Key Note Speakers

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Dr Inderbir Gill (USA) 

UROLOGY

Dr Inderbir S. Gill is distinguished professor & chairman, department of urology at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. He is also founding executive director, USC Institute of Urology, where he holds the Shirley & Donald Skinner Chair in Urologic Cancer Surgery. He is associate dean (clinical innovation) at the Keck School of Medicine. Prior to this, he was chairman & professor, department of urology at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, where he was on faculty for 12 years (1997-2009).

 During his 8 years at USC, USC Urology has seen dramatic growth in scientific stature, clinical volumes, financial productivity and philanthropic gifts. As a result, USC urology has progressed in U.S. News & World Report rankings from being outside the ‘Top 50’ prior to 2009 to #15 in 2016 (#11 in reputation score). In NIH rankings, USC Urology went from #24 in 2015 to #16 in 2016.

 Dr Gill has published over 740 scientific papers with nearly 30,000 citations. His H-index is 97, which ranks him in the top 5 in the entire field of urology. He has edited/co-edited 10 text-books and has been on the editorial boards of 9 urologic journals. He is principal investigator of a funded R-01 grant from the NCI and co-PI on 3 other NIH grants. Dr Gill has been invited for over 450 visiting professorships, invited lectures and live surgery demonstrations world-wide. He is elected to the prestigious American Association of Genito-Urinary Surgeons (2003) and the Clinical Society of AAGUS (2009).

 Dr Gill has received many honors - the Dr. B. C. Roy National Award for Eminent Medical Person awarded by the President of India (2005); St. Paul’s Medal by the British Urological Association (2006); honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England; President, 24th World Congress of Endourology & SWL (2006); USC Presidential Medallion (2013); listed in Thomson Reuters “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” (2014); AUA Ramon Guiteras Lecturer (2015); and AUA Chair Global Initiatives (2015-2017).

 Dr. Gill’s primary academic focus is advanced robotic urologic oncologic surgery and focal targeted therapies for prostate cancer. His team has amongst the world’s largest aggregate robotic/laparoscopic experiences with over 15,000 cases in the United States.    


Professor Koon Ho Rha (Korea) 

UROLOGY

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Dr. Koon Ho Rha is Professor of Urology and Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery Center. He received both his premedicine education magna cum laude and his M.D. degree from the Yonsei University, Seoul. Dr. Rha was trained during his urological rotating residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He underwent fellowship training in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution as Engineering and Urology endowed fellow, and served as visiting Assistant Professor in Urology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. During his stay, he also completed “Business in Medicine” a 1-year MBA program at the School of Business Administration and Education.

Prior to his return to Yonsei in 2003, Dr. Rha obtained extensive experience in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery at Yonsei University and co-invented a novel surgical procedure “Video-Assisted Minilaparotomy Surgery (VAMS)”, which is now commercially available through Thompson Surgical, Inc. Later at Johns Hopkins, he continued his interests in the field of minimally invasive surgery/laparoscopy, and conducted further scientific studies with Dr. Louis R. Kavoussi, the leading pioneer on laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Rha set up the robotic surgery program at Yonsei University in 2005 which has the most robotic cases in the world with 20,000.

During last 12 years, Dr. Rha has performed the most cases in Asia with more than 2600 cases of robotic cases including  2000 cases of robotic prostatectomies. With cumulative experiences, Dr. Rha’s team developed world’s first robotic approaches of nephroureterectomies and single-incision partial nephrectomies. His research interest includes robotic platform and device development, and Dr. Rha successfully completed Korean surgical robot clinical trial which resulted in KFDA approval in August 2017. He has given more than 550 lectures on robotic surgery and performed live surgery or proctored more than 60 occasions in 14 countries including US, China, Japan, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, India, Malaysia, Italy and France.

Dr. Rha has more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications on minimally invasive urological surgery. He was the editor of Korean Journal of Endourology and serves as reviewer for Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology and Journal of Robotic Surgery. He is the President of Korean Endourological Society and Past-president of Urology and Engineering Society in US. On administrative side, he has served as the associate dean of faculty affairs, chief operating officer and now the chief strategy officer at Yonsei University Health System.


Associate Professor Ian Manchester

Ian R. Manchester received BE and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He then held research positions at Umea University, Sweden, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2012 he has been with the University of Sydney, Australia, where he is currently Associate Professor and Associate Director (Research) of the Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems. His research interests include in algorithms for control, learning, and identification of nonlinear dynamical systems, with applications in robotics and biomedical engineering. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.

 

COLORECTAL


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Associate Professor Andrew Stevenson

Andrew is past Head of the Colorectal Surgery department at Royal Brisbane, recent Chair of the ANZ Training Board in Colorectal Surgery and is currently Associate Professor of surgery at University of Queensland.
Along with the team in Brisbane, Andrew has conducted over 200 workshops on minimally invasive techniques and and now conducts regular masterclasses on transanal TME, ventral rectopexy and robotics both locally and overseas. Andrew has given over 30 invited lectures in Australia and internationally, published 70 peer reviewed papers, principal investigator for a number of multi centre trials on minimal invasive colorectal surgery (including ALaCaRT) and received numerous grants from NHMRC and other research bodies.

Professor Stevenson began using robotics and assessing its utility in colorectal surgery in 2009. He performed the first reported robotic male pelvic exenteration in the Southern Hemisphere and in combination with colleagues in Korea, published the first case series. Andrew adopted 3D laparoscopy in 2012 and began using 3D and robotics for transanal TME in 2013 for benign and malignant rectal resections,
Andrew recently participated in a select international consensus forum into the development of new minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of rectal prolapse (laparoscopic ventral rectopexy), as well as the recent international consensus on transanal TME for rectal cancer.

Member of both the Australian and American Societies of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, European Society Coloproctoloogy, Executive Member of the Queensland Clinical Oncology Group for the Queensland Cancer Foundation, as well as being a long standing member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Australasian Gastrointestinal Trials Group (AGITG).


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Associate Professor Craig Lynch

Associate Professor Craig Lynch is a Colorectal Surgeon at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

He completed his General Surgical Fellowship in New Zealand, with post-fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, and St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. He holds a Masters degree in surgery and has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a Fellow of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand and International Fellow of the American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.

While his current clinical practice also includes the management of patients with advanced pelvic cancer and peritoneal carcinomatosis, he has extensive minimally invasive surgical experience with both laparoscopic and robotic surgery, being the first to perform robotic colorectal surgery in Australasia in 2009.


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Dr Ross Warner

Dr Warner completed his Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Sydney and then went on to complete his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with honours at the same institution.

Dr Warner completed his surgical training in 2010 at Royal Prince Alfred and Concord Hospitals and during his training completed a Masters of Surgery at the University of Sydney. He then underwent a year of general surgical training before undergoing two years of specialist colorectal training at The Tweed Hospital and John Flynn Private Hospital. 

Dr Warner’s main interests are in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer, faecal incontinence and pelvic floor disorders. He is excited about developing robotic colorectal surgery at the John Flynn Hospital for rectal cancer and complex pelvic floor disorders.

He has a particular interest in teaching and is an active participant in both the Griffith and Bond University teaching programs as well as tuition of surgical registrars rotated through The Tweed Hospital


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Dr Anil Koshy

Anil is a colorectal surgeon working at Colorectal Surgeons Newcastle and a conjoint lecturer at University of Newcastle.

He completed his residency & General Surgical Fellowship in Sydney, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with 3 years post fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery at Fremantle, Royal Prince Alfred and John Goligher colorectal Unit, St James University Hospital, Leeds.

He did an additional year of Master of  Surgery at Sydney University in colorectal research.

He is a fellow member of the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand and Member of American Society of Colon & Rectal Surgeons.

He is a Robotic colorectal surgeon specialising in da Vinci robotic surgery, and has been doing Robotic surgery Since 2013. He currently uses the latest Da Vinci xi model in Newcastle.

His other interests include teaching medical students & surgical trainees. He is actively involved with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for teaching, training and examination.

He also does volunteer work in Solomon Islands with DAISI.


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Dr Peter Lee

Colorectal Program Convenor

Dr Lee is a colorectal surgeon at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital specializing in minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopic and Robotic surgery. He performs pelvic exenterations for recurrent rectal cancers and complex pelvic malignancies including sarcomas.

He is the program director for the department of Colorectal Surgey RPAH/ IAS for Minimally Invasive  Surgery, Robotic and Laparoscopic surgery, and director for the RPAH fellowship program.

He graduated from the University of NSW Medical School in 1995. He trained in Sydney and obtained his fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005.  

He completed his fellowship with the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand in 2007.

He travelled to the UK to further his surgical training in pelvic exenteration and laparoscopic colorectal surgery.

He has completed a Masters of Surgery in colorectal surgery at the University of Sydney in 2012.

He has written textbook chapters and has numerous publications in international journals particularly for Pelvic Exenteration surgery. He was one of the surgeons for the A La CaRT and International multicenter study on lateral pelvic lymph node dissection for locally advanced low rectal cancers after LCCRT. He is a member of SOuRCe and the Institute of Academic Surgery which are affiliated with the University of Sydney and RPAH, and performs clinical research in surgery.


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Dr Nima Ahmadi

Dr Nima Ahmadi is a current Colorectal Surgery Fellow at The Tweed/John Flynn Hospital. He graduated MBBS, BSc(med) Hons in 2010 from the University of New South Wales and has subsequently completed his MS from The University of Sydney in 2016.

He completed his General Surgery Training in 2016 and after a Colorectal Fellowship year at The Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 2017, commenced his training with the Australian and New Zealand Training Board in Colorectal Surgery (ANZTBCRS) in 2018.

He has an interest in minimally invasive surgery and Robotic surgery with a particular focus on improving the training pathway for current fellows in Colorectal Robotic surgery.

 

CARDIOTHORACIC

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Dr Hasam Balkhy, MD

Dr. Balkhy is Professor of Surgery and Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine.  He received his Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgery training at Tufts New England Medical Center and the Lahey Clinic in Boston, MA.  He was Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at the Wisconsin Heart Hospital in Milwaukee, WI prior to moving to the University of Chicago in July 2013.

Dr. Balkhy is well known for his strong advocacy of less invasive cardiac surgery. He was one of the first surgeons in the country to apply minimally invasive techniques for Atrial Fibrillation surgery using a Thoracoscopic approach. He applies minimally invasive and sternal sparing approaches for over 90% of all cardiac surgical procedures in his practice.

As a leader in off pump coronary bypass surgery (OPCAB), he has participated in several multicenter randomized studies including as a principle investigator in the FDA mandated EPIC PAS-Port proximal anastomotic device clinical trial. In addition, he has the largest experience in the world with clinically approved distal coronary anastomotic connectors, and is the national PI for the MAGIC trial of patency outcomes of the C Port distal anastomotic device.

Since adapting robotic surgery in his practice in 2007, Dr Balkhy has quickly become a leader in beating heart totally endoscopic single and multi-vessel, robotic coronary bypass and has one of the largest series of these procedures in the world. He pioneered the robotic connector coronary bypass procedure (Connector TECAB) and lectures widely on this topic and proctors surgeons all over the world.

Since joining the University of Chicago in 2013, Dr Balkhy has developed a busy multifaceted robotic cardiac surgical program, applying the da Vinci robot to perform totally endoscopic multivessel coronary grafting, complex intracardiac valve procedures and arrhythmia surgery all without opening the sternum using small ports.

Dr Balkhy has published numerous peer-reviewed articles as well as several textbook chapters on robotic cardiac surgery. He is a frequent invited speaker and presents at national and international professional conferences and scientific meetings. He has trained and proctored numerous surgeons on robotic and minimally invasive techniques in cardiac surgery both in the US and internationally and is a strong advocate in helping to increase the adoption of cardiac robotic surgery worldwide.


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Dr Abbas Abbas

Dr. Abbas E. Abbas is Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  Dr. Abbas earned his medical degree from Ain-Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt.  He finished a General Surgery residency at University of Pennsylvania Hospitals in Philadelphia and afterwards completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  

Dr. Abbas was elected President of the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society in 2018.   He is one of the earliest adopters of robotic thoracic surgery and has extensive expertise in robotic surgery for mediastinal, esophageal and lung disease.  His center is active in training residents, fellows and surgeons in robotic thoracic surgery. He has authored and edited numerous publications in numerous topics and is frequently invited to speak at National and International meetings.


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Dr Levi Bassin

Dr Bassin is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Royal North Shore Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital. He trained at Royal North Shore, Prince of Wales, and at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  His surgical interests include robotic coronary bypass, robotic mitral valve repair and Tran-scatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. 


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Dr Joanne Irons

Dr Joanne Irons is a consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetist and medical perfusionist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.  She graduated MBChB from Edinburgh Medical School, UK in 2002 and underwent her anaesthetic training in South East Scotland School of Anaesthesia, UK.  She completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, transoesophageal echocardiography and perfusion at Westmead Hospital in Sydney in 2012.  Before returning to Sydney to take up appointment at RPAH, she spent over 4 years as a consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesia at Papworth Hospital, the UK’s largest cardiothoracic surgery centre and leading heart and lung transplant unit.

Dr Irons is passionate about teaching and research.  She is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.  She has a special interest in transeosophageal echocardiography, enhanced recovery programs for thoracic and cardiac surgery and anaesthetic techniques for minimally-invasive surgery.

 

EAR NOSE AND THROAT / HEAD  AND NECK

Professor Peter-John Wormald  

Professor Wormald is the current Chair in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Adelaide.  PJ’s clinical and research interest is endoscopic sinus surgery, the anatomy of the sinuses and endoscopic skull base surgery.  He has a particular interest in the development of a basic science research facility and an animal model for the scientific assessment of the pathophysiology of chronic sinusitis and the healing of the nose and sinuses after surgery.  This includes the development of a bacterial and fungal animal model and the role of bacteria in recalcitrant CRS.  Recently the management techniques and options of a large vessel injury have been elucidated by the development of the sheep carotid injury animal model.

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Associate Professor Suren Krishnan

Suren Krishnan is Honorary Professor of Deakin University Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide. He was the first surgeon in the southern hemisphere to perform Trans Oral Robotic Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in July 2008. He has proctored all Australian Head and Neck Surgeons who have not had the opportunity of robotic fellowships in the USA and has been responsible for the training of the four senior TORS surgeons in the United Kingdom.

Suren is Australia’s most experienced TORS surgeon and has been responsible for the introduction of both the INTUITIVE da Vinci robotic surgical platform as well as the MEDROBOTICS Flex system. He has performed or participated in over 300 TORS cases and conducted Australia’s first TORS courses and participated as an invited speaker at many national and international meetings as well as contributing to the international literature on TORS.


Dr Arj Ananda

ENT Program Convenor

Dr Arjuna Ananda is the current head of the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His area of sub-specialisation is rhinology. This includes sinus problems, nasal obstruction, skull base tumours, snoring and rhinoplasty.

Dr Ananda attained his fellowship in advanced sinus surgery and anterior skull base surgery under the tutelage of the renowned Prof PJ Wormald.

Dr Ananda has devoted his life to the ENT field in medicine. He leads in his profession and is highly regarded among his peers. Being the son and grandson of ENT specialists sharing the same passion and dedication to patient care. He is highly sought after offering the highest quality of state of the art care in the general and private sector.


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Dr Hubert Low

Head and Neck Program Convenor

Dr Hubert Low is an ENT, Head and Neck surgeon specialising in microvascular, Head and Neck reconstruction and facial nerve rehabilitation.

Upon finishing his ENT, Head and Neck training, Dr Low pursued further post fellowship training in Head and Neck Oncology, Sleep apnoea surgery at Royal Perth Hospital (Western Australia); microvascular/ facial nerve rehabilitation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (Taiwan); and Head and Neck microvascular reconstruction, facial nerve rehabilitation and transoral robotic surgery at Victoria Hospital (Canada).

Dr Low is a member of the Australia & New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He an active member of the Head and Neck Cancer MDT and the Thyroid Cancer MDT at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse; as well as a founding member of the Sydney Facial Nerve Group.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr Low is also passionate about teaching and research, with over 30 peer review publications. Dr Low is a senior clinical lecturer with the University of Sydney, University of NSW and Macquarie University. He is also the Director of Education with the Head and Neck Department at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. He currently supervises Master candidates from University of Sydney and University of Edinburg and international fellows at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.


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Associate Professor Jonathan Clark

Associate Professor Jonathan Clark is a Clinical Professor with the Sydney Medical School at University of Sydney, Director of Research at Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse as well as the Head and Neck Research Lead, RPA Institute of Academic Surgery and Director, international fellowship program at the Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute.  

Professor Clark has published > 170 peer review journal publications and 18 book chapters principally on metastatic cutaneous squamous cell cancer. 3766 citations (GS) with 2738 in the last five years and H-index of 38 (GS). Currently supervising 9 PhDs, 3 Masters (USyd), 8 MD students (Usyd). Professor Clark has been principal supervisor for over 25 international fellows undertaking the SHNCI fellowship program.

His Professional activities include external grant reviewer for the US National Eye Institute (NIH) and NHMRC. NHMRC project review panel 2016. Consultant to Cancer Council NSW, Clinical advisor to Cancer Institute NSW and Cancer Council Victoria in developing clinical practice guidelines and optimal care pathways in head and neck cancer and unknown primary cancer. Co-founded the Sydney Facial Nerve Service 2013 and the first dedicated facial nerve clinic in Australia in 2015.

Internationally he is on the international editorial board of Head and Neck and Current Opinion in Otolaryngology. Faculty for the 9th International conference on Head and Neck Cancer Seattle, Washington and International advisory committee for the American Head and Neck Cancer Society. Regional director representing Australia in the Global Fellowship for the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncological Societies and founding member of the Steering Committee, AO Craniomaxillofacial Australasia.

Community Engagement includes Chairman of Beyond Five which is the first dedicated head and neck cancer charity developing online patient educational resources that are freely available at www.beyondfive.org.au.


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Dr Ben McArdle

Dr Ben McArdle is a locally trained Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon based here on the Sunshine Coast. Dr McArdle was born and raised in South East Queensland and studied Medicine at the University of Queensland. He obtained over 18 months of tertiary paediatric ENT medical and surgical experience at both Westmead Children’s Hospital and The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Dr McArdle was privileged to undertake rhinology, functional endoscopic sinus surgery and anterior skull base surgical training during his time at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. After obtaining his specialist qualification in Australia, Dr McArdle embarked on 12 months of further study and experience in advanced rhinology (sinus and endoscopic skull base surgery), thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and surgery for head and neck oncology at Mount Sinai Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada.

Dr McArdle works in both the public and private sector, based at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH), Nambour Selangor Private Hospital, and the Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital (SCUPH). He lives with his young, growing family here on the Sunshine Coast. When not busy changing nappies, he is involved in several community charities, local health matters, as well as outreach missions to remote communities in Australia and throughout the Pacific region through the Federal Governments Pacific Island Project (AUSAID).


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Associate Professor Richard M Gallagher

Richard is currently the highest volume individual da Vinci transoral robotic surgeon (TORS) in Australia having completed over 220 procedures. He trained in TORS at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 and introduced TORS to NSW in the same year. Richard is a Faculty Member of the 4th International Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Conference, Philadelphia, PA, in April 2018. He is one of the busiest individual surgeons in the world using TORS to treat Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related oropharyngeal cancers.

Richard is a Head and Neck Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist specialising in treating patients with cancer. He is the Director of Cancer Services and the Director of Head and Neck Services at St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney, and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Richard is Chair of the Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Advisory Group at the Cancer Institute of NSW, and a Board Member of the Australian New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society. He is a champion of the multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to cancer management.

A career long commitment to teaching and mentoring is demonstrated in Richard’s involvement with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS). Richard is a current Examiner and the past Board Chair of the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He has most recently chaired the specialty’s Curriculum Review Committee. You can follow Richard on Twitter @throatsurgeon.


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Dr Raewyn Campbell

Dr Raewyn Campbell is a rhinologist and skull base surgeon based at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Macquarie University Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital and The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney, Australia. Raewyn completed fellowships in rhinology and skull base surgery at Auckland City and North Shore Hospitals in Auckland, New Zealand, The Hospital for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and at Ohio State University Hospital/The James Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Columbus, Ohio.

Raewyn has published over 40 journal articles and book chapters and has presented at specialist conferences both nationally and internationally. She is actively involved in teaching medical students and ear, nose and throat surgical trainees and teaches at rhinology and skull base courses internationally.


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Dr Brindha Shivalingam

Dr Shivalingam is a Neurosurgeon with over 10 years of experience dedicated to brain tumour surgery. She has appointments at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, The Mater Hospital and The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. She is a graduate of Sydney University and completed her Neurosurgical training in 2006. Her post fellowship training in neuro oncology and skull base surgery was at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK.

The focus of her practice lies in Neuro oncology and skull base surgery. Dr Shivalingam has a special neuro oncology and research interest in melanoma surgery and is an associate of The Melanoma Institute Australia. Her skull base surgery involves close collaboration with ENT surgeons and focuses on acoustic neuroma surgery and anterior endoscopic surgery.

Her current professional memberships include Neurosurgical Society of Australasia, ANZMTG , COGNO, SNO and AMA. Through her hospital appointments, she is also actively involved in the teaching and training of medical students, junior medical officers and senior Neurosurgical registrars.

She has recently been appointed the Head of Neurosurgery at The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, which is Australia’s first comprehensive cancer hospital.

 

GYNAECOLOGY & GYNAE ONCOLOGY


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Professor Martin Oehler

Prof. Martin K. Oehler is Director of Gynaecological Oncology and Program Leader for Robotic Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He established the first Australian robotic surgery program in Gynaecology and Gynaecological Oncology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2008. He is one of the leading Australian robotic surgeons in his field and has been running a successful training program for local and international Fellows over many years.  


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Associate Professor Felix Chan

A/Prof Felix Chan is a certified gynaecological oncologist and is currently the Director of Gynaecological Oncology at Liverpool Hospital. He is a leading gynaecological robotic surgeon in Australia. He performed the first single site robotic hysterectomy in Australia in 2013 and pioneered multiple techniques in robotic gynaecological surgery.

A/Prof Chan specialises in advanced laparoscopic, robotic, vaginal and open surgery for the treatment of gynaecologic malignancies and complex gynaecological problems. He serves as a senior lecturer for UNSW, associated professor for Western Sydney University and a tutor in surgical skill for RANZCOG. He has been a nominee for Australian of the year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He was the winner of the Paul Harris Fellowship 2012, the vocational excellence award from the Australian Rotary and Gold Companion for the Rotary Australia 2012. He is the Medical Director of Eggtober Foundation raises fund for Gynaecological Cancer research. A/Prof Chan is also a member of the NSW Doctors Orchestra.


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Associate Professor Michael Cooper

Benign Gynaecology Program Convenor

Clinical Associate Professor Michael Cooper is a gynaecologist in private practice in Sydney and affiliated with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sydney University. He is currently a Visiting Medical Officer and Head of Gynaecology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Head of Gynaecology at St Luke’s Hospital, has an appointment at St Vincent’s Private Hospital and is accredited at Genea for assisted conception/IVF. His major interest is in the treatment of endometriosis particularly requiring advanced surgical and/or assisted conception techniques (IVF). He is a strong advocate of specialist endometriosis management teams. He has recently started work using the Da Vinci Robot and has been impressed as to the potential for this technology in the surgical management of advanced cases of

A/Prof Cooper graduated from Sydney University in 1984 and received his Fellowship qualification in 1995. He spent extensive time training in endoscopic (keyhole) surgery in Europe, the United Kingdom and America. He initiated one of the early endoscopic training centres for gynaecologists in Australia and is regularly involved in workshops to train other doctors and students. A/Prof Cooper has been the author of over 50 articles and book chapters published both in Australia and internationally and has spoken widely within Australia and overseas. He has been an invited surgeon to many hospitals in Australia and Asia and currently operates in Hong Kong on an occasional basis.

He was previously a Board Member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society and a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy. He has been an advisor to the World Heath Organisation on research and training in gynaecological endoscopic surgery.


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Dr Vivian Yang

Dr Vivian Yang is a gynaecologist in Sydney. She has appointments at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Macquarie University Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital.

She graduated from Sydney University in 2000. She received her Fellowship qualifications in 2008. During her training, she spent 5 years in Samsung Medical Centre, Seoul Korea, receiving Korean Fellowship in OBGYN. She completed further post fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic surgery and Urogynaecology in Sydney.

Her main interest is in Benign Gynaecology, mainly for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Endometriosis. She is a new comer in Robotic Surgery but has been very impressed in this new technology for benign gynaecologic surgery. She is a member of Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society and UroGynaecological Society of Australasia.


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Associate Professor Trevor Tejada-Berges

Gynae Oncology Program Convenor

Dr. Tejada-Berges joined the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women and Infants’ Hospital/Brown University in July 2001 as a Gynecologic Oncology fellow. He completed the Gynecologic Oncology fellowship, and then stayed on to continue a Breast Care Fellowship. He was recently an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown and cared for patients with both gynecologic malignancies and breast cancer.

Trevor is Board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has participated actively with the Gynecologic Oncology Group and his current research interests lie in the field of racial disparities in cancer care and palliative/end-of-life care with a particular focus on Latina patients. Given his involvement in the field, he was recently invited by the National Office of Minority Health to participate in the National Partnership for Action to Eliminate Health Disparities.

In 2009 Trevor received the Association of Professors in Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) award for exceptional teaching by the medical students at Brown University. He was also recognised by the American Cancer Society with the Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award. He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO), where he serves on the Breast Cancer Task Force and the Central America Gynecologic Oncology Education Program (CONEP). He is also an active member of the New England Association of Gynecologic Oncologists (NEAGO), the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBS) and the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD).


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Dr Danny Chou

Dr Danny Chou is a gynaecologist specializing in benign laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He completed this specialist Obstetric and Gynaecology training through Royal North Shore and St George Hospitals in Sydney and rotation to Salisbury Hospital in UK. He completed European Diploma of Operative Endoscopy in Clermont-Ferrand in France in1996 before returning to Sydney. He then underwent 2 fellowships in Laparoscopic Surgery over 3 years, 2 years at Sydney Women’s Endosurgery Centre and 1 year in London with exposure to laparoscopic oncological surgery.

Dr Danny Chou is currently a Director of Sydney Women’s Endosurgery Centre based at St George Private Hospital and affiliated with University of New South Wales. He is also a Conjoint Lecturer with University of NSW. Sydney Women’s Endosurgery Centre has been organizing the longest running advanced gynaecological laparoscopic workshop in Australia, over the past 20 years. Following his robotic training in July 2012, he has implemented a robotic session to the workshop, which is run three times a year, since 2014.

He has been constantly involved in training gynaecological laparoscopic surgery and is a faculty member of Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery Society’s regularly run Laparoscopic Cadaveric Course. He is regularly invited to conferences and training workshops both nationally and internationally including America and Asia Pacific regions. He has over 40 publications and book chapters.


 

NURSING

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Ms Judy Smith

Judy has been a perioperative nurse for over 25 years with clinical experience in both the public and private settings. Judy has extensive education experience in the clinical and tertiary settings and is currently coordinator of the undergraduate and post-graduate perioperative nursing programs at the University of Technology.

Judy is passionate about developing nurses who are engaged in creative and inspiring learning that enables them to build strong professional identities, future-focussed capabilities and global citizenship. Her particular interest is in developing a sustainable future in nursing through innovative research and fostering creativity, agility and resilience in nursing, healthcare processes and systems.

Her commitment, passion and leadership in nursing education and for the development of authentic simulated learning was acknowledged recently at the Australian Healthcare Excellence awards where she was presented the ‘Nurse of the Year’ award.

 


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Ms Amy Goff

Amy Goff is the Training and Education Manager at Device Technologies for the da Vinci robotic surgical system.  She is an Intuitive Surgical Certified trainer for Basic Console Training at the RPA Surgical and Robotics Training Institute.  She has spent over 15 years in industry learning and teaching new technologies in surgery.  She spends her spare time sailing, running and entertaining her two Kelpies.  

 

ORTHOPAEDIC

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Dr Brett Fritsch

Orthopaedic Program Convenor

Dr Fritsch is a specialist knee surgeon and a director of the North Shore Knee Clinic and Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute. Brett specialises in knee arthroplasty and ligament reconstruction utilising cutting edge techniques and technology. He has utilised robotics in knee arthroplasty since 2012 and has extensive experience in all major robotic devices currently in use in Australia. Brett has co-authored papers on kinematics in knee arthroplasty, patient specific variations relevant to knee replacement, and analysis of patient satisfaction after arthroplasty amongst extensive publications in the field of knee surgery. He is a member of the Australian Knee Society, ISAKOS knee committee, ESSKA Collateral Ligament Working Group and a reviewer for several international orthopaedic journals. Brett presents frequemntly nationally and internationally on his experience.


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Professor Bill Walter

Bill Walter, Orthopaedic Surgeon, is the Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatic Surgery at the University of Sydney.  He supervises PhD students, Masters students and medical students.  In 2012 Professor Walter was the President International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty and hosted the annual meeting in Sydney where over 500 scientific papers were presented, on topics such as robotics and technology in Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as Chairman of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mater Hospital from 2011 to 2014. Professor Walter hosted International Society for Orthopaedic Centres meeting in Sydney in 2017. Professor Walter is a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Professor Bill Walter’s research is published in peer reviewed international arthroplasty journals; he is often invited to present his findings international scientific orthopaedic conferences as a member of faculty and as a member of the expert panel.


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Dr Julian Yu

Dr Julian Yu is a Australian Trained Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in conditions of the hip and knee.

Having trained in Sydney and completed fellowships in the UK and France, Dr Yu performed performs arthroscopic (keyhole) and arthroplasty (replacement) surgery in the younger and older populations.

As a  young and modern surgeon, Dr Yu utilities the latest technological advances including performing Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery at the Mater Private Hospital, Sydney.


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Dr David Dickison

Dr David Dickison has been an orthopaedic surgeon for over 25 years. He completed his Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) accredited training in Sydney. He completed further education in knee surgery as a fellow in the UK and USA.

Dr Dickison is involved in advanced training of orthopaedic surgeons, and is currently Chair of the AOA Fellowships Committee. He is active in orthopaedic research, presenting regularly both locally and internationally.

Dr Dickison has pioneered robotic total and partial (unicompartmental) knee replacement. He has been instrumental in the introduction of the MAKO Robot to the Mater Hospital. He is the trainer in Australia for MAKO partial knee replacements.

Dr Dickison prides himself on providing personalised care. He enjoys working with patients so as to achieve the best outcome. He has extensive experience with complicated knee problems. Dr Dickison enjoys his work and the challenges it brings.


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Dr Aziz Bhimani

Dr Aziz Bhimani is an Orthopaedic surgeon hip and knee surgeon working at Wollongong Public and Private Hospital.  He graduated from the University of NSW and is a fellow of AOA and ISAKOS. 

Dr Aziz Bhimani is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in all aspects of hip and knee surgeries. Dr Bhimani has performed over five thousands surgeries and has established a particular passion and expertise in joint replacements for the treatment of arthritis along with arthroscopic and reconstructive surgeries.

Dr Bhimani works at Wollongong Public and Private Hospital working with a regular team of highly experienced professionals who assist him  surgery. He has serviced the Illawarra for over 10 years through working at local hospitals and help the public health system through the training of registrars.

He graduated from the University of NSW as well as additional specialist training in the US and Europe.  

Dr Bhimani is a proud member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery 


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Dr Gavin Clark

Dr Gavin Clark is an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Perth Hip and Knee Clinic. He is the Head of Department at SJOG Midland Public and Private Hospital.

Dr Clark has been involved with Computer Navigation in Joint Arthroplasty since 2000 and commenced Robotic Joint Replacement in 2015 utilising the Stryker Mako system in over 300 cases.

His current  research interests focus on individualisation of positioning of knee and hip replacements to optimise outcomes.


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Dr Arran Scholsberg

Dr Arran Schlosberg is a software engineer at Google and a Clinical Associate Lecturer of Sydney Medical School.

He completed his undergraduate degree in actuarial science and obtained his MBBS at the University of Sydney. He worked briefly as a genetic pathology registrar before undertaking an MPhil (Cambridge), researching applications of machine learning to neurogenetic expression.

Arran's work focuses on bridging diverse academic fields, currently designing software for risk analysis of computer networks, and he will soon transfer into one of Google's artificial intelligence teams, with a focus on health.

 

UPPER GI

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Associate Professor Michael Talbot

After graduating from the University of Otago in 1992, Dr. Talbot completed his Internship in Wellington, NZ before commencing residency and surgical training at Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital.

Graduating from Advanced Surgical Training in the Sydney Southeastern rotation in 2001, Dr. Talbot then underwent further subspecialty training as the Lister Lecturer in Surgery at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, before commencing Consultant practice at St George and Wollongong Hospitals in 2003. He is now a Conjoint Associate Professor in Surgery at the University of New South Wales.

Throughout his career, Dr. Talbot has been a pioneer of complex and revision Bariatric surgery in NSW, and has for the last decade had the highest caseload of these patients in the State. He also performed Australasia’s first robotic bariatric and oesophageal surgical procedures.

Dr. Talbot offers the full range of endoscopic and surgical treatments for neoplasia in the oesophagus and stomach, and runs NSW’s longest established High Resolution Oesophageal Diagnostics Lab.


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Dr David Cavalucci
 

Dr David Cavallucci is a General Surgeon with subspecialty interest in Hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgery who began practicing at the Wesley in 2012.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland in 2001, Dr Cavallucci obtained his Fellowship with Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

After being awarded the FRACS in General Surgery, he undertook further training in complex laparoscopic Upper GI, Bariatric and HPB surgery at Concord Hospital in Sydney. He was accepted onto the ANZHPBA post-Fellowship program in HPB surgery and completed a year at the Royal Brisbane Hospital focussed on complex HPB, Bariatric and laparoscopic general surgery. He was offered a two-year fellowship at the University of Toronto, the premier HPB and liver transplant program in North America and internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in complex HPB surgery.

During these years of post-Fellowship training in Australia and abroad, working with leaders in the field, he was able to gain experience in:

  • pancreatic resection including vascular resection and reconstruction
  • extended liver resection including reconstruction of the vena cava and portal vein using techniques such as in-situ cooling and ex-vivo resection and multi-stage resections
  • liver, pancreas and kidney transplantation
  • laparoscopic liver, gallbladder and pancreatic surgery

He has presented and published internationally on gallbladder and pancreatic cancer including a book chapter, as well as on techniques for complex liver surgery. Currently, he is completing a Masters degree in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
Dr Cavallucci is a member of RACS, ANZHPBA and American Society of Transplant Surgeons.


Dr David Yeo

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Upper GI Program Convenor

Dr David Yeo is an Upper GI Surgeon based in Sydney, NSW. As well as upper gastrointestinal surgery Dr Yeo specialises in hepatobiliary surgery (liver, pancreas, gallbladder and bile duct), transplant and bariatric surgery. He has a broad special interest and expertise in cancerous and non – cancerous conditions including liver tumours, biliary/gallbladder and pancreatic tumours. He also offers a full range of surgical treatments including laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for gallstones, hernias, and bariatric/obesity surgery as well as endoscopy and ERCPs.

Dr David Yeo completed a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the University of Sydney and went on to study Medicine graduating in 2002 with Honours. He undertook surgical training at both the RPA and St George Hospitals obtaining his General Surgical Fellowship in 2009. David then spent the next two years of his post-fellowship training completing the Australian and New Zealand Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association Fellowship program based at RPA Hospital in Sydney and the Austin Hospital in Melbourne. In his fourth and final post-fellowship year he travelled to the United Kingdom to work at St James¹s University Hospital where he gained expertise in aggressive oncological liver resection and liver transplantation.

Academically, David completed a Master of Surgery in 2008 focusing on the impact of PET/CT imaging on the treatment of colorectal cancer liver metastases. He is the Clinical Research lead in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery within the Institute of Academic Surgery at RPA Hospital.

David has broad clinical interests. Oncologically, he specialises in both primary and secondary liver tumours, stomach, pancreatic and biliary/gallbladder tumours. He performs an extensive range of non-cancer related operations for conditions such as gallstone disease, hernias and obesity. In addition, he is involved with medical device development aiming to improve the safety and effectiveness of current technologies. He was awarded a grant from the NSW government following completion of the ATP Innovation Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program

 

UROLOGY

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Associate Professor Declan Murphy

Declan Murphy moved to Melbourne, Australia in January 2010 to take up appointments as consultant urologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Director of Outcomes Research at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre. He is Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Hospital and Director of Robotic Surgery at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He had previously been consultant urologist at Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Originally from Galway in the West of Ireland, Declan completed his basic surgical training in Dublin before moving to London to continue higher specialist training on the South Thames rotation of the London Deanery. He is trained in all aspects of open and endoscopic urology and has a particular interest in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery, particularly for the management of prostate, renal and bladder cancer. Following completion of his specialist training at Guy’s and having been awarded the FRCS Urol in 2006, he spent a year in Melbourne completing a Fellowship in Laparoscopic & Robotic Urology under the supervision of Professor Tony Costello. He was awarded the FRACS in the Specialty of Urology by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2011.

Declan has a strong academic background and has published extensively in the field of minimally-invasive urology for the management of prostate, renal and bladder cancer. He is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Urology International, Consulting Editor of European Urology, on the Expert Advisory Board of Nature Reviews Urology and the editorial board of the Journal of Robotic Surgery, and is a regular reviewer for The Journal of Urology, Journal of Endourology, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Cancer and many others.


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Dr Daniel Moon

Dr Daniel Moon is the Director of Robotic Surgery at Epworth Healthcare and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and Monash University.  He is a urologist with particular expertise in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, the management of prostate cancer and the aftermath of its treatment.  He has performed over 1500 major laparoscopic +/- robotic procedures, published the first Australian series of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in 2008, performed the first Australian robotic cysto-prostatectomy in 2009, published the largest Australian pyeloplasty series in 2011, and established a robotic partial nephrectomy program at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, publishing the first Australian series of this procedure in 2014, then the largest Australian partial nephrectomy series in 2018. 

Dr Moon convenes the biennial National Kidney and Bladder Cancer Symposium, co-convened Australia’s first robotic prostatectomy surgical masterclass in 2011, followed by the first robotic partial nephrectomy masterclass in 2012 then the first Australian multi-disciplinary robotic surgical symposium in 2013.  Dr Moon has developed comprehensive training and credentialing documents for surgeons learning robotic surgery, is involved in fellowship training in robotics and is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Urology International.

Dr Moon has also developed a high volume urological prosthetics practice, restoring continence and potency in men following prostate cancer treatment.  After co-authoring the first multicentre Australian series of suburethral male slings then presenting the largest local series of suburethral slings and artificial urinary sphincters at the Urological Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting in 2012, he published the largest Australian series of artificial urinary sphincter insertion in 2014, then in 2017published the longest Australian follow-up for men undergoing urethral sling surgery followed by the largest Australian experience in penile implant surgery for erectile dysfunction.


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Dr Justin Vass

Justin Vass is a Urologist with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. He was the first Australian Urologist to undertake a laparoscopic Fellowship in the United Kingdom in 2001. Since then he has performed and trained many surgeons in Laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, Laparoscopic pyeloplasties, laparoscopic radical and partial nephrectomy in Australia. He is one of a few surgeons in accredited to perform laparoscopic donor nephrectomies.

Since 2012 he commence Robotic Surgery particularly for Radical prostatectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy and has mentored many urologists in Robotics.

He is Head of the Urology Department at Royal North Shore Hospital and has appointments at North Shore Private and Macquarie University Hospitals.


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Dr Geoff Coughlin

Dr Geoff Coughlin is a Urologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and a visiting medical practitioner at the Wesley Hospital.

He commenced robotic surgery programs at these hospitals in 2009 and 2010 respectively. 

Dr Coughlin has an interest in robotic surgery and prostate cancer and is currently involved in clinical trials within these disciplines.


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Professor Howard Lau

Howard Lau is a Urologists and transplant surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery. He has been performing laparoscopic renal surgery for over 20 years and is widely regarded as the pioneer of laparoscopic radical and particle nephrectomy in Australia.

Since 2012 he has embarked on the journey of robotic surgery. He regularly performs radical prostatectomies and partial nephrectomies robotically and has recently performed the first few cases of robotic renal transplants in Australia.

He has been invited to perform surgery and lectures both in Australia and overseas. He is a conjoint Professor of surgery at the School of Medicine western Sydney University and practices in Sydney’s West.


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Dr Nariman Ahmadi

Dr Nari Ahmadi is a Urological Surgeon and fellowship-trained Robotic Urological Oncologist. He completed his medical degree from the UNSW and obtained his Masters of Surgery at the University of Sydney. Following completion of his urological surgical training, he undertook a two-year fellowship in Advanced Robotic and Laparoscopic Urological Oncology at the Institute of Urology, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles under direct mentorship of Dr Inderbir Gill and his colleagues. During this time, he gained additional expertise and experience in surgical management of complex urological cancers as well as robotic reconstructive urology. He has been involved in developing innovative surgical techniques in robotic surgery and has multiple peer reviewed publications, book chapters and has presented widely in national and international conferences.

He currently holds a VMO position at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse and Strathfield and St George private hospital and is a da Vinci accredited surgical proctor, mentoring urologists in robotic surgery in Australia.


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Dr Danielle van Diepen

Dr Danielle van Diepen is a Dutch trained and certified urological surgeon with a special interest in oncological urology and minimal invasive surgery.

After 6 month training period at the Netherlands Cancer Institute she moved to Sydney, Australia for a  fellowship at Concord Repatriation General Hospital where she was trained in trans perineal ultrasound of the pelvic floor.

At the moment she is doing a  Robotic and Research fellowship at the Royal Prince Alfred Institute of Academic Surgery.


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Associate Professor Ruban Thanigasalam  

Summit/ Urology Program Convenor / Gynaecology Program Speaker

Associate Professor Ruban Thanigasalam is a Sydney trained Urological Surgeon specialising in robotic and minimally invasive uro-oncology. Dr Thanigasalam is one of the few Australian Urological Surgeons who has completed a prestigious two-year fellowship in robotic and laparoscopic uro-oncological surgery in Paris. He has a special interest in prostate and kidney cancer outcomes research and has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications. Dr Thanigasalam is a da Vinci accredited surgical proctor (mentor for surgical colleagues in robotic surgery).

Dr Thanigasalam has Visiting Medical Officer (VMO) appointments at The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Strathfield Private Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital.

He is an Associate Professor of Robotic Surgery (University of Sydney), and clinical lead in prostate cancer research at the Institute of Academic Surgery, based at the RPA campus


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Dr Scott Leslie

Summit/ Urology Program Convenor

Dr Scott Leslie is a urological and robotic surgery specialist. He has a particular interest in treating urological cancers with a focus on both oncological outcomes and functional results. Dr Leslie received fellowship training in robotic surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles under the mentorship of Dr Inderbir Gill.

Dr Leslie is a senior lecturer of robotic surgery at Sydney University and holds consultant positions at the Mater Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. He is an authority in minimally invasive (“keyhole”) surgery regularly instructing urologists throughout Australia in both basic and advanced robotic techniques.



More speakers to be announced