MD, FRCS (Urol) Eng
Alex studied medicine at the University of Leicester before subsequently training in Urology in the East Midlands. She then headed to Toronto for two years to undertake further specialist training in urological oncology obtaining membership of the American Society of Urologic Oncology. She was appointed as a Consultant Urologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2011 and has a specialist interest in the treatment of bladder cancer.
Along with Bill Turner and Ben Thomas, Alex is one of three members of the Bladder Oncology Team at Addenbrooke’s that specialises in the management of high-risk bladder cancer. This includes use of a number of non-surgical approaches (eg intravesical BCG therapy) as well as to radical surgery to remove the bladder and a full range of reconstructive urinary diversion techniques, including neobladder formation.
Alex’s interest in the management of bladder cancer has seen her involvement as a committee member for both the 2012 International Consultation on Urological Diseases consultation on Bladder Cancer (http://www.icud.info/bladdercancer2nd.html) and also the NHS Shared Decision Making project creating a patient decision aid for patients with bladder cancer (http://sdm.rightcare.nhs.uk/pda). Alex is the current chair of the Addenbrooke’s Special Multidisciplinary team that meets on a weekly basis to discuss patients from the Anglia region who have recently been diagnosed with a urological cancer. She is also the lead for the Addenbrooke’s Haematuria clinic, a service that specialises in rapid assessment of patients who see blood in their urine. In addition to her interest in bladder cancer Alex maintains a general urology practice assessing and treating patients with a wide range of urological problems including difficulties urinating and urinary tract infections.
Urological Surgeon in Cambridge
MBBS, BSc, MRCS, FRCS Urology
Cambridge Urology Clinic
Private practice sites: Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital and Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital.
Areas of expertise:
- General Urology including cystoscopy, circumcision and hydrocele surgery
- Female and male urinary incontinence
- Female and male urinary symptoms
- Urinary tract infections
- Bladder problems
- Bladder investigations including urodynamics
- Female Urology
- Benign prostatic enlargement including TURP and Urolift surgery
- Urethral strictures
Miss Suzanne Biers is an experience urological surgeon working in Cambridge. She has a subspecialist interest in bladder problems in both men and women, including urinary incontinence, bothersome urinary symptoms, urinary tract infections, inflammatory conditions of the bladder, benign prostate enlargement and urethral stricture disease.
She qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School in London with a distinction in Surgery and completed a postgraduate degree in bladder dysfunction at Oxford University. She has trained in several specialist centres and teaching Hospitals including The Churchill Hospital in Oxford and University Hospital Southampton, She gained additional fellowship experience in incontinence and bladder dysfunction surgery at University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust, University College Hospital in London and during a European Association of Urology fellowship to Leuven in Belgium. She was appointed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge as a Urology Consultant in 2012.
She has authored 7 books, published multiple peer-reviewed papers in journals, been involved in UK NICE guidelines, is the Clinical Lead for the International ARU Urology Masters Degree Programme and is part of the executive committee for the Female Section of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.
Suzanne Biers qualified from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London with a distinction in Surgery. After specialising in Urology, she completed a postgraduate MD degree at the University of Oxford, looking into novel ways to treat urinary symptoms, and was awarded the British Journal of Urology Prize for her research. She had been trained in many expert urology centres and teaching Hospitals and included fellowships in Female Urology and Urogynaecology in University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and a European fellowship opportunity in Belgium.
Suzanne Biers joined Addenbrooke’s Teaching Hospital as a Urological Surgeon in 2012 and has been active in improving services for patients and received excellent patient feedback. She provides private practice urological care after joining The Cambridge Urology Clinic. She covers a wide range of general urological problems including cystoscopy, circumcision and hydrocele repair. She subspecialises in male and female urinary incontinence and bothersome urinary symptoms, benign enlargement of the prostate, female urology, urinary tract infections and cystitis, reconstruction of the urinary tract, and urethral stricture disease.
She has contributed to national NICE guidelines on urinary incontinence, has written 7 urology textbooks, published multiple papers in peer-review journals, and contributed to other book chapters. Suzanne is active in teaching, is Clinic lead for the International ARU Urology Masters Degree programme based in Cambridge, and is recognised nationally for urology training courses. She contributes regionally as a Urology Champion for East of England Research. Nationally she sits on the executive committee for the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) Section for Female Neurological Urodynamics Urology (FNUU) and is the lead for education.
With medicine running in the family, Nikesh entered medical school at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London. Whilst at Bart’s Nikesh completed a BSc in Psychology. He then undertook basic surgical training at St. Bartholomew’s, the Royal London Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. After a period of research at Great Ormond Street and the Institute of Urology, UCL, Nikesh was awarded an MD by the University of London for his investigation into the normal and abnormal developing bladder. Advanced urological training followed in Wessex, providing an excellent grounding in all aspects of general urology.
Nikesh then enjoyed a very valuable year as Senior Fellow in Perth, Australia, gaining clinical and management experience, running a very busy urological service. In his early years as a consultant, his expertise has been further developed through collaboration with leading units in London, Sheffield, and in Dallas and North Carolina, U.S.
At Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge Univeristy Hospitals NHS Trust, Nikesh is the clinical lead in his long-standing specialist area of interest, bladder dysfunction, incontinence, reconstruction and urethral stricture disease and has been Clinical Lead for Urology at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
Nikesh is audit lead and an elected committee member of the Female, Neurological and Urodynamic section of the British Association of Urology (http://www.baus.org.uk/Sections/female/) and invited member of the European Association of Urology sections of Female and Functional Urology (http://www.uroweb.org/sections/new-female-and-functional-urology-esffu/) and Young Academic Urologists.
Nikesh has given invited lectures and been on faculty for international meetings including Leading Lights in Urology, Challenge the Experts, ESFFU section meetings and British Association of Urology and European Association of Urology Annual Meetings. Maintaining his interest in teaching, Nikesh has organised courses including the Cambridge Pelvic Floor Symposium and Update in Urodynamics meetings. Click here to listen to an interview with Nikesh outlining his plenary session lecture on Urinary Catheters at the European Association of Urology in Stockholm in 2014. A further interview with Nikesh discussing the new Urolift device for the treatment of male lower urinary tract symptoms can be viewed here.
As an expert in incontinence and reconstruction, Nikesh has contributed to NICE consultations, NHS Horizon Scanning documents (http://www.hsc.nihr.ac.uk/diseases/new-and-emerging-technologies-for-urinary-and-faec/), NICE Eyes on Evidence (report available here) and Design for Dignity discussions. He has co-authored NHS England documents on improving continence care (https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/home-2/continence/). He has contributed to the European Association of Urology Patient Information sheets (accessed here). He reviews articles for leading international urological journals and National Institute for Health Research and as principal investigator, runs a number of commercial and national research trials at Addenbrookes Hospital.