Neal D. Shore, MD

Neal D. Shore, MD

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Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS, is the Medical Director for the Carolina Urologic Research Center. He practices with Atlantic Urology Clinics in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Dr. Shore has conducted more than 350 clinical trials, focusing mainly on genitourinary oncology, and serves on the executive boards of the Society of Urologic Oncology and the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. He is Past President of the Large Urology Group Practice Association. He is a founder for both CUSP Clinical Trials Consortium and DASHKO, a national urology practice data registry. He serves as the National Urology Research Director for 21st Century Oncology. He has served on the AUA Male Health Committee and the AUA Data Committee, the SITC Task Force for Prostate Cancer, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Think Tank, and the Editorial Boards of Review in Urology, Urology Times, Chemotherapy Advisor, OncLive, PLOS ONE, Urology Practice, and World Journal of Urology. He serves as Editor of Everyday Urology-Oncology. Dr. Shore has written more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters. He performs peer review for Lancet Oncology, New England Journal of Medicine, European Urology, the Journal of Urology, Urology, BJUI, PCPD, and numerous other high-impact scientific journals. A graduate of Duke University and Duke University Medical School, Dr. Shore completed a 6-month clinical research fellowship in Pretoria, South Africa, and then completed his General Surgery/Urology training at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Articles by Neal D. Shore, MD

29MHz High Resolution Micro-Ultrasound: Improving Real-Time Targeting of Prostate Biopsies

Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS, Medical Director for the Carolina Urologic Research Center and a urologist at the Atlantic Urology Clinics in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, discusses the use of a 29MHz micro-ultrasound (MUS) in targeting suspicious regions during prostate biopsy. He explains how the MUS can expedite time to diagnosis through improved real-time visualization, notes the short 15-case learning curve of the device, and discusses studies demonstrating improved negative predictive value and sensitivity of MUS compared to MRI.

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HERO Phase 3 Trial: Relugolix vs. Leuprolide Acetate for Advanced Prostate Cancer

Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS, Medical Director for the Carolina Urologic Research Center, presents the key aspects of the HERO phase 3 trial. The Hero trial looked at Relugolix, an oral GnRH receptor antagonist, versus Leuprolide Acetate for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Following this in an interview with Celestia S. Higano, MD, section editor of the ADT Next Generation Learning Center on Grand Rounds in Urology, about the study’s findings, and the implications that this exciting new development in prostate cancer treatment could have in the field of urology.

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Prostate Imaging and Biopsy Controversies

Neal D. Shore, MD, FACS, Medical Director for the Carolina Urologic Research Center, discusses the evolution of transrectal (TR) versus transperineal (TP) prostate biopsy, and compares the efficacy of multi-parametric MRI (mpMRI) versus next generation micro-ultrasound. He goes on to discuss several studies that review the complication rates of TR and TP biopsy, differences in their diagnostic sensitivity, and various procedural techniques associated with TP prostate biopsy. Dr. Shore then examines several landmark studies that summarize the clinical utility of mpMRI and micro-ultrasound and describes the strengths and weaknesses associated with each technique. He concludes by discussing preliminary data comparing the diagnostic performance of micro-ultrasound to mpMRI.

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Preserving Independent Urology: LUGPA’s First Decade

Neal D. Shore, MD and E. David Crawford, MD, discuss Dr. Shore’s recent MedReview article (excerpted and linked below) on the ways in which the Large Urology Group Practice Association, or LUGPA, has advocated on behalf of community urology physicians and patients over the last ten years. Dr. Shore discusses how the organization has fought for legislative change to improve patient access to physicians of their choice, worked to ensure the availability of the latest in imaging and diagnostic technology for community urologists, and, in the face of increased consolidation of the healthcare industry, promoted value-based healthcare above volume-based healthcare, concluding in the article that:

“Eleven years after LUGPA’s inception, its passion and commitment to protecting and preserving the independent practice of urology remain stronger than ever. Without LUGPA, there would be far fewer opportunities for independent urology practices, fair-balanced education, networking, or external benchmarking than we have today. LUGPA groups have been able to integrate essential urologic services at a lower cost than their hospital competitors. Many of our member practices have become urologic centers of excellence with subspecialty lines of service and innovative, cost-effective pathways that optimize patient outcomes.

“Innovation springs from independence, not bureaucracy. Independent practitioners have the freedom and flexibility to share decision-making with their patients and to rapidly implement, test, and adapt new diagnostics, therapeutics, and pathways. Backed by a robust organization such as LUGPA, independent urologists can implement innovative approaches that significantly improve the health of their patients and the sustainability of their practices. Such nimbleness is especially crucial given the current rapid pace of change in urology. Aligning the interests of patients, providers, and payers by promoting value-based care at independent, integrated physician practices is LUGPA’s ongoing mission; our rallying cry should be to continue that mission in an open, transparent, and inclusive fashion.” (Used with permission from MedReviews / Reviews in Urology, which holds the copyright to the original article.)

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Phase III HERO Trial: Once-Daily, Oral Relugolix Results in 96.7% Testosterone Suppression in Men with Advanced Prostate Cancer

Neal D. Shore, MD, a HERO Program Steering Committee Member, discusses the results of his group’s global, prospective, randomized, phase III trial. This trial evaluated once-daily, oral relugolix, a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist, for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer against a control arm of patients receiving 3-month leuprolide injections. The primary endpoint of sustained testosterone suppression for 48 weeks was met, as well as 6 key secondary endpoints, and the reported major adverse cardiovascular events favored relugolix over the control arm.

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