Rajiv is a highly experienced Consultant Urological Surgeon practising at Colchester General Hospital and privately at the Oaks Hospital, Colchester. He’s also a visiting uro-oncological surgeon at the Essex urology cancer centre, Southend Hospital offering complex major urological cancer operations to the population of Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon and Southend. He’s currently the lead for urology cancer team at the Colchester unit of the East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust, serving the population of Colchester, Ipswich and the local area.

Rajiv is a highly trained urological surgeon and has performed approximately 400 major complex cancer operations of the kidney, bladder and prostate in the last 4 years. In addition to major urological cancer work, he also specializes in general urological conditions such as prostate problems, prostate cancer diagnostics, men’s health disorders, urinary infections, benign prostate disorders, urinary leakage disorders, kidney stones, impotence, ejaculatory problems, scrotal lumps and foreskin problems.

Should you require a private urologist consultant in Essex, Rajiv is able to meet with you to discuss what you are looking for or what help you need.

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Following his membership examinations from the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, he undertook a period of full-time clinical research in bladder cancer at the Imperial College, London, which led to the award of a Masters degree. His specialist urology training took place in the Eastern Deanery, predominantly in Norwich and Cambridge.

Rajiv has subspecialty training in urological cancer surgery, particularly for the kidney, bladder and prostate cancer. He offers minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for these conditions. Rajiv maintains an active interest in clinical research, currently leading several clinical research projects in prostate and bladder cancer at the Colchester General Hospital.

He maintains an active interest in clinical research, currently leading several clinical research projects in prostate & bladder cancer at the Colchester General Hospital. Rajiv is also actively involved in teaching postgraduate urology trainees and currently a ChM tutor for the University of Edinburgh.


  • British Association of Urological Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Deb A, Pillai R (2018). Significance of positive surgical margin and how to minimize in robotic radical prostatectomy. Urol Nephrol Open Access J. 2018; 6(4): 136-141

Martin E, Persaud S, Corr J, Casey R, Pillai R (2018). Nurse led active surveillance for prostate cancer is safe, effective and associated with high rate of patient satisfaction- results of an audit in the East of England. ecancer 2018, 12:854.

Alleemudder A, Pillai R (2016). Bilateral renal involvement from a primary brain tumour. World J Nephrol Urol. 2016; 5(1):23-25

Alleemudder A, Pillai R (2016). A case of Carneys complex presenting as acute testicular pain. Urology Annals. 2016; 8(3): 360-362

UD Reddy, R Pillai et al (2014). Prediction of complications after partial nephrectomy by RENAL nephrometry score. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2014; 00: 1–5.

Pillai R, Wang D, Mayer E, Abel P. (2011) Do Standardised Prognostic Algorithms Reflect Local practice? Application of EORTC Risk Tables for Non-Muscle Invasive (pTa/pT1) Bladder Cancer Recurrence and Progression in a Local Cohort. Scientific World Journal.11:751-9

Kommu S, Pillai R, Mumtaz F, Eden C, Rane A. (2008) Laparoscopic urological training hotspots for trainees-focused skill acquisition in training centers. European Urology Suppl. 7(3): 167

Kommu S, Kommu K, Pillai R, Valliattu A, Dickinson A, Mumtaz F, Ghulam N. (2008) The impact of a dual-focus monitor system on initial laparoscopic skill acquisition-preliminary results using the radical prostatectomy model. J Urol. 179 (4) : 661-662

Pillai R, Rheus C, Shah N; 2008, ‘Plain abdominal film in the management of ureteric colic in the current era of digital imaging-Is there a role?’, J Urol, vol 179(4), suppl 1: 678

Pillai R, Rheus C, Shah N; 2008, ‘Can CT predict prognosis in patient with ureteric colic’, J Urol, vol 179(4), suppl 1: 680

Pillai R, Patel A, Kumar A.(2006) Vesicovaginal fistula fistula- An unusual complication of laparoscopic nephroureterectomy. J Minim Access Surg. 2 (2): 79-80

BAUS meeting, Glasgow, June ’19- “Frank Hinman Jr (1915-2011): Outstanding contribution to the world of urology”

BAUS meeting, Manchester, June ’13- “ A prospective single cancer centre comparison of open versus laparoscopic cystectomy”

BAUS meeting, Manchester, June ’13- “ Can the R.E.N.A.L nephrometry score be globally applied- Experience froma tertiary U.K referral centre”

EAU meeting, Milan, March ’13- “ Dietary selenium and lower risk of developing renal cancer – a prospective cohort study using food diaries in EPIC Norfolk”

BAUS meeting, Glasgow, June ‘12- “ Hand assisted laparascopic cystectomy”

WCE, 2010, Chicago- “Intraoperative radiation exposure in patients undergoing urological surgery”

AUA meeting, Florida, May’08-“Can CT predict prognosis in patients with ureteric colic”

AUA meeting, Florida, May’08-“Plain abdominal film in the management of ureteric colic in the current era of digital imaging-Is there a role?”

AUA meeting, Florida, May’08-“The impact of a dual focus monitor system on initial laparoscopic skill acquisition-Preliminary results using the radical prostatectomy model”

EAU Congress, Milan, Mar’08- “Laparoscopic urological training hotspots for trainees- focussed skill acquisition in training centres”

WCE, Cancun, Nov’07-” Diagnostic accuracy of plain abdominal film in the management of acute ureteric colic”

WCE, Cancun, Nov’07-“Non contrast CT scan -Can it predict the risk of recurrent renal colic”

WCE, Cancun, Nov ’07- ” Factors affecting skill acquisition in laparoscopic urological training- A trainees perspective

WCE, Cancun, Nov’07- “Preprocedural video priming (PVP) prior to endourological procedures- A useful supplementary tool for patient education and consent”

12th European Symposium on Urolithiasis, July 2007- “Does KUB have any role in the initial work-up of patients with acute ureteric colic in the present era of non-contrast CT Scan”

12th European Symposium on Urolithiasis, July 2007- “Concurrent renal stones on CT
scan in first time ureteric stone presenters-does it have a role in predicting recurrent
ureteric colic”

EAU Congress, Berlin, March, 2007- Is the proposed EORTC prognostic algorithm for
pTa/pT1 bladder transitional cell cancer (TCC) valid in a routine clinical setting?

AUA meeting, Anaheim, May, 2007- “Validation of the recently proposed EORTC algorithm for pTa/pT1 bladder transitional cell cancer”

EUA Meeting, Paris, 2006- A preliminary audit of noise levels during Laser Prostatectomy

WCE, Cleveland, 2006- “Vaporesection of BPH with Thullium laser” (video presentation)

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