Mr Gokul Vignesh Kanda Swamy completed his initial years of training in India, including a formal Urology training program and he worked there as a Junior Consultant before moving to the UK. Initially based in the West Midlands and then Leeds, he came to Wales in 2015 to take up an Oncology fellowship in Cardiff. Through all of these training roles, he was privileged to train under some of the best known and most respected Urologists both in India and the UK. In 2016, he was appointed by ABM University Health Board in Swansea as a Consultant Urological Surgeon, for providing Pelvic oncology services to both ABM UHB and Hywel Dda UHB patients. He specialises in prostate and bladder cancers and performs cystectomies and both open and Robotic Prostatectomies, for which he has an honorary consultant contract with Cardiff and Vale University HB.
Gokul is one of the new generation of surgeons who has gone through the formal fellowship and mentoring process. He works closely with other pelvic cancer specialist surgeons, such as colo-rectal and gynecologists for complex pelvic clearance surgeries for different cancers. He offers a good comprehensive core urology service, including surgeries for bladder outflow obstruction (prostate resection/bladder neck incision /urethrotomies), bladder tumour resection, stone surgeries including ureteroscopies and laser, diagnostic procedures including cystoscopy and prostate biopsy including cognitive/targetted fusion biopsy, penoscrotal surgeries like circumcision, hydrocele surgery, testicular implants, urinary tract infections etc.
He is very interested in research and in his first year has started working on national and international level projects. He works closely with different teams in Swansea University to set up new studies and has links with eminent and budding Urology researchers in the rest of the UK.
He has presented in international conferences and is published regularly in reputed medical journals. He is involved in setting up Robotic cystectomy services in Wales, which will be the first of its kind.
Gokul Vignesh Kanda Swamy believes in open discussions and a patient-first approach. Although it is not mandatory, he reports all outcomes towards national audits and endeavors to educate and empower patients to make informed decisions for their problems. He believes in following up-to-date national and professional guidelines and appropriate pathways including use of Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT).
He actively takes part in teaching & training, not only regionally but also as a faculty at national level, teaching surgical skills to junior trainees and training senior trainees to succeed in FRCS exit exams. He is an ‘etutor’ at Edinburgh University, a novel concept in today’s world, where students are taught completely online.
He is a great believer of principles ‘law of karma’ and ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.
Gokul Vignesh actively takes part in many sporting activities including British military fitness programs and is a member of Swansea Medicals Cricket team.