Dr Nicholas Faure Walker, urologist surgeon from St George’s Hospital has arrived at the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) annual conference in Manchester after a 210-mile long charity cycle ride from London.

Nicolas Faure Walker

The funds raised will be used by The Urology Foundation to support the training of more surgeons and operating theatre teams in robotic-assisted surgery. The ride took place over three days and started at BAUS headquarters at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

Bike2BAUS was sponsored, in part, by Intuitive Surgical Inc, the global leader in robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and developer of the da Vinci® Surgical System used in more than 2.5 million robotically-assisted, minimally invasive procedures worldwide.

Julian Dunnet, market access manager intuitive surgical said: “Sponsoring Bike2BAUS aligns with our mission. We applaud the effort to raise funds to increase the number of UK surgeons trained in robotic-assisted surgery, which will offer patients more access to innovative treatment.”


A study published in February 2015 Health Affair identified the adoption of MIS delivers sizable benefits to patients with kidney cancer, and that value accrues over time. St George’s has been reported to be the hospital carrying out the highest number of partial nephrectomies using the da Vinci® Surgical System.