Roger Kirby is a British prostate surgeon and professor of urology. He is best known for using new techniques in the treatment of prostate cancer. He is also known to the public as the father of actress 'Vanessa Kirby.'
Happily Married to Jane Kirby
Roger Kirby gained celebrity status in recent times because of his years of work in prostate cancer and, of course, because of his famous kids. But Roger himself do not see himself as a celebrity but instead considers himself as a doctor who wants to reduce the cases of prostate cancer in this world.
Since Roger does not consider himself as a public figure but just a ordinary doctor, thus he do not like to talk about his personal life in public. He rarely talks about his wife and family members in general and only sometimes shares family pictures.
Nonetheless, some aspects of his life are disclosed in the media. He is married to a woman named Jane Kirby. Before marriage, she worked as an editor for magazine Country Living. After the wedding, she started working as the chief business manager at her husband’s clinic.
Father of BAFTA Winning Actress Vanessa Kirby
Roger and his wife are parents of three kids. Their eldest child is Joe Kirby, who is an assistant headteacher at the Wembley free School and deputy's head at Jane Austen College. He is also a educational blogger.
The couple's middle child is actress Vanessa Kirby. She is known for her work in the movie "About Time" and Netflix series "The Crown." Their youngest daughter is Juliet Kirby. She works as a theatrical agent.
One of the Top Surgeon in The UK
Roger Kirby worked as a surgeon for over three decades. He has given his service both in the public and private sectors and accumulated a total net worth of $1 million.
Kirby, after gaining his M.D. degree in urology, started working as consultant urologist at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. After that, he started teaching and giving services at St. George Hospital in London. NHS manages both, and it is estimated he earned £58,882- £132,000 ($76640-$171811.20) per year.
In 2005 he left the public sector and established the Prostate Centre in Wimpole Street, London. He introduced performing laparoscopic prostatectomies using a da Vinci surgical robot, which became quite popular.
Till now, he has undertaken over 2000 operations. He has also treated celebrities such as actor Corin Redgrave, football player Tony Elliott, and comedian Stephen Fry.
Publications and Books
Dr. Kirby has published more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific publications and founded two scientific journals. Also, he has written 68 books mainly on prostate disease and men’s health.
In 1995, Kirby founded two charities, Prostate Research Campaign and the British Urological Foundation. For raising funds for these charities, he did fundraising activities such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, trekking in Nepal, cycling across the Andes, and completing three London Marathons.
Also, Roger is a co-founder and president of the charity The Urology Foundation, vice-president of Prostate Cancer UK, trustee of the King Edward VII's Hospital. In 2020 he was elected to become president of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Kirby and his wife are based in Wimbledon, London, for a long time. They own a large mansion in that area. On average a house in Wimbledon costs £833,214 ($1084353.03)
Quick Facts: Roger Kirby
- He was born in Buckinghamshire, Britain.
- His father, Kenneth Kirby, was a professor of biochemistry and a fellow of the Royal Society.
- His mother, Janet Kirby, was a homemaker.
- Kirby is an alum of Berkhamstead School for Boys. He played in the rugby team.
- He grew up with two brothers.
- Roger graduated in medical sciences from St.John's College, Cambridge, in 1972.
- He completed clinical training at Middlesex Hospital, London.
- He gained his MBBS degree from Cambridge in 1975 with a distinction in surgery.
- At first, he wanted to study cardiology but later changed to surgery.
- Kirby completed his fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in 1979.
- He received his MD in 1986 from Cambridge.
- He was the first urologist in the UK to perform open radical prostatectomy for localized prostate cancers.
- He was the first surgeons in England to use a da Vinci surgical robot.
- In 2016, he was awarded he Royal College of Surgeons' Clement Price Thomas Award.
- In 2010, Kirby was named one of the UK's Top 100 Doctors by The Sunday Times.
- He is a big fan of the Chelsea football team.
- In 2012 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery for it.