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Neil Barber is Clinical Lead for Urology at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. His subspecialist interests in managing waterworks symptoms in women and men, particularly for men suffering with BPH, has led to his involvement in new cutting edge treatments including the Greenlight laser in 2002, Urolift in 2014 and Aquablation and iTIND in 2019.

Specialties and sub-specialties

Urology
Treatment of BPH
Robotic treatment for renal cancer and renal conditions

technologies

Professional profile

Having been appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon to Frimley Park Hospital in 2005, Neil Barber is Clinical Lead for Urology at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and Director of the Frimley Renal Cancer Centre and the Frimley Benign Prostate Clinical Research Centre.

Neil’s experience allows him to provide the full breadth of Urological care, including issues ranging from prostate cancer and prostate cancer diagnostics, to urinary tract infections, prostatitis, peno-scrotal conditions and fertility, offering both vasectomy and vasectomy reversal. 

His particular subspecialist interests in managing waterworks symptoms in women and men, particularly for men suffering with BPH, has led to his involvement in new cutting edge treatments including the introduction to NHS England of the Greenlight laser in 2002, Urolift in 2014, Aquablation of the prostate using the Aquabeam system and iTind in 2019. 

Neil has been involved in numerous high quality national, European and global studies in this field and is recognized as a Key Opinion Leader and clinical advisor both to industry and to NICE. His aim is to offer men suffering with bothersome waterworks symptoms as a result of BPH the full range of treatment options in 2020, including TURP (TURiS), Greenlight laser prostatectomy (PVP), Urolift (including those men with middle lobes), Rezum, Aquablation of the prostate and now, iTIND – tailoring the best surgical approach to both the patients’ goals, the severity of the condition and the anatomy of that patients’ prostate.

Beyond that Neil has developed a specialist team in the delivery of surgical solutions for kidney disorders, primarily involving renal cancer but also other conditions of the upper urinary tract including PUJ obstruction. Neil has been performing advanced and complex robotic assisted surgery in this field for over 10 years, the Frimley Renal Cancer Centre (FRCC) performing the highest number of robotic assisted partial nephrectomy for renal tumours per year in the UK year on year. 

Whilst building this service around the Intuitive Surgical robotic platform, Da Vinci, Neil is very excited to lead the introduction of a new British surgical robot, Versius (CMR) and as part of FRCC performed the very first robotic assisted radical nephrectomy in Europe using this device in March 2020.

Robotics expertise

For kidney disorders, Neil has been performing advanced and complex robotic assisted surgery for over ten years using the Da Vinci robot and now the new Versius robot.

Current posts

  • Consultant Urological Surgeon and Clinical lead for Urology
    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director of Frimley Renal Cancer Centre
    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director of Frimley BPH Clinical Research Centre
    Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Awards and accolades

  • Irish Society of Urology, Registrar’s Medal 2003
  • The Everidge Prize in Urology 2004

Medical training

Year qualified 1990
  • Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, University of London 1987 - 1993

Articles

The new ops and drugs you CAN get on the NHS!
Daily Mail
Too often we hear about treatments being restricted — but there are cutting-edge options available that could change your life, and save the health service millions.
New operation on the NHS will transform life for thousands of men suffering from a common prostate condition
Daily Mail
A revolutionary treatment for thousands of men suffering from a common prostate condition is to be made available on the NHS.
Water jet that washes away prostate problem could make frequent dashes to the loo a thing of the past
Daily Mail
Frequent dashes to the loo at night could be a thing of the past for men suffering prostate problems, thanks to a minimally invasive procedure that shrinks the gland – using high-pressure water jets.
Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms - Time for a New Conversation
LBF
It is a well established and almost unique feature of the human male that as we age, the prostate gland undergoes local growth factor changes that stimulate hyperplastic growth.

Publications

Waterjet Ablation Therapy for Endoscopic Resection of prostate tissue trial (WATER) vs WATER II: comparing Aquablation therapy for benign prostatic hyperplasia in 30-80 and 80-150 mL prostates
Authors: Nguyen DD, Barber N, Bidair M, Gilling P, Anderson P, Zorn KC, Badlani G, Humphreys M, Kaplan S, Kaufman R, So A, Paterson R, Goldenberg L, Elterman D, Desai M, Lingeman J, Roehrborn C, Bhojani N.
Year: 2020
Published by: BJU
Renal Function Loss After Cryoablation of Small Renal Masses in Solitary Kidneys: European Registry for Renal Cryoablation Multi-Institutional Study
Authors: Sriprasad S, Aldiwani M, Pandian S, Nielsen TK, Ismail M, Barber NJ, Lughezzani G, Larcher A, Lagerveld BW, Keeley FX Jr.
Year: 2020
Published by: Journal of Endourology
A Simple Clinical Tool for Stratifying Risk of Clinically Significant CKD after Nephrectomy: Development and Multinational Validation
Authors: Ellis, R. J., Del Vecchio, S. J., Gallagher, K., Aliano, D. N., Barber, N., Bolton, D. M., Chew, E., Coombes, J. S., Coory, M. D., Davis, I. D., Donaldson, J. F., Francis, R. S., Giles, G. G., Gobe, G. C., Hawley, C. M., Johnson, D. W., et al
Year: 2020
Published by: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

Personal interests

With 3 children to keep him busy, Neil also loves to spend time swimming and getting out on the water in his boat. He loves spending time in Italy on family holidays to relax and enjoy good food and wine.