Noah S. Schenkman, MD

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Noah S. Schenkman, MD

Biographical Information

Alma mater Johns Hopkins
Profession Residency Program Director and Associate Professor of Urology, UVa Urology Department

Dr. Noah S. Schenkman, born in Passaic, NJ, in 1958, is the current Residency Program Director and Associate Professor of Urology at the Department of Urology at the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. He is the former Chief of Urology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, most notably the US Army Legion of Merit. Some of his other accolades include the Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator, the 2009 UVa Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence, and his 2009 induction into the UVa School of Medicine’s Academy of Distinguished Educators. [1]

Education/ US Military Career Highlights

Dr. Schenkman received his medical degree in 1984 from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and followed in 1985 with a Surgical Internship at Mt. Sinai. He furthered his medical education by finishing his Urology Fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 1995; he then completed a specialty fellowship in Endourology at University of California San Francisco in 1998. [2]

In 1999, Dr. Schenkman was assigned as Assistant Chief of Urology Service at Water Reed Army Medical Center, one of the world’s largest military urologic centers. He served in this capacity until 2004, when he was promoted to Chief of Urology Service, a position he held until his retirement from the military in 2006, at the rank of Colonel. [3]

Dr. Schenkman served many educational roles as instructor and professor during the final 12 years of his military career as a urologist. This educational service culminated in his being a Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. USUHS is the US military medical school, representing all branches of service.

During his time at Walter Reed, Dr. Schenkman served in several research initiatives ranging from clinical trials to robotic surgery. He was the Walter Reed co-author in the multicenter, NIH-sponsored clinical trial for BPH, called MTOPS (Medical Treatment of Prostate Symptoms). In addition, he was the primary investigator for the Telemedicine and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery Center (TAMIS), which pioneered the first transcontinental telesurgery using the daVinci surgical robot.

University of Virginia

Dr. Schenkman’s role as a surgeon and educator in the field or Urology continued in 2006 with his appointment as Associate Professor, Dept. of Urology, at the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia. In 2013, he was also appointed as the Director of the Residency Program in the department, where he oversees the education for a staff of eight doctors undergoing their four-year Urology Residency. [4] [5]

As a practitioner and surgeon in Urology at UVa, Dr. Schenkman primarily specializes in diagnosing and treating kidney stones, and in dealing with the various cancers that afflict the genito-urinary system. He specializes in minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat benign and malignant urologic disorders. A notable example is his use of advanced microwave equipment to perform image-guided thermal ablation, a procedure that allows him to treat urologic tumors with minimal damage to surrounding tissue. [6] [7]


  • 1988 Army Commendation Medal
  • 1990 Army Commendation Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster
  • 1995 Army Commendation Medal, 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster
  • 2002 Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator for Clinical Expertise in Urology
  • 2003 U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal
  • 2006 U.S. Army Legion of Merit Medal
  • 2007 University of Virginia, Department of Urology Resident Teaching Award
  • 2009 University of Virginia, Academy of Distinguished Educators
  • 2009 University of Virginia, Dean’s Award for Clinical Excellence
  • 2010 University of Virginia, Department of Urology Resident Teaching Award

Professional Societies

Dr. Schenkman is a member of numerous urologic associations, and is the past President of the Virginia Urological Society (2011-2012).

Selected Publications [8]

Schenkman, NS; Sesterhenn, IA; Washington, L; Tong, YA; Weghorst, CM; Buzard, GS, Srivastava, S; Moul, JW; "Increased p53 Protein does not Correlate to p53 Gene Mutations in Microdissected Human Testicular Germ Cell Tumors", JOURNAL OF UROLOGY, 154 (2): 617-21, 1995.

Schenkman NS, Costa JC, Stoller,ML:Gastropyeloplasty: a swine model. UROLOGY 53(3):647-52, 1999.

Borboroglu PG, Amling CL, Schenkman NS, Monga M, Ward JF, Piper NY, Bishoff JT, Kane CJ. Ureteral stenting after ureteroscopy for distal ureteral calculi: a multi-institutional prospective randomized controlled study assessing pain, outcomes and complications. JOURNAL OF UROLOGY 166 (5);1651-7,2001.

McConnell JD, Roehrborn CG, Bautista OM, Andriole GL Jr, Dixon CM, Kusek JW, Lepor H, McVary KT, Nyberg LM Jr, Clarke HS, Crawford ED, Diokno A, Foley JP, Foster HE, Jacobs SC, Kaplan SA, Kreder KJ, Lieber MM, Lucia MS, Miller GJ, Menon M, Milam DF, Ramsdell JW, Schenkman NS, Slawin KM, Smith JA; Medical Therapy of Prostatic Symptoms (MTOPS) Research Group. The long-term effect of doxazosin, finasteride, and combination therapy on the clinical progression of benign prostatic hyperplasia.. N Engl J Med. 2003 Dec 18;349(25):2387-98.

Hanly EJ, Marohn MR, Bachman SL, Talamini MA, Hacker SO, Howard RS, and Schenkman NS, Multiservice laparoscopic surgical training using the daVinci surgical system.. AM J SURGERY. 2004: 187 (2): 309-315.

Koff SG, Paquette E, Gancarzcyk K, Tucciarone P, Schenkman NS, Comparison Between Lemonade and Potassium Citrate and Impact on Urine PH and 24-Hour Urine Parameters in Patients with Kidney Stone Formation. UROLOGY: 2007: 69 (6): 1013-1016.

Sterbis JR, Hanly EJ, Herman BC, Marohn MR, Broderick TJ, Shih SP, Harnett B, Doarn C, Schenkman NS. Transcontinental Telesurgical Nephrectomy Using the da Vinci Robot in a Porcine Model. UROLOGY 2008: 71 (5): 971-3.

Roy O, Angle J, Flury S, Jenkins A, Schenkman NS, Cone Beam CT for Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy : Initial evaluation of a new technology, Journal of Endourology. 26(7):814-8, 2012. UI: 22296493 Mills JT. Burris MB. Warburton DJ. Conaway MR. Schenkman NS. Krupski TL. Positioning injuries associated with robotic assisted urological surgery, Journal of Urology. 190(2):580-4, 2013 Aug. UI: 23466240.

Christie MC, Manger JP, Khiyami AM, Ornan AA, Wheeler KM, Schenkman NS..Occult Radiographically Evident Port-Site Hernia After Robot-Assisted Urologic Surgery: Incidence and Risk Factors. J Endourol. 2016 Jan;30(1):92-6.

Wells SA, Wheeler KM, Mithqal A, Patel MS, Brace CL, Schenkman NS. Percutaneous microwave ablation of T1a and T1b renal cell carcinoma: short-term efficacy and complications with emphasis on tumor complexity and single session treatment. Abdominal Radiology. 2016 Jun 41 (6): 1203-11.


Dr. Schenkman Films and External Links

Dr. Noah Schenkman Introduction and Bio Film:

Dr. Schenkman and Thermal Ablation Surgery at UVA:

Dr. Schenkman and Green Light Laser Therapy at UVA:

Dr. Schenkman and Cystoscopy/Telecystoscopy: