Dr. Jay Shah, MD is a staff surgeon and associate professor of Urology at Stanford University. He is also the Cancer Care Program Leader for Urologic Oncology at the Stanford Cancer Center. He is widely respected for his work on optimizing outcomes after surgery for bladder cancer and he lectures internationally on this topic. He is a graduate of the American Urological Association Leadership Academy and he sits on multiple national AUA committees. With a deep interest in quality improvement work, Dr. Shah is the Physician Improvement Leader for the Stanford Department of Urology and a Medical Director of the Stanford Realizing Improvement Through Empowerment (RITE) Program. Since joining the Stanford faculty in February 2017, Dr. Shah has successfully completed the Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training (CELT) Program, the Stanford Leadership Development Program, and the Stanford Medicine Leadership Academy. His vision is to have Stanford Medicine become known for instilling leadership in all of our faculty and trainees. With this goal in mind, he has started an accredited fellowship training program in Urologic Oncology and a QI/leadership training program for urology residents. He also lectures internationally on leadership development, team building, and quality improvement.

Dr. Shah graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Biological Sciences from Harvard College. He obtained his medical degree and completed his urology residency training at Columbia University. During his time at Columbia, Dr. Shah was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; he was named Physician of the Year by the nursing staff; and he was recognized by the medical students with the Gold Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. After residency, he completed a three-year fellowship in Urologic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center where he earned a coveted faculty position. During his time as faculty at MD Anderson, Dr. Shah launched the bladder cancer robotics program, developed an enhanced recovery program for patients undergoing bladder removal surgery, became double board-certified in Urology and Medical Quality, and was chosen to lead the MDACC Genitourinary Center as Center Medical Director.

In his free time, Dr. Shah enjoys reading, cooking, surfing, hiking and exploring the beaches of Northern California in his Jeep Wrangler with his family and 2 dogs.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification, Medical Quality, American Board of Medical Quality (2015)
  • Healthcare Course, Harvard Business School Extension Program, Cambridge, MA, Value Measurement (2015)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology (2012)
  • Urologic Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (2010)
  • Fellowship: MD Anderson Cancer Center Urologic Oncology (2010) TX
  • Urology Chief Residency, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY (2007)
  • Urology Residency, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY (2006)
  • General Surgery Internship, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY (2003)
  • Medical Education: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2002) NY
  • BA in Biological Sciences, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (1998)

Honors & Awards
  • Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training, Stanford Medicine (2017-2018)
  • Clinical Innovator Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center (2015-2017)
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer, Texas Scholar Award (2012-2014)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Columbia University Department of Urology (2019)
  • Faculty, Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training, Stanford Medicine (2018-present)
  • Genitourinary SPORE Career Development Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center (2014-2016)
  • Gerald P. Murphy Scholar, Ford Library and Museum (2006)
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, Columbia Medical School (2006)
  • Humanism Honor Society Inductee, Arnold P. Gold Foundation (2006)
  • Leadership Academy, American Urological Association (2016-2017)
  • Physician of the Year, Columbia University Medical Center (2006)
  • Resident of the Year, Columbia University Department of Urology (2006)
  • Stanford Leadership Development Program, Stanford Hospital (2017-2018)
  • Stanford Medicine Leadership Academy, Stanford School of Medicine (2018-2019)

Administrative Appointments
  • Center Medical Director, MDACC Genitourinary Center (2016 - 2016)
  • Clinic Advisory Council, Stanford Hospital (2019 - Present)
  • Co-Quality Improvement Officer, MDCC Department of Urology (2014 - 2016)
  • Committee on Professionalism, Stanford Hospital (2020 - Present)
  • Director, MDACC Department of Urology Medical Student Education (2010 - 2015)
  • Director, MDACC Bladder Cancer Robotics Program (2014 - 2016)
  • Genitourinary Cancer Care Program Leader, Stanford Cancer Center (2017 - Present)
  • Member, American Urological Association International Academic Fellowship Committee (2015 - Present)
  • Physician Improvement Leader, Stanford University Department of Urology (2017 - Present)
  • Supervisor, MDACC Department of Urology Journal Club (2012 - 2015)
  • Value-based Care Champion, Stanford University Department of Urology (2020 - Present)
  • Vice Chief of Staff, Stanford Health Care (2020 - Present)


Practice Locations

Urologic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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Urologic Cancer Program in San Jose San Jose, CA
San Jose, CA

2589 Samaritan Drive

San Jose , CA 95124

(650) 498-6000

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Great interview! Dr. Jay was very personable, knowledgeable, and easy to communicate with.
Dr. Shah was very thorough and understanding. Dr. Shah was personable and had me laughing after an incident happened on my end. I would recommend Dr. Shah
I am very grateful to the Doctor SHAH, JAY BAKUL MD, and his team for their attentiveness, kindness and assistance to the patient.
This is a great experience, they're efficient, friendly, & caring. So far, best time ever seen.
Dr. Shah is wonderful. Made me feel like a friend. Bedside manner is perfect, friendly and professional.
Dr. Schmidt & Dr. Shah were clear and thorough with our fist consultation visit. Very pleasant visit overall.
I really like Dr. Shah.
My doctor, Doctor Shah Jay is the best doctor, the most professional, and kind. He saved my life!!!!
Dr. Shah was very informative & patient in answering all my questions.
It doesn't get any better
Dr. Jay Shah was very caring & gave us valuable information. He was terrific.
Thanks Dr. Shah.
Always good experience.
Shah is a very easy to talk to dr. and the nurse helper made it fun by taking my mind off of the test I underwent.
Dr. Shah was one of the kindest Doctor"s that I have ever met. He has a very good bedside manner.
Over the time I have been seeing him, Dr. Shah has improved greatly in terms of all of the above & I have confidence in him.
Dr. Shah, Jay Bajul is the best doctor in the world. He is very professional, kind, polite, he is the best surgeon, Dr. Shah is saving my life, I trust him a lot (please, let him know about it).
Doctor didn't spend much time with me. Seemed to be very busy. I'd like a more personal attitude.
The doctor spent more time with me than during past visits & I rate him higher--very much improved.
My Doctor Shah Jay Bakul is the next wonder in the world!!!
I felt like the appointment was rushed. I didn't have many questions & he answered the ones I had. The main problem was he mentioned types of future treatments for my cancer & at the end casually mentioned the organ might have to be surgically removed if treatment wasn't effective. This was a big deal to me, but it didn't seem to be to him & I didn't feel like he was concerned. I think he should have followed through better with this--it was new information for us & we were kind of thrown--didn't know what questions to ask.
Both Dr. Shah & the PA (sorry I forgot her name) were OFF the charts in terms of approach, information, efficiency & advice.
Doctor Jay Shah is the best surgeon in the world!!!
Appreciated the doctor speaking directly with my dad. He was straightforward and considerate. We feel very confident in his care.
Very good!
Dr. Shah and Melda area a great team. A class act, I felt so much better about myself.

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