Dr. Keith John Kowalczyk, MD

Dr. Keith John Kowalczyk, MD

Languages: English
Phone: 202-295-0580
Fax: 877-625-1478

Contact this Provider:

  • Urology
Conditions I Treat
  • adrenal neoplasm
  • bladder cancer
  • elevated psa
  • enlarged prostate
  • female urinary incontinence
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Procedures I Perform
  • blue light cystoscopy with cysview
  • bph surgery
  • cystectomy
  • da vinci adrenalectomy
  • laparoscopic surgery for prostate cancer
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About the Provider

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.

  • 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)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Urology, Urology

The burden of skeletal-related events in patients with prostate cancer and bone metastasis. Roghmann F, Antczak C, McKay RR, Choueiri T, Hu JC, Kibel AS, Kim SP, Kowalczyk KJ, Menon M, Nguyen PL, Saad F, Sammon JD, Schmid M, Sukumar S, Sun M, Noldus J, Trinh QD. Urol Oncol. 2015 Jan;33(1):17.e9-18.

Is there any evidence of a "July effect" in patients undergoing major cancer surgery?
Ravi P, Trinh VQ, Sun M, Sammon J, Sukumar S, Gervais MK, Shariat SF, Kim SP, Kowalczyk KJ, Hu JC, Menon M, Karakiewicz PI, Trinh QD. Can J Surg. 2014 Apr;57(2):82-8.

Optimal timing of early versus delayed adjuvant radiotherapy following radical prostatectomy for locally advanced prostate cancer. Kowalczyk KJ, Gu X, Nguyen PL, Lipsitz SR, Trinh QD, Lynch JH, Collins SP, Hu JC. Urol Oncol. 2014 Apr;32(3):303-8. doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2013.09.004.

Robotic-assisted prostatectomy and open radical retropubic prostatectomy for locally-advanced prostate cancer: multi-institution comparison of oncologic outcomes. Vora AA, Marchalik D, Kowalczyk KJ, Nissim H, Bandi G, McGeagh KG, Lynch JH, Ghasemian SR, Verghese M, Venkatesan K, Borges P, Uchio EM, Hwang JJ. Prostate Int. 2013;1(1):31-6.

Venous thromboembolism after major cancer surgery: temporal trends and patterns of care. Trinh VQ, Karakiewicz PI, Sammon J, Sun M, Sukumar S, Gervais MK, Shariat SF, Tian Z, Kim SP,Kowalczyk KJ, Hu JC, Menon M, Trinh QD. JAMA Surg. 2014 Jan;149(1):43-9.

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Practice Locations
  • 5530 Wisconsin Avenue
    Suite 950
    Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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    Phone: 301-652-7872
    Fax: 877-625-1478

  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
    Washington, DC 20007
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    Phone: 202-444-4922
    Fax: 877-625-1478

  • 1133 21st Street Northwest
    Suite 601
    Washington, DC 20036
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    Phone: 202-416-2000
    Fax: 877-625-1478

Member of Medical Staff
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • 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)