Byron D. Joyner, MD, MPA


Byron D. Joyner, MD, MPA

Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education & DIO

Professor, Department of Urology

University of Washington School of Medicine


Education Philosophy

Dr. Joyner's passion is learning of and designing better ways to improve graduate medical education (GME). He is responsible for the core curriculum and competency-based training of the urology residents at the University of Washington. Recently, he was appointed as the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and is charge of the educational learning environment for over 1200 residents and fellows in 92 different training programs at the same institution.

His training in the UW Teaching Scholar’s program has allowed him to create new approaches to teaching residents about interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism. In fact, his efforts have been rewarded with the Julian S. Ansell Teaching award which he won in 2005. Besides the more than 40 scientific articles he has published, he has recently written some of the seminal articles for urology in the field of graduate medical education and continues to champion better ways to improve doctors and doctoring.


Education & Training

Dr. Joyner graduated from Princeton University and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and then performed a research fellowship at the Boston Children’s Hospital. He had an additional 2 years of pediatric and reconstructive urology training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He has been on faculty at the Seattle Children’s Hospital since 2001 after a 4-year commitment in the US Army where he was chief of pediatric urology at Madigan Army Medical Center. Last year, he received a Master in Public Administration, which he felt organized many of his principles of leadership.


Research Interests

Besides his interest in resident and fellow education, Dr. Joyner has interests in clinical research related to voiding dysfunction and urinary tract infections in children. He is an active member of many urological societies including the American Urological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of University Urologists, and the American College of Surgeons.