15910-Bahler, Clint

Clint D. Bahler, MS, MD

Associate Professor of Urology

535 Barnhill Dr
STE 420

Indianapolis, IN 46202
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Dr. Clint Bahler completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine after finishing a degree in biomedical engineering at Purdue University with highest distinction. He completed his urologic surgery residency at Indiana University School of Medicine and chose to undergo additional specialty fellowship training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery with Dr. Chandru Sundaram at IU School of Medicine. His areas of clinical interest are prostate cancer and kidney cancer.

Dr. Bahler enjoys bringing medical advances to patients and is currently a principal investigator for a clinical trial using advanced PSMA-based imaging in prostate cancer (LINK) and using novel surgical techniques in kidney cancer (LINK).

Dr. Bahler may be contacted for an appointment by either using the online request link or phone at 317-944-3458.

For urgent clinic appointments for elevated PSA and cancer consultations, please contact Lily Ruh at 317-944-3458 or lruh@iuhealth.org.  A PDF guide on protate cancer and screening can be viewed here: PSA and Prostate Cancer.

A nutrition guide provided by the Prostate Cancer Foundation can be found here: Nutrition Guide.


Prostate cancer: Active surveillance

Prostate cancer: Robotic prostatectomy


Key Publications

Bahler CD, Johnson MM, Davicioni E, et al: Predictors of Prostate-specific Membrane Antigen (PSMA/FOLH1) Expression in a Genomic Database. Urology 2020; 144: 117–122.

Abedali ZA, Monn MF, Huddleston P, Cleveland B, Sulek J, Bahler CD, et al: Robotic and open partial nephrectomy for intermediate and high complexity tumors: a matched-pairs comparison of surgical outcomes at a single institution. Scand J Urol 2020; 54: 313–317.

Green MA, Hutchins GD, Bahler CD, et al: [68Ga]Ga-P16-093 as a PSMA-Targeted PET Radiopharmaceutical for Detection of Cancer: Initial Evaluation and Comparison with [68Ga]Ga-PSMA-11 in Prostate Cancer Patients Presenting with Biochemical Recurrence. Mol Imaging Biol 2020; 22: 752–763.

Plattner HS, Sundaram CP, Cheng L, Bahler CD: Renal Volume Loss During Partial Nephrectomy Due to Resected Healthy Parenchyma: A Tool for Quick Estimation. Journal of Endourology 2020: end.2020.0314.

Shatagopam K, Bahler CD and Sundaram CP: Renorrhaphy techniques and effect on renal function with robotic partial nephrectomy. World J Urol 2020; 38: 1109–1112.


Bahler CD, Green M, Hutchins GD, Cheng L, Magers MJ, Fletcher J, Koch MO. Prostate Specific Membrane Antigen Targeted Positron Emission Tomography of Primary Prostate Cancer: Assessing Accuracy with Whole Mount Pathology. J Urol. 2020 Jan;203(1):92-99.


Bahler CD, Monn MF, Flack CK, Gramm AR, Gardner TA, Sundaram CP. Assessing Cost of Robotic Utilization in Partial Nephrectomy with Increasing Utilization. J Endourol. 2018 Aug;32(8):710-716. doi: 10.1089/end.2018.0170. PubMed PMID: 29943664.


Shum CF, Bahler CD, Low PS, Ratliff TL, Kheyfets SV, Natarajan JP, Sandusky GE, Sundaram CP. Novel Use of Folate-Targeted Intraoperative Fluorescence, OTL38, in Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy: Report of the First Three Cases. J Endourol Case Rep. 2016 Nov 1;2(1):189-197.


Bahler CD, Sundaram CP. Effect of Renal Reconstruction on Renal Function After Partial Nephrectomy. J Endourol. 2016 May;30 Suppl 1:S37-41.


Bahler CD, Hopf HL, Sundaram CP. Author Reply. Urology. 2016 Apr;90:111.


Bahler CD, Sundaram CP. Effect of Renal Reconstruction on Renal Function After Partial Nephrectomy. J Endourol. 2016 Mar 3.


Hopf HL, Bahler CD, Sundaram CP. Long-Term Outcomes of Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty for Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction. Urology. 2016 Jan 19.


Bahler CD, Sundaram CP, Kella N, Lucas SM, Boger MA, Gardner TA, Koch MO.  A Parallel Randomized Clinical Trial Examining the Return of Urinary Continence After Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy with or without a Small Intestinal Submucosa Bladder Neck Sling. J Urol. 2016 Jan 16.


*Shumate AM, *Bahler CD, Goggins WC, Sharfuddin AA, Sundaram CP. Native Nephrectomy with Renal Transplantation is Associated with a Decrease in Hypertension Medication Requirements in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. J Urol. 2015 Aug 26. *Co-first authors


Gardner TA, Bahler CD, Gellhaus P. Editorial Comment. Urology. 2015



Bahler CD, K Clint Cary, Swapnil Garg, Eric M DeRoo, Christian H Tabib, Jagan K Kansal, M Francesca Monn, Chandra K Flack, Timothy A Masterson, M Kumar Sandrasegaran, Richard S Foster, and Chandru P Sundaram. Differentiating Reconstructive Techniques in Partial Nephrectomy: A Propensity Score Analysis.  Canadian Journal of Urology. 2015 Jun;22(3):7788-96.


Tabib CH, Bahler CD, Hardacker TJ, Ball KM, Sundaram CP. Reducing Operating Room Costs through Real Time Cost Information Feedback: A Pilot Study. J Endourol. 2015 Feb 19. [Epub ahead of print]


Bahler CD, Dube HT, Flynn KJ, Garg S, Monn MF, Gutwein LG, Mellon MJ, Foster R, Cheng L, Sandrasegaran MK, Sundaram CP. Feasibility of Omitting Cortical Renorrhaphy During Robotic Partial Nephrectomy: A Matched Analysis. J Endourol. 2015 May;29(5):548-55


Tellman MW, Bahler CD, Shumate AM, Bacallao RL, Sundaram CP. Management of Pain in Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease and Anatomy of Renal Innervation. J Urol. 2014 Dec 19.


Bahler CD, Sundaram CP. Training in Robotic Surgery: Simulators, Surgery, and Credentialing. Urol Clin North Am. 2014 Nov;41(4):581-589.


Bahler CD, Sundaram CP. Quality of life following laparoscopic living-donor nephrectomy. JSLS. 2013 Apr-Jun;17(2):273-8.


Bahler CD, Foster RS, Bihrle R, Beck SD, Gardner TA, Sundaram CP, Masterson TA, Cheng L, Koch MO. Radical prostatectomy as initial monotherapy for patients with pathologically confirmed high-grade prostate cancer. BJU Int. 2010 May;105(10):1372-6.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Urology
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology & Imaging Sciences
  • Education
    2015 FEL Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery Fellowship, Indiana University
    2015 MS Indiana University
    2013 RES Urology Residency, Indiana University
    2008 MD Indiana University
    2003 BSE Purdue University
  • Research

    Dr. Clint Bahler's research is focused on minimally invasive approaches for prostate and kidney cancer.

    Dr. Bahler is the principal investigator on funded research efforts to better detect prostate cancer using PSMA-PET imaging for a more complete resection at the time of surgery as well as research involving MRI-fusion biopsy of the prostate and HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment of the prostate.

    Dr. Bahler has authored peer-reviewed manuscripts in the areas of prostate cancer, PSMA-PET imaging, kidney cancer, partial nephrectomy techniques for small renal masses, surgical training, and living related kidney donation. He has authored book chapters on upper tract urothelial cancer of the kidney, surgical training, and minimally invasive surgery for living related kidney donation.

  • Publications
    Effect of Renal Reconstruction on Renal Function After Partial Nephrectomy.
    Bahler CD; Sundaram CP; Journal of endourology 2016 Mar 3
    Laparoscopic Renal Denervation for Uncontrolled Hypertension Due to Medication Intolerance: A Case Report.
    Gerber RC; Bahler CD; Kraus MA; Sundaram CP; American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation 2016 Mar 17
    Author Reply.
    Bahler CD; Hopf HL; Sundaram CP; Urology 2016 Apr
    Differentiating reconstructive techniques in partial nephrectomy: a propensity score analysis.
    Bahler CD; Cary KC; Garg S; DeRoo EM; Tabib CH; Kansal JK; Monn MF; Flack CK; Masterson TA; Sandrasegaran MK; Foster RS; Sundaram CP; The Canadian journal of urology 2015 Jun
    Correcting the Shrinkage Effects of Formalin Fixation and Tissue Processing for Renal Tumors: toward Standardization of Pathological Reporting of Tumor Size.
    Tran T; Sundaram CP; Bahler CD; Eble JN; Grignon DJ; Monn MF; Simper NB; Cheng L; Journal of Cancer 2015 Jul 2
    Editorial Comment.
    Gardner TA; Bahler CD; Gellhaus PT; Urology 2015 Jul 16
    Towards a standardised training curriculum for robotic surgery.
    Bahler CD; Sundaram CP; BJU international 2015 Jul
  • Professional Organizations
    American Urologic Association
    Indiana Urologic Association
    North Central Section of the American Urologic Association
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Urology
  • Clinical Interests

    Dr. Bahler's clinical interests are minimally invasive surgical treatment approaches for prostate cancer and kidney cancer. Dr. Bahler prefers a personalized approach to the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer by utilizing new blood tests and genetic tests in addition to PSA and advanced imaging (MRI-fusion biopsy).  High risk or aggressive prostate cancer is treated with robotic assisted removal of the prostate and lymph nodes.  Prostate cancer that is localized within the prostate gland may be treated with HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound), which is an outpatient surgery with fewer side effects (LINK).

  • Awards
    Org: World Congress of Endourology
    Desc: Top Clinical abstract, Taiwan
    Scope: International
    Date: 2014-01-01
    Org: IU Health
    Desc: Quality and education awards, first in medical resident
    Scope: University
    Date: 2013-01-01
    Org: North Central Section of the American Urologic Association
    Desc: John D. Silbar Resident Award
    Scope: Regional
    Date: 2013-01-01
    Org: Gold Humanism Honors Society
    Desc: Resident award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2013-01-01
    Org: IU Health
    Desc: Quality and education awards, first in medical resident award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2013-01-01
    Org: Society of laparoendoscopic surgeons
    Desc: Top laparoscopic resident nomination
    Scope: University
    Date: 2013-01-01
    Org: Janice M. Pascuzzi Scholarship
    Desc: Demonstrated excellence in compassionate care
    Scope: University
    Date: 2007-01-01
    Org: Gold Humanism Honors Society
    Desc: Medical student award
    Scope: University
    Date: 2007-01-01
    Org: Purdue University
    Desc: Graduation with Highest Distinction
    Scope: University
    Date: 2003-12-01
    Org: Purdue University
    Desc: Top Interdisciplinary Engineering Student
    Scope: University
    Date: 2003-12-01
    Org: Tri-County HS
    Desc: Valedictorian Award
    Scope: School
    Date: 2000-12-01

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