Gerhard Fuchs, MD

Professor of Clinical Urology

Executive Director of the USC Institute of Urology (Beverly Hills)

Vice Chair of Education of the USC Institute of Urology

Director of Quality Assurance/Improvement of the USC Institute of Urology

Executive Director of the Men's Health Center

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An internationally renowned surgeon, researcher, and educator with nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Gerhard J. Fuchs specializes in minimally invasive procedures for treating kidney stones, as well as advanced endoscopic and urologic laparoscopic surgery.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Fuchs served as the director of the Minimally Invasive Urology Program, Vice Chairman of Department of Surgery, Director for the Urology Residency and Fellowship programs, and the Medallion Chair in Minimally Invasive Urology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Fuchs also was a clinical professor of urology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Previously, Dr. Fuchs held a number of positions at UCLA, including Chief of Endourology, Stone Disease, and Laparoscopic Surgery.

Dr. Fuchs received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from University of Heidelberg in Germany. There he completed his internship in medicine, surgery and gynecology. He was awarded a doctoral degree by the University of Freiburg Medical School, Germany (the equivalent of a PhD in Europe). Residencies in General Surgery and Urology were completed at Tubingen University Medical School in Stuttgart, Germany. He is Board Certified through both the American and German Boards of Urology, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


  • Reply to Jue et alOvercoming Understaging and Undergrading in Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma. Comment on “Ghoreifi et al. Modern Kidney-Sparing Management of Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma. Cancers 2023, 15, 4495”. Cancers (Basel). 2024 Feb 29; 16(5). . View in PubMed
  • Modern Kidney-Sparing Management of Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma Cancers (Basel). 2023 Sep 10; 15(18). . View in PubMed
  • The Impact of Telemedicine in Reducing the Carbon Footprint in Health Care: A Systematic Review and Cumulative Analysis of 68 Million Clinical Consultations Eur Urol Focus. 2023 11; 9(6):873-887. . View in PubMed
  • A Urine-based DNA Methylation Marker Test to Detect Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma: A Prospective Cohort Study J Urol. 2023 05; 209(5):854-862. . View in PubMed
  • Reply by Authors J Urol. 2023 05; 209(5):862. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of male infertility faculty on urology residency training Andrologia. 2022 Sep; 54(8):e14457. . View in PubMed
  • Bladder Recurrence Following Diagnostic Ureteroscopy in Patients Undergoing Nephroureterectomy for Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer: Is Ureteral Access Sheath Protective? Urology. 2022 02; 160:142-146.. View in PubMed
  • Digital urologic education during COVID-19: the rise of the “webin-era” Minerva Urol Nephrol. 2021 04; 73(2):137-140. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of Covid-19 on the urology service in United States: perspectives and strategies to face a PandemicInt Braz J Urol. 2020 07; 46(suppl. 1):207-214. . View in PubMed
  • Thulium-Holmium:YAG Duo Laser in Conservative Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer Treatment: 13 Years Experience from a Tertiary National Referral Center J Endourol. 2019 11; 33(11):902-908. . View in PubMed
  • Long-Term Body Mass Index Trends After Living-Donor Nephrectomy Exp Clin Transplant. 2017 Oct; 15(5):521-526. . View in PubMed
  • Complications of stone disease in the 21st century–can noninvasive and minimally invasive treatment modalities improve the overall renal health of stone formers? J Urol. 2014 Nov; 192(5):1322-3.. View in PubMed
  • Management of stones associated with intrarenal stenosis: infundibular stenosis and caliceal diverticulum J Endourol. 2013 Dec; 27(12):1546-50. . View in PubMed
  • Improving flexible ureterorenoscope durability up to 100 procedures J Endourol. 2012 Oct; 26(10):1329-34. . View in PubMed
  • First collaborative experience with thulium laser ablation of localized upper urinary tract urothelial tumors using retrograde intra-renal surgery Arch Ital Urol Androl. 2011 Sep; 83(3):147-53. . View in PubMed
  • Percutaneous biopsy of renal cell carcinoma underestimates nuclear grade Urology. 2010 Sep; 76(3):610-3. . View in PubMed
  • Enlargement of accessory spleen after splenectomy can mimic a solitary adrenal tumor Urology. 2010 Mar; 75(3):561-2. . View in PubMed
  • A comparison of running suture versus figure-8 sutures as the initial step in achieving hemostasis during laparoscopic partial nephrectomy J Endourol. 2010 Mar; 24(3):421-4. . View in PubMed
  • Urolithiasis in adults with congenital megaureter Can Urol Assoc J. 2009 Dec; 3(6):E77-80. . View in PubMed
  • Adrenal metastasis with inferior vena cava tumor thrombus through adrenal vein Urology. 2009 Aug; 74(2):290-1. . View in PubMed
  • Delayed hematuria secondary to bleeding papilla–potential complication of laparoscopic partial nephrectomyUrology. 2009 May; 73(5):1163. e13-5. . View in PubMed
  • Video rounding system: a pilot study in patient care J Endourol. 2008 Jun; 22(6):1179-82. . View in PubMed
  • The Hem-o-lok clip is safe for laparoscopic nephrectomy: a multi-institutional review Urology. 2008 Apr; 71(4):593-6. . View in PubMed
  • Laparoscopic nephrectomy outcomes of elderly patients in the 21st century J Endourol. 2007 Nov; 21(11):1309-13. . View in PubMed
  • Simultaneous bilateral retrograde intrarenal surgery for stone disease in patients with significant comorbidities J Endourol. 2006 Oct; 20(10):761-5. . View in PubMed
  • Multi-institutional validation study of neural networks to predict duration of stay after laparoscopic radical/simple or partial nephrectomy J Urol. 2005 Oct; 174(4 Pt 1):1380-4. . View in PubMed
  • Bladder reconstitution with bone marrow derived stem cells seeded on small intestinal submucosa improves morphological and molecular composition J Urol. 2005 Jul; 174(1):353-9. . View in PubMed
  • Looped silk tie: surgical technique for management of the renal vein during laparoscopic live-donor nephrectomy J Endourol. 2005 Apr; 19(3):401-5. . View in PubMed
  • Simultaneous bilateral retrograde intrarenal surgery for bilateral complex upper tract stone disease Urology. 2005 Mar; 65(3):572-4. . View in PubMed
  • Newly designed laparoscopic retractable dissector and suture passer Urology. 2005 Feb; 65(2):374-7. . View in PubMed
  • Laparoscopic skills training using a webcam trainer J Urol. 2005 Jan; 173(1):180-3. . View in PubMed
  • Laparoscopic dismembered pyeloureteroplasty: a single institution’s 3-year experience J Endourol. 2004 Oct; 18(8):765-9. . View in PubMed
  • Spontaneous, unremitting gross hematuria occurring one week after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy Int Braz J Urol. 2004 Sep-Oct; 30(5):398-9. . View in PubMed
  • Early experience with laparoscopic cryoablation in patients with small renal tumors and severe comorbidities J Endourol. 2003 Aug; 17(6):415-23. . View in PubMed
  • Endoscopic surgery for renal calculi Curr Opin Urol. 2003 May; 13(3):243-7. . View in PubMed
  • Hand-assisted and conventional laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy: a comparison of two contemporary techniques J Endourol. 2002 Sep; 16(7):509-13. . View in PubMed