Mr Daron Smith (Richard Daron Smith) qualified with a first-class honours degree in Medical Sciences from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1991. He studied clinical medicine at the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he was a graduate student at New College, Oxford, qualifying with a BMBCh in 1994. He completed his MD at Imperial College, London, supported by a prestigious grant from the British Urological Foundation before embarking on specialist training in Urology on the West London training scheme. He underwent subspecialist training in EndoUrology at St Mary’s Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and at the Institute of Urology at University College Hospital.Mr Smith was initially appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon to Imperial NHS trust in 2007, and moved to the Stone and EndoUrology unit at the Institute of Urology, UCH in 2009. He is a keen teacher, and has lectured on aspects of urolithiasis for the Scientific Basis of Urology Course, the FRCS(Urol) revision course and the national “Modern Management of Stone Disease” course, as well as involvement as faculty at international meetings. He is the consulting editor (stone disease) for the BJUI (British Journal of Urology International) and the vice-chairman of the Endourology Section of BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons).

Areas of Urological Practice

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

His research interest include Imaging Characteristics of Acute Ureteric Colic; Stone biochemistry and Hounsfield Unit correlation. Prevalence and relevance of Randall’s Plaques in stone disease.


The British Urology Researchers in Surgical Training (BURST) Research Collaborative: an alternative research model for carrying out large scale multi-centre urological studies. Kasivisvanathan V, Ahmed H, Cashman S, Challacombe B, Emberton M, Gao C, Lamb BW, Nambiar A, Pickard R, Shah TT, Smith D. BJU Int. 2017 Oct 3. doi: 10.1111/bju.14040. [Epub ahead of print]

British Association of Urological Surgeons standards for management of acute ureteric colic Alexios Tsiotras, R Daron Smith, Ian Pearce, Kieran O’Flynn, Oliver Wiseman Journal of Clinical Urology, Published 6 Nov 2017

Schistosomiasis-A Disobedient Ureter, a Disobedient Diagnosis. Pal PO, Smith RD, Allen S, Ratynska M, Edwards S, Gothard P, Logan S. J Endourol Case Rep. 2017 Aug 1;3(1):114-118.

Pre-stenting and the risk of postoperative sepsis: a shorter dwell time is better. Smith D. BJU Int. 2017 Jul;120(1):7-8.

Ultrasonography vs computed tomography for stone size. Smith D, Patel U. BJU Int. 2017 Mar;119(3):361-362.

Advances in urology 2015–2016 Simon Brewster, Suzanne Biers, Ben Challacombe, Jo Cresswell, Andrew Sinclair, Daron Smith Journal of Clinical Urology, vol. 10, 1: pp. 39-48. Published December 1, 2016.

Urolithiasis in pregnancy Marios Hadjipavlou, Ali Tasleem, Francois Dos Santos, Daron Smith, Seshadri Sriprasad Journal of Clinical Urology, vol. 10, 2: pp. 93-104. Published November 18, 2016.

Biochemical composition of urolithiasis from stone dust – a matched-pair analysis. Ray ER, Rumsby G, Smith RD. BJU Int. 2016 Oct;118(4):618-24.

Early multicentre experience of ultra-mini percutaneous nephrolithotomy in the UK Ben Pullar, Eric Havranek, Tony J R Blacker, Sam N Datta, Bhaskar Somani, Seshadri Sriprasad, Hari Ratan, Sharon Scriven, Simon Choong, R Daron Smith, Simon Mackie, Graham Watson, Oliver J Wiseman Journal of Clinical Urology, vol. 10, 2: pp. 124-128. Published July 8, 2016

Advances in urology 2014–2015 Jo Cresswell, Marc Laniado, Andrew Sinclair, Daron Smith, Suzie Venn, Simon Williams, Simon Brewster Journal of Clinical Urology, vol. 9, 4: pp. 223-229. Published April 5, 2016

Mini, ultra, micro’ – nomenclature and cost of these new minimally invasive percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) techniques. Wright A, Rukin N, Smith D, De la Rosette J, Somani BK. Ther Adv Urol. 2016 Apr;8(2):142-6.

Contemporary Management of Stone Disease: The New EAU Urolithiasis Guidelines for 2015. Bultitude M, Smith D, Thomas K. Eur Urol. 2016 Mar;69(3):483-4.

Tips and tricks of ureteroscopy: consensus statement. Part II. Advanced ureteroscopy. Rukin NJ, Somani BK, Patterson J, Grey BR, Finch W, McClinton S, Parys B, Young G, Syed H, Myatt A, Samsudin A, Inglis JA, Smith D. Cent European J Urol. 2016;69(1):98-104.

Tips and tricks of ureteroscopy: consensus statement Part I. Basic ureteroscopy. Rukin NJ, Somani BK, Patterson J, Grey BR, Finch W, McClinton S, Parys B, Young G, Syed H, Myatt A, Samsudin A, Inglis JA, Smith D. Cent European J Urol. 2015;68(4):439-46

Would You Want to Be the Patient? “Live Surgical Broadcast” or “As-Live Unedited Surgical Broadcast”. Finch W, Masood J, Buchholz N, Turney BW, Smith D, Wiseman O. J Endourol. 2015 Mar 16.

Size (and shape) is important and sometimes strings should be attached, but quality matters most where the BJUI and stone disease are concerned … Daron Smith BJU International, Volume 113, Issue 4, April 2014, Pages: 511–512 The dilemma of post-ureteroscopy stenting. Hughes B, Wiseman OJ, Thompson T, Masood J, Smith RD, McIlhenny C, Irving S, Dasgupta R, Bultitude MF. BJU Int. 2014 Feb;113(2):184-5

Importance of citrate and the calcium : citrate ratio in patients with calcium renal lithiasis and severe lithogenesis Daron Smith and Chris Laing BJU International Volume 111, Issue 4, April 2013, Pages: 529–530

Acute Loin Pain: Stones, Scopes, Shocks and Stents Daron Smith British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology, vol. 5,3: pp. 150-158. Published May 1, 2012

Bones and stones Daron Smith and Chris Laing BJU International, Volume 108, Issue 11, December 2011, Page: 1908 Causes of renal forniceal rupture Daron Smith BJU International Volume 108, Issue 11, December 2011, Page: 1912

Prospective comparative study of miniperc and standard pnl for treatment of 1 to 2 cm size renal stone Daron Smith BJU International, Volume 108, Issue 6, September 2011, Pages: 899–900

Transurethral resection of the prostate revisited and updated. Daron Smith and Anup Patel 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. Smith RD, Shah M, Patel A. F1000 Medicine Reports 2009, 1:53

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.

Antenatal diagnostic aspects of unilateral multicystic kidney dysplasia–sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, differential diagnoses, associated malformations and consequences. Eckoldt F, Woderich R, Smith RD, Heling KS. Fetal Diagn Ther. 2004 Mar-Apr;19(2):163-9.

Exclusive amplification of cDNA template (EXACT) RT-PCR to avoid amplifying contaminating genomic pseudogenes. Smith RD, Ogden CW, Penny MA. Biotechniques. 2001 Oct;31(4):776-8, 780, 782.

Expression of the developmental and oncogenic PAX2 gene in human prostate cancer. Khoubehi B, Kessling AM, Adshead JM, Smith GL, Smith RD, Ogden CW. J Urol. 2001 Jun;165(6 Pt 1):2115-20.

Survivin gene expression and prognosis in recurrent colorectal cancer. Miller M, Smith D, Windsor A, Kessling A. Gut. 2001 Jan;48(1):137-8.

Xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis and renal malignancy: unusual fellows in the renal bed. Smith RD, Khoubehi B, Chandra A, Glass JM, Mee AD. BJU Int. 2000 Sep;86(4):558-9.

Trigger wrist and flexor tenosynovitis. Smith RD, O’Leary ST, McCullough CJ. J Hand Surg Br. 1998 Dec;23(6):813-4.