Professional background

Richard Daron Smith (known as Daron) is a consultant urological surgeon with a sub-specialist practice in endourology, and stone disease in particular.

He qualified in 1994 from Oxford University, having completed his undergraduate medical sciences degree in Cambridge. His training in urology was undertaken on the North West London training scheme, during which time he completed an MD at Imperial College. His subspecialist endourological training began at St Mary's Hospital, continued at Guy's Hospital and included two fellowship spells at the Institute of Urology at UCH. He was initially appointed as a consultant urological surgeon to Imperial NHS trust in 2007, before moving to back to the stone and endourology unit at UCH in 2009.

His practice encompasses the comprehensive management of urinary tract stone disease, and includes endourological management of ureteric obstruction, ureteric injuries, and the endoscopic diagnosis and management of upper tract TCC.

Daron lectures for the London SpR teaching programme and MSc courses, for the scientific basis of urology course and the FRCS(Urol) revision course, as well as teaching on the numerous of specialist stone / endourology skills courses run by the stone team in the UCH education centre.

Research interests

  • Imaging characteristics of acute ureteric colic
  • Stone biochemistry and Hounsfield Unit correlation.
  • Prevalence and relevance of Randall's plaques in stone disease


Transurethral resection of the prostate revisited and updated.
Smith RD, Patel A.
Curr Opin Urol. 2011 Jan;21(1):36-41.

Percutaneous urinary drainage and ureteric stenting in malignant disease.
Allen DJ, Longhorn SE, Philp T, Smith RD, Choong S.
Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2010 Nov;22(9):733-9.

Recent advances in management of ureteral calculi
Richard Daron Smith, Mushtaq Shah and Anup Patel
F1000 Medicine Reports 2009, 1:53 (08 July 2009)

Impact of flexible ureterorenoscopy in current management of nephrolithiasis.
Smith RD, Patel A
Curr Opin Urol. 2007 Mar;17(2):114-9.

Bipolar electrosurgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia: transurethral electrovaporization and resection of the prostate.
Smith D, Khoubehi B, Patel A
Curr Opin Urol. 2005 Mar;15(2):95-100.