Mr Neil Fenn, originally from Hereford, qualified from the University of Wales, College of Medicine in 1989. He remained in South Wales for his basic surgical and urology training, but subsequently developed his sub-specialist interest in the management of urological malignancy following a fellowship at the Flinders University, Adelaide. On his return from Australia, he was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon in Swansea he has practised since 2001.
He has continued to develop his expertise and was awarded one of the first British Urological Foundation travelling fellowships, which enabled him to train at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. This centre is world renowned for its innovative treatment for urological malignancy and whilst there Neil was trained in all aspects of laparoscopic (keyhole) urological cancer surgery under the supervision of Dr Indibir Gill. He was able to bring these techniques back to Wales where he was the first local surgeon to sub-specialise in these procedures. He provides a minimally invasive service to the patients of South West Wales including laparoscopic nephrectomy, partial nephrectomy and pyeloplasty. In co-operation with colleagues from Cardiff and Newport he is developing the first robotically assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) service in Wales with support from the WG health technology fund.
In addition to his sub-specialist work Neil continues to provide a comprehensive general urological service to his patients, which includes diagnostics, treatment of non-malignant urological conditions, basic paediatric urology and regularly provides emergency cover for the management of urological trauma.
His professional roles include: British Association Urological Surgeons Regional Representative for Wales, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Speciality Board Member and the Chairman of the Welsh Urological Society.
Neil is an active trainer. He is an assigned educational (AES) and clinical supervisor (CS) to all grades of junior surgical trainee doctors. He was previously (2007-2011) the training program director (TPD) for urological training in Wales and oversaw the introduction of a new national curriculum for urological training. During his term of office the specialist urological trainees recognised the training programme as the best in Britain.