Prof. dr. Dr. Karel Decaestecker is a staff member at the Urology Department AZ Maria Middelares Ghent and consultant urologist at the Urology Department of Ghent University Hospital. He is a Fellow of the European Board of Urology. He successfully defended his PhD on “metastasis-targeted therapy of oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence” at Ghent University and has been appointed associate professor of Uro-Oncology at Ghent University since October 1, 2018.
His main interests are uro-oncology and minimally invasive surgery, in particular the robotic-assisted treatment of bladder and kidney tumors and full intracorporeal urologic reconstructions. He performed the first robot-assisted kidney transplant in Belgium in April 2016 and the first robot-assisted kidney autotransplantation in Europe in June 2017.
Karel Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific organizations, including the EAU Robotics Urology Section (ERUS) Working Group on Robot-assisted Kidney Transplantation (RAKT) and the ERUS Working Group Bladder Cancer. He is a board member of the EAU Section of Transplantation Urology (ESTU), Scientific Summits and the Belgian Laparoscopic Urology Group (BLUG). He is an expert (proctor) at ORSI Academy for the robot-assited kidney surgery course. Since January 2021 he is chairman of the BVU (Belgian Association for Urology). Prof. dr. Dr Karel Decaestecker is (co-)author of various scientific articles (h-index 26), mainly in the field of uro- oncology, kidney transplantation and minimally invasive urological surgery.
He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists/surgeons both nationally and internationally.