John Wickham: the godfather of robotic surgery
John Wickham can rightly be claimed to be the godfather of endourology and the impact of his work on minimally invasive surgery across specialties is still evident today. Yet, during his career, he faced criticism from his colleagues who didn’t share his vision and belief that innovation would benefit patients. He introduced ESWL, PCNL and (with Malcolm Coptcoat) laparoscopic nephrectomy to the UK, and was the founding president of the Endo-Urology Society. His influence crossed surgical specialty with his pioneering work with the Minimally Invasive Society. In his most ambitious project, the automomous TURP machine Probot, he foresaw the subsequent revolution in robotic surgery.
Read Dominic Hodgson’s article on John Wickham, part of the Trends in Urology & Men’s Health ‘Heroes of our Time’ series. Have you worked with John? Do you have any memories or thoughts you want to share with others? Please add your comments below - we would love to read them.