R. John D'A. Honey

MA, MB, B.Chir, FRCS(Eng), FRCSC

Professor of Urology, University of Toronto
Director of Endourology, University of Toronto
Director of the Lithotripsy Suite and Kidney Stone Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital


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Dr. Honey is on academic urologist with a clinical, teaching and research focus in the fields of endourology, laparoscopy and robotics and renal transplantation. He is the Director of Endourology at the University of Toronto and Director of Lithotripsy and the Kidney Stone Centre at St. Michael's Hospital. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles; mainly in the field of endourology and shockwave lithotripsy (he founded the website www.kidneystone.org).

He was the Chief of Urology at St. Michael’s Hospital from 1995 to 2012 and was the Founding Director of the St. Michael’s Hospital Endourology Fellowship Program in 1998. He was instrumental in bringing the first surgical robot in Toronto to St. Michael’s Hospital in 2008.

He has an interest in technology development and has seven devices that have been brought to market, including the first Nitinol tipless stone basket.

He has a number of publications in the field of shockwave lithotripsy (SWL) that have changed the way SWL is practiced worldwide. Amongst these publications is the initial demonstration of the safety of ungated shockwave lithotripsy, and that slowing the rate of shockwave lithotripsy improves stone fragmentation both in the kidney and ureter.

He developed a procedure which he called ‘hand-assisted ureteroscopy’ where manual pressure over the anterior abdominal wall can facilitate semi-rigid ureteroscopy in the upper ureter. He also developed a new position for percutaneous nephrolithotomy, the ‘prone-flexed position’ which facilitates access to the lower pole of the kidney and causes the kidneys to desend, reducing the incidence of chest complications during upper pole access.

He has an interest in simulation and the development of teaching models. He developed a virtual reality simulator for teaching flexible ureteroscopy and a model that has been used in numerous teaching courses including the American Urological Association Hands-on Course on Flexible Ureteroscopy, which he designed and directed for seven years.

Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

Affiliated Hospital(s)

St. Michael's Hospital