Keith John Kowalczyk, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.8 out of 5 (707 reviews)

Specialities: Urology

Languages: English

877-625-1478

About me

Keith Kowalczyk, MD, is the Interim Physician Executive Director, MedStar Health Urology and the Interim Chair, Department of Urology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. He is board certified in urology, with training in urologic oncology and robotic-assisted surgery. He sees patients at MedStar's Pasquerilla Healthcare Center at MedStar Georgetown in Washington, D.C., as well as MedStar's clinic in Chevy Chase.

Dr. Kowalczyk treats a full range of urologic conditions, but focuses on kidney, testicular, bladder, and prostate cancers. While skilled in performing traditional open surgery, his special expertise is in robotic-assisted surgery, and he has performed hundreds of procedures using this technology.

Dr. Kowalczyk is one of the few urologic surgeons in the D.C. metro area with specific expertise and training in urologic robotic surgery for urologic cancers.For those not familiar with robotic surgery, the surgeon uses special instruments controlled through a robotic/computer console which allows increased range of motion and often more precision than traditional surgical instruments. The camera he uses provides 10 to 12 times more magnification than traditional cameras used in surgery.

With his experience in performing robotic surgery, Dr. Kowalczyk is able to perform a more precise surgery with generally fewer complications. Also, Dr. Kowalczyk is able to offer more options for certain high-risk patients, like obese men who need prostatectomy surgery as well as patients with large kidney masses who have been told their kidney requires removal. With the magnified view and precision of robotic surgery, these patients have the options of minimally invasive procedures and better outcomes.

Dr. Kowalczyk is also actively involved in health services research on cancer treatments, outcomes, and patterns and costs of care and has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles on these topics.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bph Surgery
  • Elevated Psa
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Female Urinary Incontinence
  • Hematuria
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Stone
  • Male Stress Incontinence
  • Neurogenic Urinary Bladder
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Urinary Tract Infection
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Adrenal Neoplasm
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Elevated Psa
  • Enlarged Prostate
  • Female Urinary Incontinence
  • Hematuria
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Stone
  • Male Stress Incontinence
  • Neurogenic Urinary Bladder
  • Priapism
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Urinary Tract Infection
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Procedures I perform

  • Blue Light Cystoscopy With Cysview
  • Bph Surgery
  • Cystectomy
  • Da Vinci Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery For Prostate Cancer
  • Lymph Node Dissection
  • Nephrectomy
  • Orchiectomy
  • Pelvic Surgery
  • Robotic Prostate Surgery
  • Robotic Pyeloplasty
  • Robotic Surgery For Bladder Cancer
  • Robotic Surgery For Prostate Cancer
  • Transurethral Resection Of Bladder
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Practice locations

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5530 Wisconsin Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

301-652-7872

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
Washington, DC, 20007

202-444-4922

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1133 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC, 20036

202-416-2000

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Insurance

MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • FIRST HEALTH
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • CIGNA EPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus

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Education

Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology

Fellowship Program: Brigham and Women's Hospital (2011)

Residency Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2010)

Residency Program: National Institute of Health (2008)

Internship Program: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (2006)

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine (2005)

Awards

  • Faculty Teacher of the Year Award, Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center Urology Residency Program (2015) Resident Teacher Award, Department of Urology. Georgetown University Hospital (2010) String of Pearls Finalist, Best Resident Teacher, Georgetown University Hospital (2010) 3rd Place, Resident Research Presentation, Washington Urologic Society (2008)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

    4.9
  • Provider listened carefully

    4.9
  • Provider gave easy to understand instructions

    4.8
  • Provider knew medical history

    4.8
  • Provider showed respect

    4.9
  • Provider spent enough time with patient

    4.8
  • Aug 20, 2021

    We go to Georgetown only because of Dr K!

  • Aug 19, 2021

    Always impressed with Dr. Kowalczyk's knowledge, pragmatic approach and ability to quickly assess the situation

  • Aug 18, 2021

    I was very impressed