their friends about.
  • Urology
Education Background
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Residency: University of California at San Diego, CA
  • English
Personal Interests
I spend a lot of time with my family, as the team photographer for my kids' basketball teams or just helping with homework. I love to ski, hike and play tennis here in the northwest. My favorite hobby is photography, especially of my kids in sports.

Care Locations

Minor & James Surgical Specialists, a division of Proliance Surgeons - First Hill
515 Minor Ave.
Suite 200
Seattle 98104
Fax 206-215-2581
Minor & James Surgical Specialists, a division of Proliance Surgeons - Issaquah
751 NE Blakely Dr.
Suite 4020
Issaquah, WA 98029
Fax 206-215-2581
Minor & James Surgical Specialists, a division of Proliance Surgeons - West Seattle
3400 California Ave. SW
Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98116
Fax 206-215-2581
Affiliated Facilities
Accepting New Patients
Accepting Medicare



Why "Movember" means talking about prostate cancer

November 03, 2014
It is now the beginning of November, marked by colorful foliage, leftover candy and thoughts of the upcoming holidays. It will also be the first of Movember, the last day to cleanly shave that upper lip for a month. The rest of the month we are to let the mustaches emerge and flourish as a reminder of prostate cancer in the community.  The Movember movement began ...

PCA3 - New help in diagnosing prostate cancer

February 29, 2012
This month the FDA approved the use of the PCA3 assay to aid in the diagnosis of prostate cancer. This is good news for patients with an elevated PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test who are concerned about their risk of having prostate cancer. The PCA3 test is used on urine samples from men after a prostate exam has been performed. It measures the number of copies of a prostate cancer related gene, and compares it to the number of copies of the gene for PSA. Studies have shown that the use of this assay can help sort out who is at higher risk for prostate cancer. This can help patients and urologists decide who would likely benefit from a prostate biopsy. The FDA specifically approved the PCA3 assay for men who ...


Board Certifications
  • Urology
Clinical Interests
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bladder Tumors
  • Bloodless Surgery
  • Brachytherapy Seed Implant
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Circumcision
  • Clinical Trials
  • da Vinci (Robot-Assisted Surgery)
  • Endourology
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Evidence-Based Health Care
  • Genital Warts
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • HDR Implants
  • High Dose Rate Brachytherapy
  • Implants
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Stones (Lithotripsy)
  • Kidney Surgeons robotic surgery
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laser Surgery
  • Laser Therapy
  • Lithotripsy
  • Men's Issues
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Nephrolithinsis
  • Oncologic Surgery
  • Permanent Seed Implants
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Disease/Ultrasound
  • Prostate Surgeons robotic surgery
  • Prostate Surgery
  • Prostate/BPH Treatment
  • Prostatectomy (Robotic)
  • Prostatic Obstruction
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Renal Cell Cancer
  • Renal stones
  • Seed Implantation - Prostate
  • Sexual Difficulties
  • Sexual Dysfunction - Male
  • Shock Wave Therapy
  • Stenting
  • Stone Disease
  • Surgery
  • Testicle Cancer
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Stone Disease
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Urologic Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Urology
  • Vasectomy
  • Vasectomy - No scalpel


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.6 out of 5 (147 Ratings, 18 Comments)


Experience good.
Swedish Patient

Very good.
Swedish Patient

Always good experiences.
Swedish Patient

I have been seeing Dr. Lilly for 9 years and have frequently recommended him to friends.
Swedish Patient

I do NOT like that it took a full week--and only then because I called them about it directly--for the office to FAX my scrip to the pharmacy.
Swedish Patient

Dr. Lilly is terrific!
Swedish Patient

Seems to worry more about cost rather than quality of care. Basis of diagnosis are not based on what make sense. Did not explain. I had to pry it out of him.
Swedish Patient

I trust him with my life! He has to be the best!
Swedish Patient

Dr. Lilly is excellent both personally and technically
Swedish Patient

The provider was loud and demeaning and I felt disrespected and poorly treated. I'm sorry I came there.
Swedish Patient

Would have liked more eye contact during the visit and less to the computer.
Swedish Patient

I have every confidence in Dr. Joel Lilly and his staff.
Swedish Patient

[...] I have great confidence in the provider.
Swedish Patient

Dr Lilly was VERY CONSIDERATE and attentive.
Swedish Patient

Very good.
Swedish Patient

Swedish Patient

I am a difficult case. I think Doctors get frustrated. I do.
Swedish Patient

I appreciate Dr. Lilly's professional manner, advice, medical expertise and feel very confident in his care.
Swedish Patient