Raj Satkunasivam, MD, MS, FRCSC

Houston Methodist Urology Associates

Urology Urologic Oncology

Phone: 713.441.6455


Scurlock Tower
6560 Fannin St.
Ste 2100
Houston, TX 77030

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Dr. Raj Satkunasivam is a fellowship-trained Urologic Oncologist with a focus on minimally invasive and robotic approaches to the treatment of genito-urinary malignancies. His practice includes minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques for kidney, bladder, prostate, adrenal and testicular cancers. He is the Director of Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at the Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIE).

Dr. Satkunasivam received his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his urology residency also at the University of Toronto. He pursued sub-specialty fellowship training in urologic oncology, advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery at the University of Southern California, where he developed novel techniques for robotic kidney-sparing surgery (partial nephrectomy) and robotic bladder cancer surgery with entirely robotic (intra-corporeal) urinary reconstruction.

Prior to joining Houston Methodist Hospital, Dr. Satkunasivam was an Assistant Professor and Surgeon Investigator at the University of Toronto's Odette Cancer Center at Sunnybrook Hospital. He holds a Master of Science in Health Services Research from the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California. His research is focused on the clinical epidemiology of genito-urinary malignancies, specifically in identifying novel risk factors, improving individualized risk assessment and in assessing the comparative effectiveness of treatments. His research also examines outcomes and quality of surgical care, and novel strategies to improve the care of complex surgical patients. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine and a Health Services Researcher in the Center for Outcomes Research at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Clinical Interests: 
  • Urologic Oncology
    • Bladder Cancer (robotic cystectomy with intra-corporeal diversion/neobladder)
    • Kidney Cancer (robotic partial and radical nephrectomy)
    • Prostate Cancer (robotic radical prostatectomy)
    • Testicular Cancer
    • Adrenal Masses/Adrenal Cancer
    • Penile Cancer
    • Retroperitoneal Mass
  • Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery in Urologic Oncology
Education & Training

Medical School: University of Toronto - 2008
Internship: University of Toronto - 2009
Residency: University of Toronto - 2013
Fellowship: Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California - 2015
Master of Science: University of Southern California - 2015
Languages Spoken

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Office Locations
Scurlock Tower
6560 Fannin St.
Ste 2100
Houston, TX 77030
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Houston Methodist Hospital
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030
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