Kenneth Verlage, MD
My approach to patient care is to treat patients how I would treat my family and friends. It's important to take the time to educate the patient and work together as a team so they can make the best decision for themselves about their wellbeing.
Dr. Verlage was drawn to Urology because of the opportunity it provides to mix medical science with surgical technology, both of which are constantly evolving, to provide innovative and effective patient care. Often, urologic patients have conditions that can be successfully treated and provide almost instant improvement in quality of life. This, along with long-standing relationships that he builds with patients over time, makes for a very fulfilling practice.
Dr. Verlage received his undergraduate degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. He earned his medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center working with a largely rural patient population. While there, he was awarded a research internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where he worked in the Computed Tomography Clinical Innovations Center researching advanced techniques for renal stone detection using CT imaging. He also completed a second research internship funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH NIDDK) that was hosted by Vanderbilt University. He completed his residency training at Oregon Health & Science University, which provided extensive training under the guidance of experts in the field in urologic oncology, robotic surgery, advanced BPH techniques, stone surgery and gender affirming care for patients.
Dr. Verlage’s approach is to use his training to do best for the patient in front of him. By far, what Dr. Verlage enjoys the most about working in Urology is the satisfaction that comes from using his training to help patients reach their goals. Urology is often an interdisciplinary practice that requires working and communicating with multiple members of a healthcare team and then applying this information to a patient's care. This allows him to constantly learn and meet new people in order to offer reliable solutions for patients.
Dr. Verlage loves living in the Portland Metro area because of how green the city feels no matter what part of it you are in. Living here allows you to always be a short distance away from an outdoor adventure.
When he's not working, Dr. Verlage enjoys spending time with his cats, exercising (running/hiking/kettlebells), cooking, and trying new local food options.
Education & Honors
- Residency, Urology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 2022
- MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Lubbock, TX, 2017
- BS, Physics, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, 2012
- Verlage, K. R., Underwood, L., & Riese, W. T. W. de. (2016). Retroperitoneal metastatic germ cell tumor presenting as a psoas abscess: a rare clinical occurrence and review of the literature.International Urology and Nephrology. doi:10.1007/s11255-016-1385-x
- Jacobson, D. A., Verlage, K. R., Amarnath, G., & Dadi, P. K. (2015). Abstracts of 51st EASD Annual Meeting [Abstract]: Calcium activated potassium channels modulate pancreatic alpha cell electrical excitability and glucagon secretion. Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN. Diabetologia, 58(S1), 269.
- Member, American Urologic Society