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R. Sherburne Figenshau, MD

  • Professor of Surgery
  • Taylor Family and Ralph V. Clayman Chair in Minimally Invasive Urology

Medical School

University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1987

Post Doctoral Education

Residency: General Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989

Residency: Urologic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, 1993

Board Certifications


Honors and Awards

2017, Listed in Best Doctors in America, (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Clinical Interests

Minimally invasive surgery, urologic surgery, urologic oncology, laparoscopic urologic surgery, urolithiasis, kidney stones, complex kidney stones

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
St. Louis Children's 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) 367-5016

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Professional Office Building #1
1040 North Mason Road, Suite 122
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 996-8060

Selected Publications

Figenshau RS, Maxwell KL, Badwan KH, Bhayani SB. Laparoscopic post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection. Journal of Urology. 2007;177(4)(suppl):118.

Figenshau R. Laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with segmental renal vascular control. Journal of Endourology. 2005;19(supplement 1):A257.

Journal Articles
Benway BM, Cabello JM, Figenshau RS, Bhayani SB. Sliding-clip renorrhaphy provides superior closing tension during robot-assisted partial nephrectomy. J Endourol. 2010 Apr;24(4):605-8.

Desai AC, Jain S, Benway BM, Grubb RL 3rd, Picus D, Figenshau RS. Splenic injury during percutaneous nephrolithotomy: a case report with novel management technique. J Endourol. 2010 Apr;24(4):541-5.

Benway BM, Bhayani SB, Rogers CG, Porter JR, Buffi NM, Figenshau RS, Mottrie A. Robot-assisted partial nephrectomy: an international experience. Eur Urol. 2010 May;57(5):815-20.

Benway BM, Baca G, Bhayani SB, Das NA, Katz MD, Diaz DL, Maxwell KL, Badwan KH, Talcott MR, Liapis H, Cabello JM, Venkatesh R, Figenshau RS. Selective versus nonselective arterial clamping during laparoscopic partial nephrectomy: impact upon renal function in the setting of a solitary kidney in a porcine model. J Endourol. 2009 Jul;23(7):1127-33.

Benway BM, Diaz DL, Katz MD, Vardi IY, Chavla NT, Desai AC, Badwan KH, Maxwell KL, Baca G, Humphrey PA, Bhayani SB, Figenshau RS. Open versus laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection: assessing adequacy of dissection in a porcine model. J Endourol. 2009 Mar;23(3):485-8.

Skolarus TA, Bhayani SB, Chiang HC, Brandes SB, Kibel AS, Landman J, Figenshau RS. Laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for low-stage testicular cancer. J Endourol. 2008 Jul;22(7):1485-9.

Badwan K, Maxwell K, Venkatesh R, Figenshau RS, Brown D, Chen C, Bhayani SB. Comparison of laparoscopic and percutaneous cryoablation of renal tumors: a cost analysis. J Endourol. 2008 Jun;22(6):1275-7.

Foyil KV, Ames CD, Ferguson GG, Weld KJ, Figenshau RS, Venkatesh R, Yan Y, Clayman RV, Landman J. Longterm changes in creatinine clearance after laparoscopic renal surgery. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Mar;206(3):511-5.

Venkatesh R, Belani JS, Chen C, Sundaram CP, Bhayani SB, Figenshau RS, Landman J. Prospective randomized comparison of laparoscopic and hand-assisted laparoscopic radical nephrectomy. Urology. 2007 Nov;70(5):873-7.

Maxwell K, Badwan K, Soliman M, Venkatesh R, Figenshau RS, Bhayani SB. Laparoscopic urological surgery: a review. Mo Med. 2007 Sep-Oct;104(5):415-20. Review.

Venkatesh R, Sundaram CP, Figenshau RS, Yan Y, Andriole GL, Clayman RV, Landman J. Prospective randomized comparison of cutting and dilating disposable trocars for access during laparoscopic renal surgery. JSLS. 2007 Apr-Jun;11(2):198-203.

Radwan MH, Yan Y, Luly JR, Figenshau RS, Brandes SB, Bhayani SB, Bullock AD, Liefu Y, Andriole GL, Kibel AS. Prostate-specific antigen density predicts adverse pathology and increased risk of biochemical failure. Urology. 2007 Jun;69(6):1121-7.

Weld KJ, Figenshau RS, Venkatesh R, Bhayani SB, Ames CD, Clayman RV, Landman J. Laparoscopic cryoablation for small renal masses: three-year follow-up. Urology. 2007 Mar;69(3):448-51.

Ames CD, Weld KJ, Dryer ST, Hruby G, Minor SD, Yan Y, Figenshau RS, Bhayani S, Landman J, Venkatesh R. Pharmacologic manipulation of the porcine ureter: Acute impact of topical drugs on ureteral diameter and peristaltic activity. J Endourol. 2006 Nov;20(11):943-8.

Bhayani SB, Belani JS, Hidalgo J, Figenshau RS, Landman J, Venkatesh R, Kibel AS. Trends in nephron-sparing surgery for renal neoplasia. Urology. 2006 Oct;68(4):732-6.

Pub Med page for Robert S. Figenshau, M.D.


Clayman RV, McDougall EM, Figenshau RS. Nephoscopy and Intrarenal Surgery: Percutaneous Approaches. In: Pollack and McClennan. Clinical Urography. 2nd edition. Philadelphia: WB Saunders. (in press)

Arcangeli CG, Figenshau RS. Urologic Surgery. In: Doherty GM, Meko JB, Olson JA, Peplinski GR, Worral NK (eds.). The Washington Manual of Surgery. 2nd edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 1999:602-611.

Figenshau RS. Laparoscopy in Pediatric Urology. In: McGuire EJ, Bloom D, Catalona WJ, Lipshultz LI (eds.). Advances in Urology. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book; 1996:343-361.

Clayman RV, McDougall EM, Figenshau RS. Endourology of the Upper Urinary Tract: Noncalculous Applications. In: Gillenwater JY, Grayhack JT, Howards SS, Duckett JW (eds.). Adult and Pediatric Urology. 3rd edition. St. Louis: Mosby-Year Book; 1996:749-827.