Mr Karan Wadhwa

Mr Karan Wadhwa

Consultant Urological Surgeon

PhD (Cantab), FRCS (Urol)

"Spire Hartswood has a patient centred approach with great facilities and relaxed yet professional atmosphere, it comes highly recommended amongst my peers."

Specialises in

  • Bladder stone surgery
  • Excision of epidiymal cysts
  • Prostate biopsies
  • Vasectomy
  • Minimally invasive renal surgery

I was initially appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Chelmsford in 2019. I qualified from Nottingham University in 2006 and completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2015.

I originally qualified from the University of Nottingham in 2006 with a first class honours degree (Bachelor in Medical Science) alongside my medical qualification. I did my very early training the Nottinghamshire region before pursuing surgical training in the Southwest. I completed Urological training as a prestigious Academic Clinical Fellow in the East of England based out of Cambridge University. Here I obtained a very competitive grant with funding from Medical Research Council for my research on the detection of prostate cancer which led to the award of my PhD from the University of Cambridge. I have trained in a wide field of local hospitals including Addenbrookes, Ipswich and the Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.

I have multiple publications. I have presented widely on a range of urological topics at national and international conferences and meetings, and have won several prizes for my work. My key clinical interests include Robotic and laparoscopic surgery for kidney cancers and benign kidney and adrenal conditions as well as diagnostic urology, treatment of urological infections, surgery for prostatic enlargement, kidney stones and penoscrotal conditions.

I am the current Clinical Lead of the Department of Urology at Broomfield Hospital and have led several innovative projects to improve patient outcomes. I am a passionate educator with Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. I am an Associate Clinical Lecturer with Anglia Ruskin University Medical School as a head of year and I am involved in both lecturing and bedside teaching, as well as mentorship and examining several cohorts of medical students from Barts and the London as well as ARU in Chelmsford.


General Medical Council Number: C6147533

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Karan Wadhwa at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Bladder stone surgery
  • Excision of epidiymal cysts
  • Prostate biopsies
  • Orchidectomy
  • TURP
  • Ureteroscopy for stones and diagnosis

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Additional information

Bladder/ kidney stone disease
Benign prostate diseases
Female urology
Prostate cancer
Urinary tract infections

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), disorders of the penis and scrotum, pelvic/bladder pain (male and female), urinary tract infections and incontinence (including prostatitis), kidney and bladder stone disease, vasectomy, investigation and diagnosis of blood in urine (haematuria), PSA blood test and prostate cancer diagnosis, keyhole surgery for kidney conditions (including robotic surgery).

Professional memberships

The British Association of Urological Surgeons

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Professional leadership

I am the current co-clinical lead for Urology at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, the year 2 lead for the clinical attachments for Anglia Ruskin University. I am a module co-lead for the national Urology Bootcamp, a compulsory course for all new urology trainees.

  • ATM inhibition chemosensitises prostate cancer to PARP inhibitors. Oncogene ( manuscript in preparation April 2019)
  • Partial versus Radical Nephrectomy, Wadhwa K and Rochester M, BJUi Knowledge, Online publication accepted October 2018
  • Identification of potential therapeutic targets in prostate cancer through a cross-species approach. EMBO Mol Med. 2018 Feb 5. pii: e8274. doi: 10.15252/emmm.201708274. PMID:29437778
  • Synthetic lethality between androgen receptor signalling and the PARP pathway in prostate cancer. Nat Commun. 2017 Aug 29;8(1):374. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00393-y. PMID:28851861
  • Loss of hSef promotes metastasis through up-regulation of EMT in prostate cancer. Int J Cancer. 2017 Jan 10. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30604. PMID:28073170.
  • Robotic assisted laparoscopic radicalprostatectomy following transrectal compared to transperineal prostate biopsy: surgical, oncological and functional outcomes. Minerva Urol Nefrol. 2017 Feb;69(1):85-92. doi: 10.23736/S0393-2249.16.02759-4. PMID: 28009149
  • Magnetic Resonance and Ultrasound Image Fusion Supported Transperineal Prostate Biopsy Using the Ginsburg Protocol: Technique, Learning Points, and Biopsy Results. Eur Urol. 2016 Aug;70(2):332-40. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2016.02.064. PMID: 26995327
  • Transperineal prostate biopsies for diagnosis of prostate cancer are well tolerated: a prospective study using patient-reported outcome measures. Asian J Androl. 2017 Jan-Feb;19(1):62-66. doi: 10.4103/1008-682X.173453. PMID: 26924279
  • The role of prostatic urethral biopsies as a staging tool for bladder cancer. J. Clin Urol. 2016 Sept. DOI: 10.1177/2051415816671465
  • The influence of environmental conditions on the incidence of renal colic in Rome. Urologia. 2016 May 24;83(2):77-82. doi: 10.5301/uro.5000170. PMID: 27103092
  • Investigating the ability of multiparametric MRI to exclude significant prostate cancer prior to transperineal biopsy. Canadian Urology Association Journal 2015;9(11-12):E853-8
  • Targeted transperineal biopsy of the prostate has limited additional benefit over background cores for larger MRI-identified tumors World J Urol. 2015 Aug 4. PMID: 26238348
  • The Post PSA era, new developments in prostate cancer diagnostics. TRENDS IN UROLOGY & MEN'S HEALTH, July/August 2015

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Broomfield Hospital. Mid South Essex NHS Trust.

I am married to Deepa, a local optometrist, with two very young boys who take up most of my time! In any spare time that I have, I like to cook, enjoy keeping fit at the gym and I am a keen petrolhead with a passion for cars and motorcycles.