I am Consultant Urological Surgeon with a specialist interest in Robotic Urological Surgery and Surgical Urological Oncology at the Lister Hospital / Watford General Hospital (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Urological Cancer Centre) appointed in August 2014. My specialist interest is Urologic Oncology (Clinical and Academic). I perform both robotic bladder and prostate cancer surgery (Robotic Prostatectomy / Robotic Prostectomy with intra-operative Frozen section of prostate (NeuroSAFE), Robotic Cystectomy) and kidney surgery (Robotic Partial nephrectomy / Robotic Nephrectomy and Robotic Pyeloplasty). I also perform open/laparoscopic nephrectomy and open cystectomy with both ileal conduit and neobladders formation. My additional specialist interest include general Urology, Renal Stone medical and Surgical management including laser surgery;urinary tract infections;infertility; vasectomy; vasectomy reversal and incontinence.

Prior to commencing my Consultant Urological Surgeon post, I completed a 2-year robotic urological fellowship at the Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire Urological Cancer Centre, Lister Hospital and the City of Hope National Medical Centre, Los Angeles, USA. On the completion of my robotic urological fellowship I am the first UK nationally accredited Robotic Fellow by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the British Association of Urological Surgeons. To enhance my robotic urological skills I have also completed a further fellowship training (Awarded by TUF – The Urology Foundation, UK) at the City of Hope National Medical Centre in Los Angeles, USA in robotic urological surgery which include robotic extended pelvic lymph node dissection, robotic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, robotic cystectomy with intracorporeal ileal conduit and neobladders formation and on-table robotic florescence techniques (Firefly™) technology for single kidney and complex robotic partial Nephrectomy. As a part of my robotic urological fellowship I obtained a ChM (Urol) with a distinction from the University of Edinburgh / Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh for my thesis on the use of “Intraoperative frozen section of the prostate to reduce positive margin and improve nerve sparing during Robotic prostatectomy”.

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I have a broad experience in basic science, clinical research and have had numerous successful research grants approved. My basic science background as Clinical Research Associate at the National University of Singapore in Urology involved performing clinical trials and basic science research on gene therapy and immunotherapy for bladder cancer. I have published extensively and have over 100 peer-reviewed articles, 175 abstracts, 10 book chapters, written 2 textbooks on Urological Cancers and am on the editorial board of 3 international urological journals. I also review for high impact factor journals including “The Lancet” and “The British Journal of Urology International”. My current research interests focus on the early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of prostate / bladder and kidney cancer patients, identification of biomarkers high-risk prostate cancer patients, enhancing recovery/ quality-of life-issues in patients with prostate, bladder and kidney treatment, robotic nanotechnology and development of robotic intra-operative haptic feedback sensory technology. Please follow my latest research at developments at: -https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Nikhil_Vasdev.

I am an Associate Lecturer in Urology at the University of Cambridge where I lead Urological Medical Student teaching. I am the Lead Clinical Tutor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / University of Edinburgh for the ChM (Urol) degree for Prostate Cancer, Robotic Urology and New Technology. I am the Network lead for the Lister Robotic Urology / Vatikutti Foundation, USA collaboration where we work closely to enhance patient care and are working on the development of model to help reduce the cost of robotic surgery in order for the benefits of technology to be available and affordable to patients in the developing world.

My Urological surgical training includes my basic surgical training at the National University Hospital, Singapore and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. I then completed my 6 year Higher surgical training on type-1 national training number in Urology in the Northern Deanery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK training at large teaching hospitals including the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne; James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and Sunderland Royal Hospital, UK and robotic fellowship training at the Lister Hospital, UK and City of Hope national medical centre, USA.

Current Clinic Locations of Service

Lister Hospital, Stevenage

[Outpatient clinics, Robotic/Open/Endoscopic Urological Surgical Procedures]

Watford General Hospital, Watford

[Urological Lead for Pelvic exenteration Surgery, Outpatient clinics, day surgery,Multidisciplinary team meeting]

St. Albans Hospital / Hemel Hempstead Hospital

[Specialist joint uro-oncology Cancer Outpatient clinics]

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Welwyn Garden City

[Day surgery/ Specialist Prostate Biopsy list – transperineal/ integrated fusion biopsies]

Current Academic Roles

Associate Lecturer in Urology

Cambridge University

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Uro-oncology and Robotic Urology

University of Hertfodshire

Faculty in Robotic Surgery

Chitra Sethia Robotic Centre

University College Hospital London

Clinical Tutor for ChM (Urology)

University of Edinburgh and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Private Practice

Pinehill Hospital, Hitchin
Spire Bushey Hospital, North London
Elstree Cancer Centre, North London
Consultant Robotic Urological Surgeons, Cancer Partners, UK
The Prostate Practice, London