The 6th Urology Boot Camp

Monday 11th October to Friday 15th October 2021

Course Directors

Shekhar Biyani
Course Director

Mr. Biyani is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds. He has developed expertise in stone disease and laparoscopy. Mr. Biyani trained in General Surgery in India and Urology training in the UK. He is a keen surgical trainer and has delivered courses in UK, Africa and Europe. He was instrumental in developing National Urology Simulation Boot Camp for new urology registrars. He is also Co-Lead for the Cadaveric Simulation Centre (CADSIM) at the University of Leeds.

Vish Hanchanale
Course Director

Mr Vishwanath Hanchanale is a consultant urological and robotic surgeon at Royal Liverpool University Teaching hospital. He completed specialist urological training from Yorkshire and ERUS robotic training Belgium before taking up his consultant position. He has published and presented extensively in international urology journals and conferences and currently continuing his audit and research activity by involving in ongoing projects.

Sunjay Jain
Course Director

Mr. Sunjay Jain trained in London and the East Midlands before being appointed as a Consultant Urologist at St James’s Hospital in Leeds in 2007. He specialises in surgery for urological cancer, particularly bladder cancer. Education and Training are very important to Sunjay. He is Surgical Tutor for St James’s Hospital and past Chair of the Urology Training programme for Yorkshire and the Humber. A particular passion is training in non-technical skills and human factors, not only for doctors but the wider surgical team. Sunjay is a co-director of the annual Urology Simulation Boot Camp which since 2015 has prepared newly appointed specialist registrars in Urology for clinical practice.

Module Leads

Philip Cornford
Module 1 Joint Lead

Philip Cornford has been a consultant Urological surgeon in the Urology department at The Royal Liverpool University Hospitals since 2001. His clinical practice has focused on Uro-oncology incorporating both open and minimally invasive surgery and he currently runs a popular post CCT fellowship scheme for those want to specialise in this area. Previously TPD in Merseyside and involved with the inception of National selection he currently serves as Chair on the SAC and is the Urology representative on the CST SAC. He has taught on the BAUS emergency Urology cadaveric course and has been involved with the “Boot camp” since its first iteration.

Joby Taylor
Module 2 Lead

Mr Joby Taylor is a Consultant Urologist currently working in Forth Valley, Scotland with a special interest in functional urology and andrology. Graduated from Edinburgh University but trained and worked in Yorkshire before returning to Scotland. Co-author of BAUS Suprapubic Catheter Guidelines and advocate of evidence-based practice and critical thinking. Original Boot Camp Faculty and Module 1 lead for the last three years with a commitment to getting the basics done right.

Raj Gowda
Module 3 Lead

Mr Raj Gowda has been working as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2008. He had his basic surgical training in India and completed his higher specialty training in urology at the West Yorkshire Deanery. His special interest is in management of renal tumours and stones in urinary tract. He has trained many trainees to become independent surgeons to carry out laparoscopic nephrectomies and also been an invited faculty member at various regional and national simulation courses. He has been leading basic laparoscopic skills module at the Urology Boot Camp since its inception in 2015

Ghulam Nabi
Module 4 Lead

Professor Ghulam Nabi is chair of Urology at the University of Dundee and lead for prostate cancer surgery at the NHS Tayside, Dundee in Scotland. He has been director of minimally invasive urological courses run by surgical skills centre in Dundee, pioneering use of Thiel embalmed cadavers for training in urology in the UK. Professor Nabi leads Scottish Cancer Research (East node) and as PI for a number of clinical trials besides his own interest in tissue characterization using novel imaging such as ultrasound shear wave elastography, Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence imaging, second harmonic generation imaging and other related photonic techniques.

Ruth Doherty
Module 5 Joint Lead

Mrs Ruth Doherty has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and QEH, Kings Lynn, for 2 years. Her training was undertaken in West Midlands and latterly in East of England. Ruth has always been interested in Postgraduate Medical Education, and completed her PGCME during her Urology specialist training, and has more recently undertaken Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons in 2018. As a Consultant and Educational Supervisor Ruth is involved in simulation skills training for regional trainees in East of England as part of an annual training week which she co-lead at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. This led to the opportunity for Ruth to participate initially as faculty in the simulation training at Leeds Boot camp 2016, and now to co-lead Module 5 at Boot camp 2017.

Mark Rochester
Module 5 Joint Lead

mod 5 Mark studied Medicine at Cambridge University and trained in surgery and urology in Oxford and the Eastern Deanery. He was appointed as a consultant at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital in 2010. His main interest is in robotic partial nephrectomy and cystectomy, and he also provides a HoLEP service for BPH. He is the clinical director of urology at NNUH, is the educational supervisor for urology trainees at the trust and sits on the regional urology training committee. He maintains an active interest in clinical research and is an honorary senior lecturer at Norwich Medical School. He has had formal training in Non-technical skills for surgeons and has been co-lead for module 5 since 2017.

Mary Garthwaite
Module 6  Joint Lead

Mary is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, where she specialises in functional, reconstructive and neuro-urology. She trained at St Bartholomew’s, London, and intercalated in Anatomy at UCL. Her higher training in Urology was in the Yorkshire Deanery, during which time she gained a PhD in Molecular Biology, York University. She completed her training with a post-CCT fellowship in urogynaecology and female urology at Leicester and an observership at UC Davis Medical Centre, Sacramento.

Ahmad Abdul-Rahman
Module 6 Joint Lead

Mr Ahmad Abdul-Rahman is a consultant urological surgeon at Hull and East Riding hospitals with a special interest in functional urology and reconstruction. His Higher training was undertaken in Yorkshire deanery and became an undergraduate clinical tutor for Hull/York Medical School. Mr.Abdul-Rahman has always been interested in Postgraduate Medical Education, and was a tutor at Urology Diploma course at UCL and served as Urodynamics course director in Turkey for the last three years. Mr. Abdul-Rahman has been a faculty in the simulation training at Leeds Boot camp 2016, and now to co-lead Module 6 at Boot camp 2018.

Alexandra Colquhoun
Module 7 Lead

Alex studied medicine at the University of Leicester before subsequently specialising in Urology in the East Midlands. She then headed to Toronto for two years undertaking further specialist training in urological oncology obtaining membership of the American Society of Urologic Oncology. Alex was appointed as a Consultant Urologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2011, and has a specialist interest in the treatment of bladder cancer. In addition to her Urology practice Alex has a keen interest in teaching, particularly the non-technical aspects of surgical training, and also bladder cancer basic science research.

Jake Patterson
Module 8 Lead

Jake is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. He has a subspecialty interest in Endourology and leads a busy multidisciplinary stone team with a large tertiary practice. Jake has special interests in complex stone disease in neuropathic patients and also in medical device development, as well as ureteroscopic and percutaneous stone surgery and the management of other benign and malignant upper urinary tract diseases. He is an experienced and enthusiastic under-graduate and post-graduate teacher, especially in clinical skills tuition, and an active researcher. He is getting better at running, which he is learning to enjoy.

Support Team

Laura Brown
Administration Team Leader

Lesley Wood
Administration Officer

Mark Logcan

Jack Holmes

Daniel Pye

Dave Gould

Rachael Binns
Clinical Educator

Hilary Gupte
Clinical Educator

Jodie Fowler
Admin Team Leader