Rick Popert was appointed as a consultant in 1996 having completed his higher surgical training at Guy's Hospital and urological research at King's College Hospital.
He established a dedicated prostate clinic on his appointment. Over the last 15 years this has developed into a specialist multidisiplinary clinic staffed by 3 consultant urologists, 2 radiation oncologists, 4 registrars and 4 prostate nurse specialists.
Rick's surgical expertise is in radical prostatectomy and he has carried out over 600 of these procedures. In the last 5 years he has successfully transferred his experience from conventional open radical prostatectomy to the robotic assisted approach.
In addition, he has the UK's largest experience of single visit dynamic intra-operative prostate brachytherapy and has carried out over 600 of these cases between 2004 and 2012.
He has an interest in Precision Prostate Diagnostics and has developed a unique transperineal biopsy approach which provides accurate tumour localisation without the morbidity associated with more extensive mapping protocols. This approach has been further enhanced by the technique of MRI fusion targeted biopsy of the prostate which he introduced in March 2012, the first department in the UK to do so. He has a cohort of over 350 patients on active surveillance, most of whom have benefited from the certainty provided by the transperineal biopsy approach.
For benign prostatic disease, he has introduced a holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) service at Guy's and London Bridge Hospitals. He has carried out over 500 holmium laser enucleations with reduced bleeding and length of stay in patients with prostate volumes larger than 100 cc compared with standard trans urethral prostatectomy (TURP).
Rick was lead clinician in urology from July 2008 to February 2012.