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R. Caleb Kovell, M.D.

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Administrative/Clinical Offices:
Pennsylvania Hospital - Urologic Center
800 Walnut Street, Floor 19
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Administrative Assistant: Sharon Gonzalez
Administrative Telephone: 215-829-3409
Administrative Fax: 215-829-5855
Patient Appointments: 215-829-3409

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R. Caleb Kovell, MD received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  He subsequently completed a general surgery internship and urology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received the Outstanding Scholar in Urology Award, the Howard Pollack Award, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award.  He then completed a fellowship in genitourinary reconstruction and prosthetic surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He is a board certified Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.

His clinical expertise is in genitourinary reconstructive procedures, prosthetic surgery, transitional urology, and men’s health.  He employs these techniques to treat complex urinary tract traumatic injuries, urethral & ureteral strictures, urinary tract fistulas, erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, bladder neck contractures, penile curvature (Peyronie’s disease), buried/concealed penis, priapism, penile & urethral cancers, and a wide range of men’s health issues.  He specializes in surgical procedures such as urethral and penile reconstruction, urethroplasty, ureteral reconstruction and reimplantation, urinary diversions, bladder augmentations, buried penis repair, penile prostheses, artificial urinary sphincters, male urethral sling insertions, and surgical correction for Peyronie’s disease.

He has a special interest in transitional urology, managing patients with complex pediatric urologic conditions as they transition into adulthood.  He is actively involved with the urology team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in building a strong transitional program at Penn.

He is also actively involved in medical education, serving as the urology division’s director for medical student education and the chairman of the residency program’s evaluation committee.  He also has a strong dedication to international urologic outreach, helping to establish an ongoing global health missions to India as well as recent projects in Liberia, Vietnam, Mozambique and South Africa.

Dr. Kovell is a member of multiple national professional and scientific societies including the American Urologic Association, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society.  He has numerous publications including peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on urologic trauma, reconstructive surgical techniques, and prosthetic surgery.  He serves as the assistant associate editor of the Urology Case Reports Journal.

He sees patients at Penn Medicine Washington Square, the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Faculty Appointments
2015 - present  Assistant Professor of Clinical Urology in Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hospital and Administrative Appointments
2015 - present  Attending Physician
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015 - present  Active Physician
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015 - present  Active Physician
Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2015 - present  Course Director, Urology Medical Student Education
2015 - present  Chairman, Program Evaluation Committee
2005 - 2009 MD - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1999 - 2003 BS - Cornell University School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)
Ithaca, New York
Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments
2014 - 2015 Fellow in Genitourinary Reconstruction & Prosthetics
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston Salem, North Carolina 
2013 - 2014 Chief Residency in Urology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2010 - 2013 Residency in Urology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2009 - 2010 Internship in General Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons (GURS)
  • American Urologic Association (AUA)
  • Pennyslvania Medical Society


Research Publications, Peer Reviewed
  1. Mendoza PJ, Stern JM, Li AY, Jaffe WI, Kovell RC, Nguyen M, Natale R, Monahan K, Bergey MR, Lee DI.   Pelvic anatomy on preoperative magnetic resonance imaging can predict early continence after robot-assisted radical prostatectomy.  Journal of Endourology 25(1):51-55, Jan. 2011.
  2. Christman MS, Kasturi S, Lambert SM, Kovell RC, Casale P.   Endoscopic management and the role of double stenting for primary obstructive megaureters.  Journal of Urology 187(3):1018-1022, Mar. 2012 (Epub Jan. 20, 2012).
  3. Kovell RC, Terlecki RP.  Ventral inlay buccal mucosa graft urethroplasty: a novel surgical technique for the management of urethral stricture disease.  Korean Journal of Urology 56(2):164-167, Feb. 2015.
  4. Koslov DS, Kovell RC, Wood KD, Gorbachinsky I, Terlecki RP.  Adjunctive antifibrotics following transurethral incision of bladder neck contractures.  Int J Urol Nephrol.  May 2015, 3(5), 97-100.
  5. Kovell RC, Terlecki RP.  Management strategies for post-prostatectomy bladder neck contractures.  Curr Urol Rep. Sep 2015; 16(9): 536.
  6. Cui T, Kovell RC, Brooks, DC, Terlecki RP.  A urologist’s guide to ingredients found in top-selling nutraceuticals for men’s sexual health.  Journal of Sexual Medicine.  2015 November 3.
  7. Peyton CC, Colaco MA, Kovell RC, Kim JH, Terlecki RP.  Erectile dysfunction is predictive of endothelial dysfunction in a well-visit population.  Journal of Urology.  2015 November 22.
  8. Sterling ME, Kovell RC, Jaffe WI.  Primary seminal vesicle adenocarcinoma presenting with bilateral orbital metastasis: a case report.  Urol Case Rep.  2016 Mar 18;6:33-5.
  9. Cui T, Kovell RC, Terlecki RP.  Is it time to abandon the digital rectal examination?  Lessons from the PLCO Cancer Screening Trial and peer-reviewed literature.  Curr Med Res Opin.  2016 June 4: 1-22.
  10. Kovell RC, Skokan AJ.  Tissue preservation techniques at the time of urethroplasty for urethral stricture disease.  Curr Urol Rep. 2017 Jul; 19(7): 56
Abstracts (Last 3 Years)
  1. Kovell RC, Brooks DC, Haddad D, Aboumohamed AA, Terlecki RP.  Analysis of perioperative outcomes for procedures involving urinary diversion using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database.  AUA 2015.
  2. Kovell RC, Aboumohamed AA, McKenzie P, Terlecki RP.  Inflatable penile prosthesis removal and replacement with corporal reconstruction.  AUA 2015.
  3. Peyton C, Kovell RC, Terlecki RP.  Endothelial dysfunction detected by peripheral arterial tonometry is more prevalent in men with erectile dysfunction.  AUA 2015.
  4. Cui T, Kovell RC, Brooks DC, Terlecki RP.  Does digital rectal examination provide additional value in the era of PSA screening? Lessons from the PLCO study.  AUA 2015.
  5. Brooks DC, Haddad D, Kovell RC, Terlecki RP.  Perioperative outcomes of transurethral resection of bladder tumors using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database.  AUA 2015.
  6. Hartigan S, Kovell RC. Now trending: Twitter use in the urology community at the American Urological Association annual scientific meeting.  AUA May 7, 2016.
  7. Kabarriti A, Kovell RC, Sehgal S, Miller CI, Guzzo TJ, Mucksavage P.  Utility of retrograde pyelogram in the setting of non-diagnostic visualization on CT urogram.  AUA May 6, 2016.
Editorials, Chapters, Case Reports & Participation in Committee Reports
  1. Kovell RC, Wright JL, Wessells H.  Urinary and genital trauma.  Chap. 10 in Hanno PM, Guzzo TJ, Malkowicz SB, Wein AJ (eds.):  Penn Clinical Manual of Urology, 2nd Edition.  Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier, 2012, 251-283.
  2. Terlecki RP, Kovell RC.  Chapter 103:  Male Urethral Sling Insertion.  Hinman’s Atlas of Urologic Surgery, 4th Edition.
Alternative Media
  1. McGeady JB, Kovell RC, Tasian GE, Breyer BN.  Renal trauma (adult and pediatric).   AUA Update Series Lesson #1, 2014.
  2. Aboumohamed AA, Kovell RC, Hemal AK.   Robot-assisted laparoscopic repair of vesicovaginal fistula.  AUA News 20(1) Jan 2015.
  3. Kovell RC.  Take home messages in trauma, reconstruction, and urinary diversion.  AUANews. Jul 2015.
  4. Kovell RC.  Take home messages in BPH and LUTS.  AUANews.  Jul 2016.
Awards, Honors and Membership in Honorary Societies
2014 Hitoshi Nikaidoh, MD, Memorial Endowment Grant, Christus Healthcare Foundation (awarded to residents, fellows or young faculty to support surgical mission work in underserved areas)
2014 Traveling Resident Scholarship, International Volunteers in Urology
(awarded to residents or fellows to support mentored international work in urology)
2014 Howard Pollack Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Division of Urology (highest score on urology in-service examination amongst Penn urology residents)
2014 Scholar in Urology Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Division of Urology (outstanding achievement in clinical urology and urologic surgery, selected by urology faculty)
2014 Top quintile, American Board of Urology Qualification Examination
2013 Laparoendoscopic Surgery Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Division of Urology (outstanding achievement in endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery, selected by urology faculty
2012 Howard Pollack Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Division of Urology
(highest score on urology in-service examination amongst Penn urology residents)
2009 Top of Class Designation, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2009 Merck Manual Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (outstanding academic achievement among medical students, selected by medical faculty)
2008 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2003 Meinig Family Cornell National Scholar, Cornell University
(Cornell honors and service society, selected by university faculty)
2003 Magna cum Laude Graduate,Cornell University
2003 Twin Tiers Outstanding Scholar Award, Cornell University (Outstanding scholastic achievement among chemical engineering students, selected by engineering faculty)
2002 Tau Beta Pi, Cornell University (Engineering honors society, selected by engineering faculty)

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