Richard Yu, MD, PhD

Richard N. Yu, MD, PhD

Director, Robotic Surgery Program; Director, Transplant Urology; Director, Fertility Preservation Program; Associate in Urology

Assistant Professor in Surgery (Urology), Harvard Medical School

    Contact: 617-355-7796
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Medical Services

Specialties

  • Urology
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Renal Transplantation
  • Urologic Oncology
  • Undescended Testicles
  • Circumcision
  • Hydrocele
  • Inguinal Hernia

Departments

  • Urology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Transplantation

Programs

  • Robotic Surgery Program
  • Neurourology Program
  • Center for Perinatal Urology
  • Voiding Improvement Program
  • Urologic Tumors Program
  • Kidney Transplant Program
  • Andrology Program
  • Fertility Preservation Program
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Richard Yu, MD, PhD

Philosophy of Care 

When I was in medical school, one of my mentors provided a critical piece of advice that I distinctly remember and that I adhere to today. The best way to provide the best care for your patients is to treat every single one of them like family.
I have always been drawn to the sciences since early childhood.  I could tinker for hours with my chemistry set or with broken devices around the house.  This fascination with how things work ultimately led me to the biological sciences and the desire to understand human physiology and medicine.  During medical school, I wanted to engage in research firsthand with the goal of contributing to the wealth of scientific knowledge.  But after obtaining my PhD, I realized that I missed the human connection and specifically was drawn to pediatrics.  I knew that I wanted to be a physician scientist to help bridge the gap between research and patient care. 

Experience and Education

Education

Undergraduate

Loyola University of Chicago, 1992

Chicago, IL

Graduate School

Northwestern University, 1998

Chicago, IL

Medical School

Northwestern University Medical School, 2001

Chicago, IL

Internship, Surgery

Baylor College of Medicine, 2001-2002

Houston, TX

Residency, Urology

Baylor College of Medicine, 2002-2006

Houston, TX

Residency, Chief Urology Resident

Baylor College of Medicine, 2006-2007

Houston, TX

Fellowship, Pediatric Urology

Boston Children's Hospital, 2007-2010

Boston, MA

Certifications

  • American Board of Urology

  • Pediatric Urology CAQ

Professional History

Richard N. Yu, MD, PhD, is board-certified in Urology and fellowship trained in Pediatric Urology. He is the Director of Transplant Urology and Director of the Robotic Surgery Program in Urology. He treats patients with general pediatric urology problems and congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract. He also coordinates the urologic care of patients with end stage renal disease in conjunction the Pediatric Transplant Center.

Research

Dr. Yu’s clinical research interests encompass urologic outcomes after renal transplantation and robotic surgery training and education using advanced computer simulation and hands-on training in a simulated OR environment.

Publications

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  1. Choussein S, Srouji SS, Farland LV, Wietsma A, Missmer SA, Hollis M, Yu RN, Pozner CN, Gargiulo AR. Robotic Assistance Confers Ambidexterity to Laparoscopic Surgeons. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2017 Jul 19.
  2. Nahata L, Ziniel SI, Garvey KC, Yu RN, Cohen LE. Fertility and sexual function: a gap in training in pediatric endocrinology. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Jan 01; 30(1):3-10.
  3. Wiestma AC, Cho PS, Hollis MV, Badway J, Yu RN. Robot-assisted laparoscopic lower pole partial nephrectomy in the pediatric patient. J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Dec; 12(6):428-429.
  4. Kurtz MP, Leow JJ, Varda BK, Logvinenko T, Yu RN, Nelson CP, Chung BI, Chang SL. Robotic versus open pediatric ureteral reimplantation: Costs and complications from a nationwide sample. J Pediatr Urol. 2016 Dec; 12(6):408.e1-408.e6.
  5. Yu RN, Houck CS, Casta A, Blum RH. Institutional Policy Changes to Prevent Cardiac Toxicity Associated With Bupivacaine Penile Blockade in Infants. A A Case Rep. 2016 Aug 01; 7(3):71-5.
  6. Kurtz MP, Leow JJ, Varda BK, Logvinenko T, McQuaid JW, Yu RN, Nelson CP, Chung BI, Chang SL. The Decline of the Open Ureteral Reimplant in the United States: National Data From 2003 to 2013. Urology. 2017 Feb; 100:193-197.
  7. Nahata L, Yu RN, Cohen LE. Klinefelter syndrome: fertility considerations and gaps in knowledge. Transl Pediatr. 2016 Jul; 5(3):183-184.
  8. Nahata L, Yu RN, Paltiel HJ, Chow JS, Logvinenko T, Rosoklija I, Cohen LE. Sperm Retrieval in Adolescents and Young Adults with Klinefelter Syndrome: A Prospective, Pilot Study. J Pediatr. 2016 Mar; 170:260-5.e1-2.
  9. Hollis MV, Cho PS, Yu RN. Pediatric Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty. Am J Robot Surg. 2015 Dec; 2(1):1-8.
  10. Nahata L, Yu RN, Bhasin S, Cohen LE. Management of testosterone therapy in adolescents and young men with hypogonadism: are we following adult clinical practice guidelines? J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2015 May; 28(5-6):635-40.
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  12. Yu RN. Editorial comment. J Urol. 2014 Aug; 192(2):541.
  13. Nahata L, Rosoklija I, Yu RN, Cohen LE. Klinefelter syndrome: are we missing opportunities for early detection? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Oct; 52(10):936-41.
  14. Zanetta VC, Rosman BM, Rowe CK, Buonfiglio HB, Passerotti CC, Yu RN, Nguyen HT. Predicting anatomical urological abnormalities in children who present with their first urinary tract infection. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Aug; 52(8):739-46.
  15. Routh JC, Yu RN, Kozinn SI, Nguyen HT, Borer JG. Urological complications and vesicoureteral reflux following pediatric kidney transplantation. J Urol. 2013 Mar; 189(3):1071-6.
  16. Nahata L, Cohen LE, Lehmann LE, Yu RN. Semen analysis in adolescent cancer patients prior to bone marrow transplantation: when is it too late for fertility preservation? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Jan; 60(1):129-32.
  17. Nahata L, Cohen LE, Yu RN. Barriers to fertility preservation in male adolescents with cancer: it's time for a multidisciplinary approach that includes urologists. Urology. 2012 Jun; 79(6):1206-9.
  18. Woodhouse CR, Neild GH, Yu RN, Bauer S. Adult care of children from pediatric urology. J Urol. 2012 Apr; 187(4):1164-71.
  19. Lo KH, Hui MN, Yu RM, Wu RS, Cheng SH. Hypoxia impairs primordial germ cell migration in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. PLoS One. 2011; 6(9):e24540.
  20. Mauney JR, Ramachandran A, Yu RN, Daley GQ, Adam RM, Estrada CR. All-trans retinoic acid directs urothelial specification of murine embryonic stem cells via GATA4/6 signaling mechanisms. PLoS One. 2010 Jul 13; 5(7):e11513.
  21. Routh JC, Gong EM, Cannon GM, Yu RN, Gargollo PC, Nelson CP. Variation among internet based calculators in predicting spontaneous resolution of vesicoureteral reflux. J Urol. 2010 Apr; 183(4):1568-72.
  22. Yu RN, Estrada CR. Stem cells: a review and implications for urology. Urology. 2010 Mar; 75(3):664-70.
  23. Yu RN, Jones EA, Roth DR. Renal ultrasound studies after endoscopic injection of dextranomer/hyaluronic acid copolymer for vesicoureteral reflux. Urology. 2006 Oct; 68(4):866-8; discussion 868-9.
  24. Yu RN, Roth DR. Treatment of vesicoureteral reflux using endoscopic injection of nonanimal stabilized hyaluronic acid/dextranomer gel: initial experience in pediatric patients by a single surgeon. Pediatrics. 2006 Aug; 118(2):698-703.
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