Mr Ben Challacombe, Consultant Urological Surgeon currently works within the Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Trust. He is highly specialised in minimally invasive procedures for prostatic disease. He is the clinical lead for urological cancer and clinical robotics, his expertise in robotics is unparalleled, he is a mentor and fellowship director for robotic surgery.
Mr Challacombe has trained in many highly prestigious institutions including Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and The Royal Marsden Hospital, as well as abroad at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, alongside Professor Tony Costello. He was later awarded the Rowan Nicks Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. His intensive training allowed him to learn both laparoscopic and robotic techniques, he later performed the first clinical trial of tele-robotics in London and Oxford in 2002. This trial later became a section within his Master’s thesis on robotic medicine and tele-medicine.
Mr Challacombe has performed a vast range of procedures including over 1000 robotic radical prostatectomies, over 1100 robotic upper tract procedures (560 of which were robotic partial nephrectomies), and is also highly experienced in holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) having performed over 900. He remains one of the most sought after surgeons in the UK for robotic partial nephrectomy and upper tract robotics. Additionally, he helped to create the robotic cystectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy programmes at Guy’s Hospital.
He remains an active member of the research community, his current research interests focus on robotic surgery training, trans-perineal template biopsy and sentinel node techniques, active surveillance of low risk prostate cancer, and haptic probe development in robotic surgery. He has also published over 230 articles in high-impact journals, written 3 books, and has contributed 25 chapters to textbooks. He holds positions for many associations including being Chairman for the British Association of Urology (BAUS) Oncology Section, and is a trustee for of The Urology Foundation Charity. On top of this he is also an associate editor for BJUI.