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Prof Karel Decaestecker
Ghent University Hospital

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Prof. dr. Karel Decaestecker is Head of Clinic 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 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 500 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 > 200 procedures, including 100 intracorporeal neobladder reconstructions. He performed the first robot-assisted kidney transplantation in Belgium in april 2016 after training at ORSI academy 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. Dr. Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific parties, including the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) Robot-assisted Kidney Transplantation (RAKT) group and the ERUS Scientific Working Group Bladder Cancer. He has recently joined the EAU Section of Transplantation Urology (ESTU) board. He is also in the Board of Directors of the BVU Scientific Summits. Prof. dr. Decaestecker has written or colaborated in several scientific papers, mainly in the field of uro-oncology, kidney transplantation and minimal invasive surgery. He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists/surgeons.