About this event

  • Date and time Wed 13 Nov 2019 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Urology

Join us as we showcase innovative clinical projects in UK urology. 

Hear trainee presentations from around the UK for the Urology winter short papers prize, providing an insight into cutting edge aspects of urology. Plus, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Mr Tim O'Brien, will be speaking about future advances, opportunities and challenges in urology in his keynote lecture 'The future of British urology: opportunities unbounded, challenges aplenty'.

This event is FREE for RSM members and from just £10 for non-members

Key speakers

Mr Tim O'Brien

Consultant Urological Surgeon, incoming 2020 President of BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons).

Speaker's biography

Mr Tim O'Brien MA DM FRCS (Urol) has worked at Guy's and St Thomas' since 1999.

He led the team that developed the urology centre at Guy's. This multi-million pound award winning out-patient project has transformed the way urology patients are assessed and treated at Guy's and St Thomas'. The development of the centre has led to an interest in quality improvement in Urology.

He has subspecialty expertise in kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and testis cancer. He receives large numbers of referrals from all over the south of England for complex kidney cancer surgery, in particular, removal of very large life-threatening kidney cancers which have invaded the inferior vena cava or the heart. He has a wealth of experience having performed over 800 complex nephrectomies. He also performed over 350 partial nephrectomies (kidney cancer removal with preservation of kidney function) and has particular expertise in the treatment of kidney cancer in solitary kidneys. He has taught on these techniques nationally and in Europe, Australia and the USA.

He is the surgeon in the Guy’s unit who performs the retroperitoneal lymph node dissections (RPLND) for men with residual testis cancer after intensive chemotherapy.

Mr O'Brien runs the retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) service with Ms Archie Fernando and Dr James Pattison. This specialist service was established in 2012  and the multidisciplinary care offered is probably unique in the UK. The clinic has been a great success and in 2018 the 260th patient with RPF was seen for assessment.  The team have built up very significant expertise in ureterolysis so that over 60 patients have now undergone this complex operation. A patient forum has been established and the team are actively involved in research in the disease.

In bladder cancer, his team have developed and improved the techniques of blue light cystoscopy (photodynamic assisted resection PDD) and sequential intravesical EMDA Mitomycin with BCG, techniques which aim to improve the completeness of bladder cancer treatment whilst preserving bladder function. The team have published numerous papers on the techniques, won a prestigious award from the European Association of Urology for their research, and Mr O’Brien was invited in 2010 to the FDA in Washington DC to make the case for approval of PDD in the United States.

From 2010-14, Mr O'Brien was Chairman of the section of oncology of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS). In this role he led national efforts to improve urological cancer surgery and was the lead author on publications examining the quality of partial nephrectomy and RPLND across the UK.

In 2013, he was elected to the Scientific Congress Office of the European Association of Urology.

In 2018, after a national vote, he was elected to the Vice Presidency of BAUS, and in 2020 will become President of BAUS.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Mr Michael Dinneen, Urology Section President, RSM

Session One: Winter short papers presentations
Lessons learnt from 1010 consecutive Robotic Assisted Radical Prostatectomies (RARP)

Miss Banan Osman, Urology Speciality Trainee Year 6, Canterbury Hospital, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust

18F-Choline and 68Ga-THP-PSMA simultaneous PET/MRI for the primary staging of prostate cancer

Dr Meghana Kulkarni, Speciality Trainee Year 4 Urology Registrar and Clinical Research Fellow, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Sexual function outcomes following interventions for Prostate Cancer: Are contemporary reports on functional outcomes misleading?

Dr Catherine Lovegrove, National Institute for Health Research Academic Clinical Fellow in Urology, Speciality Trainee Year 1, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

The management of testicular torsion in the UK: How can we do better? A national analysis of the factors resulting in serious incidents

Dr Richard Menzies-Wilson, Clinical Research Fellow, Whipps Cross Hospital

A switch from transrectal biopsy to cognitive freehand-guided transperineal prostate biopsy can reduce sepsis where targeted antibiotics for resistant rectal flora have failed

Dr Thomas Newman, Core Trainee Year 1, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Radiation exposure during endourological procedures: a review of 200 cases

Mr Thomas O’Hare, Specialist Registrar, Urology, Sunderland Royal Hospital

Tea and coffee break
Session Two: Winter short papers presentations
Functional outcomes following Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP) for patients with huge prostates (>150cc)

Dr Akinlolu Oluwole-Ojo, Foundation Year 1, East Surrey Hospital presenting on behalf of Marios Hadjipavlou

Assessment of Mental Imagery by Neuroimaging for surgical Development (The MIND Trial): A Pilot Study

Dr Nicholas Raison, Urology Specialist Registrar, Charing Cross Hospital and King's College London

Long-term efficacy of prophylactic antibiotics and alternative treatments for preventing recurrent uncomplicated urinary tract infections: A systematic review and network meta-analysis

Dr Luke Stroman, Speciality Trainee Year 5, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Multidisciplinary team (MDT) meeting discussion is unnecessary for the majority of urology patients; results of a multicentre cohort study

Mr Wilson To, Urology Specialist Registrar, Whipps Cross University Hospital

State of the art lecture: The future of British urology - “opportunities unbounded, challenges aplenty”

Mr Tim O'Brien, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Announcement of prize winners
Close of meeting


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