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Dr. Katsuto Shinohara specializes in urologic cancers, in particular prostate cancer. He has special interests in innovative biopsy techniques and image-guided minimally invasive treatments for prostate cancer, as well as in applying ultrasound techniques in the diagnosis, management and treatment of all urologic cancers.

Shinohara earned his medical degree from Yokohama City University School of Medicine in Yokohama, Japan. He completed a residency in general surgery at Mitsui Memorial Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, and a residency in urology at Kitasato University Hospital in Sagamihara, Japan. He then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Shinohara is a member of numerous professional societies, including the Japanese Urological Association, Japan Society of Ultrasonics in Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, American Urological Association and Engineering & Urology Society. He has lectured widely on urologic cancer, and his work has been published in numerous medical and scientific journals.

  • Education

    Yokohama City Univ. School of Medicine Japan, 1979

  • Fellowships

    Baylor College of Medicine

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Where I see patients (2)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    1129 Ratings
    About our process
    Nov 29, 2023
    Dr Shinohara is terrific!
    Nov 28, 2023
    Another great UCSF experience
    Nov 22, 2023
    I feel like I'm in home with my Family
    Nov 22, 2023
    Everyone at UCSF are so nice and comforting. Weather it's on the phonenurses Dr. Etc.
    Nov 18, 2023
    Besides a bit of a problem with hearing Dr. Shinohara easily all was well
    Nov 18, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara and his staff provided excellent care throughout my Rezum procedure and prostate treatment.
    Nov 18, 2023
    Honored to be Dr Shinohara's patient.
    Nov 15, 2023
    I had to probe for answers...not a care giver I enjoyed talking too
    Oct 27, 2023
    Excellent service
    Oct 07, 2023
    Overall a very positive experience.
    Sep 27, 2023
    Did not tell me why he wanted me to discontinue certain medications. I read about it on my after visit instructions
    Sep 21, 2023
    I felt as if I were in the hands of the most highly qualified competent and caring doctor anyone could possibly have.
    Sep 15, 2023
    I have very high confidence in Dr. Shinohara's clinical skills. He is not a particularly good communicator however due in part to language issues -- and my being hard of hearing doesn't help.
    Sep 12, 2023
    He seemed disinterested. His affect was flat. I trust his skills but he eqivacated in his response to opinions almost like he was protecting himself from scrutiny. I wanted his professional opinion I am aware it is my decision.
    Sep 09, 2023
    He proposed a treatment plan with little consideration of my request for more frequent assessment.
    Sep 08, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara and his staff are excellent. I have already recommended them and the procedure they performed to several of my friends.
    Sep 03, 2023
    Already recommended dr S many times
    Sep 02, 2023
    Dr Shinohara is GREAT.recommended him to several of my friends.
    Sep 02, 2023
    Formal stoic professional very competent. Not overly jovial. Appropriately focused.
    Sep 01, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara has been very thorough and considerate throughout my treatment for recurrent post-surgical prostate cancer. If he had not ordered a biopsy of my spinal lesion I might not have found out about my liver cancer. I received a prompt and so far thorough response to the ambulatory referral to USCF GI Oncology.
    Aug 20, 2023
    Had a very good appointment.
    Aug 11, 2023
    I had a great expectation of my visit but sadly found the provider treating me as a clinical case rather than as a patient care care. He continually insisted his research interest in biopsies and neglecting to inform me of other options which I had to do my own research finding UCSF own website providing more Info than the provider gave me during our visit. Would not recommend the provider to any who asks me for provider references.
    Aug 09, 2023
    Both Dr Shinohara and his resident are both amazing doctors as well as kind much appreciated
    Aug 08, 2023
    Aug 08, 2023
    I felt Dr Shinohara wasn't fully prepared for visit.
    Aug 05, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara was attentive and unhurried.
    Jul 19, 2023
    I had a fairly brief encounter but. Follow up test and procedure was arranged to our mutual satisfaction.
    Jul 18, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara offered to provide follow up consultation himself when I voiced concerns about the PA who had failed to follow up adequately in the past.
    Jul 15, 2023
    We had to continue the discussion until all of my records were received but I don't know enough about the process to know who is responsible for that. I suspect that it is I who needed to be more proactive in assuring than these kinds of things get done.
    Jul 01, 2023
    Outstanding care provider.
    Jun 17, 2023
    He was very helpful and had options vs surgery
    Jun 06, 2023
    He seemed very competent. I had some difficulty understanding him.
    Jun 03, 2023
    I am impressed with my Dr. He was professional and comforting. I APPRECIATE him so much.
    May 27, 2023
    May 26, 2023
    May 22, 2023
    Very difficult to understand.
    May 16, 2023
    Will have a follow-up visit once the lab results are back
    May 06, 2023
    Apr 15, 2023
    Procedure was done professionally and not much discussion after.
    Apr 12, 2023
    Great experience. Very professional.
    Apr 11, 2023
    Apr 05, 2023
    Caregiver didn't spend enough time explaining the situation and results. He was in a hurry to leave and I had to stop him to ask more questions. He didn't grasp my concerns and worries
    Mar 31, 2023
    We have already recommended UCSF to other friends.
    Mar 29, 2023
    Very good is not sufficient. Dr. Shinohara was excellent! I would most definitely recommend him.
    Mar 23, 2023
    Very skilled. Whole procedure took just 10 minutes
    Mar 20, 2023
    Mar 18, 2023
    Total time was 8 minutes. Seemed very matter of fact / no specific info relayed to me
    Mar 07, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara is consistently personable and professional.
    Mar 06, 2023
    Dr. Shinohara is an outstanding physician.
    Mar 04, 2023
    Excellent efficient and up to the point interaction.
    Mar 03, 2023
    I have recommended Dr. Shinohara to many of my friends. They all love him.
    Feb 24, 2023
    Provider did not have Prep information nor my med list from Mychart
    Feb 22, 2023
    Staff was very professional from the time I enter the building. My schedule appointment was right on time .
    Feb 15, 2023
    English is not my care provider's mother tongue and to be honest it is a real challenge to understand him.
    Feb 14, 2023
    Feb 10, 2023
    I specifically sought UCSF because of Dr Shinohara
    Feb 08, 2023
    Feb 08, 2023
    Top notch doctor. We even talked about my daughter and our time in Japan
    Feb 07, 2023
    I never talked to the doctor ahead of time and barely at all during the procedure. I didn't receive any information about the gold seed implant part of the procedure ahead of time.
    Feb 07, 2023
    Very impersonal
    Jan 25, 2023
    Dr Shinohara was excellent. Great confidence In him and team
    Jan 24, 2023
    Doctor was very good providing information.
    Jan 20, 2023
    The challenge is that I always think of things to ask Dr. Shinohara after our visit is over.
    Jan 17, 2023
    I like Dr. Shinohara he is friendly straightforward in his questions and answers and he listens to your questions and concerns.
    Jan 14, 2023
    Very thorough straightforward pleasant
    Jan 11, 2023
    Dr.Shinohara is very smart and well trained Doctor. I am thrilled to be his patient.
    Dec 20, 2022
    I have been a patient of Dr. Shinohara since 2016 or earlier.
    Dec 08, 2022
    Dr Shinohara is always thouro and professional and nurse as well
    Dec 06, 2022
    Outstanding staff and medical personnel. Dr Shinohara was very clear about why he recommended the Rezum.Procedure for my BPH.
    Dec 02, 2022
    Nurse Excellent
    Nov 29, 2022
    I have good respect for Dr Shinohara-san and I am grateful to be in his care.
    Nov 29, 2022
    Excellent service
    Nov 25, 2022
    Honored to be Dr Shinohara's patient.
    Nov 23, 2022
    Provider was not up to date on my other communications with UCSF providers about my case.
    Nov 22, 2022
    While Dr Shinohara is no doubt a very experienced and qualified professional I felt like I was treated as just another case to be put through the process with little empathy or interest in my concerns as a patient facing a potential prostate cancer diagnosis. This element of the process appears to be devolved to the nursing staff. Also noone contacted me regarding an appointment to receive results in 7-10 days and when I called I was informed that the doctor was not available until two months later. This is unacceptable and shows a distinct lack of concern for actual patient care. For efficiency and continuity the follow up should have been scheduled at the same time as the Biopsy was scheduled.
    Nov 19, 2022
    excellent discussion and follow through with accurate notes of my visit
    Nov 16, 2022
    Excellent as usual
    Nov 15, 2022
    Looking forward. In positive way to next visit
    Nov 07, 2022
    Dr. Shinohara was a very kind and considerate person listened to my questions and concerns and was very helpful.
    Nov 05, 2022
    UCSF medical team had my full confidence
    Nov 05, 2022
    The doc explained and clarified any questions
    Nov 01, 2022
    The care provider may be very knowledgeable and skilled but does not provide help in assuring expeditious follow up and care.
    Oct 20, 2022
    Great people at UCSF!
    Oct 12, 2022
    Very friendly and extremely professional medical team.
    Oct 05, 2022
    Excellent in all areas
    Sep 26, 2022
    There was an excellent detailed conversation between Dr. Shinohara and myself about my prostate cancer.
    Sep 21, 2022
    Good patient experience
    Sep 21, 2022
    Dr Shinohara is top of the foodchain
    Sep 14, 2022
    The procedure was quite painful as the anesthesia did not work well
    Sep 14, 2022
    Technically world class. Does not explain or communicate
    Sep 14, 2022
    Difficult to understand Dr. Shinohara through his mask.
    Sep 13, 2022
    Had no idea how bad the biopsy aftereffects would be--though the printout they gave me said could happen.... 4th prostate biopsy never had aftereffects before
    Sep 13, 2022
    UCSF is my model for excellence in healthcare
    Sep 08, 2022
    Registered Nurse very compassionate and helpful with my Dad. The Surgeon is very knowledgeable and accommodating with my inquiries soft spoken not aggressive with treatment wait till there's bleeding and blockage on urination
    Sep 08, 2022
    Dr Shinohara treated me 8 years ago. He is brilliant and l trust him completely.
    Sep 05, 2022
    Sep 03, 2022
    I have already recommended my care giver to my son. Unfortunately he is with Kaiser and seeing my care giver would be too expense without insurance
    Aug 31, 2022
    Dr. Shinohara is terrific
    Aug 29, 2022
    Dr Shinohara is a man of few words but he's the best.
    Aug 27, 2022
    Aug 27, 2022
    Very brief discussion but no timing for next steps.
    Aug 24, 2022
    I felt my questions regarding my mri history and results from the most current mri were not answered completely and since my biopsy was being based on these results I had concerns.I left the procedure feeling I was taking up my Drs. Time and had more question than answers
    Aug 22, 2022
    I think he's likely a very good urology oncologist but his ability to anticipate a (potentially) newly diagnosed cancer patients needs/concerns we're sorely lacking and his answers to my questions felt "elitist". I will stick with him for now because I think he's experienced and knowledgeable but he needs some work talking to first time cancer (potential) cancer patients.
    Aug 16, 2022
    Dr. Shinohara is an excellent urologist! Friendly informative caring thorough and more.
    Jul 28, 2022
    This is a bit unfair. I was only thee for a biopsy so Dr. Shinohara didn't have a lot he needed to communicate. On the other hand he hardly says anything and a little more communication would be helpful. But he is technically excellent.
    Jul 27, 2022
    Wonderful UCSF Staff and especially my Doctor
    Jul 27, 2022
    Excellent experience
    Jul 25, 2022
    I've only had 3 teleconferences. They were brief--which is just fine as I'm not interested in spending more time than needed.
    Jul 07, 2022
    Overall UCSF provides excellent service and care despite a few minor glitches.
    Jul 04, 2022
    Jun 08, 2022
    My doctor is very careful and very experienced Gives me confidence.
    May 27, 2022
    I recommend Dr. Shinohara to anyone with prostate issues. He's outstanding.
    May 25, 2022
    Dr.Shinohara's reassurances about my condition are very much appreciated!
    May 18, 2022
    Very clear - upfront prep texts and then after care written summary. Dr also tried to answer my questions
    May 10, 2022
    Unfortunately after years of working with Ucsf my wife being a staff for 30 years this is the poor performance for this organization
    May 04, 2022
    Very professional and reliable
    May 03, 2022
    Felt very at ease pre op during the procedure and post op.
    Apr 28, 2022
    Felt more like a number than a person. Doctor did not Introduce himself. No discharge instructions after procedure.
    Apr 28, 2022
    I was seen ahead of schedule since I arrived early. The treatment options are pending due to path report of the biopsy
    Apr 27, 2022
    Apr 20, 2022
    I love the way Dr. Shinohara assessed my condition and explaining the game plan for solving the problem. He was hands on and very honest with me. I felt very comfortable and am extremely confident that I am in good hands. I have spent over two years of agonizing pain and suffering with practically no quality of life whatsoever because I have difficulty peeing and sometimes cannot pee at all. In the last two years I have gone to three different urologists through the CPMC networks of urologist taken so many meds that the doctor forgot what meds he had prescribed me had three invasive procedures done with very slow painful healing process multiple cancellations of my follow up appointment by my doctor's office and my condition got worse and worser with other newly added problems to my health. I am a wreck. There were a lot of guessing and trials and errors. I lost all confidence in the CPMC network of urologist.Dr. Shinohara and his team are a complete opposite of my experience with the CPMC network of urologist. Thank you UCSF! And THANK YOU Dr. Shinohara with your team of professionals!!!
    Apr 19, 2022
    He was excellent.
    Apr 18, 2022
    Dr. Shinohara answered all my questions thoroughly and professional.
    Apr 16, 2022
    All of the info were very thorough and easy to understand during my visit and in messages posted in My Chart.
    Apr 15, 2022
    Good experience with system and provider.
    Apr 12, 2022
    Dr Shinohara monitors my conditions closely and recommends necessary tests regularly.
    Apr 08, 2022
    A lot of the advance and follow-up instructions and advisories came via text and to some extent via MyChart. I found that these tools were used effectively using my time efficiently and likely creating greater efficiency for the medical staff.
    Apr 05, 2022
    It would have been beneficial for physician to slow down and think through timing of future labwork.
    Mar 31, 2022
    Very professional and reliable
    Mar 29, 2022
    The care provider did not explain the findings that he found during the ultrasound and placement of the gold seeds in the prostate.
    Mar 28, 2022
    Professional and friendly-compassionate
    Mar 15, 2022
    My visit went very well and left me much more confident about my upcoming procedure
    Mar 04, 2022
    Dr. Shinohara is a highly skilled provider. He performed a complex biopsy with exceptional skill.
    Mar 02, 2022
    Dr Shinohara seemed very disinterested. I had several questions for him and he seemed reluctant and slightly annoyed by my questions. He said "why you asking me? You should be asking the radiologist". Most ofMy questions were not about radiology. When asking him about ADT he said "I don't know your history?" I have seen Dr Shinohara for about 3 years. He has done 3 biopsies and run my course of treatment in its entirety since I came to UCSF for elevated PSA. I also am a provider. It's not hard to open up the patients chart and review and have a meaningful conversation with a patient. Zero empathy. Little to no interest and altogether seemed my lines of inquiry to be bothersome.
    Mar 01, 2022
    I have already recommended that my son see Dr Shinohara as his clinic is unable to identify and resolve his unitary tract issues.
    Mar 01, 2022
    Dr Shinohara is the utmost professional.
    Feb 09, 2022
    Explained the Rezume procedure.