Lawrence True M.D.

Lawrence True M.D.
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  • English
  • Nepali


  • Pathology


Dr. True is leader of the GU Pathology subspecialty section in the Department of Pathology. He is a senior attending, Professor of Pathology, Adjunct Professor of Urology, member of the Prostate Cancer Leadership Committee at SCCA and Affiliate Member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Working with members of the Department of Urology, he co-directs the Prostate Cancer Tissue Bank, which collects cancer tissue for genomics and proteomics research. He has been a member of the multidisciplinary Pacific Northwest Prostate Cancer SPORE for more than 20 years. As a board-certified anatomic pathologist, he has more than 30 years of experience, focusing on diseases of the GU tract (urinary bladder, kidney, prostate and testis). He is a member of regional, national and international pathology societies (Pacific NW Society of Pathology, College of American Pathologists, US and Canadian Academy of Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathology, and the International Society of Urological Pathology).

Dr. True received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his M.D. from Tulane University. Following a surgery internship, he was the U.S. Peace Corps staff physician of Nepal for 2 years. Following residency training in anatomic pathology at the University of Colorado he has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, where he directed the diagnostic EM lab and Associate Professor at Yale University where he directed the diagnostic immunohistochemistry lab. He came to the University of Washington to join the Pathology Department and the multidisciplinary team that was doing translational research on prostate carcinoma in 1991. As Professor of Pathology and Adjunct Professor of Urology he has led a team of 4 GU pathologists who focus their sub-subspecialty clinical and research work on diseases of the urinary bladder, prostate, and testis and on tumors of the kidney. As a grant-funded clinician scientist, he has served on multiple NIH study sections and has been a reference pathologist for the Canary Foundation and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group.

Patient Care Philosophy

I became a physician wanting to help patients, first in college as a volunteer at Boston City Hospital. Following a surgery internship and general practice as a Peace Corps physician, I learned that I particularly enjoyed the combination of being a clinical pathologist and of undertaking research to better understand disease mechanisms that could be translated into better patient care.

It is as a diagnostic pathologist that I have experienced the personal reward of helping patients by communicating the pathology of their disease, most often to my clinician colleagues, and, occasionally, to patients. Those moments when I talk with patients and their families, to clarify and help them understand the sometimes opaque wording of our reports, and to discuss recent investigative findings which are relevant to their disease, are memorable and gratifying.

Clinical Interests

Diagnosis of prostate, bladder, kidney and testis cancer; Tissue biomarkers which predict response of a cancer to therapy; Multidisciplinary patient management

Research Interests

Genomics of primary and metastatic prostate carcinoma; 3-dimensional pathology; reproducibility of experimental findings


Institution Credential Year
Tulane University-School of Medicine Medical education 1971
Univ. of Washington Internship 1972
Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine Residency 1977
Univ. of Colorado School of Medicine Residency 1980
Degree Institution Year
MD Tulane University-School of Medicine 1971

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Pathology Anatomic Pathology 1981