Prokar Dasgupta has worked as a robotic surgeon/consultant urologist for many years, in the UK and India. He is the King’s Health Partners Foundation Professor of Surgery and the Chairman of the Institute of Robotic Surgery at King’s College London (KCL), one of the premier international institutes, established by the Vattikuti Foundation, Detroit, USA. Prokar did his surgical training in Kolkata, India followed by a Medical Research Council UK lecturership in Uro-Neurology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, London where he completed a research doctorate, followed by specialist training in Urology at Guy’s Hospital and the Institute of Urology in London. Prokar has worked as an urologist at Guy’s Hospital and a senior academic surgeon at KCL for 20 years.
Prokar Dasgupta developed an international reputation as an academic robotic surgeon, scientist, educator, polymath and Editor of the British Journal of Urology International. He chaired the European Association of Urology Robotic Congress in London in 2012, the Olympic year. He served on the Surgical Specialty Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Council of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), Specialist Advisory Committee for Urology UK, Joint Committee for Surgical Training UK and KCLs diversity board within my school. Prokar has also been the Regional Specialist Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons of England and councillor and President of the Hunterian Society. He served on the Medical Advisory Boards of Allergan and Intuitive Surgical Robotics Epicentre and as Chief Scientific Officer of Proximie, an Augmented Reality company. Prokar is a mentor for the UK National Clinical Entrepreneurship Program.
Prokar is now the surgical chair on the joint Guy’s/St.Thomas’/KCL MedTech Hub Board which launched its ambitious program of developing the largest Tech Hub in London. This will create academic-industry partnerships to evaluate cutting edge technologies for patient benefit.
Prokar served on the Associated Parliamentary Committee for Surgical Services, House of Lords which highlighted the key role of simulation in patient safety, argued for sensible changes to the European Working Time Directive and championed the establishment of emergency surgery as a specialty.