Sydney Robotic Centre

Urological Robotic Specialists

Howard Lau

Prof Howard Lau

Mentor to Robotic Surgeons, Trainer for robotic surgery


Prof Lau is widely regarded as a leading Urologist in Australia particularly in the field of minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic and robotic treatment for a variety of kidney and prostate conditions especially in the field of oncology. He pioneered the development of Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery in Australia performing the first Laparoscopic Radical Nephrectomy in 1998 and subsequently Laparoscopic Partial Nephrectomy for localised renal cancer in 2002. More recently, with the advance of Robotic Surgery, he performed the first Partial Robotic Nephrectomy with Firefly in 2013.

Prof Lau graduated from Sydney University and completed his Urological training in Sydney. He was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Oxford Transplant Centre in 1995 and is a Senior Urologist at Westmead Hospital. In Urology his sub interest lies in the field of renal, adrenal and prostate (RAP) surgery including diagnostic and treatment of both benign and malignant conditions.

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Andrew Brooks

A/Prof Andrew Brooks

Mentor to Robotic Surgeons, Trainer for robotic surgery


A/Prof Andrew Brooks has had a long and distinguished career in Urology in Western Sydney. He is currently the Head of the Sydney West Area Health Service, Department of Urology. He has particular interest in urological cancer and currently Chairs the Urology Cancer Special Interest Groups for the New South Wales Cancer Insitute as well as chairing a specific Urological Organisation for cancer education in the urological community.

He has other interests in fertility and vasectomy reversal as well as urinary stone disease. He has held a number of distinguished positions in the urological community being a past President of the Urological Society of Austrlia and New Zealand and is currently a counsellor on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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Simon Bariol

Dr Simon Bariol


Dr Simon Bariol is a urological surgeon with a particular interest in endourology, a subspecialty which encompasses the minimally invasive management of urinary tract stones, obstruction and cancer, including robotic prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy.

He has an international reputation in the management of kidney stones, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He lectures in kidney stones and renal cancers at Sydney University and has been an invited speaker at numerous local, national and international urology meetings.

He is the current supervisor of urology training at Westmead Hospital and will assume the role of NSW Training and Education Chair in 2016.

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Manish Patel

A/Prof Manish Patel

Mentor to Robotic Surgeons, Trainer for robotic surgery


Associate Professor Manish Patel is a urological cancer surgeon and is widely recognised as an Australian leader in the management of urological malignancies. His special expertise is the surgical management of prostate, bladder and kidney cancer and is a fully trained and experienced minimally invasive robotic surgeon.

A/Prof Patel trained at the world renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York and currently also runs a large teaching and research program through the University of Sydney. His training and research allows him to offer patients the very latest in surgery techniques, therapies and entry into clinical trials.

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Ruban Thanigasalam

Dr Ruban Thanigasalam


Dr Ruban Thanigasalam is a consultant Urological Surgeon, who completed his medical degree (MB BS) at the University of London before moving to Sydney. He completed his advanced surgical training in Urological Surgery in NSW and was subsequently awarded his Fellowship of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons (FRACS (Urology)) in 2013.

Dr Thanigasalam completed a two year research fellowship at internationally recognised Garvan Institute of medical research and the University of Sydney, where he was awarded his Masters of Surgery degree (MS). He was also honoured to receive the John Loewenthal medal by the University of Sydney for his pioneering work on clinical outcomes for patients undergoing treatment for localised prostate cancer.

He is trained in General Urology and has sub-specialised in laparoscopic, robotic and laser surgery. He undertook a two-year clinical Fellowship in Paris to further specialise in these areas. In Paris he was under the tutelage of the internationally renowned surgeon Monsieur Herve Baumert who is one of Europe's most highly regarded robotic and laparoscopic surgeons, and was trained in robotic, laparoscopic and laser prostate surgery.

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Prof Mohammed Khadra

Mentor to Robotic Surgeons, Trainer for robotic surgery


Professor Mohamed Khadra is an experienced, Australian trained Urological Surgeon. His practice encompasses the full range of urological disease and with a particular interest and expertise in prostate cancer diagnosis and surgery, robotic surgery and male incontinence.

He is Deputy Chair of the Final Examinations of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Urology. Prof Khadra is Head of the Discipline of Surgery at the University of Sydney and Head of Department of Urology at the Nepean Hospital, which is a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney.

He has numerous major research articles to his name in the fields of Urology and Education. He has received the inaugural Bruce Pearson Fellowship, the Alban Gee Prize and the prestigious Noel Newton Medal in Surgery. In addition to his work in Medicine, he has degrees in computing from Deakin University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Sydney. He also has a PhD from the University of Sydney.

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Scott Leslie

Dr Scott Leslie

Mentor to Robotic Surgeons, Trainer for robotic surgery


Dr Scott Leslie is a urological surgeon with a special interest in minimally invasive surgery for urological cancers. He trained in NSW and then joined the Institute of Urology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles for a two-year fellowship in robotic urologic surgery. Dr Leslie is a VMO at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and is an expert in robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer, robotic partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer and robotic cystectomy and intracorporeal diversion for bladder cancer. Dr Leslie also has an interest in the management of complex stone disease and in the surgical treatment of men with BPH (Greenlight laser, UroLift, Robotic enucleation).


David Ende

Dr David Ende


Dr Ende has completed a PHD in cancer medicine and Magnetic Resonance. His interests include Cancer surgery, including Prostate, Bladder, Kidney and Testis. Dr Ende performs Robotic prostatectomy and cystoprostatectomy. The main advantage of this form of surgery is the minimal invasive nature of the procedure and the more rapid recovery.

His other interests include laser stone surgery, voiding dysfunction (and urodynamics) in men and women as well as pelvic floor reconstruction for women with prolapse and pelvic pain syndromes. He also performs microscopic vas reversal.

Dr Ende is associated with the medical program of The University of Western Sydney. He operates at Blacktown Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital.

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