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Guan Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-1700

Fax: (585) 273-1068

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Cancer, Surgery, Urology


Professional Background

We are pleased to welcome Guan Wu, MD, PhD to the Department of Urology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Dr. Wu has joined our growing research and clinical faculty, extending our knowledge and our ability to offer our patients the best care possible. Dr. Wu has been working on identifying and characterizing biochemical defects in kidney cancer cells. His laboratory is also analyzing the genetics of human kidney cancer specimens, specifically to identify tumor markers.

Dr. Wu is performing minimally invasive and robotic surgery and also sees general urology patients in our offices in Canandaigua, Clifton Springs and Rochester. He specializes in laparoscopic surgery, general urology and kidney cancer research.

Dr. Wu is a double doctorate graduate of the Beijing Medical University School of Medicine. He also completed his post-doctoral training at the University of Iowa Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital. His dual residencies allow him to see surgical urology patients.


The long-term goal of Dr. Wu's research is to refine our knowledge of the biology of kidney cancer. Currently, Dr. Wu's laboratory is studying genetic defects in kidney cancer cells and how these defects cause the disease.

Dr. Wu's laboratory has been working on the proteins produced by cancer critical genes. He and his associates are learning how the cellular and biochemical functions of these proteins cause kidney cancer to develop and progress. Dr. Wu's laboratory has identified several such complexes by purifying them from kidney cancer cell lines and by using yeast as a human protein carrier. This research is not only extending our understanding of kidney cancer, but also has broader implications for normal cell physiology.

Dr. Wu's laboratory is also analyzing the genetics of human kidney cancer specimens to look into DNA mutations. This research will be combined with the studies done with kidney cancer cell lines. Together, they will help us discover and validate new "tumor markers" (substances produced by the body that can indicate the presence of a specific cancer). This, in turn, will help us develop new ways to diagnose and treat kidney cancer.



  • Urology - American Board of Urology


MD | Beijing Medical University (China)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2006
Residency in Urology at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

06/26/2001 - 06/25/2002
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

06/26/2000 - 06/25/2001
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

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China Natural Science Foundation Award
Location: People's Republic of China

Honorary Director of the Department of Urology
Sponsor: Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, Nanjing University Medical School

The Robert S. Davis, M.D. Faculty Teaching Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center / Department of Urology
Location: Rochester, New York

America's Top Doctor
Sponsor: U.S. News & World Report and Castle Connolly America

AUA Foundation M.D. / Ph.D. Research Award
Location: Linthicum, Maryland

2008 - 2008
Honored Visiting Professor of the Second Medical School and Tianjin Institute of Urology
Sponsor: Tianjin Medical University
Location: Tianjin, China

2007 - 2007
The AUA Northeastern Section Young Investigator Award
Location: Linthicum, Maryland

China Natural Science Award
Location: People's Republic of China

2004 - 2004
Praecis Pharmaceuticals/AUA Gerald P. Murphy Scholar

China Natural Science Award
Location: People's Republic of China

1996 - 1996
The Pfizer Scholars in Urology Award

1995 - 1995
Smithkline-Beecham Travel Award
Sponsor: Society for Basic Urologic Research

1985 - 1985
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Sponsor: Beijing Medical University

1982 - 1982
Outstanding Medical Student Award
Location: Beijing University

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Journal Articles

Gu C; Zhou N; Gurung P; Kou Y;, Luo Y; Wang Y; Zhou H; Zhen C; Yang J; Tian F; Wu G. "Lasers versus bipolar technology in the transurethral treatment of benign prostatic enlargement: a systematic review and meta-analysis of comparative studies." World J Urol. 2020; .

Witthaus MW; Farooq S2; Melnyk R; Campbell T; Saba P; Mathews E; Ezzat B; Ertefaie A; Frye TP; Wu G; Rashid H; Joseph JV; Ghazi A. "Incorporation and validation of clinically relevant performance metrics of simulation (CRPMS) into a novel full-immersion simulation platform for nerve-sparing robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (NS-RARP) utilizing three-dimensional printing and hydrogel casting technology." BJU Int. 2020; .

Gurung PMS, Messing EM, Joseph JV, Wu G. "EDITORIAL COMMENT." Urology.. 2020 Feb; 136:110-111.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Fluorescence Image-Guided Robotic Surgery
Book Title: Advances in Imaging-Guided Urologic Surgery
Author List: Joseph Liao and Li-Ming Su, Wu G.
Published By: Springer 2014 in New York




Guan Wu, M.D., Ph.D., UR Medicine Urology