Nathan M. Shaw, MD| Trauma And Reconstructive Urology, Urology | MedStar Health

Nathan M. Shaw, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (41 reviews)

Specialties: Trauma And Reconstructive Urology, Urology

Languages: English

About me

Nathan Shaw, MD, is an attending urologist and sees patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre.

Dr. Shaw specializes in genitourinary reconstructive surgery. He sees men and women who have experienced urinary symptoms following complications of cancer diagnosis, cancer treatment, radiation, and trauma. The conditions he treats include urethral and ureteral strictures, buried or hidden penis, urinary incontinence in men, and general urological trauma.

His treatment methods include surgical interventions that combine novel and emerging techniques including the use of robotic surgery. Dr. Shaw is trained in the use of the Optilume® procedure to treat urethral stricture and in techniques to repair buried/hidden penis, a procedure that requires skin grafting and other plastic surgery techniques. He also performs urethroplasty, ureteral reconstruction, implants to address male incontinence, and erectile dysfunction. Additionally, Dr. Shaw performs general urology procedures with a focus on vasectomies.

Dr. Shaw and Dr. Krishnan Venkatesan will soon begin enrolling participants in an ongoing, long-term, follow-up study for Optilume® in the treatment of urethral stricture.

Dr. Shaw’s clinical interests focus on helping both men and women navigate urinary complications of cancers and cancer treatment. He is passionate about helping patients rebuild their urinary and sexual health following cancer treatment and treatment for obesity. Dr. Shaw has a special focus on helping men with urinary incontinence, male urethral stricture disease, and buried or hidden penis.

His research interests include understanding how to manage urinary incontinence in men and how physicians can improve outcomes for these patients, the role of weight loss in urinary and sexual health, understanding the longstanding effects of radiation on urinary health, and how to improve the outcomes of men and women who experience urologic trauma. He has published dozens of publications and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals as well as a book chapter, and has presented his findings in conferences and symposiums. Dr. Shaw is a reviewer for the Urology and Journal of Urology Practice.

Additionally, Dr. Shaw was a sub-investigator for two clinical trials:

  1. Effect of Active vs. Passive Voiding Trials on Time to Discharge, Urinary Tract Infection, and Urinary
  2. Buccal Block: Perioperative oral pain control following buccal graft urethroplasty: Randomized control trial of harvest site

Dr. Shaw received his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He completed a five-year urology residency at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where he was recognized as Resident of the Year, awarded the Dr. Matthew Love Resident Teaching Award, and named a String of Pearls recipient for his role as a resident teacher. He then completed a specialty fellowship in male genitourinary reconstruction and trauma fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Shaw’s dedication to the teaching of doctors in training has been recognized throughout his career.

When not dedicating his time to improving the quality of life of his patients, Dr. Shaw enjoys spending time with his family, working on his house, and rooting for the 49ers.

Philosophy of Care

“I believe in being straightforward and clear with my patients. Through active listening, I hope to learn my patients’ goals, as well as their families’ goals for treatment, and how I can help them achieve those goals.

“I’m a father and a husband, and I want to treat my patients the way I would expect to be treated. I feel proud when my patients say that I was honest, clear, and focused on their care

“My door is always open to referring physicians and I’m available for consultations 24/7”


Clinical areas of focus

  • Hematuria
  • Male Stress Incontinence
  • Neurogenic Urinary Bladder
  • Urinary Tract Infection
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Atonic Urinary Bladder
  • Balanitis
  • Bladder Disease
  • Bladder Fistula
  • Bladder Neck Obstruction
  • Bladder Stone
  • Bladder Trauma
  • Cancer Related Sexual Concerns
  • Continuous Leakage Of Urine
  • Crushing Injury Of External Genitalia
  • Ejaculatory Dysfunction
  • Enterovesical Fistula
  • Erectile Disorder
  • Foreign Body (BLADDER-URETHRA)
  • Foreign Body (PENIS)
  • Frostbite Of Penis
  • Genital Trauma
  • Genitourinary Fistula
  • Hematuria
  • Hydrocele
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hydroureter
  • Hypogonadism
  • Hypospadias
  • Incomplete Emptying Of Bladder
  • Male Genital Organ Stricture
  • Male Stress Incontinence
  • Male Urinary Incontinence
  • Male Urinary Problems
  • Meatal Stenosis
  • Microscopic Hematuria
  • Neurogenic Urinary Bladder
  • Non Traumatic Rupture Of Bladder
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Paralysis Of Bladder
  • Paraphimosis
  • Penile Chordee
  • Penile Fibrosis
  • Penile Induration
  • Penile Plaque
  • Periurethral Abscess
  • Peyronie's Disease (PD)
  • Phimosis
  • Pneumaturia
  • Post Prostatectomy Incontinence
  • Post Void Dribbling
  • Priapism
  • Slowing Of Urinary Stream
  • Spermatocele
  • Straining On Urination
  • Testicular Torsion
  • Testosterone Deficiency
  • Ureterocele
  • Urethral Abscess
  • Urethral Discharge
  • Urethral Diverticulum
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urethritis
  • Urinary Hesitation
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Retention
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Urinary Tract Injury
  • Urinary Tract Obstruction
  • Urinary Urgency
  • Urologic Trauma
  • Vesicocutaneous Fistula
  • Voiding Dysfunction
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Procedures I perform

  • Amputation Of The Penis Surgery
  • Artificial Urinary Sphincter
  • Biopsy Of Penis
  • Biopsy Of Periurethral Tissue
  • Biopsy Of Urethra
  • Botox Injection Of The Bladder
  • Botox Injection Of The Urinary Sphincter
  • Cystogram
  • Cystolitholapaxy
  • Cystometry
  • Cystoscopy
  • Cystotomy
  • Cystourethroscopy
  • Dilation Of Ureteral Meatus
  • Endourology
  • Frenulotomy Of Penis
  • Hydrocelectomy
  • Lysis Of Penile Adhesions
  • Male Genitourinary Reconstruction
  • Male Sling
  • Penis Straightening For Chordee
  • Plastic Urethral Sphincter
  • Reanastomosis Of Urethra
  • Reattachment Of Amputated Penis
  • Reconstruction Of Penis
  • Release Of Chordee
  • Removal Of Internal Penile Prosthesis
  • Repair Of Rectourethral Fistula
  • Spermatocele Aspiration
  • Testopel Insertion
  • Transgender Feminization Surgery
  • Transgender Masculinization Surgery
  • Ureteral Stent
  • Urethromeatoplasty
  • Urethrotomy
  • Urinary Catheter Insertion
  • Urinary Catheter Management
  • Urinary Catheter Removal
  • Urodynamics
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Video Urodynamics
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Practice locations

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Suite 601
Washington, DC, 20036


Fax 877-625-1478

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
Washington, DC, 20007


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106 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 315
Washington, DC, 20010


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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Adv/Special Needs Plans
    • UnitedHealthcare and AARP Medicare Complete Plans/ UHC Group Medicare Advantage Plans HMO, POS, PPO"
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)"
    • UHC Community Plan of MD
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Medicare Fee for Service
    • Kaiser Virginia Premier
    • Kaiser PermanenteSelect-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature
    • Kaiser Permanente Select
    • Kaiser Permanente Medicare Plus (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Kaiser Permanente Flexible Choice POS
    • Kaiser MD Medicaid MCO
    • Cigna HealthSpring Medicare Advantage
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)"
    • Aetna Better Health of Maryland
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Student Resources
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • Tricare Prime
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO


Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology

Fellowship Program: University of California San Francisco East Bay (2022)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2021)

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine (2016)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Mar 13, 2023

    Dr Shaw has excellent interpersonal skills. He was responsive, knowledgeable and compassionate

  • Mar 9, 2023

    Awesome experience all around.

  • Jan 5, 2023

    Superb and attentive physician