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Wade A Bushman, MD, PhD

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(608) 262-5440

MADISON, WI 53792-3284

Wade A Bushman, MD, PhD

Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs
Professor of Urology
Robert F. and Dolores K. Schnoes Chair in Urologic Research


  • MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1986
  • PhD, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1985
  • Fellowship, University of Virginia Cancer Center, Charlottesville, VA, 1988-1989
  • Residency, General Surgery, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, 1986-1988

Professional Activities

In addition to his position as an Professor at the UW Medical School, Dr. Bushman:

  • is a reviewer for the Developmental Biology, Development, Journal of Urology, Urology, International Urogynecology Journal
  • is the Program Chair for the Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology (2002- present)
  • is a member of the McArdle Oncology graduate training Program at the University of Wisconsin (2002-present)
  • is a member of the Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Program at the University of Wisconsin (2002-present)

Honors and Awards

  • Listed among the “Top Doctors in Chicago” in Chicago Magazine (January, 2001)
  • Served as a Consultant in Urology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL (1995-2000)
  • Nominated for “Best Clinical Professor Award”, Northwestern University Medical School (1998)
  • The European Exchange Scholar for the American Urologic Association (1998)
  • Listed among the “Top 500 Doctors in Chicago” in Chicago Magazine (1996)

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Bushman is certified by the American Board of Urology. He specializes in female urology, pelvic floor and bladder dysfunction, neurourology, and urodynamics. Dr. Bushman treats both men and women with bladder problems including overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, and neurogenic bladder dysfunction. Detailed information regarding options for evaluation and treatment can be found on the Bladder Clinic website. Dr. Bushman also treats patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor is made of up muscles and ligaments that support the pelvic organs. Many women and some men experience problems related to the pelvic floor – including pain, urinary and/or fecal incontinence, difficulty with urinary or fecal evacuation, and pelvic organ prolapse. The Multidisciplinary Pelvic Floor Center is a collaborative effort of specialists in Urology, Gynecology, Colo-rectal Surgery, and Physical Therapy to provide coordinated evaluation and treatment of complex pelvic floor problems.

Research Interests

Dr. Bushman’s research interests include clinical research in bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction and basic research in prostate development and prostate cancer.

Dr. Bushman's Lab

Recent Publications
  • Montano M, Dinnon KH, Jacobs L, Xiang W, Iozzo RV, Bushman W. Dual regulation of decorin by androgen and Hedgehog signaling during prostate morphogenesis. Dev. Dyn. 2018 Jan 25.
    [PubMed ID: 29368411]
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  • Shapiro DD, Goodspeed DC, Bushman W. Urosymphyseal Fistulas Resulting From Endoscopic Treatment of Radiation-induced Posterior Urethral Strictures. Urology 2018 Jan 03.
    [PubMed ID: 29305945]
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  • Montano M, Bushman W. Morphoregulatory pathways in prostate ductal development. Dev. Dyn. 2017 02; 246(2):89-99.
    [PubMed ID: 27884054]
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  • Richards KA, Cesario S, Lim AH, Best SL, Deeren SM, Bushman W, Safdar N. Utility of routine urinalysis and urine culture testing in an ambulatory urology clinic: a quality improvement initiative in a Veterans healthcare facility. Can J Urol 2017 Feb; 24(1):8627-8633.
    [PubMed ID: 28263127]
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  • Le B, McAchran S, Paolone D, Gralnek D, Williams D, Bushman W. Assessing the Variability in Insurance Coverage Transparency for Male Sexual Health Conditions in the United States. Urology 2017 Apr; 102():126-129.
    [PubMed ID: 28024968]
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  • Hao L, Greer T, Page D, Shi Y, Vezina CM, Macoska JA, Marker PC, Bjorling DE, Bushman W, Ricke WA, Li L. In-Depth Characterization and Validation of Human Urine Metabolomes Reveal Novel Metabolic Signatures of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. Sci Rep 2016 Aug 09; 6():30869.
    [PubMed ID: 27502322, PMCID: 4977550]
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  • Bushman WA, Jerde TJ. The role of prostate inflammation and fibrosis in lower urinary tract symptoms. Am. J. Physiol. Renal Physiol. 2016 Oct 01; 311(4):F817-F821.
    [PubMed ID: 27440781]
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  • Lee S, Yang G, Xiang W, Bushman W. Retrograde double-labeling demonstrates convergent afferent innervation of the prostate and bladder. Prostate 2016 Jun; 76(8):767-75.
    [PubMed ID: 26939943]
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  • Greer T, Hao L, Nechyporenko A, Lee S, Vezina CM, Ricke WA, Marker PC, Bjorling DE, Bushman W, Li L. Custom 4-Plex DiLeu Isobaric Labels Enable Relative Quantification of Urinary Proteins in Men with Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). PLoS ONE 2015; 10(8):e0135415.
    [PubMed ID: 26267142, PMCID: 4534462]
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  • Theberge AB, Yu J, Young EW, Ricke WA, Bushman W, Beebe DJ. Microfluidic multiculture assay to analyze biomolecular signaling in angiogenesis. Anal. Chem. 2015 Mar 17; 87(6):3239-46.
    [PubMed ID: 25719435, PMCID: 4405103]
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