Dr. Janak Desai

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Dr. Janak Desai
Janak Dinkarrai Desai

(1958-04-13) 13 April 1958 (age 65)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
  • M.S.
  • M.Ch
  • FRCS
Alma materB. J. Medical college and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, India
Known forDeveloping the technique of Ultra-Mini PCNL which involves kidney stone removal
Spouse(s)Dr. Shefali Desai
Call signB. C. Roy Award

Dr. Janak D. Desai (born 25th May 1958) is an Indian Urologist (M.S.; M.Ch; FRCS) best known for developing the technique of Ultra-Mini Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)[1] which involves kidney stone removal by a minimally invasive key-hole technique which reduces the blood loss, pain and hospitalization for a patient suffering from Kidney stone. He is the recipient of the B. C. Roy Award given by the President of India and an honorary FRCS by the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow. He has conducted more than 12,000 PCNL (per-cutaneous nephrolithotripsy) surgeries so far and taught workshops in almost 35 countries of the world.

Early Life

Janak Desai was born in Surat, Gujarat, India. He has 1 sibling and 2 children. He was a university topper in pre-science and then went on to do medical studies at B. J. Medical college, Ahmedabad. He did his post-graduation in General Surgery and specialization in Urology (M.Ch) from B. J. Medical college and Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad. He went to Germany (Mainz) to learn about ESWL and PCNL and subsequently went to Long Island Jewish Hospital, USA for a rotating fellowship in endourology.


Dr. Janak Desai started the first ESWL Center in Ahmedabad in 1988[2] and consequently added endourology to the service for treating kidney stone patients. He has performed more than 10,000 kidney stone operations. He went on to become the founding president of the Gujarat Urology Association and President of the West zone section of Urology Society of India. He was also the chief of Uro-Oncology service of Gujarat Cancer & Research Society and pioneered Radical Prostatectomy in the state of Gujarat. He is credited and recognized in the world for developing UMP (Ultra-Mini PCNL) in partnership with a German Company named Schoelly GmbH. The UMP instruments are patented and have a CE certification and FDA approval from the USA. Dr. Janak Desai has conducted several teaching workshops in almost 35 countries of the world.

Recognition & Awards

For his contribution in the field of Urology, Dr. Janak Desai was awarded the B.C. Roy Award[3] in 2014, by the President of India. He was presented an Honorary FRCS in 2018 by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. He was an honorary corresponding member of the DGU[4] (German Urology Association) in 2017 and was presented with an oration by the Royal Society of Medicine, Urology Division, London, in the years 2012 and 2018. He was given the President's Gold medal by The Urology Society of India in 2019 and also the President's Gold medal by the West Zone Section of USI in 2018.

Contribution to Urology

Dr. Janak Desai conceived the idea of UMP, the miniaturization of Percutaneous nephrolithotomy, which was embraced by the urology community across the world. He has published a chapter on “Small Caliber PCNL”[5] in the Textbook of Endourology (Smith’s Textbook of endourology – 4th edition). He has conducted several teaching workshops in almost 35 countries of the world. Dr. Janak Desai delivered the ‘Malcolm Coptcoat Lecture” in the British Urology Society-Endourology section annual meeting in 2012.


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