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John Kelly

MD, FRCS (Urol)


Special Interests

Robotic surgery, bladder cancer, prostate cancer




Professor John Kelly is Clinical Lead for the largest urology pelvic cancer centre in the UK at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). John is the Director of the Chitra Sethia Minimal Access Centre at UCLH which trains the next generation of robotic surgeons from the UK and abroad. His clinical interest are Bladder and Prostate cancer. He is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in bladder cancer and in developing robotic cystectomy (removal of the bladder). He has conducted studies in hyperthermia, a new treatment for early stage bladder cancer and his group at University College London (UCL) have developed novel tests for the detection of bladder cancer.

John leads the Kelly:Feber Lab - one of the UK's leading research groups discovering new ways to detect, diagnose and treat bladder cancer. The lab is based at UCL and has received funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). Their work aims to improve cancer detection and diagnosis which will allow doctors to better select the right treatments and improve outcomes for patients.

John has practised at some of the most prestigious healthcare organisations in the world. He moved to UCLH in 2009 from Cambridge University, having been a consultant urologist working in complex cancer surgery at Addenbrookes Hospital. Previously, he was a fellow at the Cornell University Hospital in New York. John has been the Chairman of the UK National Cancer Research Institute, Bladder Clinical Studies Group and is currently the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of The Urology Foundation.

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