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C. Heymanslaan 10, ingang 46 - verdieping 4
9000 Gent
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Prof. Dr. Karel Decaestecker is Head of Clinics at the department of Urology at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He graduated magna cum laude as Master in Medicine in 2006 and completed his residency in Urology in 2012 at Ghent University Hospital. In 2012, he became Fellow of the European Board of Urology with the second highest score. On September 11th, 2015, he succesfully defended his Ph.D. on Metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence at Ghent University and is appointed as Associate Professor Uro-Oncology at Ghent University since October 1st, 2018. He had his training in robotic surgery in 2011 in AZ Groeninge Kortrijk and OLV Aalst, Belgium. He has performed over 1000 robotic procedures, mainly in the field of uro-oncology. He was trained by Prof. Dr. Abolfazl Hosseini (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden) in robotic cystectomy and totally intracorporeal urinary diversion and has performed > 300 procedures, including 150 intracorporeal neobladder reconstructions. He performed the first robot-assisted kidney transplantation in Belgium in april 2016 after training at ORSI academy and proctoring by Prof. Dr. Rajesh Ahlawat (New Dehli, India) and Dr. Alberto Breda (Fundacion Puigvert, Barcelona). He also performed the first European robot-assisted kidney autotransplantation in june 2017. Prof. Dr. Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific parties, including the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) Working Group on Robot-assisted Kidney Transplantation (RAKT) and the ERUS Working Group Bladder Cancer. He is board member of the EAU Section of Transplantation Urology (ESTU). He is chair of the BVU (Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie) and scientific secretary of Scientific Summits. Prof. Dr. Decaestecker has written or collaborated in several scientific papers, mainly in the field of uro-oncology, kidney transplantation and minimal invasive surgery. He promotes research in organ perfusion to assist treatment planning for partial nephrectomy in collaboration with IBiTech bioMMeda research group and ORSI Innotech. He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists/surgeons. He is an expert (proctor) at ORSI Academy for the RAKT course.