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Dr. Askew was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and grew up in Austin, Texas. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 1982 and earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with honors in 1986. After completing his residency in General Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, he joined his father in surgical practice in Austin in 1991.

Dr. Askew is a member of the American Society of Breast Cancer and works closely with local medical and radiation oncologists, radiologist and plastic surgeons to provide state of the art surgical care in breast cancer including ultrasound guided breast biopsies, breast conservation surgery, skin and nipple sparing mastectomies, sentinel lymph node biopsy, and brachytherapy.

He has extensive experience in thyroid and parathyroid surgery including the minimally invasive radioguided parathyroidectomy.

Dr. Askew is an experienced robotic and laparoscopic surgeon performing surgery for diseases of the gallbladder, colon, small intestine, spleen, adrenal gland, liver and stomach. He also performs robotic and laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux and diaphragmatic hernias. In addition, Dr. Askew repairs a variety of abdominal wall hernias using open, laparoscopic and robotic techniques including incisional, inguinal, epigastric, umbilical and hiatal hernias.

He served with The American Cancer Society Board of Austin, the medical executive board of Seton Hospital and was the Chief of Surgery at Seton Hospital Main.

Dr. Askew is listed in Who’s Who of American Surgeons, US News and World Report “Best” Surgeons and America's Most Honored Doctors - Top 10%. He is named a “Super Doctor” by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Askew enjoys carrying on his family’s tradition of compassionate surgical care.


  • Medical Degree: The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1986)
  • Residency: General Surgery, The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio (1991)


  • American Board of Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Texas Surgical Society
  • American Society of Breast Cancer
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Travis County Medical Society

Patient Reviews

  • My wife just went through then entire breast cancer ordeal, and as one of our many caregivers Dr. Askew was just phenomenal. He is one of those rare people who have reached the very pinnacle of their profession yet are still very personable and caring. He never seems in a hurry to rush you out of his office when you have questions. Always has a positive attitude. And yes, he’s one heck of surgeon. Robert Askew is highly recommended!

    ~ John A ~

  • Dr. Askew repaired a hernia for me. I had been putting off getting it fixed for over a year. Dr. Askew was recommended to me by several Austin doctor friends, including surgeons, who said they would use him if they needed a surgeon for themselves. He is very personable, explained everything and did a terrific job. What more could you ask for in a doctor?

    ~ David T ~

  • I simply cannot praise Dr. Askew enough! He is an amazing surgeon and person. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 at age 33, I was terrified and confused. He took me under his wing and made it all seem ok. When I got a second opinion at MD Andersen, the doctors there knew and loved Dr. Askew and encouraged me to have him perform my surgeries. He performed my port and lymph node biopsy surgery as well as my double mastectomy, and they could not have gone any more smoothly. I’d recommend him to any and everyone. Dr. Askew is the whole package!

    ~ Kathleen S ~

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