Professor Prokar Dasgupta MSc(Urol), MD, DLS, FRCS(Urol), FEBU

Prokar has been a Senior Academic Urologist for the past 7 years within the Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory Diseases (DIIID), Guy’s Hospital, King’s College London School of Medicine. Senior faculty member within the GKT Biomedical Research Centre to promote translational research. He has also worked for 10 years in the 5* rated Institute of Neurology, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square.

He pioneered modern robotic urological surgery in UK, following in the footsteps of John Wickham. His team is recognised internationally for the Guy’s robotic cystoprostatectomy technique for bladder cancer and is the leading European group amongst the International Robotic Cystectomy Consortium (IRCC). He conducted the first randomised controlled trial of robotic urology in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Hospital. A further innovation is the description of a minimally invasive method of delivering Botulinum toxin to refractory overactive bladders (Dasgupta technique). He is the Urological Foundation Mentor in Robotic Surgery. He was elected BAUS councillor and Royal College of Surgeons Specialist Advisor in 2008. He is a Visiting Professor to a number of overseas institutions.

He has over 400 publications which include nearly 170 peer-reviewed papers, 17 chapters and 4 books. He is credited with over 250 presentations in national and international meetings. He has raised almost £3 million through 34 grants including those from the MRC, MS Society and BUF. He has established numerous collaborations in basic science research the most recognised of these being the understanding of receptor function in the human and rat bladders and the translational implications. He is interested in stem cells in prostate cancer and bladder regeneration and the development of image guidance and indentation probes to improve the accuracy of robotic surgery in urological oncology.

He currently supervises 4 PhD students within Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’ School of Medicine. He is divisional academic chairman, academic chairman of the Southern Laparoscopic Urologists Group and has been co-chairman for the robotics section of the World Congress of Endourology. He has delivered 88 guest lectures – the AUA, EUS 2005 lecture and Hunterian 2006 state of the art deserve particular mention. He is tutor on the MSc and FRCS (Urol) courses and has served as an examiner of the University of London for four years. He has conducted a number of UK and European symposia/masterclasses in robotic surgery. He is a reviewer for 15 journals including Nature Clinical Practice Urology and a member of numerous editorial boards. He was elected as a trustee to the BJU International and BAUS in 2009. He advises NICE on laparoscopic and robotic urology.

He was honoured with the Karl Storz-Harold Hopkins Golden Telescope award from the British Association of Urological Surgeons for significant and lasting contribution to urology.


July 1989        MBBS, University of Calcutta

August 1991    Diplomate of the National Board of India (Primary-Surgery)

June 1993       Advanced Trauma Life Support

June 1994       FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

June 1996       MSc Urology with distinction University College London (placed first)

May 2000        FRCS Urology Intercollegiate Board, UK

March 2001     MD, University of London

May 2001        Fellow of the European Board of Urology (placed first)

June 2001        University Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery (DLS), European Institute of Telesurgery (EITS) Strasbourg, France

Nov 2006         Fellow of the Hunterian Society

Awards and Academic Distinctions:

1985 Pan Memorial Medal in Anatomy

1986 Basak Memorial Medal in Anatomy

1989 University Prize in Surgery

1996 Prof. Geoffrey Chisholm Gold Medal in Urology

1997 Jack Lapides Honorable mention award, American Urological Association, New Orleans, USA

1997 Best poster on clinical urodynamics, International Continence Society, Yokohama, Japan

1998 Clifford Morson Prize in Urology

1999 British Urological Foundation Fellowship, Human Genome Project University of Washington, Seattle, USA

1999 The Lord Alport prize

2000 Ethicon Foundation Fund award Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

2001 British Society for Endourology Traveling Fellowship

2001 Karl Storz Fellowship All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

2002 British Association of Urological Surgeons Endourology Prize (Fellow: B Challacombe)

2002 The Chesselden Prize (Fellow: B Challacombe)

2002 Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Prize, Section of Urology (Fellow: M Harper)

2003 British Association of Urological Surgeons Endourology Prize (Fellow: M Bultitude)

2003 RSM Prize, Geoffrey Chisholm Communication award (Fellow: R Popat)

2003 British Urological Foundation Preceptor-advanced laparoscopy Cleveland Clinic Foundation, USA

2004 Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh Gold Medal (Fellow: B Challacombe)

2004 The Jenny Ackroyd/Chesselden Prize (Fellow: A Sahai)

2004 South Thames Regional meeting Peckham award (Fellow: A Sahai)

2005 Showcase award, The Charitable Foundation (P Dasgupta, R Nicholson, K Rose)

2005 British Urological Foundation, Hadley Scholar (Fellow: A Sahai)

2005 Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Prize, Section of Urology (Fellow: A Sahai)

2005 South Thames Regional Meeting Derek Packham Prize (Fellow: D Murphy)

2005 The Jenny Ackroyd/Chesselden Prize (Fellow: D Murphy)

2006 The South Thames Urology Prize (Fellow: J Henderson)

2006 The Harold Ellis Prize of the Alcock’s Society (Fellow: B Challacombe)

2006 Best poster at European Association of Urology, Paris (Fellow: V Kalsi)

2006 King’s College London Postgraduate Research Symposium Prize (Fellow: P Acher)

2006 Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Prize (Fellow: P Acher)

2006 The European Association of Nursing award (M Nightingale)

2006 International Continence Society, Jan Paterson Prize (Fellows: S Datta, A Apostolidis)

2006 The Karl Storz-Harold Hopkins Golden Telescope British Association of Urological Surgeons

2007 The Geoffrey Chisholm Gold Medal (Fellow: P Sangster)

2008 Best research prize World Congress of Endourology, Shanghai (K Althoefer)

2008 European Association of Urology best paper (Fellow: S Thompson)

2008 Susan Tucker award (Fellow: S Thompson)

2008 The Geoffrey Chisholm Gold Medal (Fellow: T Nedas)

2009 Engineering and Urology Society Outstanding Paper Award (Fellow: D Zbyszewski)

2009 American Urological Association Best Poster award (Fellow: SN Datta)


01.03.07 – till date Hon. Reader and Consultant Urological Surgeon Division of Immunology, Infection and Inflammatory Disease Faculty of Translational Medicine, NIHR BRC Urology Centre, Guy’s Hospital and King’s College London

01.02.02 – 28.02.07 Consultant and Hon. Senior Lecturer in Urology Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals and KCL

01.11.01 – 31.01.02 Locum Consultant Urologist, Guy's Hospital, London

06.10.99 – 05.10.01 SpR in Urology, Guy's Hospital, London

01.10.98 – 05.10.99 SpR in Urology, Colchester General Hospital, Colchester

01.04.97 - 30.09.98 SpR in Urology, Edith Cavell Hospital, Peterborough

01.08.95 - 31.07.98 Hon. Lecturer in Uro-Neurology, Institute of Neurology, London

01.08.95 - 31.03.97 Registrar & MRC Fellow in Uro-Neurology, Institute of Neurology, NHNN, Queen Square, London

01.02.95 - 31.07.95 R.S.O in Urology, Institute of Urology, London

01.08.94 - 31.07.96 MSc student, Institute of Urology, London

01.09.94 - 02.10.94 Registrar in Urology (Locum), Royal Free Hospital, London

01.02.94 - 31.07.94 SHO in Urology, Greenwich District Hospital, London

01.08.93 - 31.01.94 SHO in Orthopaedics & Trauma, Royal Cornwall Hospitals, Truro

01.02.93 - 31.07.93 SHO in Accident & Emergency, Royal Cornwall Hospitals,Truro

01.02.92 - 15.01.93 Private practice in General Surgery, Calcutta

01.08.91 - 31.01.92 Senior SHO General Surgery Medical College Hospitals, Calcutta

01.08.90 - 31.01.91 SHO General Surgery, Medical College Hospitals, Calcutta

01.08.89 - 31.07.90 Rotating Internship, Medical College Hospitals, Calcutta