Jonathon Olsburgh


Consultant transplant urological surgeon


Jonathon Olsburgh is a consultant urologist and transplant surgeon. He specialises in Urology of Transplantation and Renal Failure and laparoscopic and reconstructive surgery.

He has performed over 200 laparoscopic "keyhole" assisted donor nephrectomy operations, so that a relative or friend can donate a kidney for transplantation, and over 200 kidney transplants including dual kidney, combined kidney / pancreas, combined liver/kidney and paediatric kidney transplants. He has an international referral practice in urinary tract reconstruction prior to and after kidney transplant.

Jonathon also jointly runs the Young Onset Urology (YOU) clinic for adolescents and young adults transitioning from paediatrics and he also has a particular interest in treating patients with urinary tract infections (UTI). There are integrated video-urodynamics and multi-disciplinary team meetings.

His academic interests include urological aspects of transplant surgery, UTI and basic science research of the urothelium - the specialised lining cells of the urinary tract including his PhD on this subject. This has potential applications in treating urinary tract cancer, infection and diseases that require surgical reconstruction of the urinary tract. He has co-authored over 60 papers and many book chapters.

Jonathon Olsburgh was appointed to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital (GSTT) in 2006. He is Chair of the GSTT Audit and Quality Improvement Committee. He is a member of the UK Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) in Urology and was previous director of transplant training in London. He is the vice-chairman of the European Association of Urology (EAU) Guidelines on Renal Transplantations.

Education and training

  • University of Leeds 1993
  • Awarded PhD from University of Leeds 2005
  • Postgraduate training was in Leeds and London.

Research interests

  • Leads research on urinary tract infection in kidney transplantation.


  • JBK Smith, K Sairam, J Olsburgh. Acute Urinary Retention Secondary to a Urethral Calculus in a Bladder-drained Kidney Pancreas Transplant Patient – a Metallic Clip NidusJ Int Med Res 2009; 37 (1) : 253-256

  • Chandak P, Kessaris N, Challacombe B, Olsburgh J, Calder F, Mamode N. How safe is hand-assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomy?--results of 200 live donor nephrectomies by two different techniques. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2009;24(1):293-7. Epub 2008 Aug 18.

  • de Souza RM, Olsburgh J. Urinary tract infection in the renal transplant patient.Nat Clin Pract Nephrol. 2008;4(5):252-64. Epub 2008 Mar 11.

Last updated: April 2022

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