Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Suzanne Merrill, MD

Suzanne Merrill, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Division of Urology
Disease Teams:
Genitourinary Cancer
szm33@psu.edu

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

2019

Zaleski, M, Gogoj, A, Walter, V, Raman, J, Kaag, MG, Merrill, S, Drabick, J, Joshi, M, Holder, S, Degraff, D & Warrick, J 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.humpath.2018.10.008

2018

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clgc.2018.11.009
Warrick, J, Sjödahl, G, Kaag, MG, Raman, J, Merrill, S, Shuman, L, Chen, G, Walter, V & Degraff, D 2019, 'Intratumoral Heterogeneity of Bladder Cancer by Molecular Subtypes and Histologic Variants [Figure presented]', European Urology, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 18-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2018.09.003
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2018.10.052

2017

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2016.08.015
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-017-2068-7
Merrill, S 2017, 'Postoperative Surveillance for Renal Cell Carcinoma', Urologic Clinics of North America, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 313-323. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ucl.2016.12.016
Psutka, SP, Heidenreich, M, Boorjian, SA, Bailey, GC, Cheville, JC, Merrill, S, 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/bju.13620

2016

Psutka, SP, Cheville, JC, Costello, BA, Merrill, S, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urology.2016.06.061
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2015.08.072
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2015.11.025
Dinan, MA, Li, Y, Zhang, Y, Merrill, S, 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clgc.2015.07.006
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2015.12.075

2015

Psutka, SP, Boorjian, SA, Thompson, RH, Schmit, GD, Schmitz, JJ, Bower, TC, Merrill, S, Lohse, CM, Cheville, JC & Leibovich, BC 2015, 'Clinical and radiographic predictors of the need for inferior vena cava resection during nephrectomy for patients with renal cell carcinoma and caval tumour thrombus' BJU International, vol. 116, no. 3, pp. 388-396. https://doi.org/10.1111/bju.13005
Thompson, RH, Atwell, T, Schmit, G, Lohse, CM, Kurup, AN, Weisbrod, A, Psutka, SP, Merrill, S, Callstrom, MR, Cheville, JC, Boorjian, SA & Leibovich, BC 2015, 'Comparison of partial nephrectomy and percutaneous ablation for cT1 renal masses', European Urology, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. 252-259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2014.07.021
Merrill, S, Boorjian, SA, Thompson, RH, Psutka, SP, Cheville, JC, Thapa, P, Bergstrahl, EJ, Tollefson, MK & Frank, I 2015, 'Evaluation of current surveillance guidelines following radical cystectomy and proposal of a novel risk-based approach' Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, vol. 33, no. 8, pp. 339.e1-339.e8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2015.04.017
Psutka, SP, Boorjian, SA, Moynagh, MR, Schmit, GD, Frank, I, Carrasco, A, Merrill, S, Tarrell, R, Thapa, P & Tollefson, MK 2015, 'Mortality after radical cystectomy: Impact of obesity versus adiposity after adjusting for skeletal muscle wasting', Journal of Urology, vol. 193, no. 5, pp. 1507-1513. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2014.11.088
Merrill, S, Thompson, RH, Boorjian, SA, Psutka, SP, Lohse, CM, Cheville, JC, Leibovich, BC & Frank, I 2015, 'Oncologic surveillance after surgical resection for renal cell carcinoma: A novel risk-based approach' Journal of Clinical Oncology, vol. 33, no. 35, pp. 4151-4157. https://doi.org/10.1200/JCO.2015.61.8009
Merrill, S & Boorjian, SA 2015, 'Radical prostatectomy in high-risk and locally advanced prostate cancer: Mayo Clinic perspective', Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, vol. 33, no. 5, pp. 235-244. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2014.10.003
Thompson, RH, Atwell, T, Schmit, G, Lohse, CM, Kurup, AN, Weisbrod, A, Psutka, SP, Merrill, S, Callstrom, MR, Cheville, JC, Boorjian, SA & Leibovich, BC 2015, 'Reply to Aaron M. Potretzke, Jeffrey A. Larson and Sam B. Bhayani's letter to the editor re: R. Houston Thompson, Tom Atwell, Grant Schmit, et al. Comparison of partial nephrectomy and percutaneous ablation for cT1 renal masses. Eur Urol 2015;67:252-9' European Urology, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. e21-e22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2014.09.012
Thompson, RH, Atwell, T, Schmit, G, Lohse, CM, Kurup, AN, Weisbrod, A, Psutka, SP, Merrill, S, Callstrom, MR, Cheville, JC, Boorjian, SA & Leibovich, BC 2015, 'Reply to Homayoun Zargar, Rafael F. Coelho and Jihad H. Kaouk's letter to the editor re: R. Houston Thompson, Tom Atwell, Grant Schmit, et al. Comparison of partial nephrectomy and percutaneous ablation for cT1 renal masses. Eur Urol 2015;67:252-9' European Urology, vol. 67, no. 2, pp. e24-e25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2014.09.014
Thompson, RH, Atwell, T, Schmit, G, Lohse, CM, Kurup, AN, Weisbrod, A, Psutka, SP, Merrill, S, Callstrom, MR, Cheville, JC, Boorjian, SA & Leibovich, BC 2015, 'Reply to pascal mouracade's letter to the Editor re: R. Houston Thompson, Tom Atwell, Grant Schmit, et al. Comparison of partial nephrectomy and percutaneous ablation for cT1 renal masses. Eur Urol 2015;67:252-9', European Urology, vol. 68, no. 4, pp. e84-e85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eururo.2015.05.033
Psutka, SP, Boorjian, SA, Lohse, CM, Merrill, S, Tollefson, MK, Cheville, JC, Leibovich, BC & Thompson, RH 2015, 'The association between metformin use and oncologic outcomes among surgically treated diabetic patients with localized renal cell carcinoma', Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 67.e15-67.e23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2014.07.008

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