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Latest urology developments



  • February 2019 – the National Prostate Cancer Audit (NPCA) has published data on outcomes of surgery for prostate cancer. Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital had one of the lowest rates for both readmission within 90 days and genitourinary complications of any hospitals performing prostate cancer surgery in England and Wales, and was also one of the highest performers for both sexual and urinary function after prostate cancer surgery.

    This data, collected independently using validated and reliable tools, demonstrates the prostate cancer surgery performed by the five surgeons at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital is of the highest quality when compared to other units providing similar services.

  • January 2019 – Ella Di Benedetto has been appointed as a locum consultant to work in the stone unit and prostate service between Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospital and the department in Lewisham and Greenwich.


  • December 2018 – Ben Namdarian has finished as a locum consultant in the department and returned back to Australia where he will take up a consutlant appointment in Sydney. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him well for the future.
  • October 2018 – Ben Challacombe has been elected chair of the BAUS section of oncology for a two-year period.
  • May 2018 – In a tight national election, Mr Tim O'Brien has been elected vice-president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) which is the national organisation for urology. This will lead to him being president of the organisation in 2020.
  • March 2018 – Professor Muhammad Shamim Khan (OBE), consultant urological surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London was conferred the prestigious civil award of “Tamgha-e-Imtiaz” by the Government of Pakistan in a ceremony on Friday 23 March 2018 in the President House in Islamabad. This award was given to him in recognition of his services in the field of urology in Pakistan over the last decade.
  • February 2018 – this month consultant urologist Maj Shabbir features in the GiST magazine (PDF 4.37Mb) to describe how a pioneering fertility service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ is helping patients with testicular cancer become fathers.
  • January 2018 – Tuesday 2 January marked the 10 year anniversary of the opening of the urology centre at Guy’s. This pioneering centre has been visited by 47 other units wishing to replicate it and has seen in excess of 60,000 new general urology referrals in that time as well as all the other clinics that take place in the centre.


  • November 2017 – Mr Raj Nair and Mr Ousamma Elhage have been appointed as consultant urological surgeons to the department. Raj returns from a fellowship in Melbourne and joins the bladder and kidney cancer teams. Ousamma specialises in prostate diagnostics as well as surgery for BPH.
  • October 2017 – We were delighted to welcome Professor Margaret Pearle to our unit as a visiting professor. As part of a seminar on stone disease, she delivered a state-of-the-art lecture on the role of flexible ureteroscopy whilst also questioning the evidence for many of the dietary advice recommendations we give to stone formers.
  • June 2017 – We are pleased to announce that Miss Rhana Zakri has been appointed as a joint consultant in transplant and urology. She will join us later in the year.
  • May 2017 - The president of BAUS Mr Kieran O’Flynn attended as visiting professor to our unit. He delivered lectures on the future of training in Urology.
  • April 2017 - A patient day was held at Guys in the Robens suite for patients with cystinuria. This is a national day open to patients from around the country. It was well attended by patients and their families who heard talks on the genetics of the disease, update on research, surgical interventions and dietary prevention. This popular day will be repeated in the future.
  • March 2017 - The annual European Association of Urology (EAU) was held in London at the ExCel centre in March. We were chosen as the centre of excellence to show case live surgery to the audience to demonstrate modern techniques and procedures. Matthew Bultitude, Ben Challacombe and Rick Popert performed some of these live surgeries alongside experts from around Europe. All the surgery was performed successfully to a high standard and the audience felt they had gained a significant insight into current urological techniques.
  • February 2017 - We were honoured to have Professor Marston Linehan come to our department as a visiting professor. He delivered a fascinating lecture on his life-times work in unlocking the genetic secrets of kidney cancer.
  • January 2017 - We are pleased to announce that Mr Tet Yap has joined us as Consultant Urologist with a specialist interest in andrology.


  • November 2016 – at the recent British Association of Urological Nurses (BAUN) annual meeting, our nurses won two prestigious awards:
    - Fidelma Cahill was awarded "2016 BAUN Urology Nurse of the Year"
    - the "2016 BAUN Urology Team of the Year" was awarded to Louisa Fleure, Joey Ancheta, Jonah Rusere, Sharon Clovis, Anna ashfield, Fee Chaill, Elaine hazel and Karen briggs. Congratulations to all.
  • November 2016 – consultant urologist Ben Challacombe recently performed a live robotic kidney operation (partial nephrectomy) to a worldwide audience as part of a global event on robotics. This live robotic kidney operation was featured in the Evening Standard.
  • October 2016 – Wayne Lam joins us for a three month locum in the stone unit before taking up his full time consultant appointment in Hong Kong.
  • August 2016 – Max Tolhurst has started as general manager for the directorate replacing Liz Rutherford who has left for other opportunities.
  • July 2016 – we are delighted to welcome new consultant Mr Sachin Malde to the bladder cancer and functional urology teams.
  • May 2016 – Professor Dasgupta and his team made news headlines as they  pioneered the NHS’s first use of 3D printing to enhance the precision and accuracy of robotic cancer surgery.
  • April 2016 – we were pleased to welcome Mr Chris Chapple (secretary general of EAU) as a visiting professor to Guy’s Urology.
  • March 2016 – at the annual European Association of Urology (EAU) annual congress, our research collaboration with CRUK on renal cancer won 2nd prize in cancer research; Miss Fernando won 3rd prize for best research by a resident for her work on PET scanning in RPF.
  • March 2016 – Miss Kay Thomas steps down as clinical lead for urology replaced by Mr Tim O’Brien. Miss Thomas steps up to clinical directorate lead for transplant, renal and urology.
  • January 2016 – Miss Fernando successfully completed our first robotic ureterolysis for retroperitoneal fibrosis at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
  • January 2016 – Miss Hidayat Halil starts as deputy general manager for renal, transplant and urology directorate.


  • November – Miss Archie Fernando appointed as consultant surgeon to renal cancer team.