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Andrew Joel, MD, FACS

Data Integrity Press Ganey Certified

  • Practice: Urology
  • Location: Virginia Hospital Center Location
  • Specialty: Urology
  • Clinical Interests: Robotic Surgery
  • Certification: AB Urology - Urology
  • Education: Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA
  • Residency: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Fellowship: UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco CA
  • Languages: English
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes


Dr. Andrew Joel attended Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, and graduated cum laude in 1997. Prior to his graduation, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha.

Dr. Joel completed both his surgical internship and urological surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, in 2003. During his residency, he was recognized by his mentors for his dedication to his profession and the field of urology by receiving the Outstanding Resident Teacher Award.

After residency, Dr. Joel received advanced training in urological laparoscopy and in the surgical and medical management of kidney stone disease at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. During his fellowship, Dr. Joel performed numerous laparoscopic nephrectomies, partial nephrectomies, adrenalectomies, and pyeloplasties. Upon completing his fellowship in June 2004, he returned to Washington, DC and joined the Georgetown University Hospital Department of Urology in September 2004.

In July 2005, Dr. Joel left Georgetown University Hospital in order to establish the VHC Physician Group Urology practice. Currently, Dr. Joel is a member of the Virginia Hospital Center medical staff and serves as the Vice Chair of Urology and the Medical Director of Urology for the Virginia Hospital Center. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Most recently, Dr. Joel was one of the first urologists in metropolitan Washington DC to perform single port laparoscopic nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy, and suprapubic prostatectomy. He is member of the American Urological Association and the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association.

He currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD. In that capacity, he regularly works with and trains urology residents from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Joel has authored numerous journal articles and meeting abstracts on a wide range of urological issues. He has also authored chapters in both urological and primary care textbooks. He has lectured locally on prostate cancer and urological laparoscopy. He has been an instructor for new urological procedures including the robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.

Dr. Joel is regularly recognized as a Top Doctor by Washingtonian Magazine, Consumers’ Checkbook and Northern Virginia Magazine.

Dr. Joel’s primary areas of interest are laparoscopic and robotic surgery as well as the medical and surgical management of both BPH and kidney stones.

Awards & Recognitions

Top Doctor, Washingtonian
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine
2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014

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