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Physician Profile: Douglas S. Scherr, MD

Dr. Douglas Scherr is the Clinical Director of Urologic Oncology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City.

Dr. Scherr received his undergraduate degree in Government at Cornell University. After a year in Shenyang, China, Dr. Scherr completed his medical training at The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. Following this he completed a 6 year residency in Urology at The New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. Subsequently, Dr. Scherr then went on to pursue a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York for two years. Beginning in 2001, Dr. Scherr has been on the full time faculty in the Department of Urology at Cornell where he has his current appointment. Dr. Scherr also holds an appointment at the Rockefeller University in New York.

Dr. Scherr’s clinical focus is in the treatment of urologic malignancies. In particular, the treatment of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and testicular cancers, as well as genitourinary and retroperitoneal sarcomas. Dr. Scherr was the first physician at Cornell to perform a robotic prostatectomy,  and he has since performed hundreds of these procedures and travels nationally and internationally teaching the procedure to many urologic surgeons. Dr. Scherr has expanded his robotic practice in Manhattan to now include robotic assisted removal of bladders with total bladder reconstructions. Dr. Scherr has published extensively in the areas of bladder and prostate cancer as well a wide variety of other urologic malignancies.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Scherr also has an active role in the Laboratory of Urologic Oncology. Dr. Scherr has been instrumental in defining the hormonal regulation of bladder cancer and is now developing a novel class of compounds that utilize the innate immune system to fight urologic tumors. From a technology front, Dr. Scherr is currently working on the development of a non-invasive means to assess human tissue at the microscopic level. To this end, he has patented and developed the concept of “multiphoton endoscopy” which utilizes high speed laser energy to create high quality microscopic images of human tissue. This breakthrough has vast applications in cystoscopy, colonoscopy and bronchoscopy among others. Dr. Scherr is collaborating with engineers and physicists at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York on this project.

Dr. Scherr sits on several advisory boards in companies involved in urologic technology development. In particular, Dr. Scherr has been influential in the ergonomics of robotic technology. In addition, he has been quite active in the development of optical coherence tomography and its application to urologic imaging. Dr. Scherr is married with three children and resides in Edgemont, NY.View Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Douglas Scherr

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Physician Profile: Christopher Barbieri, MD, PhD

Dr. Christopher Barbieri completed both his Urology Residency and Urologic Oncology Fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and then attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he obtained both his MD and PhD degrees. Dr. Barbieri’s research interests include using genomic data to define distinct molecular subclasses of urologic malignancy, with a particular focus on prostate cancer. His work has led to recognition as a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator and a Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar; he is also the recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute to fund his work on prostate cancer. In addition, Dr. Barbieri has also been recognized as a Rising Star in Urology Research by the American Urological Association, and with a Clinical Investigator Award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Dr. Barbieri sees patients seeking urologic oncology treatment. His office is located at 525 E. 68th Street, Starr Pavilion, 9th floor within the Brady Urologic Health Center. Please call 212-746-5562 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

For more information on Dr. Barbieri’s research, please visit:

Weill Cornell Medicine VIVO
PubMed.gov

Our Staff

Anna Kowerska R.N.

Clinical Nurse

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Manages, supervises and coordinates patient care functions for the practice of Dr. Douglas Scherr. These duties involve continuity of care for the surgical oncology patient, including initial consultation, pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care and teaching as well as follow up office visits. Serves as a liaison between patients, physicians and health care providers critical to the treatment and care of patients.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

University of Michigan, B.A. in Communications; B.A in Psychology
Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, AAS in Nursing
Excelsior College, BSN

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
My favorite part of the job is being of service to patients, helping them with their physical and emotional needs. As my first job out of nursing school this position has given the medical foundation and knowledge that will serve me well throughout my nursing career.

Nicole Reich

Nurse Practitioner

JOB DESCRIPTION

Manages Weill Cornell Urologic Oncology Survivorship Program under the direction of Dr. Scherr to follow patients who have been treated for a urologic cancer and are in remission. I specialize in treatment options for erectile dysfunction and patient education as well as provide direct patient care to urology patients in collaboration with the attending physician.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
New York University, Family Nurse Practitioner Program & Holistic Care Subspecialty, Master of Science

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy working with urologic cancer patients and their families to educate, support, and help them overcome the physical and psychosocial challenges they might face throughout treatment and during remission.

Fran Conway R.N., C.Y.T.

Registered Nurse; Certified Yoga Therapist

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Clinical Nurse: Manages, supervises and coordinates patient care functions for the practice of Dr. Douglas Scherr. These duties involve continuity of care for the surgical oncology patient, including initial consultation, pre-operative evaluation and post-operative care and teaching as well as follow up office visits. Serves as a liaison between patients, physicians and health care providers critical to the treatment and care of patients.
Director of Urology Holistic Health Center: Created, developed and implemented holistic model for urology/oncology patients and their families. Includes gentle yoga, restorative yoga, chair yoga, yoga for people living with cancer and other chronic illness, meditation, breathing exercise. Other techniques include “Prepare for Surgery” by Peggy Huddleston, Reiki treatments and pelvic floor rehab exercises.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

1982 –Flushing Hospital Nursing School- Registered Nurse
1993- Burwin Institute of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound- Registered Vascular Technologist
2002- Institute for Integrative Nutrition –Certified Nutritional Counselor
2003- Reiki Level 1- Memorial Sloan Kettering
2004 -Reiki Level 2- Memorial Sloan Kettering
2005- Registered Yoga Teacher- Jeff Migdow M.D.
2008- Certified Gentle Yoga Teacher- Integral Yoga Institute
2014- Certified Yoga Therapist – Integral Yoga Institute

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
It is my passion to care for my patients, whether that be through the traditional nursing capacity, or through my experience as a yoga therapist. I appreciate the depth in the relationships I develop with my patients, and am grateful to be a part of such an excellent team.

Brian Antonucci

Physician Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Assist under the supervision of Dr. Scherr in the global management of urologic patients, including all aspects of operative care.  Perform first assistant duties in surgical procedures in the operating room.  Attend to new and follow-up patients and provide problem-oriented intervention for their urological conditions.  Perform and assist in office procedures, including, post-void residual (PVRs) evaluations, difficult catheterization, post-op voiding trails, and other necessary procedures. Order and interpret lab, x-ray, special studies and clinical procedures, and provide appropriate care and follow-up, including phone consultation for patient concerns and prescription refills.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Michigan State University: Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University: Masters of Science in Health Sciences for Physician Assistants I have worked as a physician assistant in surgery for the past 3 years with specialization in both robotic surgical oncology and urology.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy the daily challenge of my work, the opportunity to learn and grow professionally working with Dr. Scherr. I enjoy being part of first line medical advance and technology in this field and working one on one with patients and being involved with their care.  I appreciate that I am able to connect with patients personally as a member of a team that is a source of comfort and care for individuals and their families in times of need.

Kathryn Sturgeon

Physician Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Assist under the supervision of Dr. Scherr in the global management of urologic patients, including all aspects of operative care. Perform first assistant duties in surgical procedures in the operating room. Attend to new and follow-up patients and provide problem-oriented intervention for their urological conditions. Perform and assist in office procedures, including, post-void residual (PVRs) evaluations, difficult catheterization, post-op voiding trails, and other necessary procedures. Order and interpret lab, x-ray, special studies and clinical procedures, and provide appropriate care and follow-up, including phone consultation for patient concerns and prescription refills.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

University of Connecticut: Bachelor of Science; Molecular and Cell Biology
Hofstra University: A Degree in Physician Assistant Studies
I have worked as a physician assistant in surgery for the past 5 years with specialization in both surgical oncology and urology.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy the daily challenge of my work, the opportunity to learn and grow professionally working with Dr. Scherr. I enjoy being part of first line medical advance and technology in this field and working one on one with patients and being involved with their care.

Tracey Gwyn-Moore, CPC

Medical Account Coding Specialist

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Responsible for patient billing, accounts receivable and compliance.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

I have been working in Medical billing for over 20 years.
Monroe College, Associates Degree in Computer Science
Roxbury Institute, Certificate in Physician and Out-Patient Billing
AAPC: Licensed, Certified Professional Coder

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy meeting patients and being able to assist them with their billing and insurance questions. Not mention my co-workers are great!!!

Laura Prunty

Research Aide

JOB DESCRIPTION

Aide in managing to operation of clinical research trials conducted in the urology department. Facilitate referral appointments from urology to hematology/oncology.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy working on exciting and cutting edge research trials, and speaking with patients about the trials we offer at Cornell.

Gina Derenzo

Medical Secretary

JOB DESCRIPTION 

I schedule new patients and follow-up patients, schedule Dr Scherr’s surgeries in OR manager, coordinate patient’s pre-admission testing with nurses and cardiologists. Call insurance companies for pre-certification for radiology procedures and surgeries. Maintain Dr Scherr’s calendar for meetings and conferences.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

I have a high school diploma graduated from St Michaels’ Academy in NYC. I have been working in the medical field for over 20 years.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy helping maintain a steady flow of a very busy office. I enjoy working with the patients to help them achieve the best outcome from their doctor visit and surgical procedures. I have learned so much working with Dr Scherr for the past 12 years. He has taught me that there is always hope for all of his patients.

Thomas Flynn

Clinical Research Coordinator

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Manage Dr Scherr’s research studies. This involves working with individual patients to discuss and review study options, if applicable. When patients agree to participate in studies, the research is facilitated in a way that is most cohesive with the standard care treatment that is provided by Dr Scherr and his team.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Syracuse University; Bachelor of Arts English; Bachelor of Arts Psychology
I have been working with Dr Scherr since 2012. Prior to this, I was working in research administration at Harvard Medical School.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Dr Scherr’s research is on the forefront of urologic oncology. Working with him involves a constant exposure to new ideas and unique insight into approaching the challenges encountered in urologic cancers and their treatment. Further, we collaborate with other top researchers and institutions around the globe, which grants access to some of the most advanced technology and techniques available.

Jinhee Park

Nurse Practitioner

JOB DESCRIPTION 

I work with and evaluate patients to establish a medical and/or differential diagnosis based on history and clinical findings. I order and interpret diagnostic testing, as well as prescribe medications as needed, and manage consultation and patient care plans.
Through interdisciplinary collaboration with Dr. Barbieri, I provide direct patient care and apply cutting edge research.
Specialization in multiple urologic conditions requires management of interventions for urologic oncology, benign prostatic hyperplasia, nephrolithiasis, genitourinary infection, dysuria, hematuria, etc.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

University at Buffalo, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CUNY Hunter College, Master of Science in Nursing, Adult and Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
I initially worked as Med/Surgical registered nurse for 4 years, and have since been working as nurse practitioner with specialization in internal medicine and urology. I have been with Dr Barbieri since 2015.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The experiences in urology provide me with the opportunity to work with patients while focusing on a specialization, and advancing academic/clinical knowledge. I enjoy being a part of Dr Barbieri’s team and look forward to having more great experience in my career as nurse practitioner.

Tomas Nazario

Administrative Secretary

JOB DESCRIPTION 

Gatekeeper. Triage phone calls and messages; maintain physician surgery, clinic and academic schedules; update medical charts.

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 

Graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College in 2014 with A.A. and I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Baruch College. I have been Administrator/assistant in physician’s offices since 2011 including family medicine and psychiatry.

PLEASE SHARE WITH US, WHAT DO YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I enjoy helping patients to get the best out of their office visit and surgical procedures. In addition, I like working in an environment where there is always something new to learn about patients, disease, and medical treatment.

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