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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 156

Best Reviewers, 2009

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Robert Pickard MD FRCS (Urol)

Professor of Urology, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University, Honorary Consultant Urologist, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

He studied medicine at the London Hospital Medical College, London, UK, qualifying in 1984 and, after initial indecision, opted for a career in surgery. As was traditional in the UK at that time he gained experience in all branches of surgery to qualify as FRCS in 1989, just after moving to Newcastle upon Tyne where he has stayed ever since. By this time he had developed enthusiasm for urology with its mix of medical and surgical treatments, its allowance of a life outside of work and its scientific approach. He was fortunate to be trained at a time of great expansion of the Department of Urology at Freeman Hospital and benefited from working with a number of national and international urological figures with wide exposure to general and specialist urology. He was appointed as a consultant to Freeman Hospital in 1996 and for the next seven years worked fulltime for the UK National Health Service; increasingly specializing in lower urinary tract reconstruction. As time went by he became more involved in teaching, training and finally research which led him to switch employer to Newcastle University as a Senior Lecturer in 2004. This post enabled him to continue, and build on, the close collaborative links between the clinical department and research groups within the University's Faculty of Medical Sciences. His primary research interests are in 'benign' urological problems but he is also helping to maintain Newcastle as a centre of excellence in Prostate Cancer Research. His sincere efforts were rewarded by the Chair of Professor of Urology in 2009. He has always tried to encourage continuation of the scientific approach to the care of patients with urological problems that was instilled into him as a trainee by his mentors. One of the key aspects of this is communication of evidence of the effectiveness of new and established treatments to as wide an audience as possible in an accessible but rigorous form.

He was therefore particularly delighted to accept an invitation from me when I took over as Editor in 2004 to sit on the International Advisory Board for the Indian Journal of Urology. Over the past five years he has been a solid support to the editorial team of the Indian Journal of Urology and I look forward for his continued support.

Gagan Gautam

Gagan Gautam completed M.Ch (Urology) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jan, 2006 and is currently pursuing a two year clinical fellowship in minimally invasive Uro-oncology from the University of Chicago Medical Center. His accomplishments include the JR Chawla Urology gold medal for the best outgoing Urology resident in 2006, the CKP Menon Award for the best original research paper in 2006 and the Agra Urology Club award for the best video presentation in 2008. Besides being a reviewer for many international journals, he has published 3 book chapters and over 30 peer reviewed manuscripts including recent research publications on robotic partial nephrectomy (Urology - the Gold Journal), posterior sphincter reconstruction during robotic prostatectomy (Urology - the Gold Journal), laparoscopic post-anastomotic dismemberment pyeloplasty (J Endourol) and training and credentialing for robotic radical prostatectomy (J Urol). His subspecialty of interest is Uro-oncology, with a special focus on robotic and laparoscopic procedures.


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