Brian M Shuch, MD

Assistant Professor of Urology and of Diagnostic Radiology; Assistant Professor of Radiology

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Center, Yale: Developmental Therapeutics | Prostate and Urologic Cancers Program

Office of Student Research

Urology: General Urology | Robotic Surgery and Laparoscopy | Urologic Oncology

Yale Medical Group

Biography

Dr. Brian M. Shuch’s decision to study urologic oncology was a personal one: he wanted to help others defeat cancer after watching a member of his own family succumb to the disease. “I wanted to be a surgeon in a field where patients have excellent outcomes with surgery,” he explains. “I also wanted to be involved with systemic therapy and cutting-edge research.” At Yale, Dr. Shuch runs the urologic oncology cancer research bank, where all tissue, urine, and blood is stored for future research within the Yale Cancer Center.

Dr. Shuch completed his urology residency and surgery internship at the University of California – Los Angeles and played a key role in its Kidney Cancer Program. After his residency, he completed a three-year urologic oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), focusing on clinical trials, drug development, and the comprehensive management of patients with kidney cancer. He holds a joint appointment from the Yale School of Medicine in the Urology and Diagnostic Radiology departments.

In addition to his clinical interests, which include open and robotic surgery, systemic therapy, percutaneous kidney tumor biopsies and cryoablation—the use of extreme cold to kill cancer cells—Dr. Shuch is committed to limiting over-treatment of non-aggressive urologic cancers. When appropriate, he prefers a strategy of active surveillance and the integration of genetic testing in cancer care.

Dr. Shuch is a member of two oncology clinical trial groups, the Society of Urologic Oncology and SWOG, formerly the Southwest Oncology Group, which receives support from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He helps run the multidisciplinary Yale Kidney Cancer Tumor Board and is part of the kidney cancer clinical trial team. These trials involve treatment of the disease at all stages, from small localized tumors to advanced metastatic disease. “Our improved understanding of the genetics of kidney cancer will allow the integration of molecular markers into treatment algorithms,” he explains. Studies show that molecular markers can be useful in many ways, including measuring the progress of disease and evaluating the most effective therapy for a particular cancer type.

Education & Training

MD New York University School of Medicine (2004)
BS University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (2000)
Fellowship National Cancer Institute
Fellowship UCLA School of Medicine
Residency University of California - Los Angeles
Internship University of California - Los Angeles
Board Certification AB of Urology (2015)

Honors & Recognition

  • ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO (2013)

  • ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO (2012)

  • NIH General Loan Repayment Program Awardee (2010-2013)NIH (2010)

  • ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO (2009)

  • Longmire Surgical Society AwardLongmire Surgical Society (2009)

  • Guy Della Riva Award UCLA Urology (2008)

  • ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO (2008)

  • Longmire Surgical Society AwardLongmire Surgical Society (2008)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society- NYUAOA (2004)

  • Valentine Mott Award for Excellence in Urology (2004)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society (2004)

  • Joseph Collins Foundation/Augustus Landis Packer Award for most outstanding graduating 4th year NYU Medical Student (2004)

  • Presidential Service Award New York University (2001)

  • Class Honors (1998-2000)University of Michigan (1998)

  • O'Leary Scholarship for Excellence in Natural Sciences (1998-2000) (1998)

  • Second Place Essay Contest WinnerPhillips-Magnavox Laboratories (1996)

Professional Service

  • Manuscript Coordinator-The Cancer Genome Atlas- Chromophobe Kidney Cancer NCI (2013 - 2013)

  • Clinical Trial Consortium of Society of Urologic Oncology- Renal Cancer Subgroup Society of Urologic Oncology (2013)

  • Members of Editorial board and Kidney Cancer Working group National Cancer Institute PDQ Cancer Genetics Board (2014 - 2016)

International Activity

  • “Management of Kidney Cancer in Young Patients” United States (2014 - 2014)

    Presentation at the 2014 Kidney Cancer Symposium

  • “Surgery in the Setting of Metastatic Disease” United States (2013 - 2013)

    Presentation at the 2013 Kidney Cancer Symposium

  • “Defining Early-Onset Kidney Cancer: Implications for Age-Based Genetic Counseling” United States (2013 - 2013)

    Presentation at the 2013 ASCO GU Cancer Symposium

  • “Adrenal Hyperplasia as part of the Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer Phenotype.” United States (2011 - 2011)

    Presentation at the Society of Urologic Oncology Winter Meeting 2011

  • “Cytoreductive Nephrectomy for Patients with Advanced Kidney Cancer and Sarcomatoid Histology.” United States (2009 - 2009)

    Presentation at the 2009 ASCO GU Cancer Symposium

  • “Cytoreductive Nephrectomy for Patients with Advanced Kidney Cancer and Sarcomatoid Histology.” United States (2009 - 2009)

    Presentation at the 2009 ASCO GU Cancer Symposium

  • “Histologic Evaluation of Metastases in Renal Cell Carcinoma with Sarcomatoid Transformation and its Implications for Systemic Therapy.” United States (2009 - 2009)

    Presentation at the UCLA Longmire Surgical Society

  • “Brain Metastasis from Renal Cell Carcinoma: Presentation, Recurrence, and Survival.” United States (2008 - 2008)

    Presentation at the 2009 ASCO GU Cancer Symposium

  • “Brain Metastasis from Renal Cell Carcinoma: Presentation, Recurrence, and Survival.” United States (2008 - 2008)

    Presentation at the UCLA Longmire Surgical Society

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Contact Info

Brian M Shuch, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale UrologySmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste 4th Floor

New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address
Yale UrologyPO Box 208058
New Haven, CT 06520-8058

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