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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
    1164 Ratings
    About our process
    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.
    Jan 25, 2022
    I've expressed previously multiple times my opinion about Dr Shinohara. I am very happy with his care.
    Jan 21, 2022
    I was very satisfied with my experience with this provider.
    Jan 19, 2022
    Somewhat hard to understand what provider was saying due to English.
    Jan 16, 2022
    Dr. Shinohara has a warm manner and evidences real concern for my wellbeing.
    Jan 13, 2022
    Most of the information that I was looking for came from the nurse ahead of the procedure
    Jan 04, 2022
    Very detailed post-procedure details.
    Jan 02, 2022
    I liked the fact that the clinic exam room came equipped with an ultrasound. This made it possible to perform an ultrasound examination right then and there rather than having to make an additional appointment for the ultrasound.
    Dec 08, 2021
    Highly knowledgeable; explains things clearly and logically. Very genial.
    Dec 05, 2021
    He's a phenomenal doctor whose procedure was expertly done But could use a little better bedside manner. He really doesn't like to talk and needed to leave the room quickly after procedure to get to his next appointment.
    Nov 30, 2021
    Phone discussion rescheduled by mutual consent but not yet rescheduled.
    Nov 30, 2021
    I appreciated all that Dr Shinohara & his staff provided.
    Nov 28, 2021
    Originally ordered a blood test for Creatine but at the end added PSA test as well but that order did not make it to the system as when I went to get a blood test the PSA test was not ordered.
    Nov 26, 2021
    I learned I had cancer at this meeting. I wasn't ready yet research wise to know what questions to ask.
    Nov 22, 2021
    I've been in excruciating pain for 5 days and was told just go to the local ER
    Nov 16, 2021
    Awaiting biopsy test results before proceeding.
    Nov 09, 2021
    He informed me of the plan. Did not ask me for my opinion. Did not ask if I had any questions.
    Nov 03, 2021
    Dr. Shinohara has deep knowledge of his specialty and takes the time to listen to my concerns and provides treatment options
    Oct 11, 2021
    The doctor is formal and polite but has little bedside manner or curiosity about the patient.
    Oct 11, 2021
    As a physician I consider myself fortunate to have Dr. Shinohara as one of my trusted medical specialists.
    Oct 06, 2021
    I think very highly of Dr. Shinohara's care of me as I explained in detail in your previous surveys.
    Sep 28, 2021
    Very good experience
    Aug 13, 2021
    I have been on active surveyance for an early-stage prostate tumor (T1c) at the Urology Division of UCSF Cancer Center. For ten years Dr Shinohara has been watching my condition like a hawk. He performed my prostate resection (TURP) a few years ago and relieved me of nightly sufferings. He has been checking my PSA twice a year and alternating transrectal ultrasound and prostate biopsy tests yearly. Once a year he examines me thoroughly paying a close attention to my concerns and orders complementary tests cystoscopy MRI etc. as needed. I am immensely grateful to Dr Shinohara for his attention and care.
    Aug 07, 2021
    Between Dr. Shinohara his office staff and MyCart use everything was relatively easy I got answers and concerns answered within a reasonable time and I received good health care.
    Jul 31, 2021
    Great doctor hard time understanding his english
    Jul 20, 2021
    Told (after pressing and calling staff back) someone would be in touch in a week.
    Jul 14, 2021
    A great experience everytime!
    Jun 30, 2021
    he said my dad bladder is emptying alright but my need to do cystoscope & to check urethra status and to stopped oxybutinin that's it but my dad waited an hour to tell him that everything is okay is this in regards to his health insurance under Medicare?
    Jun 29, 2021
    I generally prefer the cut-and-dried approach but Dr. S. takes that pretty far. None-the-less competence trumps all other considerations in choosing a doctor.
    Jun 25, 2021
    I am trying to get a promised date for my next appointment but have no response. Left a number of messages on my chart but unfortunately no response. Although general phones were attended and the attendees promised to convey my messages to relevant people for my next appointment but unfortunately no reply.
    Jun 21, 2021
    I was very happy with how I was treated at this office.
    Jun 16, 2021
    provider evidently had limited time to spend with each patient.
    Jun 15, 2021
    I have been on active surveyance for an early-stage prostate tumor (T1a) at the Urology Division of UCSF Cancer Center. For ten years Dr Shinohara has been watching my condition like a hawk. He performed my prostate resection (TURP) a few years ago and relived me of nightly sufferings. He has been checking my PSA twice a year and alternating transrectal ultrasound and prostate biopsy tests yearly. Once a year he examines me thoroughly paying a close attention to my concerns and orders complementary tests cystoscopy MRI etc. as needed. I am immensely grateful to Dr Shinohara for his attention and care.
    Jun 02, 2021
    excellent experience
    May 28, 2021
    this was a second opinion discussion
    May 26, 2021
    Although Dr. S answered my questions he was very brief. when I attempted to ask for more info he again only provided minimal answers. I did not feel well listened to. I drive an hour to come to UCSF to be made to wait for 30 minutes and then for an appointment that takes less than 15 minutes. It was not very satisfying.
    May 25, 2021
    everything ran smoothly
    May 25, 2021
    I have considerable respect for the knowledge and skill of the Doctor
    May 14, 2021
    Had a Rezum procedure. Everyone from the car valet to the front desk on the 6th floor and nurses and doctor treated me in a friendly and professional manner and all showed good senses of humor.
    May 13, 2021
    Five stars!
    May 09, 2021
    May 08, 2021
    Not given alternatives to treatment or testing
    May 05, 2021
    once again if you want information you have to ask. if you don't ask you are left hanging.
    Apr 26, 2021
    Always wonderful pre-visit and post=visit instructions
    Apr 08, 2021
    He was a good communicator
    Apr 03, 2021
    Doctor is alway professional and caring.
    Apr 02, 2021
    I was told his assistant would contact me re: scheduling an MRI and this has not happened