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Professor Abhay Rane, OBE MS FRCS FRCS(Urol)

Professor Abhay Rane was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year 2014 Honours List for services to laparoscopic surgery; the investiture by Her Majesty took place on 15 April 2014 at Windsor Castle.

He is one of the first laparoscopic urological surgeons in the United Kingdom. Instrumental in developing the technique of hand assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy in the UK from 2000, he was the first to described the usefulness of the technique in T3b (advanced) kidney cancers. More recently, he spearheaded the development of laparoendoscopic single site surgery (LESS) in urology as a pioneer and innovator. Having performed the first single port nephrectomy in the world in May 2007 with colleagues in India, he went on to perform the first LESS nephrectomy in Europe in March 2008 at East Surrey Hospital, Redhill. He has been invited to share his experiences at a number of sessions at various cross specialty international meetings, including the American Urological Association and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (2009 /10), where he was the only urologist to be invited faculty.Over the last thirteen years, Professor Rane has mentored laparoscopic skills to other consultants. As a result, of his efforts at least 16 hospitals in the UK now have a local laparoscopic urology programme; his work on training in laparoscopy has been presented, published and cited extensively.

Professor Rane has been a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust for the last 14 years, where he is currently Clinical Lead for urology.

He is an elected member of Council of the British Association of Urological Surgeons; thereby, he is Regional Specialist Professional Advisor, Royal College of Surgeons of England. Additionally, he is Regional Advisor, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, besides being Visiting Professor to a number of overseas institutions. As Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, he regularly supervises MSc students. A tutor on the MSc and FRCS (Urol) courses, he serves as an examiner of the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons and FRCS(Urol) exit examination for British urologists in training.

Professor Rane has over 100 publications in several peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters and has edited 6 textbooks in urology; in addition, he is credited with over 200 presentations in national and international meetings. He has delivered 21 guest lectures – the LeFrak Symposium at Cornell (2010) deserves special mention.

He has conducted a number of British, European and North American symposia/masterclasses in laparoscopic surgery as Course Director.

Professor Rane is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Urology International and the Journal of Endourology. He is an article reviewer for 12 urological journals. He was recently awarded citations two years in a row in the roll of honour as a top reviewer for the British Journal of Urology International.

He is current chairman of SLUG (Southern Laparoscopic Urology Group), a peer review group, to promote safe laparoscopic urological practice. Current Co-Chairman of the LESS and NOTES Working Group of the Endourological Society, he also is a member of the Awards Committee. He was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Surrey, West Hampshire and Sussex (SWSH) Cancer Network in 2009.

Professor Rane has worked closely with Guy's Hospital, London for the Simulation and Technology-enhanced Learning Initiative since 2009. He is a member of the Advisory Board, Center for Robotic Surgery and Institute for Prostate Cancer, James Buchanan Brady Foundation, New York. He advises the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on laparoscopic urology and was selected to represent United Kingdom urology on the NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee.

Professor Rane was elected to the Board of the European Section of Uro – Technology (ESUT) of the European Association of Urology in November 2011 for a four-year tenure. He is current Chairman of the Awards Committee of the Endourological Society. He was appointed Adjunct Professor of Urology at the University of Southern California in 2012.

In November 2011, he proposed, led and executed the successful bid for the World Congress of Endourology to be held in London in 2015, against stiff international competition from Paris, Rome, Geneva and Durban.

He was one of the four urologists in the United Kingdom to be awarded the Silver Award by the Advisory Committee On Clinical Excellence Awards in the 2013 /14 round.


FRCS (Urol) - May 1999
Diploma in Urology - June 1995
FRCS - April 1993
Master of Surgery - June 1986
MBBS - May 1983


  • Silver Award, Advisory Committee On Clinical Excellence Awards, 2013
  • British Urological Foundation Award, 1999
  • Travelling Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, 1998
  • University Award (for top scorer), Master of Surgery Class, 1986.
  • Joglekar Prize in General Surgery, 1986.


  • Pre Medical, University of Poona, India
  • B J Medical College, Poona, India


  • Senior House Officer, Canterbury
  • Registrar in Urology, Blackburn
  • Specialist Registrar in Urology
  • South Thames Rotation
    • King's College Hospitals
    • Guy's / St Thomas' Hospitals
    • Frimley Park Hospital
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan 2000


  • British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS)
  • European Association of Urology (EAU)
  • American Urological Association (AUA)
  • Endourological Society (Chairman, NOTES and LESS Working Group)
  • Society for Urology and Engineering
  • Southern Laparoscopic Urology Group (Chairman)
  • Board Member, European Section of Urotechnology of the European Association of Urology


A keen cyclist, Professor Rane was a member of the successful teams that cycled across the Andes in 2012 and The Cape in South Africa in 2013 to raise money for his chosen charity, The Urology Foundation.

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