Mr Alan Doherty(Clinical Director)
Mr Alan Doherty is one of the UK’s most renowned prostate cancer specialists.
Mr Doherty, MBBS, BSc, MD, FRCS (Urol), FEBU has completed one of the largest caseloads of prostatectomies in the UK, undertaking more than 3,000 operations. He is recognised for his expertise in nerve-sparing techniques that reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction and incontinence from prostate cancer surgery and has published extensive results from his nerve-sparing procedures. He was voted one of the UK’s top ten prostate cancer specialists in a national poll of consultant urologists published in the Daily Mail (2018).
Mr Doherty was instrumental in the development and design of a live online prostate cancer results centre, allowing patients to track their individual recovery and compare outcomes in a clear and meaningful way. The innovation was shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal award.
“Mr Alan Doherty and the team exceeded my expectations. Their surgical expertise has resulted in far better outcomes than I expected from my prostatectomy, and I was amazed at the speed of my recovery. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mr Alan Doherty.” Carl Ward, prostatectomy patient
A recognised UK expert in keyhole surgery, Mr Doherty has performed more than 1,200 prostatectomies laparoscopically. He was also one of the first surgeons in the UK to perform laparoscopic cystectomy (bladder removal) and laparoscopic nephrectomy (kidney removal). Both procedures are acknowledged as being extremely technically demanding.
Mr Doherty also specialises in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlarged prostate, using GreenLight laser surgery, an effective, minimally invasive treatment option. He has completed more than 500 GreenLight laser procedures, is a national trainer in the technique and is one of a small number of surgeons using the ‘third generation’ XPS laser technology.
In this short film, Mr Doherty describes a major area of his work, prostate cancer surgery and his drive to achieve the best outcomes for patients
Mr Doherty completed his undergraduate training at the Middlesex Hospital. Thereafter, he undertook surgical training at the Royal Marsden and Charing Cross hospitals in London.
Mr Doherty received postgraduate qualifications when he completed the Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Urology (FRSC Urol) examination in 1992. Later, he studied at the Institute of Urology before accepting his position as a consultant urologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the West Midlands’ largest urological centre, in 2001.
Mr Doherty has more than 20 years’ experience in urology, assuring patients they are in good and capable hands. As mentioned, he has undertaken more than 3,000 operations. Of those, more than 1,200 were laparoscopic prostatectomies, and more than 500 were GreenLight laser procedures.
Mr Doherty offers a range of treatments for various conditions, including:
- Prostate diagnostics – Template biopsy, PSA test, PCA3 test, and staging and grading. He also may order or refer MRI and PSMA PET scans
- Rectal spacer insertions under local anaesthetic
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – GreenLight, Urolift, and Rezum
- Prostate cancer – Brachytherapy, nerve-sparing prostatectomy, radical prostatectomy, hormone therapy, and focal therapy
- Interstitial cystitis – Medication, bladder distension, bladder instillation, and bladder substitution or urinary diversion
- Kidney stone treatment – Reterorenoscopy, metabolic tests, and ongoing prevention
- Bladder cancer – Cystectomy
- Urethral strictures – Dilation and urethrotomy. Mr Doherty may order or refer urethroplasty
- Lichen sclerosus /Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) – Topical steroid and circumcision. Mr Doherty may order or refer glans resurfacing
- Vasectomy reversal treatment
Specialisms and areas of interest
Mr Doherty’s main area of speciality is prostate cancer. He is a member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the European Association of Urologists, and the American Urological Association.
In addition to being the Birmingham Prostate Clinic’s Clinical Director, Mr Doherty practices at:
- Birmingham BMI The Priory Hospital
- Spire Parkway, Solihull
- Spire Little Aston
- Nuffield Health, Warwickshire
- The New Foscote Hospital
- GenesisCare, Oxford
Mr Alan Doherty’s academic journals
Mr Doherty has contributed extensively to numerous respected journals. Among those publications are the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, European Urology, British Journal of Cancer, and BJU International.
You can find a list of Mr Doherty’s contributions here.
- Prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)
- GreenLight laser surgery
- Urological cancers
- Focal therapy (HIFU)
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Mr Alan Doherty's Blog
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