Mr Bhavan Rai was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon with a specialist interest in robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and urological oncology in September 2018 at the Freeman Hospital. His primary practice is prostate cancer. Prior to this he was a Consultant Urologist at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough since September 2016.
Mr Rai completed basic and higher specialist training in surgery and urology in Scotland. He is one of very few urologists in the UK to have undertaken double high-volume fellowship training in robotic surgery; firstly in the world famous University of Leipzig Urology Clinic under the mentorship of Professor Ule Stolzenberg, who pioneered minimally-invasive radical prostatectomy. Subsequently as part of a competitively selected prestigious nationally accredited Royal College of Surgeons of England and British Association of Urological surgeons Fellowship at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.
Mr Bahavan Rai has published extensively on urological and surgical research and has over 100 peer-reviewed articles, national and international research presentations and authored textbook chapters. He has a MSc Research degree, evaluating the role of urinary biomarker MCM-2 as a diagnostic tool for bladder cancer. His current research interests include outcomes research, systematic reviews in uro-oncology, surgical education, benign prostate disease and endourology. he has also been sub-investigator for several regional and national trials. His latest updates can be seen on the Research Gate website.
Mr Bhavan Rai is passionate about undergraduate teaching and training in urology. He has been a faculty member in international laparoscopic courses for prostatectomy and nephrectomy, and national courses such as Boot Camp and Robotic Course at Newcastle.