Dr. Cornell is a board-certified urologist practicing in downtown Houston, Texas. He completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in the Scott Department of Urology and his general surgical training in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of General Surgery.

Eminently qualified, Dr. Cornell earned his medical doctorate from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and graduated with high honors from Allegheny College in his hometown of Meadville, Pennsylvania.

He completed an extensive internship in the Michael E. Debakey Department of General Surgery and received his urological training in the Scott Department of Urology of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Cornell has completed multi-disciplinary microsurgical training, is a specialist in prosthetic urology and female incontinence and pelvic reconstructive surgery, and in office thermotherapy treatment of benign prostate enlargement.


Professional Experience

  • Diplomate American Board of Urology, 2005

2003 - Present:

  • General adult and prosthetic urology solo private practice, Houston, Texas
  • Areas of clinical interest include surgical correction of erectile dysfunction (penile prosthetics) and post-prostatectomy male urinary incontinence (artificial urinary sphincter placement), office therapy for symptoms of prostate enlargement (BPH), and minimally-invasive surgical solutions for female urinary incontinence and vaginal vault prolapse.

Active member:

  • American Urologic Association
  • Society of Urologic Prosthetic Surgeons
  • Texas Urological Society
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Association


  • K.J. Wojno, M.D., F.J. Costa, M.D., R.J. Cornell, M.D., Reduced rate of repeated prostate biopsies observed in ConfirmMDx clinical utility field study. American Health and Drug Benefits, Vol. 7, No. 3, May, 2014.
  • Henry, G.D., Graham, S.M., Cornell, R.J., Cleves, M.A., Simmons, C.J., Vakalopoulos, I, Flynn, B. A Multicenter study on perineal versus penoscrotal approach for implantation of an artificial urinary sphincter: Cuff size and control of male stress urinary incontinence. (J. Urology, July, 2009 - CME article)

Resident Education

1997-1998 - internship:

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Michael E. Debakey
  • Department of General Surgery (18 months)


  • Resident, Scott Department of Urology
  • Baylor College of Medicine


  • Chief Resident, Scott Department of Urology
  • Baylor College of Medicine

Additional Training:

  • Minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery training
  • Baylor College of Medicine (April, 2001)
  • Microsurgical training course completion
  • Baylor College of Medicine (July-September, 2000)
  • Multidisciplinary microsurgical training (35 hrs)
  • St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, TX (September, 2000)


  • Department of Urology/Pathology, Baylor College of Medicine, Gustavo Ayala, M.D., Ph.D.
    Neuro-epithelial interactions in prostate cancer and the prognostic significance of tumor stromal density.


  • Cornell, R.J., Rowley, D., Wheeler, T.
    Neuro-epithelial interactions in prostate cancer are enhanced in the presence of prostatic stroma. Urology 61 (4), 870-875, 2003
  • Cornell, R.J., Miles, B.J. Open prostatectomy.
    E-Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine (June, 2000)
  • Cornell, R.J., Schulam, P.G., Lerner, S.P.
    Suprapubic access to the upper urinary tract: An approach for intrarenal chemotherapy. (submitted, Urology, May, 2001)


  • Flynn, B.J., Henry, G. D., Cornell, R.J., Simmons, C.J. and Carrion, R.E. Multi-center study of artificial urinary sphincter implantation technique perineal versus penoscrotal approach: Evaluation of cuff size and continence outcome. (Podium presentation, annual meeting of the SC-AUA, Colorado Springs, Colorado, September 2007)
  • Cornell, R.J., Ayala, G. Neuro-epithelial interactions in prostate cancer are enhanced in the presence of prostatic stroma. (American Urological Association, 2001)
  • Ayala, G., Cornell, R.J., Wheeler, T., Microscopic neuro-anatomy of the prostate. (American Urological Association, 2001)
  • Ayala G, Cornell, R.J., Wheeler T, Differential neuro-epithelial interctions with human prostate cancer cells.(American Urological Association, 2001)
  • Schatte, E., Cornell, R.J. Treatment of both ureteral and intrarenal calculi with the holmium laser. (South- Central Urologic Society, 2000)

Editorial Review:

  • Cornell, R.J., Lerner, S.P. Indications for and technique of percutaneous management of upper tract transitional cell carcinoma: The Cleveland Clinic experience. (Contemporary Urology, 2000)

Medical Education

1997 - M.D.:

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Honors and Awards:

  • NIH/Institutional Research Service Award, 1996
  • Rudin Foundation Nephrology Fellow, 1996-7


  • P & S Medical Review student editor, 1994-7
  • Walker Persey Society literary member, 1996-7
  • Weight-training and bodybuilding are continued hobbies


  • Department of Nephrology, Columbia University.
    Janet Scott van Adelsberg, Ph.D. Cellular interactions of the PKD1 gene product, polycystin, in kidney epithelial cells.


  • Stifelman, M., Cornell, R.J., Benson M.C., et al.
    Biopsy Gleason score vs. prostatectomy Gleason
    score: the accuracy of transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) guided sextant biopsies. (submitted, J. Urol., '96)

Undergraduate Education

1993 - B.S.:

  • Allegheny College (Biology; g.p.a. 3.90/4.00)

Honors and Awards:

  • Magna Cum Laude
    Most Outstanding Junior Male Student Award
  • Doane Distinguished Scholar Award,
    (Top 10 in class), 1989-1993
  • Alden Scholar Award, (general academic honors), 1989-1993
  • Fr. John J. Cannon Scholarship, 1989-1993
  • Lambda Sigma Honorary Service Organization, 1989


  • Resident Advisor, 1991-1992
  • Allegheny Medical Ethics Journal Club-President, 1991-1993
  • Institutional Review Board representative, 1991-1993
  • Allegheny College Service Organization-Secretary, 1991-1993
  • Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, 1989-1993


  • Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University, David C. Montefiori

Honors Thesis:

  • The effects of host homologous complement restriction factor glycoproteins on the ability of HIV-1 to resist complement-mediated neutralization


  • Montefiori, D.C., Cornell, R.J., Zhou, J.Y., et al.
    Complement control proteins, CD 46, CD 55, and CD 59, as common surface constituents of human and simian immunodeficiency viruses and possible targets for vaccine protection. Virology 205, (1), 82-92, 1994