Dr. Karel Decaestecker
Dr. Karel Decaestecker is Adjunct Head of Clinic at the department of Urology at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He graduated magna cum laude as Master in Medicine in 2006 and completed his residency in Urology in 2012 at Ghent University Hospital. In 2012, he became Fellow of the European Board of Urology with the second highest score. On September 11th, 2015, he succesfully defended his Ph.D. on Metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence at Ghent University. He had his training in robotic surgery in 2011 in AZ Groeninge Kortrijk and OLV Aalst, Belgium. He has performed over 500 robotic procedures, mainly in the field of uro-oncology. He was trained by Prof. Dr. Abolfazl Hosseini (Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden) in robotic cystectomy and totally intracorporeal urinary diversion and has performed over 100 procedures, including 50 intracorporeal neobladder reconstructions. He performed the first robotic kidney transplantation in Belgium in april 2016 after training at ORSI academy by Prof. Dr. Rajesh Ahlawat (New Dehli, India) and Dr. Alberto Breda (Fundacion Puigvert, Barcelona). Dr. Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific parties, including the Young Academic Urologists Expert Group (section Urothelial Cancer), the European Group of Robotic Kidney Transplantation, the EAU Robotic Urology Section Scientific Working Group, the European Uro-Oncology Group and the Belgian Association of Urology. Dr. Decaestecker has written or colaborated in several scientific papers, mainly in the field of uro-oncology and minimal invasive surgery. He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists.
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