Dr. Vernon Orton - Da Vinci Robotic SurgeryDr. Orton has remarkable credentials and is excited to be joining our local medical community after finding a fit with our practice and falling in love with the beautiful Pacific Northwest like we all have. He completed his fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the City of Hope National Medical Center, one of the busiest and most progressive robotic surgery centers in the world. After completing his training he has performed over 800 robotic surgeries. Dr. Orton has extensive da Vinci robot surgical experience in advanced surgery and treatment of urologic cancer of the bladder, kidney, and prostate.

For the past seven years, Dr. Orton has served as Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Urology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. It is here that his experience as a urologist and minimally invasive surgical specialist has uniquely prepared him for this exciting new stage of his personal and professional life on the west coast. 

On September 22nd, 2016 Dr. Orton performed the first robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, using the Da Vinci robotic technology in Whatcom County. Dr. Veron said “I am excited to offer robotic-assisted surgery to Bellingham and the Whatcom County Community. This is the latest technology in urologic surgery and I know it will benefit our patients.” The robotic surgery allows the surgeon to make smaller incisions and more precise movements. It typically results in less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, less pain, and equivalent oncological outcomes compared with conventional open surgeries. Dr. Orton is a welcomed addition to Bellingham Urology Group and during his time here has already had many happy patients. Read our success stories to learn more.

During his time away from his profession, Dr. Orton enjoys spending time with friends, family and his kids. He loves to travel, listen to music, attend live music events, eating and experiencing good foods, and enjoys being outdoors. He stays very active by exercising and playing tennis, but also enjoys watching sports and attending sporting events.