Dr. Terrence Schuhrke retires after 4 decades in urology
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2014) – Orange County Urology Associates wishes to formally congratulate Terrence Schuhrke, M.D., for his long and distinguished career in the field of urology. Dr. Schuhrke officially retired Dec. 31, 2013.
“We would like to take this moment to thank Dr. Schuhrke for the wealth of personal contributions he made to our medical practice,” said Paul Brower, President & CEO of Orange County Urology Associates. “During Dr. Schuhrke’s 38 years of service, OCUA became the pre-eminent urology practice in Orange County and Southern California.”
Dr. Schuhrke was raised in the Chicago, Ill., area suburbs and returned for his undergraduate studies at Loyola University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois.
Dr. Schuhrke completed his internship at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., followed by another year of general surgery residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. He then served in the United States Navy Medical Corps for two years in Vietnam before returning to Naval Medical Center, San Diego, Calif., to complete four years of residency training and board certification in urologic surgery. There he met his future bride, Deb, a Navy neonatal nurse, and they married before leaving San Diego for Orange County.
He met his long-time urology partner, Dr. Richard Cerruti, during academic urology rounds at UC Irvine. Soon after, they joined forces to form the nidus of Orange County Urology Associates.
Dr. Schuhrke took subspeciality post-graduate courses in urologic pathology, laparoscopic urologic surgery, and extracorporeal shock-wave lithotripsy, among others. Dr. Schuhrke has served as Chief of Staff at Memorial San Clemente Hospital as well as on numerous hospital committees in area hospitals. He also served as president of the Orange County Urological Society for a number of years. He also has been an active member of the Orange County Medical Association and the California Medical Association.
“As I enter retirement, I reflect on over four decades of advances in urologic care and the transition to minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, as well as non-invasive treatments for stone diseases of many types,” Dr. Schuhrke said. “Prosthetic devices have matured into reliable use in erectile dysfunction as well as incontinence care. Use of medications such as Botox® and Viagra® have allowed improved quality of life for our patients. Newer chemotherapy drugs are becoming less toxic while obviating the need for radical surgeries in some cases. Our radiation therapy colleagues continue to aid in adjunctive care of urologic cancers.
“My greatest hope is that all my patients will continue their care with my Orange County Urology Associates, who will always serve their needs. I will truly miss my patients and friends from the past 38 years,” Dr. Schuhrke said.
Dr. Schuhrke lives in Dana Point with his wife, Deb, a retired neonatal nurse. During his retirement, he looks forward to spending time traveling, hiking, and catching up on fiction reading. He concluded: “See you at the Home Depot after the garage has been cleaned out. Warm regards to all urology colleagues and staff I worked with along the way.”