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Robert Caleb Kovell, MD

Robert Caleb Kovell, MD Physician

Associate Program Director, Urology Residency Director, Genitourinary Reconstruction and Transitional Urology Director, Urology Medical Student Education Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology in Surgery

Dr. Kovell is employed by Penn Medicine.

Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Continent Urinary Diversion
  • Cystoscopy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Enlarged Prostate BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • Nephrectomy (Kidney Removal Surgery)
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Penile Cancer
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Skin Grafting
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Testicular Tumors
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Urethral Diverticulum
  • Urinary Diversion
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urological Surgery
  • Vasectomy
  • X-Ray
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center


American Urologic Association (AUA), National Pennsylvania Medical Society, Local Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS), National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kovell is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Kovell RC, Skokan AJ.: Tissue preservation techniques at the time of urethroplasty for urethral stricture disease. Curr Urol Rep. : 2017.

Session Moderator: MP23: Trauma/Reconstruction/Diversion: Ureter (including pyeloplasty) and bladder reconstruction (including fistula), augmentation, substitution, diversion. AUA : 2017.

Terlecki RP, Kovell RC.: Chapter 103: Male Urethral Sling Insertion. Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery, 4th Edition. : 2017.

Kovell RC.: Take home messages in BPH and LUTS. AUANews. : 2016.

Cui T, Kovell RC, Terlecki RP: Is it time to abandon the digital rectal examination? Lessons from the PLCO Cancer Screening Trail and peer-reviewed lecture Curr Med Res Opin : 2016.

Plenary Sessions: Take Home Messages on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia & Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms. AUA : 2016.

Hartigan S, Kovell RC: Now trending: Twitter use in the urology communti at the American Urological Association annual scientific metting AUA : 2016.

Kabarriti A, Kovell RC, Sehgal S, Miller CI, Guzzo TJ, Mucksavage P: Utility of retrograde pyelogram in the setting of no-diagnostic visualization on CT urogram AUA : 2016.

Session Moderator: PD12: Trauma/Reconstruction/Diversion: Ureter (including pyeloplasty) and bladder reconstruction (including fistula), augmentation, substitution, diversion. AUA : 2016.

Sterling ME, Kovell RC, Jaffe WI: Primary seminal vesicle adenocarcinoma presenting with bilateral oribital metastasis: a case report Urology Case Report : 2016.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Medicine Washington Square
Department of Surgery
Division of Urology
800 Walnut Street,19th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)