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John Wickham

A "godfather" of robotic surgery

John Wickham worked at Bart’s and at The Institute of Urology, London. He was a pioneer of PCNL and laparoscopic urology.

He is generally regarded as the "godfather" of robotic urological surgery, having designed the first autonomous TURP robot in the 1980s.

Living Witness Programme

In 2011, he was interviewed by Dominic Hodgson for a series called "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants", published in the British Journal of Medical & Surgical Urology (now, the Journal of Clinical Urology).

A full text of the interview can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.

Listen to John Wickham talking about early experiments with lasers & ureteroscopes

John Wickham died from heart disease on 26 October 2017, after a long illness. Click here to see his "In Memoriam" tribute from Jonathan Goddard on the European Association of Urology website.

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