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Professor John Kelly is a consultant urological surgeon specialising in robotic surgery for bladder and prostate cancer.

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Professional profile

Professor John Kelly is the Clinical lead for Urology and Robotic surgery at UCLH and Chair of Uro-Oncology at UCL.  UCLH is the largest centre for robotic pelvic urology surgery in the UK and John is internationally renowned for his pioneering work in bladder cancer. He has performed radical cystectomy for the past 20 years and has a vast experience in robotic and open cystectomy.  

John has been instrumental in developing robotic techniques for cystectomy and bladder reconstruction and has published extensively describing surgical techniques and processes to improve recovery following the surgery. 

John delivers seminars and workshops, both national and international, on cystectomy and is a member of European and Global committees seeking to improve patient care.  He is conducting the largest trial in robotic surgery in the UK and he has initiated a programme aimed at improving safety for patients during recovery at home. 

John's practice is patient centred with a holistic approach he cares for patients with bladder cancer at all stages and works with a team to provide counselling and support in decision making.

John is heavily involved in cancer research. He leads the Kelly:Feber Lab - one of the UK’s leading research groups discovering new ways to detect, diagnose and treat bladder cancer. The lab is based at UCL and has received funding from Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and the Medical Research Council (MRC). Their work aims to improve cancer detection and diagnosis which will allow doctors to better select the right treatments and improve outcomes for patients.

Robotics expertise

John Kelly performs robotic cystectomy for bladder cancer.  He performs robotic neo-bladder and ileal conduit.  Not all patients are suitable for robotic neo-bladder and approximately 30% of John’s patients select this option.  This compares to the UK national average of 7% across all centres. 

John's patients, along with their partners and carers are encouraged to speak to past patients when deciding which option is best for them and, it is usually possible to match new patients with a past patient of similar age and gender.  John has robotic expertise in functional restoration for example nerve spare, intra-fascial and prostate sparing cystectomy in males and vaginal sparing surgery in females. 

A major focus is post-operative care for patients and the minimising complications of surgery. John has published on enhanced recovery for cystectomy and outcomes including the survival from cancer and the recovery for patients following surgery are published in detail.  

Current posts

  • Clinical Lead for Urology and Robotic Surgery
    University College London Hospital


New non-invasive test to detect bladder cancer could spare patients cystoscopy
Medical Xpress
A new test for bladder cancer could enable GPs to test a urine sample and spare patients the discomfort of a cystoscopy in hospital, according to UCL research published today in Clinical Epigenetics.
Robotic surgery: More medics to be trained to meet demand
BBC News
As the use of robotic surgery becomes more popular, an increasing number of medics are being trained in how to use them.
Scientists Study Whether Hyperthermia Treatment Makes Chemo More Effective
The Wall Street Journal
Studies have found raising the temperature of organs and cells seems to make some cancer treatments more effective.


Kelly:Feber Lab publish results for UroMark, a new test to detect bladder cancer in urine
Authors: Lamb BW, Tan WS, Eneje P, Bruce D, Jones A, Ahmad I, Sridhar A, Baker H, Briggs T, Hines JE, Nathan S1, Martin D, Stephens R, Kelly JD
Year: 2016
Published by: Urologic Oncology
High quality clinical trials are needed to understand the benefit of robotic surgery over traditional open surgeryevidence to show benefit for robotic cystectomy
Authors: Tan WS, Khetrapal P, Tan WP, Rodney S, Chau M, Kelly JD
Year: 2016
Published by: Public Library of Science
The Kelly:Feber Lab publish the first whole genome sequence for penile cancer
Authors: Feber A, Worth D, Chakravarthy A, de Winter P, Shah K, Arya M, Saqib M, Nigam R, Malone P, Tan WS, Rodney S, Freeman A, Jameson C, Wilson G, Powles T, Beck B, Fenton T, Sharp T, Muneer A, Beck S, Kelly JD
Year: 2016
Published by: Cancer Research