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Shahab Hillyer, MD

About Dr. Hillyer

Bakersfield urologist providing robotic surgery for kidney, prostate, and bladder cancer along with reconstructive procedures. Furthermore, treatment of kidney stones,  testicular masses, varicoceles, erectile dysfunction, BPH and mens health. I’m happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you. I completed my fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in 2012, subsequently worked as a Kaiser Permanente physician for 3 years before joining Kern Medical in 2016. I believe in the idea of serving a community as a whole and making an impact in providing advanced urological care with compassion. It’s very important that you feel comfortable with your personal physician, and I hope this page will help you start to know me.

I completed my Bachelor of Science degree at Georgia State University as a distinguished Magna Cum Laude graduate and attended medical school at the University of Texas, Galveston (UTMB). I started my residency in 2004 at Brookdale University Hospital (Brooklyn, NY) with two years of general surgery training followed by four years of urology residency.

During my residency I was involved in a number of research projects that placed me second in basic science research among 100 participants at the Ferdinand C Valentine competition in 2008. Prior to completing my residency training in 2010, I had three peer reviewed articles published, a number of podium presentations at our national conference and involved myself in a number of volunteer services providing cancer screening for prostate cancer. Additionally, I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering, which exposed me to high quality urological cancer care.

My constant desire to better myself as a physician and refine my surgical skills landed me at the Cleveland Clinic from 2010-2012, where I completed my fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery and robotics. More than 80 percent of our procedures were cancer operations, providing me with a strong understanding of oncological surgery and overall treatment for complex cancers. Furthermore, I was exposed to a high volume of reconstructive procedures performed with minimally invasive techniques. Besides my surgical training at the Cleveland Clinic, I was involved in over 50 published research articles in peer reviewed journals along with a book chapter in Robotic Urological Surgery. I co-invented a deployable adjustable pneumatic occlusion device and wrote two IRB’s (Institutional Review Board) to conduct human research. Moreover, I served as a faculty training urologist in advanced surgical procedures at several courses in single port, robotic and cryosurgery.

In 2012, I joined Kaiser Permanente of Southern California, bringing me closer to my family and hometown. I worked for 3½ years in Kern County at Kaiser prior to transitioning to Kern Medical in January of 2016. The changeover allowed me to serve our entire community with advanced urological care in Kern County.

Recreationally, I enjoy playing basketball, exercising, water sports, scuba diving, and snow skiing.

About My Practice
Urology is a specialty of medicine that allows a close and rewarding relationship between you and your physician. At times it may be a very uncomfortable experience due to the sensitivity of the region of the body we focus on; however, I strive to provide high-quality care in sensitive situations, allowing an individual to be themselves. I treat everyone as if they are family.

How I Succeed
I firmly believe in Kern Medical’s philosophy of serving our community faithfully and effectively, through expert, innovative and compassionate care for our patients and their loved ones.