Dr. Rene Sotelo, MD

Dr. Rene Sotelo, MD

Urology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 55
Dr. Rene Sotelo, MD is an urology specialist in Los Angeles, CA and has been practicing for 21 years. He graduated from Universidad Central De Venezuela in 1987 and specializes in urology, oncology, and more.Read his story

1441 EASTLAKE AVE Ste 7416

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Contact Information

(323) 865-3700

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Humana
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Top Care Areas

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Urinary Disorders
more than 89% of peers
Enlarged Prostate (BPH)
more than 73% of peers
Prostate Removal
more than 58% of peers

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Dr. Sotelo's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Sotelo "Rene Sotelo MD is one of the most expert & experienced laparoscopic/robotic surgeons internationally. Hailing from Latin America, he is a pioneer in robotic surgery for complex urinary fistulae in females and males, benign prostate enlargement & inguinal lymph node dissection for cancer. He has helped develop the novel concepts of single-port "belly-button" and natural orifice surgery. Professor Sotelo's experience with advanced robotic & laparoscopic surgery exceeds 2,300 personal cases, making him amongst the most experienced in the world. Reasons why the California Medical Board, consider the request of USC and gave Prof Sotelo, Special Faculty Permit to practice medicine at Univ of Southern California School of Medicine."

Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Sotelo "Mi filosofia es el prestarle la mejor atencion posible, en forma oportuna y con el mas alto nivel académico,  en donde los principios éticos son mi mayor compromiso con Usted, no es solo una cuestion de lenguaje, es entender en profundidad nuestras culturas , y como  atenderlo. Permitame ser parte de su historia. 

My filosofy is to offer the best posible care,  in and effective way with the most high level of ethics and academic medicine,  is not only language , is that I understand our diferente culture and how to take care of you,  let me be part of your history."

3  Specialties

  • Urology
  • General Surgery
  • Oncology

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Sotelo does not have any board certifications listed.

57  Conditions Treated

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38  Procedures

  • Adrenal Surgery
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Bladder Biopsy
  • Bladder Cancer Surgery
  • Bladder Reconstruction
  • Bladder Surgery
  • Bladder Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Complete Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Cystourethroscopy and Transurethral Resection of Bladder Neck
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • Destruction of Penile Lesion
  • Fistula Repair
  • Fistulogram
  • Kidney and Ureter Removal
  • Kidney Removal
  • Kidney Stone Removal
  • Kidney Surgery
  • Kidney Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Lithotripsy
  • Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
  • Orchiectomy
  • Partial Cystectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Partial Nephrectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Pelvic Fistula Repair
  • Penile Surgery
  • Prostate Biopsy
  • Prostate Cancer Screening Exam (DRE)
  • Prostate Removal
  • Prostate Surgery
  • Prostatectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Radical Prostate Removal, Laparoscopic
  • Renal Transplant and Nephrectomy
  • Robotic Assisted Procedure
  • TURP (Transurethral Resection of Prostate) or Laser Destruction of Prostate
  • Ureteral Reimplantation
  • Ureteral Stent Placement
  • Urethral Dilation
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Universidad Central De Venezuela
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
  • Universidad Central De Venezuela
    Medical School | Graduated 1987
  • Hospital Dr Domingo Luciani.
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1989
  • Hospital Dr Domingo Luciani, Residence In General Surgery
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1992
  • Hospital Dr Domingo Luciani, Residence In Urology
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1995
  • Hospital Oncologico Padre Machado, Fellowship In Urology Oncology
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1997
  • Nacional Cancer Center, Tokio Japon
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1994

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

Dr. Sotelo has no awards or honors listed.

Media & Publications

Dr. Sotelo has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Sotelo's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Sotelo to family and friends
25 total reviews (21 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (25)

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Dr. Sotelo's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes
Dr. Sotelo Says:

Gracias por su opinion, es muy importante para mi, es motivo de inspiracion para seguir adelante. Gracias por permitirme ser parte de su historia, Usted es parte de la mía. 


Patient Comments (21)

In December 2017, we learned my husband had Renal Cell Carcinoma. Dr. Sotelo operated on my husband (robotic radical nephrectomy). After the surgery he told me "I got it all!" That sentence and the confident way he communicated it with me, broke me down into tears, because I knew right then and...more
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This is a physician with a great deal of expertise in addition to humility and caring. He defines the true calling of the profession: saving lives, truly caring for his patients above and beyond. I took care of my father through an invasive bladder cancer treatment. Dr. Sotelo was superb in many...more
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An excellent surgeon, Dr. Sotelo has the additional human quality of deeply caring about his patients, with a specific sense of responsibility. After a morning consultation which resulted in worrying conclusions, I witnessed Dr. Sotelo's sense of responsibility first hand: together with his...more
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Dr. Sotelo is not just a great surgeon, he is an artist. The two surgeries he did for me were so well planned and successful but also they healed so well that they are barley visible and are getting even better as time goes by. He is great to talk with and also speaks English and Spanish too. He...more
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I would recommend dr Sotelo because he's very profesional and with experience in his area but also a very kind person. Personally I'm very grateful for his job
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