Prof Dr Thorsten Bach, FEBU, born in 1972 is currently chairing the Department of Urology at the Asklepios Westklinikum Hamburg, Germany.
Prof Bach´s visited medical school in Hamburg, Germany and Duke University, US. He trained in Hamburg and at the university of Mannheim, before he became chairman of the Asklepios Hospital Harburg in Hamburg, Germany. His clinical work is dedicated mainly to endourology, with a clinical and scientific emphasize on benign prostatic disease, including all types of interventional treatment options. Prof Bach completed the groundbreaking work and published the key manuscripts on Thulium laser enucleation of the prostate, starting to work with this system in 2005. In addition to all other laser systems, he was the first to use Aquablation treatment in clinical routine, starting in 2017, having treated far over 600 patients with this system so far. Prof Bach chaired the EAU Patient Information Project, was member of the German and European working group in stone disease and male LUTS, co-authored different national and international guidelines. He published multiple book chapters and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles.
Mr Biyani is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds. Mr Biyani trained in General Surgery in India and Urology training in the UK. Mr Biyani main interests are in minimally invasive surgery, stone disease, benign prostate disorders and general urology. Mr Biyani has published his clinical research in peer-reviewed journals. He is a keen surgical trainer and has delivered courses in the UK, Africa and Europe. He was instrumental in developing National Urology Simulation Boot Camp for new urology registrars in the UK. He is also Co-Lead for the Cadaveric Simulation Centre at the University of Leeds. In 2019, he received the “Special Recognition” Award by Zenith Global Health for his work in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2021, the British Association of Urological Surgeons awarded him the John Anderson Medal for his contributions to Education and Training. Mr Biyani was on the ad-hoc Complications Reporting Panel of the European Association of Urolog
Professor Prokar Dasgupta, MSc (Urol), MD, DLS, FRCS (Urol), FEBU, FLS, FKC King’s Health Partners Foundation Professor of Surgery Chair in Robotic Surgery and Urological Innovation Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London (KCL) Hon. Consultant Urological Surgeon, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Prokar Dasgupta, King’s Health Partners Foundation Professor of Surgery, is internationally reputed as a clinician-scientist, educator, polymath and 10th Editor-in-Chief of the BJUI.
He pioneered robotic surgery in Urology in the UK, and with the help of The Urology Foundation, trained and mentored several consultantsurgeons and over 30 fellows both nationally and internationally. He wasthe first to develop image guided and 3D printed prostatectomies, indentation probes for precise localisation of tumours and is Ambassador for the KCL Ericsson 5G Global health programin telemedicine. He was Chief Investigator for the world’sfirst randomised controlled trial of telerobotics and the only trial comparing open, laparoscopic and robotic cystectomy.
Twenty-five years ago, while at Queen Square, Prokar studied the role of C-fibres in overactive bladders (OAB) in humans and then developed a method of injecting botulinum toxin-A with a flexible telescope, the “Dasgupta technique”. International trials of the toxin led to its licensing for OAB, improved the quality of life of millions of patients worldwide and influenced National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guidelines. In recognition of his achievements he received the Golden Telescope in 2006 and was appointed Professor of Robotic Surgery & Urological Innovation, KCL and Chairman of the King’s-Vattikuti Institute of Robotic Surgery. He is the 2020 recipient of the St. Peter’s Medal from BAUS.
He has made major contributions to the study of mucosal cell biology, focusing on receptor function in the bladder and targeted immunotherapy in prostate cancer. Chair of the Prostate Cancer Research Centre at KCL, he currently leads a large research team of basic scientists, engineers and clinician-scientists and has generated grant income > £70M from the MRC, Wellcome Trust, EPSRC, UKRI, EU, the Guy’s and St. Thomas Charity and The Urology Foundation. Prokar has 1100 articles, H-index of 70 with >800 papers, 35 book chapters, 6 books, >500 presentations, >300 invited lectures and 50 Visiting Professorships. He has been Visiting Surgeon to Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur, India.
He is acknowledged as a leading educationalist, starting a successful BSc in Surgical Science at KCL and looking for the evidence underpinning simulation in operative surgery, human factors and patient safety. He developed the world’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy simulator, led the EU-MARS project of the development and validation of robotic surgical training and the only international randomised trial of simulation for patient benefit – the SIMULATE study.
He is a highly effective educator and communicator, editing the BJUI for 8 years, doubling its impact factor to 4.806 and achieving an Altmetric score of 1469. He led an international editorial team that revolutionised web-based publishing and the responsible use of social media. He brought innovative design, artificial intelligence (AI) the new open access platform BJUI Compass to the journal.
Prokar was elected the youngest ever, Hunterian President and served on the Associated Parliamentary Committee for Surgical Services in the House of Lords, UK. He is also known for his services to Charity, serving as a Trustee to the Prostate Cancer Research Centre and the Malcolm Coptcoat Trust. He is a mentor and advisor to the UK National Clinical Entrepreneurship Program. He has supported the careers of 15 UK and international academics, eight to Chairs. He has established multi-million collaborations with Universities in Europe, India, the far East and Southern China. He isthe Clinical Director of the ambitious MedTech Hub at St. Thomas’ Hospital with a budget of £110 million.
He was awarded the Fellowship of the King’s College (FKC), King’s highest honour, membership of the Academic Association of European Urologists, the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons and the Honorary Membership of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Prokar has supported BAUS in its core mission of education and research to enhance patient care. He has served on BAUS Council, Trustees, Regional Specialist Professional Advisor, Specialist Advisory Committee, Joint Committee for Surgical Training and examiner to the Intercollegiate Board. Nationally he is a member of the NICE Guidelines Panel and internationally he is a Founding member of the European Association of Urology Robotics Section (ERUS).
During the COVID-19 crisis he published BJUI blogs from Italy, China, New Zealand and South Korea, which helped the planning of surgical services in the UK and internationally. With a team of international scientists, he studied trained immunity against the virus in health care workers after injection of BCG.
He is a marathon runner, a reasonable cook and an avid tennis fan
Residency in Urology
Stefan Haensel works as a urologist and head of the resident's training program in the Franciscus Hospital in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He was trained by professor Fritz Schröder at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 1998, he published his PhD thesis on the influence of SSRI's on premature ejaculation.
He is a former board member of the Dutch Urological Association. From 2009 - 2018, he was National Delegate for The Netherlands at the Société Internationale d'Urologie (SIU). From 2013 - 2021, he was member of the Hands-on Training program at the European Urology Residents Education Programme (EUREP). From 2018, he has been a board member of the EAU Section of Outpatient & Office Urologists (ESUO).
He is a member of the hospital's ethical committee, and is co-chair of the PEER-support team. He is a member of the Dutch Society for Philosophy and Medicine. His clinical work embraces mainly endourology, office urology and training of residents, both interns and at (inter)national courses.
Dr. Georgios Hatzichristodoulou is the Chief of the Department of Urology at the Martha-Maria Hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. He is Professor of Urology and specialized in Urologic Oncology, Robotic surgery and Sexual Medicine/Andrology. He is moreover member of the Male Sexual and Reproductive Health Guidelines Team of the European Association of Urology (EAU). Within Sexual Medicine/Andrology, Dr. Hatzichristodoulou’s main interest is surgical therapy of Peyronie’s disease and Erectile Dysfunction. He is keen on inventing novel surgical techniques to further improve patient care.
December 2009 state examination with the degree “Medical Doctor”
March 2010 – June 2014 Residency at Urology Department at University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany
July 2014 – October 2014 Parental leave
October 2014 – August 2015 Residency at Urology Department at University RWTH Aachen, Germany
July 2015 – Certified urologist (“Facharzt für Urologie”), Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU)
September 2015 – 2017 Consultant at Urology Department at University Cologne, Germany
2017 – today Consultant Urologist and CEO of CUROS Cologne, Germany
Fall 2016 – granting assistant professor (“Privatdozent”) for Urology
Publications (Selection, Peer-reviewed)
Additional qualifications : GCP training
Languages: German, English, French, Turkish
Axel Merseburger is Professor of Urology and Chairman of the Department of Urology at University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany. He studied medicine at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany, before completing a residency in surgery and urology at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany, and a research fellowship at the Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA. Prior to his current role, he was Associate Professor and Professor at Hannover Medical School, and Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Lübeck, in Lübeck. Prof. Merseburger is trained in all aspects of open and endoscopic urology and has a specific interest in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, particularly for the management of prostate, renal, and bladder cancer.
Prof. Merseburger’s research activity encompasses both molecular and clinical aspects of urooncology, focusing on biomarkers and prognostic factors for prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma, and transitional cell carcinoma. He is Principal Investigator in multiple phase 2 and 3 uro-oncology clinical trials. Prof. Merseburger is a member of various uro-oncology organisations, is Chairman of the European Scholarship Programme (ESUP) of the European Association of Urology (EAU), and was theChairman of the EAU Guideline Group for Lasers and Technologies.
Prof. Merseburger is a reviewer and editorial board member for several urology and oncology journals, and serves as Associate Editor of the World Journal of Urology and Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Haematology and Oncology and Aktuelle Urologie. He has published widely in the field,having authored or co-authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles.
Professor Suks Minhas qualified from the University of Sheffield. He did his post fellowship training in andrology at University College London. He obtained a research degree from the University of Leeds which was awarded with commendation.
Andrology, male infertility, testicular cancer, Peyronie's disease, micro dissection TESE, penile reconstruction, penile implants, erectile dysfunction, testis pain, sexual dysfunction in men, penile problems, treatments for male fertility
Research & publications
Professor Suks Minhas is a consultant urologist and lead andrologist at Imperial College, London. He is an expert in male fertility and men's health including disorders of the male genital system and testis cancer. A recipient of the prestigious Karl Storz Telescope, an award given to specialists who have made a significant and lasting contribution to British urology, he is recognised as a key international opinion leader in his field. Professor Minhas specialises in treating problems affecting the male genitals and is one of the UK’s only dedicated andrological surgeons. In addition, he has published extensively on the subject, with over 170 peer reviewed papers, including a recent textbook on male sexual dysfunction.
He has chaired over 80 scientific sessions at meetings both nationally and internationally and has given almost 300 invited lectures internationally. Professor Suks is also referee to a number of scientific journals and a member of international guideline committees including the EAU guidelines on male sexual and reproductive health (2020). He is actively involved in the teaching and training of surgeons in the UK and co-ordinates fellowship training programmes.
He is a board member of the European Society of Andrological Urology (ESAU). He is a firm believer of evidenced based practice and is co-chair of the European Association of Urology guidelines on male sexual and reproductive health. He was chairman of the British Association of Urological Surgeons Section of Andrology and is a faculty member of the European School of Urology.
Professor Morgan Rouprêt is 45-year-old and is currently full Professor (academic position) at APHP Sorbonne University, in the Academic Urology Department of the Pitié-Salpétrière Hospital, in Paris, France.
In his daily practice, he is particularly involved in the field of onco-urology and practices mini-invasive surgery and robot-assisted laparoscopic procedures. In 1999, he received his first recognition from the Paris School of Medicine and the urology prize in 2004 from the French National Academy of Medicine.
The following year, 2005, he received the gold medal AP-HP Prize and the Le Dentu-Renon Prize bestowed by the French National Academy of Surgery. In 2006, Rouprêt collected the Prize Auquier and the “Young talent” award in 2013. In addition, he received the 1st prize for the best European Urological Scolarship Programme (EUSP) from the EAU. In 2007, he won the prize for the Best Paper published on Clinical Research during the 23rd Annual EAU Congress in Milan. In 2011, he won the Hans-Marberger award from the EAU scientific office in Vienna for the best publication in a European Journal on minimally invasive surgery. Lastly, he also won the first Prize at the European Urological Award for the best challenger at the European Urology Forum in Davos.
In 2015 he was the recipient of the Crystal Matula Award which is the most prestigious prize granted to a young promising European urological academician. From 2007, he has been working in the national group of experts involved in the French national guidelines. In 2008, he has been incorporated in the urothelium group of the EAU guideline office and he is involved specifically in the non muscle invasive bladder cancer group. In 2011, he also proposed renewed European Guidelines on upper urinary tract tumours. From 2007, he has been working in the national group of experts involved in the French national guidelines (AFU). From 2019, he has been appointed as chairman of the European Section of Onco-Urology (ESOU) of the EAU and he is currently the chairman of the committee of cancer of the French association of Urology.
Rouprêt is also a committed researcher and writer with a string of publications (i.e., 830 so far) in international, peer-reviewed journals. He focuses and writes on urological cancers particularly upper urinary tract tumours and prostate cancer. He was also an active member of the Editorial Board of the following journals: European Urology, and the World Journal of Urology. Besides, he owns a PhD in the field of onco-urology and genetic markers. In addition, Rouprêt is the main author or co-author of several books for medical students dedicated to education in the field of urology.
Prof. Giorgio I. Russo is Associate Professor in Urology at the University of Catania since 2020. He has been research and Clinical fellow at the Department of Urology at the University of Tübingen with Prof. A. Stenzl from July 2017 to January 2018.
He is Chairman of the EAU Young Academic Urologists – Men’s Health working group and Ex-Officio member of the YOU and the ESAU section. He is referent for assisted reproduction techniques at the U.M.R. HERA in Catania.
He is statistical analyst at the Urological clinic of the University of Catania with more than 200 public publications (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=russo+gi).
On 2019, He has been awarded with the Ferring 2019 Grant for a project on bladder cancer and on 2021 with the Young Academic Urologist Award of the European Association of Urology.
Public speaker at many international (EAU, AUA, SIU) and National congresses in the field of andrology, sexual medicine and uro-oncology.
Dr. Cesare Marco Scoffone has been working for two decades in the University Department of Urology of Orbassano (Torino, Italy), developing a wide experience in uro-oncologic and reconstructive surgery, retrograde ureteroscopic and percutaneous treatment of urolithiasis, miniinvasive approaches to BPO, holmium laser treatment of various pathologies. Since 2010 he is Chief of the Department of Urology of the Cottolengo Hospital of Torino (Italy). His personal case series include thousands of open, laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures (>1000 ECIRS, >800 low-power (totally) en-bloc no-touch HoLEPs, thousands of RIRS) performed as first surgeon in all urologic fields, and during the last fifteen years he has been often invited for Live Surgeries (mainly RIRS, ECIRS, bipolar TURP, HoLEP, ThuFLEP) all over the world. He is author of many peer-reviewed publications, guidelines, book chapters (including one in the 4th edition of the Smith’s Texbook of Endourology on ECIRS), didactic videos, editor of a Springer book on ECIRS in 2014, reviewer for many international journals, editor for WJUrol, member of national and international urological societies, consultant and tutor for various companies, part of the EAU, CIE, WCE and SIU Faculties, director of Advanced Endourology Courses in his hospital (about 35/year, lessons in the afternoon, surgeries in the morning afterwards), chairman of the Technology and Training in Endourology congress in Torino (10th edition in 2020). He lives in Alba (Langhe), the land of white truffles and famous wines, with his wife Roberta and his two sons Pietro and Giacomo. He is a good skier and bicycle rider.
Bhaskar Somani is a Professor of Urology and a Consultant Endourologist at University Hospital Southampton. He has been involved in clinically innovative patient-centred treatments. His research includes minimally invasive surgical techniques (MIST) in management of kidney stone disease and BPH, urinary tract infections, role of mobile phone apps and artificial intelligence (AI) in urology. He is the Clinical Director of ‘South Coast Lithotripter Services’. Over the last 10 years his clinical and research work has been covered by BBC, ITV, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and other newspapers and media articles on a number of occasions. He has raised awareness in highlighting risk factors for development of kidney stones such as dehydration, diet and obesity.
He has been a member of BAUS Academic and Endourology sub-sections and is the Wessex Clinical Research Network and Simulation Lead for Urology. He is also the founding member and President of PETRA (Progress in Endourology, Technology and Research Association) Urogroup and i-TRUE (International training and research in uro-oncology and endourology) group, a board member of European School of Urology (ESU), ESU Training and Research group, and EAU section of urotechnology (ESUT) endourology and Urolithiasis (EULIS) groups, besides being in the EAU Live surgery and undergraduate training committees.
He is the chosen representative for UK in the Endourology society and in the TOWER research team. He was the advisor to NICE Interventional committee and ‘invited expert’ to NICE Urological infection guidelines. He coordinates the largest hands-on-training simulation course for urology in the world (EAU-EUREP). He has published over 450 scientific papers, 10 book chapters and has been invited as a speaker, to perform live surgery and for moderations in more than 30 countries worldwide. He has raised a grant income of £3.2 million and is in the editorial board of 5 journals. Bhaskar is the course director of UROGRIPP (Urology Global Residents i-TRUE Postgraduate Programme), a modular on-line monthly urology teaching programme attended by 200-500 residents worldwide.
For his work he got awarded the fellowship of Royal college of Edinburgh (Fellow of faculty of Surgical Trainers) in 2017, honorary fellowship of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2020, Endourology society ‘Arthur Smith’ award in 2020, BAUS ‘Golden Telescope’ award in 2021 and Zenith Global health award in 2021. He is also the Editor in Chief of Journal of Clinical Urology, the official urology journal of British Association of Urological Surgeons.
With dedication, commitment and passion for research and teaching, he collaborates nationally and internationally sharing his research and teaching successfully across the world. He has published excellent clinical outcomes and his outcome and research translate into patient benefit.
Dr. Sønksen is Professor of Urology at University of Copenhagen and Chair of Urological Research Centre, Herlev & Gentofte Hospital, Denmark.
Dr. Sønksen’s clinical research includes ejaculatory and erectile dysfunction, male infertility, lower urinary tract dysfunction as well as urological cancers. He has published more than 190 scientific papers and book chapters.
He has served as Secretary General of the European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) from 2010-2013 and as President of the Danish Association of Urology from 2016-2019. In 2017 he was elected as Adjunct Secretary General of the European Association of Urology (EAU).