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Mr Veeru Kasivisvanathan
Charles Bell House
London
Mr Veeru Kasivisvanathan profile picture
Appointment
  • Clinical Research Fellow
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
Biography

Veeru Kasivisvanathan is an Academic Urological Surgeon based at University College London and University College London Hospital, specializing in Urological Oncology. 

 

He is Founding Director of the BURST Research Collaborative and a Hunterian Professor of Surgical Sciences at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

 

His clinical practice focuses on prostate cancer diagnostics, robotic pelvic cancer surgery and focal therapy of prostate cancer.

 

He completed his Urology residency in London, United Kingdom, working in hospitals both north and south of the River Thames. He trained in a number of leading institutions including University College London Hospital, Guys Hospital London & Imperial College London and has worked abroad in different healthcare systems, carrying out clinical and research work at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia.

Research Summary

Veeru is a clinical and health services researcher, contributing to urological research on an international level, having contributed to the first major change in 30 years in the way that we diagnose prostate cancer. He is a regularly invited international speaker and has a number of national & international leadership roles. He has influenced national policy in prostate cancer screening and has changed NICE, European and American guidelines for prostate cancer care through high-impact publications in leading medical journals. He has developed novel methods within urological research, fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration and has a track record of nurturing early career researchers. He is committed to ensuring diversity & equality within his teams. 


His research interests include: 

1. Prostate cancer

This work has focussed on the use of novel imaging techniques to improve the way that cancer is diagnosed and treated (PRECISION, PRIME trial). 

2. Bladder cancer

This work has focussed on optimising the detection of urinary tract cancers (IDENTIFY study) and in optimising the treatment of patients with bladder cancer (RESECT study). Work involves international audit, educational theory and peer-group comparison. 

3. Benign disease

This work includes testicular torsion (FIX-IT study) and stone disease (MIMIC study, STENT study) 


He has developed novel methods of collaborative research and has expertise in development of research networks, clinical trials and observational study delivery. 


He has been recognised for his research with prestigious awards including: 

• European Association of Urology Crystal Matula Award for top young academic Urologist in Europe

• British Association of Urological Surgeons John Anderson Award for outstanding contribution to Urology

• Royal College of Surgeons of England Hunterian Professorship 2021 for outstanding contribution to surgical sciences

• Medicina Young Investigator Award for groundbreaking contribution to the advancement of Medicine 

• UCL Provost Excellence 2018 Award for exceptional contribution to the University

Teaching Summary

Veeru regularly contributes to teaching at a local, national and international level at undergraduate & postgraduate level.

 

On an international level, he has been appointed as the European Association of Urology (EAU) School of Urology Chair for Education in Imaging, focal therapy and uropathology. In 2016, he founded a Prostate MRI Course for education of Urologists and validated it providing evidence that it improves the skill level of Urologists. The EAU adopted this course as the main way in which Urologists are taught this skill across Europe. The course has since been delivered to over 1000 clinicians at more than 35 EAU-affiliated different events across the world over the past 5 years. 

 

Locally he has helped to organise & examine at MBBS Finals Surgical Exams at his alma mater, Imperial College London. He is passionate about teaching trainee doctors and has been nominated 6 times for NHS Teaching Excellence Award and has been awarded two NHS Teaching Hero Awards.

Academic Background
2014   Master of Science University of London
2010   Member of the Royal College of Surgeons Royal College of Surgeons of England
2009   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
2007   Bachelor of Science Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
  PhD PhD in prostate cancer University College London
  FRCS Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England Royal College of Surgeon's of England
  PGCert Postgraduate certificate in Clinical trials University of London
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