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Brian M. Shuch, MD

Associate Professor Adjunct


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

  • Fellowship
    National Cancer Institute (2013)
  • Residency
    University of California - Los Angeles (2010)
  • Fellowship
    UCLA School of Medicine (2008)
  • Internship
    University of California - Los Angeles (2005)
  • MD
    New York University School of Medicine (2004)
  • BS
    University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (2000)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO2013
ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO2012
NIH General Loan Repayment Program Awardee (2010-2013)NIH2010
ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO2009
Longmire Surgical Society AwardLongmire Surgical Society2009
Guy Della Riva AwardUCLA Urology2008
ASCO Foundation Merit AwardASCO2008
Longmire Surgical Society AwardLongmire Surgical Society2008
Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society- NYUAOA2004
Valentine Mott Award for Excellence in Urology2004
Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society2004
Joseph Collins Foundation/Augustus Landis Packer Award for most outstanding graduating 4th year NYU Medical Student2004
Presidential Service AwardNew York University2001
Class Honors (1998-2000)University of Michigan1998
O'Leary Scholarship for Excellence in Natural Sciences (1998-2000)1998
Second Place Essay Contest WinnerPhillips-Magnavox Laboratories1996

Professional Service

National Cancer Institute PDQ Cancer Genetics BoardBoard Member2014 - 2016
Society of Urologic Oncology2013 - Present

Departments & Organizations