Mr Benjamin J Challacombe

Consultant Urological Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer with a special interest in robotic surgery and minimally invasive prostate cancer treatments - BSc. MS FRCS (Urol)

Ben is a consultant urological surgeon with a special interest in the minimally invasive treatments of prostatic and kidney diseases, and trustee of The Urology Foundation. He is the Guy’s & St Thomas’ surgical tutor, a robotic surgery mentor, and ran The European Robotic Urology Society Meeting (ERUS) in London in September 2012. He trained at Guy’s, The Royal Marsden Hospital and with Professor Tony Costello in Melbourne, where he was awarded the prestigious Rowan Nicks Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

He has learnt both laparoscopic and robotic radical prostatectomy 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. He has over 95 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters on minimally invasive and robotic urological techniques.

He has also helped to develop both the robotic cystectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy programmes at Guy’s Hospital. His current research interests are in haptic probe development in robotic surgery, trans-perineal template biopsy, and prostate Histoscanning techniques.

Ben has swum the English Channel for The Prostate Cancer Charity, for whom he regularly lectures, and has undertaken a number of cycling challenges for The Urology Foundation, a charity of which is a Trustee. He is fortunate to have a very supportive surgical wife and three energetic boys.

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