Professor Prokar Dasgupta is an Academic Urologist based in London, UK. He was appointed as Consultant Urologist to Guy's Hospital, London in 2002 where he pioneered robotic urological surgery within the UK. He is credited with the "Dasgupta technique" of injecting Botulinum toxin in overactive bladders. He became the first Professor of Robotic Surgery and Urological Innovation at King's College London in 2009. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of the BJUI.
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.