Meet The Team

Hoag’s expert medical team is just one of the many reasons why patients diagnosed at Hoag remain at Hoag for treatment. Our multidisciplinary team of board-certified urologists, urologic cancer surgeons, robotic surgeons, radiation oncologists, pathologists and medical oncologists work together to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient.

From minimally invasive surgical options, to the latest in radiation therapy and systemic therapy, Hoag’s comprehensive approach to urologic cancers has resulted in outstanding survival rates.

As part of Hoag’s multidisciplinary approach, the urologic cancer team conducts cancer case conferences where experts from all disciplines gather together to review cases from every angle to ensure the latest knowledge in cancer treatment is applied.

Additionally, Hoag’s expert medical staff is complemented by its highly trained team of oncology nurses. Dedicated to delivering patient-centered care, Hoag’s nursing staff ranks among the nation’s top nurses, as validated by Hoag’s designation as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Urologic Cancer Program Director

Jeffrey Yoshida, M.D., Urologic Cancer Program Director and Benjamin and Carmela Du Endowed Chair in Urologic Oncology

Jeffrey Yoshida, M.D. is the program director of urologic oncology at Hoag Family Cancer Institute at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. As program director, Dr. Yoshida plays a key role in the growth of site-specific programs for urologic malignancies, which include prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancers. Dr. Yoshida is an expert in robotic surgery having performed over 2,500 surgeries. He has extensive experience in robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (prostate removal), radical nephrectomy (kidney removal) and partial nephrectomy.

Dr. Yoshida’s primary focus is to lead the development of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary prostate cancer program. He chairs the multidisciplinary prostate/urologic oncology case conferences that are held twice a month at Hoag Family Cancer Institute. With his knowledge and experience in robotic surgery, Dr. Yoshida expands Hoag Hospital’s capabilities in minimally invasive robotic surgery.

Dr. Yoshida is board-certified in urology and has practiced as a urologic oncologist since 2004. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Pacific Union College and earned his medical degree from Loma Linda University. He completed an internship in general surgery at Harbor-UCLA and a residency in urology at Loma Linda University. Dr. Yoshida then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology/robotic surgery at City of Hope Medical Center, a National Family Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. While at City of Hope, he served as assistant clinical professor in the department of urologic oncology and also held a surgical leadership role in the kidney cancer program.

Urologic Cancer Clinical Nurse Navigator

Sandy Southerland, BSN, RN, OCN

The Urologic Cancer Clinical Nurse Navigator is a unique asset to Hoag’s comprehensive urologic cancer program. The navigator serves an important role as facilitator and guide for patients, answering questions and providing support through each phase of treatment, including education on any procedures and what to expect.

Hoag’s urologic cancer clinical nurse navigator provides:

  • Emotional support and guidance for the newly diagnosed patient and family
  • Education for patients and family members about prostate cancer, its treatment and possible side effects
  • Information about community resources and Hoag support services
  • Help in coordinating the multidisciplinary care plan
  • Assistance in navigating the healthcare system during and after treatment

To speak with Urologic Cancer Clinical Nurse Navigator Sandy Southerland, R.N., please call 949-764-1804.


Obtaining your cancer care from a medical team that treats a high volume of patients with your specific cancer type has its advantages - namely, successful patient outcomes.

Studies show that physicians who treat large numbers of patients with a specific disease achieve better patient outcomes. Hoag urologic surgeons treat and manage more cancer patients than any other facility in Orange County.

Hoag’s expert medical team and higher than national figure survival rates are just two reasons why the majority of patients diagnosed at Hoag remain at Hoag for treatment. The superior care provided to Hoag cancer patients is most clearly illustrated by outstanding survival rates, when compared to national averages.

Radiation Oncologists

The radiation oncologist is a physician with specific training in radiation oncology. At Hoag, all of our radiation oncologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. They meet with patients in consultation to discuss the role of radiation therapy as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Visit Hoag Radiation Oncology for details about Hoag’s radiation oncology team and services.

Other Physician Specialists

  • Medical oncologists
  • Urologists
  • Pathologists
  • Radiologists

Patient Support Team

Hoag Cancer Institute provides a dedicated team of clinical experts to help educate, guide and support urologic cancer patients and their families:

Multidisciplinary Urologic Cancer Case Conferences

Hoag's multidisciplinary urologic oncology cancer case conferences provide collaborative care planning for urologic cancer patients. This twice-monthly cancer case conference brings together a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses and support staff.