Graduating from Cambridge University in 1975 with a distinction in surgery, Roger Kirby trained at the Middlesex Hospital and was appointed Consultant Urologist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London in 1986. There he became one of the first urologists in the UK to perform open radical prostatectomy for localised prostate cancer, eventually performing more than 2000 of these operations.
In 1995 he moved to St George’s Hospital London where he was appointed Professor of Urology and also Director of Postgraduate Education. In the same year he was instrumental in founding two charities: Prostate Research Campaign and The British Urological Foundation, both of which have gone on to become major charitable organisations.
In 2005 he established The Prostate Centre in Wimpole Street, London, a centre of excellence outside the NHS, and was one of the first surgeons in England to use the da Vinci surgical robot for laparoscopic prostatectomy. He has now personally performed more than 1500 of these procedures.
Professor Roger Kirby has published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific publications, written 68 books mainly on prostate disease and men’s health, and founded two scientific journals: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases and Trends in Urology and Men’s Health. He was Council Member, Secretary and Trustee of the British Association of Urological Surgeons until 2015. He was elected President of the Urology Section of the RSM for 2016 - 2017, and in 2016 received the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons’ Clement Price Thomas Award for services to surgery.
Professor Kirby has personally raised more than £3 million for charity by running marathons, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking in Nepal and cycling across the Andes. He intends to use his fundraising skills to support the RSM, particularly in developing and extending its educational remit utilising the latest digital technology.