Ass. Prof. Dr.

Karel Decaestecker is Head of Clinics at the department of Urology at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He is Fellow of the European Board of Urology. He succesfully defended his Ph.D. on Metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence at Ghent University and is appointed as Associate Professor Uro-Oncology at Ghent University since October 1st, 2018.

His main interest is uro-oncology and minimal invasive surgery, especially robot-assisted cystectomy and totally intracorporeal urinary reconstruction. He performed the first robotic kidney transplantation in Belgium in april 2016 and the first robotic renal autotransplantation in Europe in june 2017.

Karel Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific parties, including the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) Working Group on Robot-assisted Kidney Transplantation (RAKT) and the ERUS Working Group Bladder Cancer. He is board member of the EAU Section of Transplantation Urology (ESTU). He is an expert (proctor) at ORSI Academy for the RAKT course.  He is recently appointed vice-chair of the BVU (Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie). Prof. dr. Decaestecker has written or colaborated in several scientific papers, mainly in the field of uro-oncology, kidney transplantation and minimal invasive surgery. He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists/surgeons.