Mr David Tolley

Mr David Tolley

Consultant Urologist

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Tolley at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I trained in Leeds, London and the United States, holding a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Texas Medical Center in Houston before my appointment as Consultant Urological Surgeon in Edinburgh. I have been the Director of the Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, which is a National Specialist Referral Centre for patients with complex stone disease. Myself and my team have treated over 20,000 patients since the centre first opened in 1987, publishing in excess of 100 papers on stone management and minimally invasive surgery and presenting at over 300 scientific meetings throughout the world.

I am in demand as a lecturer in Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia and continue to carry out operative demonstrations globally of surgical techniques developed in Edinburgh. These include laparoscopic kidney surgery for renal cancer as well as minimally invasive surgery for kidney obstruction, techniques which I pioneered, and have continued to teach, in Scotland for almost two decades. My continuing work was recognised by the award of a King James IV Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2008.

I developed skills training programmes in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery in 1995, the blueprint for which has since been widely adopted throughout Europe. I led the introduction of skills training in laparoscopic urology for BAUS as the first Chairman of the BAUS Section of Endourology in 2000.

I have served on the Council of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, Advisory Boards for the European Association of Urology and as a Director of the Endourology Society. I have been President of the European Intra Renal Surgery Society and the Association of Academic European Urologists as well as serving as the Director of Standards at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

I have been the recipient of several honorary awards from various urological international societies as well as a Doctoris honoris causa [Dhc], a Fellowship in Dental Surgery of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh [FDSRCSEd ad hominem] and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh [FRCPEd].

Research interests: Stone disease, Urinary tract obstruction, Urological cancer, Laparoscopic surgery, Evaluation of skills training.

Clinical Interests

Kidney cancer

Special clinical interests: Stone disease. Laparoscopic kidney surgery. Kidney cancer. Minimal access surgery for stone disease. Benign diseases of the prostate.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Honorary Treasurer, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
British Association of Urological Surgeons [BAUS]
European Association of Urology
American Urological Association
European Intra Renal Surgery Society
Association of Academic European Urologists
European Society for Urotechnology

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Urological Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust

Director, The Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

Urological Surgeon, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

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Financial Interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc

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Private contact details

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary Linda Fletcher