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Proximie appoints robotics pioneer to chief scientific officer role

Proximie has appointed Professor Prokar Dasgupta, the UK’s first modern robotic urological surgeon and a fellow of King’s College, to the role of chief scientific officer.

The role has been specifically created by Proximie to expand its research programme. Prof Dasgupta will be responsible for the strategic direction, oversight and engagement of Proximie’s global research activities.

Prof Dasgupta is a Professor of Robotic Surgery and Urological Innovation at King’s College London and Consultant Urological Surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London where he pioneered robotic surgery in his specialty within the UK. He is also Chairman of the Institute of Robotic Surgery. Widely published, Prof Dasgupta has over 500 publications to his name and is the Editor in Chief of the British Journal of Urology International.

He first used the Proximie platform in June this year to assist a robotic prostate cancer surgery at Guy’s Hospital in London. He said: “This technology is a game changer. It means that irrespective of the patient’s location, they get the best expertise available even in a place where that’s not always possible. Ultimately this means that procedures are safer than ever and that patients will receive the best care possible.

“I am looking forward to taking on this challenge at what is an exciting time in surgical innovation.”

Proximie co-founder, Nadine Hachach-Haram, added: “This is a really exciting development for Proximie. We are delighted to have Prokar join our team. He is hugely credible in both the fields of research and innovation and will be instrumental in the expansion of our healthcare solutions in this dynamic market.”

Watch Prof Dasgupta talk about his experience of using Proximie.