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Prof Paul Abrams
Bristol Urological Institute

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Paul Abrams

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Qualifications:Professor Chairman of Department/Section
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Paul Abrams is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of urology. He is currently Professor of Urology and Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Bristol Urological Institute, Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

Professor Abrams received his MB ChB in 1970 from Sheffield University Medical School, was appointed a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1974, received his MD from Bristol in 1977 and was accredited in Urology in 1981. He was also a Nuffield Travelling Scholar to Hong Kong (1968), Education Officer for the British Medical Student Association (1968 – 1969) and President of the Sheffield Medical Society (1969 – 1970). He is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of urology and is involved in many ongoing research projects.

Professor Abrams is currently serving as Post General Secretary of the International Continence Society (ICS), having served as General Secretary from 1985 to 2004. The ICS is the only international multidisciplinary society concerned with lower urinary tract function; it has 1,700 members who come from 39 countries, and the Secretary is its leading official. In addition, he is Chairman of the 1st and 2nd International WHO International Consultations on Incontinence, Chairman of the Urodynamic Sub-committee of the International WHO Consultation on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and is Vice-Chairman of the International Consultation on Urological Diseases (ICUD).

He is deputy editor of Neurourology and Urodynamics, a member of several editorial boards, an expert reviewer as well as a journal referee for three leading urology journals. In addition, he serves as an examiner for higher degrees for 5 universities and acts as a referee for research grants at 4 institutions and as a referee for academic professorships; he is also an advisor to the US FDA, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the US Agency for Healthcare Policy Research. He is also extremely involved in UK national and local academic and administrative work.

Professor Abrams is also a founding member and trustee of the Bristol Urological Institute, a position he has held since 1993 and is the Institute’s Director of Research.

An invited speaker at meetings in over 30 countries, he has lectured and presented at all the major international urological symposia. He has contributed chapters to more than 30 academic books and has produced over 200 journal articles and published abstracts. The second edition of his book “Urodynamics” was published in 1997 and has been translated into several European languages and into Chinese.

Prof Paul Abrams declared on the Thursday 20th June 2019 that they had the following existing or known future financial relationships or affiliations:


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