Challacombe, Ben - consultant urological surgeon


Consultant profiles

Ben ChallacombeContacts

Secretary: Patrick Tall
Secretary email:
Tel: 020 7188 6796

Area of expertise: robotic and laparoscopic urology

  • Biography

    Ben Challacombe was appointed to Guy's and St Thomas' in 2010 following his fellowship in Australia. His areas of interest are benign and malignant prostate disease and minimally invasive surgery for the upper urological tract.

    Ben is the highest volume surgeon for robotic partial nephrectomy in the UK and also specialises in robotic radical prostatectomy, and robotic surgery for nephro-ureterectomy, pyeloplasty, adrenalectomy and nephrectomy, and Holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP). Ben has performed over 600 robotic procedures and 250 HoLEPS.

    He runs the robotic fellowship programme and teaches robotics and HoLEP at the British and European Annual Urology meetings.

    Ben is also involved in the academic and research programmes within the department. He has a Certificate in Education and is involved with both undergraduate and postgraduate urological teaching and is the Guy’s and St Thomas' surgical tutor for junior surgeons.

  • Education and training

    • MBBS (hons) - United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, 1992-1998
    • BSc (hons) in clinical anatomy and wound healing, 1995
    • Master of Surgery (MS) degree in telemedicine and telerobotics, 2002-2003
    • Clinical Fellowship in Urological Oncology including robotics and laparoscopy - Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia, 2008-2009.
  • Specialist interests

    • robotic partial nephrectomy

    • robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy

    • holmium laser enucleation of the prostate

    • robotic nephro-ureterectomy

    • robotic adrenalectomy

    • laparoscopic nephrectomy
    • dynamic prostate brachytherapy.
  • Research interests

    • clinical research and audit in robotic surgery
    • simulation and validation
    • sentinel node applications in urology
    • telementoring in urology.
  • Awards

    • best paper EAU 2014 upper tract: robotic partial nephrectomy; the learning curve
    • UK nomination for EAU Crystal Matula, 2013

    • shortlisted for Silver Scalpel 2013 for best UK surgical trainer
    • the Rowan Nicks UK and Ireland Scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2009.
  • Publications

    • over 140 peer reviewed papers on the US National Library of Medicine, Pubmed.
    • over 200 international poster and podium presentations
    • 15 book chapters and edited two books.