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Specialist Registration with the General Medical Council, UK (GMC – 4182610)

Mr Biral Patel is a Consultant Urological and Robotic Surgeon, and a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He originally qualified at Bristol University and subsequently trained as a surgeon in Bristol and the South West.  Biral has extensive experience in general urology in addition to various specialist interests.

He has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2007.

Biral developed a love and passion for urology during his surgical training.  He enjoys the ability to perform a wide variety of surgery for both cancer and non-cancer (major open surgery, robotic surgery, endoscopic surgery) and being able to make a significant difference to people’s lives (Urological problems often have the greatest impact on the quality of life of patients).

Summary of Surgical Training and Experience

Biral began his career in Medicine as a House Officer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and the Bristol Royal Infirmary. He then commenced surgical training in the Bristol area (1995 – 1999), gaining experience in a wide variety of surgical specialties including Colorectal surgery, upper Gastrointestinal, Orthopaedic, Cardiac surgery, Urology, Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care. He also worked as a Lecturer in Clinical Anatomy at the University of Bristol. His role included teaching anatomy to medical and dental students. This was followed by a period in formal research.

Following this research, he undertook his Higher Surgical Training in Urology in the Southwest region as a Registrar in Urology. He worked at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Southmead Hospital in Bristol as well as Gloucestershire Hospitals gaining experience whilst working under renowned consultants who were experts in their field.

On completion of his Higher Surgical Training in Urology, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2006 (FRCS Urol) and was appointed a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Gloucestershire in 2007. Biral was instrumental in the development of Robotic urological surgery in Gloucestershire, leading the 6 year campaign to bring robotic surgery to Gloucestershire.

Biral is part of a large cancer team looking after patients from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Worcestershire who suffer from urological cancers and is highly experienced in robotic cancer surgery.

He also maintains an active interest in the training and development of junior doctors, General Practitioners and Urologists in the UK. He also invests time in the training and provision of basic surgery in the developing world through his work with Urolink, which is part of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

Research

Between his Basic Surgical and Higher Surgical Training, Biral spent a period in formal research. He set up a large, multi-centre UK study, The PROCESS Study. His research interest was in the Epidemiology of Prostate Cancer with a particular focus on the higher burden of the disease amongst men of African descent. The PROCESS Study was the first study in the world to investigate the incidence of prostate cancers amongst men of different ethnic subgroups

The study showed that African-Caribbean men in the UK had the highest incidence of prostate cancer, much higher than that of white men. They also developed the disease at a younger age. The research attracted over £350,000 in grants from the Department of Health, The Prostate Cancer Charity, UK, and the AstraZeneca Foundation. He was awarded a Doctor of Medicine (MD) by the University of Bristol in 2007.

ADDITIONAL ROLES & EXPERIENCE

  • Clinical Lead for Urology in Gloucestershire (2012-15)

  • Training Programme Director for South West (2014-18)

  • Member of the Specialist Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team

  • Founding Member of Robocap Cancer Charity

  • Founding Member Cotswold Prostate Cancer Support Group

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • Council Member British Association British Urological Surgeons

  • South West Regional Representative for the Royal College of Surgeons of England

  • Bristol Urological Institute and South West Urology