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

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

2019

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. 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, 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. 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, 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. https://doi.org/10.1111/bju.13620

2016

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. 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, 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. 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

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