Ben Challacombe

Urologist specialising in men's health, prostate, and kidney problems, The Urology Foundation Trustee

Mr Benjamin J Challacombe BSc. MS FRCS (Urol) Title: Consultant Urological Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer with a special interest in robotic surgery and minimally invasive prostate cancer treatments. Institution: Guy’s and St Thomas Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London Ben is a consultant urological surgeon with a special interest in the minimally invasive treatments of prostatic diseases. He is the Guy’s & St Thomas’ MDM urological cancer and clinical robotics lead, the previous surgical tutor, a UK robotic surgery mentor and robotic fellowship director. He trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, The Royal Marsden Hospital and with Professor Tony Costello at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he was awarded the prestigious Rowan Nicks Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has learnt both laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches and performed the first randomised trial of telerobotics between Guy’s and Johns Hopkins Hospitals, in 2002. This formed part of his Master of Surgery thesis on robotic surgery and telemedicine. Ben is associate editor of the BJUI, with over 220 peer-reviewed publications, 3 books, and 20 book chapters on minimally invasive and robotic urological techniques. He has performed over 1000 robotic radical prostatectomies and over 800 robotic upper tract procedures including 450 robotic partial nephrectomies and also performs holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) within the Guy’s Urology Centre. He has also helped to develop both the robotic cystectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy programmes at Guy’s Hospital and is the highest volume surgeon for both robotic partial nephrectomy and upper tract robotics in the UK. His current research interests are in robotic surgery training, trans-perineal template biopsy techniques, active surveillance of low risk prostate cancer, sentinel node techniques and haptic probe development in robotic surgery. Ben is a Trustee of The Urology Foundation and has completed 5 charity bike rides, and swum the English Channel and run the London Marathon for Prostate Cancer UK, for whom he regularly lectures, and is fortunate to have a very supportive surgical wife and three energetic boys.

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