Director of Urologic Robotic Surgery


Jason D. Engel, MD, is a pioneer in the field of urologic robotic surgery. He was the first surgeon to successfully perform a robotic prostatectomy in the region and has since performed over 2,000 such procedures, one of the most of any surgeon in the mid-Atlantic.

Dr. Engel has performed the largest series of robotic ureteral and bladder surgeries in the region. He routinely performs oncologic and reconstructive kidney and bladder procedures with robotic technology as well as complex urologic reconstruction. For enlarged prostate, Dr. Engel performs more in-office minimally invasive treatments than any other surgeon in Washington, D.C., and has been a key member of the kidney transplant team at Howard University Hospital.

Dr. Engel has served as Vice Chairman of the Department of Urology and Director of Urologic Robotic Surgery and is the founder of the robotic prostatectomy program at George Washington University Hospital. He now serves as a clinical professional of urology at George Washington University.

Through his research endeavors, Dr. Engel has become a foremost authority on sexual outcomes after prostatectomy. He is currently a principal investigator on two clinical trials, one involving bladder cancer recurrence and the other studying complications of hormone therapy in metastatic prostate cancer. His research has been quoted in the New York Times, and his publications and presentations have focused largely on prostatectomy outcomes, such as the strong relationship between surgeon experience and cancer cure rates, methods to decrease positive margin rates, and erectile function and incontinence after prostatectomy. He has authored several book chapters on the topic of robotic surgery and published articles on complications of robotic prostatectomy, pseudoaneurysms of the urinary tract and ureteral surgery using robotic technology.

A regular contributor in the media, Dr. Engel has appeared on FOX News, ABC News, WUSA-TV9, The Washington Times, the Washington Business Journal and PBS. He is consistently voted a "Top Doctor" in Washingtonian Magazine and was the youngest urologist ever given that honor.

Dr. Engel received his undergraduate degree with distinction from the University of Virginia. His medical degree was conferred with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and his post-graduate training was done at Northwestern University in the areas of Surgery and Urology.

He is the managing partner of Urologic Surgeons of Washington, and you can learn more about him at

On a personal note, Dr. Engel grew up in Wheaton, MD, and now resides in Chevy Chase with his wife and three boys.

Specialty: Robotic Radical Prostatectomy

Dr. Engel reviews how robotic surgery has improved surgery for prostate cancer and other urologic disorders in this video: