Nathan Michael Shaw, MD| Trauma And Reconstructive Urology, Urology | MedStar Health
Nathan Michael Shaw

Nathan Michael Shaw, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (184 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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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
HealthCare Center 3rd Fl
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 877-625-1478

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13950 Brandywine Road
Brandywine, MD, 20613


Fax 301-782-2223

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


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106 Irving Street Northwest
Suite 315
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-7012

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106 Irving Street Northwest
POB 5000
Washington, DC, 20010


Fax 202-877-8010

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

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Innovation Health: Open POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Aetna Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna Open HMO/Open HMO Option/Open EPO Plus
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    • Aetna HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Aetna Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund)
    • Employee Health Plan (EHP)
    • Cigna TotalCare (HMO D-SNP)
    • Cigna Preferred Medicare
    • Cigna Alliance Medicare (HMO) |
    • Cigna Achieve Medicare (HMO C-SNP)
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network (VA CCN)
    • United Medicare Advantage DSNP District of Columbia
    • United Student Resources
    • United Select Plus (POS)
    • United Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO)
    • United Golden Rule
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    • D-SNP)
    • I-SNP
    • United Nursing Home Plan (C-SNP
    • United Erickson Advantage Plans
    • United Choice Plus
    • United Choice
    • United Mamsi Life & Health
    • United Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Navigate
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthy Families
    • MedStar Family Choice DC Healthcare Alliance
    • United MD IPA Preferred (POS)
    • United MD IPA (HMO)
    • Kaiser Permanente Signature-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Signature
    • Kaiser HMO Plus and DHMO Plus Member
    • Kaiser Select-Added Choice
    • Kaiser Select
    • Kaiser Medicare Plus
    • Kaiser Medicare Advantage Signature and Select
    • Kaiser Flexible Choice
    • HumanaChoice PPO
    • HumanaChoice Honor’s plan PPO
    • Health Services for Children with Special Needs (HSCSN)
    • Cigna True Choice Plus Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna True Choice Medicare (PPO)
    • Cigna POS/Network POS
    • Cigna Indemnity
    • Cigna POS Open Access & Open Access Plus
    • Cigna Network Open Access
    • Cigna HMO Open Access
    • Cigna PPO and PPO Plus
    • Cigna EPO
    • Cigna Choice Fund PPO
    • Beech Street PPO
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Signature Administrator PPO/TPA
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Cigna HMO & Network (HMO)
    • WellPoint Maryland - Maryland Health Choice
    • WellPoint Maryland
    • Virginia Premier
    • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
    • UnitedHealthcare Individual Exchange Plans
    • United Community Plan - Maryland Health Choice Program
    • Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Priority Partners - Maryland Health Choice
    • Police and Fire Clinic
    • United Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • United Optimum Choice
    • United Group Medicare Advantage Plans
    • United AARP Medicare Complete
    • Traditional Medicare Fee for Service
    • Medicaid - Virginia
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    • Medicaid - District of Columbia
    • Tricare for Life East
    • Tricare Reserve Select
    • Tricare East Select
    • Tricare East Prime
    • Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • Federal Employee Program (Std/Basic PPO/Blue Focus)
    • CareFirst NASCO
    • CareFirst MedStar Select PPO
    • CareFirst MedStar PPO
    • CareFirst Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage prescription drug benefit (PPO)
    • CareFirst Group Medicare Advantage
    • CareFirst BC/BS Advantage Core/Enhanced
    • CareFirst Blue Card Program (Out-of-area BCBS plans)
    • CareFirst Administrators
    • CareFirst (NCA) Indemnity
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Carefirst Healthy Blue (HMO/POS)
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Opt Out Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice Open Access
    • Carefirst BlueChoice HMO
    • Carefirst EPO
    • Carefirst Blue Preferred PPO
    • 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
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA


Fellowship Program: University of California San Francisco (2022)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2021)

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

Ratings and reviews

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  • Likelihood of recommending this care provider to others

  • May 23, 2024

    Dr Nathan Shaw is a fantastic care provider.

  • Apr 17, 2024

    Dr. Shaw is excellent

  • Mar 8, 2024

    All very good.