Dr. Wallen received his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and completed his residency in urologic surgery at Stanford University. After residency, Dr. Wallen served as Assistant Professor of Urology in the Department of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School. He joined the Division of Urology at UNC in 2003 and was appointed Urology Program Director in 2011. He is now a professor in the UNC Department of Urology and continues in his role as program director.
Dr. Wallen is committed to providing compassionate, cutting-edge care to his patients and has been named to America’s Best Doctors multiple times. He specializes in urologic oncology and robotic surgery and is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. He was instrumental in the development of the minimally-invasive and robotic surgical programs at UNC and is an executive member of the Computer and Robotic Enhanced Surgery Center (CARES) Advisory Board, and a member of the CARES Urologic Robotic Team.
As the Department of Urology’s Residency Program Director, Dr. Wallen oversees the training of the Department’s resident physicians. He has a close mentoring relationship with the residents and believes it is crucial that residents work with educators who display integrity, compassion, and professionalism. In 2012 Dr. Wallen received the AUA Resident Committee Teacher of the Year award which is presented annually to recognize an outstanding urology educator who has dedicated a portion of his or her career to teaching residents and advancing urology graduate medical education. Dr. Wallen has also received UNC Urology’s Attending of the Year Award five times.
In addition to his clinical and educational roles, Dr. Wallen’s research interests include robotic surgery, outcomes, translational research, and education.
Urology – Board Certified
Education (simulation, virtual reality), renal cell carcinoma translational research, advanced prostate imaging and biopsy
Residency: Urology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1996-2000
Residency: General Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1994-1996
MD: University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1994
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