Robert L. Grubb III, MD

Robert L. Grubb III, MD

  • Associate Professor of Surgery

Medical School

Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1996

Post Doctoral Education

General Surgery Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, 1998

Urology Residency: Washington University School of Medicine, 2002

Clinical Fellowship: National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, Urologic Oncology Branch, 2005

Board Certifications

Board Certified in Urology

Honors and Awards

Morris Abrams Award for Excellence in Urologic Patient Care, 2000, 2001

Aronberg Award for Academic Achievement in Urology, 2002

International Volunteers in Urology Traveling Scholarship, Haiti, 2002

Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, AUA, 2002

Clinical Interests

Dr. Grubb specializes in both open and minimally invasive (laparoscopic or robotic) urologic cancer surgery. Dr. Grubb treats all forms of urologic cancer including kidney cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, testis and penile cancer. Dr. Grubb performs robotic prostatectomy. He uses robotic or laparoscopic techniques for kidney surgery whenever possible. Additionally, he is experienced at managing patients with hereditary kidney cancer syndromes such as von Hippel-Lindau and Birt-Hogg-Dubé. He is interested in prostate cancer imaging, using MRI. Other areas of interest include adrenal disorders such as pheochromocytoma and aldosteronoma, elevated PSA and blood in the urine.

Research Interests

Prostate cancer screening and epidemiology

Prostate cancer imaging with MRI

Protein markers of bladder cancer response to chemotherapy

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
Urologic Surgery Center
4921 Parkview Place, Suite C, Floor 11
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-8200
Fax: (314) 454-5244

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Washington University Urology
Medical Building One
1040 North Mason Road, Suite 122
Creve Coeur, MO  63141
(314) 362-8200


Selected Publications

Katz MD, Serrano MF, Grubb RL 3rd, Skolarus TA, Gao F, Humphrey PA, Kibel AS. Percent microscopic tumor necrosis and survival after curative surgery for renal cell carcinoma. J Urol. 2010 Mar;183(3):909-14.

Skolarus TA, Lee EW, Virgo KS, Katz MD, Hudson MA, Kibel AS, Grubb RL 3rd. Intravesical bacille Calmette-Guérin therapy for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer: effects of concurrent statin therapy. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Aug;209(2):248-53.

Andriole GL, Crawford ED, Grubb RL 3rd, Buys SS, Chia D, Church TR, Fouad MN, Gelmann EP, Kvale PA, Reding DJ, Weissfeld JL, Yokochi LA, O'Brien B, Clapp JD, Rathmell JM, Riley TL, Hayes RB, Kramer BS, Izmirlian G, Miller AB, Pinsky PF, Prorok PC, Gohagan JK, Berg CD; PLCO Project Team. Mortality results from a randomized prostate-cancer screening trial. N Engl J Med. 2009 Mar 26;360(13):1310-9.

Grubb RL 3rd, Black A, Izmirlian G, Hickey TP, Pinsky PF, Mabie JE, Riley TL, Ragard LR, Prorok PC, Berg CD, Crawford ED, Church TR, Andriole GL Jr; PLCO Project Team. Serum prostate-specific antigen hemodilution among obese men undergoing screening in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Mar;18(3):748-51.

Snow D, Cohen D, Chapman WC, Grubb RL 3rd. Positron emission tomography enhancing tumor thrombus in patient with renal cell carcinoma. Urology. 2009 Feb;73(2):270-1.

Grubb RL 3rd, Pinsky PF, Greenlee RT, Izmirlian G, Miller AB, Hickey TP, Riley TL, Mabie JE, Levin DL, Chia D, Kramer BS, Reding DJ, Church TR, Yokochi LA, Kvale PA, Weissfeld JL, Urban DA, Buys SS, Gelmann EP, Ragard LR, Crawford ED, Prorok PC, Gohagan JK, Berg CD, Andriole GL. Prostate cancer screening in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian cancer screening trial: update on findings from the initial four rounds of screening in a randomized trial. BJU Int. 2008 Dec;102(11):1524-30.

Skolarus TA, Wolin KY, Grubb RL 3rd. The effect of body mass index on PSA levels and the development, screening and treatment of prostate cancer. Nature Clinical Practice. Urology. 2007;4(11):605-614.

Grubb RL 3rd, Franks ME, Toro J, Middelton L, Choyke L, Fowler S, Torres-Cabala C, Glenn GM, Choyke P, Merino MJ, Zbar B, Pinto PA, Srinivasan R, Coleman JA, Linehan WM. Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer: a syndrome associated with an aggressive form of inherited renal cancer. Journal of Urology. 2007;177(6):2074-2079; discussion 2079-2080.

Grubb RL 3rd, Vardi IY, Bhayani SB, Kibel AS. Minimally invasive approaches to localized prostate carcinoma. Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America. 2006;20(4):879-895.

Grubb RL, Roehl KA, Antenor JA, Catalona WJ. Results of compliance with prostate cancer screening guidelines. Journal of Urology. 2005;174:668.

Ménard C, Susil RC, Choyke P, Coleman J, Grubb R, Gharib A, Krieger A, Guion P, Thomasson D, Ullman K, Gupta S, Espina V, Liotta L, Petricoin E, Fitchtinger G, Whitcomb LL, Atalar E, Coleman NC, Camphausen K. An interventional MRI technique for the molecular characterization of intra-prostatic dynamic contrast enhancement. Molecular Imaging. 2005;4(1):63.

Wei MH, Toure O, Glenn G, Pithukpakorn M, Neckers L, Stolle C, Choyke P, Grubb R, Middleton L, Turner ML, Walther M, Merino M, Zbar B, Linehan WM, Toro JR. Novel mutations in FH and expansion of the spectrum of phenotypes expressed in families with hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer. J Med Genetics. 2005

Grubb RL 3rd, Choyke PL, Pinto PA, Linehan WM, Walther MM. Management of von-Hippel-Lindau-associated kidney cancer. Nat Clin Pract Urol. 2005;2:248.

Grubb RL, Pavlovich CP, Hurley K Glenn GM, Toro J, Schmidt LS, Torres-Cabala C, Merino MJ, Zbar B, Choyke PL, Walther MM, Linehan WM: Evaluation and management of renal tumors in the Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome. Journal of Urology. 2005;173:1482.

Andriole GA, Levin DL, Crawford ED, Gelmann EP, Pinsky PF, Chia D, Kramer BS, Reding D, Church TR, Grubb RL, Izmirlian G, Ragard LR, Clapp JD, Prorok PC, Gohagan JK for the PLCO Project Team: Prostate cancer screening in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial: Findings from the Initial Screening Round of a Randomized Trial. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2005;97:433-438.

Pub Med page for Robert L. Grubb III, M.D.


Grubb RL III, Linehan WM, Walther MM. Management of Inherited Forms of Renal Cancer. In: Vogelzang N (ed.). Comprehensive Textbook of Urologic Oncology. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2005:750-755.

Grubb RL, Figenshau RS. Urologic Surgery. In: Doherty G (ed.). Washington Manual of Surgery. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2002:687-705.

Grubb RL, Andriole GL. Evaluation of Prostate Cancer. In: Kursh ED, Ulchaker JC (eds.). Office Urology. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press, Inc.; 2001:255-264.