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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.

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Clinical Specialties

Clinical Expertise:

  • Amputation of the Penis
  • Artificial Urinary Sphincter
  • Biopsy of Periurethral Tissue
  • Biopsy of Scrotum or Tunica Vaginalis
  • Biopsy of the Penis
  • Biopsy of Urethra
  • Bladder Augmentation
  • Bladder Exstrophy
  • Bladder Fistula
  • Bladder Neck Obstruction
  • Bladder Sphincterotomy
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bladder Trauma
  • Blue Light Laser
  • Botox Injection of the Bladder
  • Botox Injection of the Urinary Sphincter
  • BPH Surgery
  • Buried Penis
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cancer-Related Sexual Concerns
  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)
  • Circumcision
  • Clinical Trials
  • Continent Urinary Diversion
  • Crushing Injury of External Genitalia
  • Cystectomy
  • Cystolitholapaxy
  • Cystometry
  • Cystoscopy
  • Cystotomy
  • Cystourethroscopy
  • Da Vinci Prostatectomy
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Dilation of Ureteral Meatus
  • Endourology
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Enlarged Prostate BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)
  • Enterovesical Fistula
  • Epispadias
  • Erectile Disorder
  • Foreign Body in Bladder and Urethra
  • Foreign Body in Penis
  • Frenulotomy of Penis
  • Genital Trauma
  • Genitourinary Fistula
  • Hydrocele Repair
  • Hydrocelectomy
  • Hypospadias
  • Ileal Conduit
  • Insertion of Testicular Prosthesis
  • Intralesional Therapy for Peyronie's Disease
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Laparoscopy
  • LGBTQ Health
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lysis of Penile Adhesions
  • Male Genital Organ Stricture
  • Male Genitourinary Reconstruction
  • Male Sling
  • Male Stress Incontinence
  • Male Urinary Incontinence
  • Meatal Stenosis
  • Megaureter
  • Neobladder Construction
  • Nephrectomy (Kidney Removal Surgery)
  • Nephropexy
  • Neurogenic Urinary Bladder
  • No Needle No Scalpel Vasectomy
  • Nontraumatic Rupture of Bladder
  • Open Pyeloplasty
  • Orchidopexy
  • Orchiectomy
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Penile Cancer
  • Penile Chordee
  • Penile Fibrosis
  • Penile Hypospadias
  • Penile Mass
  • Penile Plaque
  • Penile Plication
  • Penile Prosthesis
  • Penis Straightening for Chordee
  • Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation (PTNS)
  • Peyronie's Disease
  • Phimosis
  • Plastic Urethral Sphincter
  • Posterior Urethral Valve
  • Post-Prostatectomy Bladder Neck Contracture
  • Post-Prostatectomy Incontinence
  • Priapism
  • Prostatic Hyperplasia
  • Prostatic Hypertrophy
  • Prostatic Obstruction
  • Prune Belly Syndrome
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Reanastomosis of Urethra
  • Reattachment of Amputated Penis
  • Reconstruction of Penis
  • Reconstruction of Urethra
  • Release of Chordee
  • Removal of Internal Penile Prosthesis
  • Repair of Rectourethral Fistula
  • Retropubic Sling
  • Sacral Neuromodulation for Bladder Control
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Sigmoid-Vesical Fistula
  • Skin Grafting
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Strictures of Upper Urinary Tract
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Testicular Tumors
  • Transgender Care
  • Transurethral Prostatectomy
  • Transurethral Resection of the Bladder
  • Trauma
  • Ureteral Meatotomy
  • Ureteral Obstruction
  • Ureteral Stent
  • Ureteral Stricture Dilation
  • Ureterectomy
  • Ureteric Fistula
  • Ureterocele
  • Ureterocystostomy
  • Ureteroenterostomy
  • Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction
  • Ureteroscopy
  • Urethral Cancer
  • Urethral Diverticulum
  • Urethral Polyps
  • Urethral Stricture
  • Urethromeatoplasty
  • Urethrotomy
  • Urinary Catheter Insertion
  • Urinary Diversion
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urodynamics
  • Uroflowmetry
  • Urolift
  • Urologic Trauma
  • Urological Surgery
  • Vasectomy
  • Vesicocutaneous Fistula
  • Video Urodynamics
  • 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)