Arthur Smith Award Winner

Prof. Bhaskar K Somani graduated from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), KMC Mangalore, India. He came to UK in 2000 and did his basic surgical training in Wales and Birmingham before moving to Scotland for his urology training. He became a Consultant Urological Surgeon and Endourology lead in University Hospital Southampton in 2012. During training he did short fellowships in France and India.

Bhaskar has served in various positions across different organisations. He is in the EAU Urolithiasis guidelines panel, ESUT endourology committee, EAU live surgery committee, EAU standardisation in surgical education (SISE) committee and EAU medical undergraduate training programme committee. He is also a member of the European School of Urology (ESU) training and research group. He is the Endourological society UK representative and is in the society’s research group. He became an elected member of BAUS executive academic committee (2016-2018), endourology committee (2019-2021), FRCS MCQ panel (2015-2018) and endourology lead for UK boot camp (2015-2018). He is also served as NICE specialist advisor for interventional procedures and ‘invited expert’ for NICE urological infections guidelines. From 2013-2018 he served as the EAU residents education programme (EUREP) hands-on-training (HOT) tutor for ureteroscopy and was appointed as the coordinator of EUREP HOT in 2019.

Amongst other prizes he was the winner of ‘NHS emerging leader’ (Thames Valley and Wessex region) in 2015. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship (FRCS) by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2020 and Fellow of Faculty of Surgical Trainers by Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh in 2017. His papers have won the EULIS clinical research award (2019) and best paper in the literature award (2017).  He also won the Unity 101 annual community award in Southampton for 2020. He is the current president of PETRA (Progress in Endourology, Technology and Research Association) and I-TRUE (International Training and Research in Uro-Oncology and Endourology) groups. He became the founder and course director of Urology Global Residents I-TRUE Postgraduate Programme (UROGRIPP).

Prof Somani has a H-index of 42 and has more than 330 published papers in PubMed indexed journals with over 5500 citations. He has amassed a grant income of over $2 million and is a Chief or Principal investigator of 9 trials. He is the senior author of the EAU standardised Endoscopic stone treatment (EST) curriculum which is now adopted in over 20 countries. He is on the editorial board of 4 journals and is a reviewer for 12 journals.

He has been invited as a speaker, to perform live surgery or for moderations in more than 25 countries worldwide. Apart from Endourology and related work, his current research interests include diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections, stent and catheter related infections, quality of life, use of artificial intelligence, surgical education and simulation. His clinical and research work has been covered by BBC, ITV, Daily Mail, The Telegraph and other newspapers and media articles on a number of occasions. With dedication, commitment and passion for research and teaching, he collaborates nationally and internationally sharing his research and teaching successfully across the world. He has published excellent clinical outcomes and his outcome and research translate into patient benefit. 

2019

Prof. Athanasios (Thanos) Papatsoris

2018

Amy Krambeck, M.D.

2017

Benjamin Canales, M.D.

2016

Alberto Breda, M.D.

2012

Mihir Desai, M.D.

2011

Matthew Gettman, M.D.

2007

Manoj Monga, M.D.

2006

Maurice Stephen Michel, M.D.