Robert S. Svatek, M.D.

  • Ahmed Mansour, MD photoRobert S. Svatek, M.D.

    Associate Professor
    Chief, Division of Urologic Oncology
    Co-Leader of the Experimental & Developmental Therapeutics (EDT) Program

    Academic Telephone: 210-567-5676
    Clinical Telephone: 210-450-9600
    Academic Fax: 210-567-6868
    Clinical Fax: 210-450-9657
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    Dr. Robert S. Svatek earned his B.A. in Biology at The University of Texas at Austin in May 1998 and Doctorial of Medicine degree at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas in May 2002 both with Highest Honors. He completed his General Surgery internship and Urology residency, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas from July 2002 June 2007. Dr. Svatek continued his Clinical Fellowship and Research in Urologic Oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center from July 2007 to June 2010 at the same time earned his Master of Science (MS) in Clinical Research Investigation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine. Dr. Svatek joined UT Health San Antonio as Assistant Professor in 2010, but was soon promoted to Associate Profess of Urology in 2015. In 2017, Dr. Svatek was offered and accepted the leadership position of Co-Leader of the Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics Program.


    MSCI, UT Health Science Center San Antonio (2009)
    M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston (2002)

    Postgraduate Training

    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Fellowship, Urologic Oncology (2010)
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Residency, Urology (2007)
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Internship, General Surgery (2003)


    Dr. Svatek's expertise is in the evaluation and management of urologic cancers, with a primary focus on patients with bladder cancer. He performs both robotic and open surgery for bladder cancer. He utilizes a comprehensive care plan for patients with bladder cancer that sometimes requires coordination with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, or both. Dr. Svatek performs surgery at the UT Medicine Ambulatory Surgery Center, University Hospital, Christus Santa Rosa Northwest Hospital, and the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. Dr. Svatek sees patients in clinic at the UT Medicine Medical Arts and Research Center.


    Major area of interest is in identifying and testing novel therapies for patients with bladder cancer. In addition, he is interested in improving the quality of surgical care for patients undergoing major surgery for invasive bladder cancer.

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