Robert M. Sweet M.D.

Robert M. Sweet M.D.
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  • English


  • Surgery
  • Urology


Dr. Sweet is a Professor of Urology and the Medical Director for the UW Medicine Kidney Stone Center at Northwest Hospital. He also serves as the Executive Director for the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) and the Center for Research in Stimulation Technology (CREST), creating the best generation of simulation training tools.

Dr. Sweet received his medical degree (alpha omega alpha) from the University of Minnesota in 1997. After a Urology residency at the University of Washington in 2003, he became Attending Physician/Acting Assistant Professor of Urology and held a 2-year Health Policy Scholarship focused on Simulation Sciences from the American Foundation for Urological Diseases (AFUD).

In 2004, Dr. Sweet co-founded the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH) at the University of Washington. Dr. Sweet was an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Minnesota, and directed the Medical School’s Simulation Programs and the Kidney Stone Program. He is the Principal Investigator of numerous simulation research and development projects. Dr. Sweet has leadership positions in the area of simulation and education within the American College of Surgeons, the Endourological Society, and the American Urological Association. He is Immediate Past President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

Patient Care Philosophy

I strive to provide humanistic, technologically advanced, data-driven, but personalized care to each and every one of my patients.

Clinical Interests

Endourology; clinical emphasis on kidney stones and diseases of the prostate

Research Interests

Research in simulation; development of a human tissue property database; advanced real time and predictive modeling of human tissue and tool interactions; creation of virtual reality; hybrid and synthetic medical simulation models; multi-institutional validation studies of simulation based curriculum; delivery systems for the dissemination of simulation technologies


Institution Credential Year
Univ. of Minnesota Medical education 1997
UW - Dept. of Surgery Internship 1998
UW - Dept. of Surgery Residency 1998
UW - Dept. of Urology Residency 2003
UW - American Foundation for Urological Diseases Research Fellowship Fellowship 2005

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Board of Urology Urology 2005