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Wagner, Joseph Robert, MD

Chief, Urology, Hartford Hospital & Director, Robotic Surgery, Hartford Hospital





Providing the best care to our patients and their companions requires communicating in a way everyone understands. Interpreter services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. All spoken languages are available, as well as American Sign Language (AS/L).

Accepting New Patients
  • Urology

Areas of Expertise
Bladder Cancer, Genitourinary Cancer, Genitourinary Surgery, Kidney Stones, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Prostate Cancer, Robotic Prostatectomy, Robotic Surgery, Testicular Cancer, Urologic Cancer


Medical School
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Boston University Medical Center
Boston University Medical Center

Amherst College

Professional Organizations

  • American Urological Association, Member
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Member


Verified Patient Reviews

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner is a stellar example of what a medical provider should be.

5 out of 5 stars

Superb physician and associates.

5 out of 5 stars

This was an annual follow up visit.

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. Wagner is superb. His has the caring attributes of harmonistic practitioners and the expertise and experience grounded in science and practice.

5 out of 5 stars

Cannot say enough about *Dr. Wagner and staff. Very professional and sat and explained everything to us.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner is the best, I've sent 6 patients to him.

5 out of 5 stars

Please see my earlier comments. Joseph Wagner has been a terrific help to me.

5 out of 5 stars

Meeting with Dr. Wagner in person is always a pleasure. I feel that he takes the time to really listen to my concerns. He also answers all my questions completely and to my satisfaction. Bottom line, he makes me feel that I am an important patient and that he really is on top of my particular case. I could not be happier with the level of care provided by Dr. Wagner.

3 out of 5 stars

Pressed for surgery and didn't listen to my concerns until I told him that I was a marathoner and wanted to know how surgery would impact my life. At that time he then went over the drawbacks of surgery and suggested radiation. I had previously gone to another oncologist who listened to my concerns from the beginning. This physician didn't want me to speak until he was done. Great surgeon, not so much for consulting. I would recommend him for surgery, not consultation.

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely likely to recommend.

5 out of 5 stars

*Dr. Wagner's concerns and input are very much appreciated. His willingness to accept future concerns via telephone is much appreciated & comforting.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner was both educational and professional. He is a very good teacher as well as doctor

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner is the best.

5 out of 5 stars

As always Dr. Wagner and staff were excellent !!

5 out of 5 stars

Unless the phone wait time is better I am not sure

5 out of 5 stars

The treatment is well planned

5 out of 5 stars

I am very happy with *Dr. Wagner's treatment.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Wagner is very informative and answered all my questions

5 out of 5 stars

Dr Wagner was very informative and compassionate about my condition. He very thoroughly explained my treatment options and related pros and cons. I would highly recommend Dr Wagner to my friends and family.

Other Reviews from Around the Web

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner is professional, caring, and patient. Top shelf in all ways. He was thorough in my visit, and I left reassured about our course of treatment.

5 out of 5 stars

After detailed research I decided to have my prostrate removed. I was diagnosed with prostrate cancer by a different urology team. Based on my biopsy, age and overall health, it was clear I needed to have a radical prostatectomy. My wife and I had met with a surgeon who was part of a different group and were underwhelmed. My prior urologist who retired several years ago encouraged me to meet with Dr Wagner. Within minutes of our consultation, it was clear to my wife and I that Dr. Wagner was the best choice for my prostatectomy. He was well prepared for our consultation as he had reviewed my history and prior biopsies. Dr Wagner walked me through the process and answered all my questions. He did not pressure me in any way. His team is sensational. We were contacted by Susanne Carrier, the nurse navigator who provided the information we needed to prepare for pre-op and post-op. Susanne let us know that she was there to answer any questions that we would have navigating t

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner was pleasant and respected my privacy well. Very personable and overall a great surgeon due to not being bale to feel anything. Would refer him to anybody.

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner and the team are incredible group!

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner was very thorough in explaining what would be involved by having surgery or radiation. He explained all the possible side effects and chances (percentage) of each side effect occurring. I interrupted him a couple times for questions and he stopped, listened and answered my question each time. When he was done providing all the facts, I looked over my list of questions and he had answered most of them before I even asked. For the remaining questions I had, he listened intently and thoroughly answered all my questions. I had pretty much decided on surgery and after meeting with Dr. Wagner, I felt confident having him be the one to perform my procedure.

5 out of 5 stars

Very nice staff and you get all the help and follow up thorough .. He is one of the best doctors in the region .. I had a cancer and dr Wagner was with me through every single step before and after the surgery … it has been a year and couple months and he is still follow up with all my tests and medication .. I can not thank him and all his staff enough for the great work they do.

5 out of 5 stars

From my initial diagnosis through my surgery and onto my recovery, Dr. Wagner and his team were great. Beyond Dr. Wagner's professional resume and experience, his personality is fantastic. Dr. Wagner listened to me, broke down medical information in an undestandable language and gave me the information I needed to make an important healthcare decision. His team was always extremely patient and very responsive to my requests. I highly recommend Dr. Wagner.

5 out of 5 stars

I have been treating with Dr. Wagner since 2018. He has always been a straight shooter. He tells you like it is and he tells you what he would do in the situation. Great support staff and portal site.

5 out of 5 stars

Very detailed and informative

5 out of 5 stars

Dr. Wagner presented all the facts in a clear manner so I could understand in layman terms. Felt very comfortable with his answers to my questions.


Dr. Wagner's Recognition's:

Hartford Magazine Top Doctors in Hartford: 2011

Hartford Magazine Top Doctors in Hartford: 2010

Hartford Magazine Top Doctors in Hartford: 2009

Hartford Magazine Top Doctors in Hartford: 2007

Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors in Connecticut: 2011

Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors in Connecticut: 2010

Connecticut Magazine Top Doctors in Connecticut: 2006

Best Doctor in America: 2005

New York Metro Area Top Doctor: 2003

New York Metro Area Top Doctor: 2002

New York's Top 100 Minimally Invasive Surgeons, New York Magazine 2002, January Edition



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