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Prof. Karel Decaestecker, MD, PhD


Prof. Dr. Karel Decaestecker is Head of Clinics at the department of Urology at Ghent University Hospital, Belgium. He is a Fellow of the European Board of Urology. He successfully defended his Ph.D. on “metastasis-targeted therapy of oligometastatic prostate cancer relapse” at Ghent University and has been appointed as senior professor of Uro-Oncology at Ghent University since 1 October 2018.

His main interest is uro-oncology and minimal invasive surgery, in particular the robot-assisted treatment of bladder and kidney tumors and fully intracorporeal urological reconstructions. He performed the first robot-assisted kidney transplant in Belgium in April 2016 and the first robot-assisted kidney auto-transplant in Europe in June 2017.

Karel Decaestecker is an active member of several scientific organizations, including the EAU Robotic Urology Section (ERUS) Working Group on Robot-assisted Kidney Transplantation (RAKT) and the ERUS Working Group Bladder Cancer. He is a board member of the EAU Section of Transplantation Urology (ESTU). He is an expert (proctor) at ORSI Academy for the RAKT course. He is a board member of Scientific Summits and recently appointed vice-chairman of the BVU (Belgian Association for Urology). Prof. Dr. Karel Decaestecker is (co-) author of various scientific articles, mainly in the field of uro-oncology, kidney transplantation and minimal invasive surgery.

Prof. Dr. Decaestecker has written or collaborated in several scientific papers, mainly in the field of uro-oncology, kidney transplantation and minimal invasive surgery.

He is highly involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellow urologists/surgeons. He is an expert (proctor) at ORSI Academy for the RAKT course.  

Ghent, Belgium
Dutch  /  English  /  French
51 Reviews


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Nov 17, 2020
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Aug 2, 2020
Dr. Eliza Cristina B. The training was amazing!
Jun 27, 2020
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Jun 17, 2020
Rodrigo E. Amazing display of educational content
Jun 16, 2020
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Jun 15, 2020
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Work Experience

Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Human Structure and Repair
Since 2018
Ghent University
Urologist Department of Urology
Since 2012
Ghent University Hospital


PhD Metastasis-directed therapy for oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence
2010 to 2015
University of Ghent
Training in Urology
2008 to 2012
UZGent, University Hospital Ghent, Belgium
Fellow of the European Board of Urology (FEBU)


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for radiation cystitis after pelvic radiotherapy: Systematic review of the recent literature.
International journal of urology : official journal of the Japanese Urological Association Read it here Robot-assisted nephroureterectomy for upper tract urothelial carcinoma: results from three high-volume robotic surgery institutions.
Journal of robotic surgery Read it here EAU-ESMO Consensus Statements on the Management of Advanced and Variant Bladder Cancer-An International Collaborative Multistakeholder Effort<sup>†</sup>: Under the Auspices of the EAU-ESMO Guidelines Committees.
European urology Read it here

Professional Associations

ERUS (EAU Robotic Urology Section) Scientific Working Group Member ERUS Working Group on Robot-assisted Kidney Transplantation Associate BVU (Belgische Vereniging voor Urologie) Vice-President


Prize for best paper on clinical research (co-author): European experience of robot-assisted kidney transplantation : minimum of 1-year follow-up EAU
Best poster prize (co-author) in session “Surgical aspects of kidney transplantation focusing on robotic laparoscopy”: Robotic-assisted kidney transplantation: Update from the ERUS series EAU
Second best video prize (as last author): Single setting robot-assisted kidney transplantation (RAKT) in a child consecutive to single-site laparoscopic nephrectomy in the child and living-related robot-assisted donor nephrectomy: initial experience ESPU