Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Suzanne Merrill, MD

Suzanne Merrill, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of Urology
Disease Teams:
Genitourinary Cancer

Research Interests

  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Neoplasms
  • Recurrence
  • Nephrectomy
  • Therapeutics
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Prostatectomy
  • Mortality
  • Survival
  • Cystectomy
  • Kidney
  • Urinary Bladder Neoplasms

Clinical Trials

A Phase III Randomized Study Comparing Perioperative Nivolumab vs. Observation in Patients with Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma Undergoing Nephrectomy (PROSPER RCC)
A Phase II, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Randomized Trial of Salvage Radiotherapy with or Without Enhanced Anti-Androgen Therapy with Apalutamide in Recurrent Prostate Cancer.

Recent Publications


Zaleski, M, Gogoj, A, Walter, V, Raman, JD, Kaag, M, Merrill, SB, Drabick, J, Joshi, M, Holder, S, DeGraff, DJ & Warrick, JI 2019, 'Mitotic activity in noninvasive papillary urothelial carcinoma: its value in predicting tumor recurrence and comparison with the contemporary 2-tier grading system', Human Pathology, vol. 84, pp. 275-282.


Merrill, S, Sohl, BS, Hamirani, A, Lehman, EB, Lehman, KK, Kaag, MG & Raman, J 2019, 'Capturing Renal Cell Carcinoma Recurrences When Asymptomatic Improves Patient Survival', Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 132-138.
Warrick, JI, Sjödahl, G, Kaag, M, Raman, JD, Merrill, S, Shuman, L, Chen, G, Walter, V & DeGraff, DJ 2019, 'Intratumoral Heterogeneity of Bladder Cancer by Molecular Subtypes and Histologic Variants [Figure presented]', European Urology, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 18-22.
Merrill, S 2019, 'More Isn't Always Better: Time to Derive a Different Strategy for Renal Cell Carcinoma Surveillance', European Urology, vol. 75, no. 2, pp. 265-267.


Joyce, DD, Psutka, SP, Groeschl, RT, Thompson, RH, Boorjian, SA, Cheville, JC, Merrill, S, Lohse, CM, Costello, BA, Que, FG & Leibovich, BC 2017, 'Complications and Outcomes Associated With Surgical Management of Renal Cell Carcinoma Involving the Liver: A Matched Cohort Study', Urology, vol. 99, pp. 155-161.
Merrill, S, Boorjian, SA, Thompson, RH, Psutka, SP, Cheville, JC, Thapa, P, Tollefson, MK & Frank, I 2017, 'Oncologic surveillance following radical cystectomy: an individualized risk-based approach', World Journal of Urology, vol. 35, no. 12, pp. 1863-1869.
Merrill, S 2017, 'Postoperative Surveillance for Renal Cell Carcinoma', Urologic Clinics of North America, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 313-323.
Psutka, SP, Heidenreich, M, Boorjian, SA, Bailey, GC, Cheville, JC, Stewart-Merrill, SB, Lohse, CM, Atwell, TD, Costello, BA, Leibovich, BC & Thompson, RH 2017, 'Renal fossa recurrence after nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma: prognostic features and oncological outcomes', BJU International, vol. 119, no. 1, pp. 116-127.


Psutka, SP, Cheville, JC, Costello, BA, Stewart-Merrill, SB, Lohse, CM, Leibovich, BC, Boorjian, SA & Thompson, RH 2016, 'Concordance of Pathologic Features Between Metastatic Sites and the Primary Tumor in Surgically Resected Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma', Urology, vol. 96, pp. 106-113.
Psutka, SP, Boorjian, SA, Moynagh, MR, Schmit, GD, Costello, BA, Thompson, RH, Merrill, S, Lohse, CM, Cheville, JC, Leibovich, BC & Tollefson, MK 2016, 'Decreased Skeletal Muscle Mass is Associated with an Increased Risk of Mortality after Radical Nephrectomy for Localized Renal Cell Cancer', Journal of Urology, vol. 195, no. 2, pp. 270-276.
Merrill, S, Alahdab, F, Benkhadra, K, Wang, Z, Sorita, A, Boorjian, SA, Frank, I & Murad, MH 2016, 'Oncologic surveillance in bladder cancer following radical cystectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 236.e13-236.e21.
Dinan, MA, Li, Y, Zhang, Y, Stewart, SB, Curtis, LH, George, DJ & Reed, SD 2016, 'Resource Use in the Last Year of Life among Patients Who Died with Versus of Prostate Cancer', Clinical Genitourinary Cancer, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 28-37.e2.
Toussi, A, Merrill, S, Boorjian, SA, Psutka, SP, Houston Thompson, R, Frank, I, Tollefson, MK, Gettman, MT, Carlson, RE, Rangel, LJ & Jeffrey Karnes, R 2016, 'Standardizing the Definition of Biochemical Recurrence after Radical Prostatectomy-What Prostate Specific Antigen Cut Point Best Predicts a Durable Increase and Subsequent Systemic Progression?', Journal of Urology, vol. 195, no. 6, pp. 1754-1759.

Clinical Trials Search

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