I was educated at Brighton Grammar, I completed my medical degree at the University of Melbourne from 1983 to 1988. My first years as a doctor were at St Vincent’s Hospital and in 1992 I worked in the Baragwaneth Hospital in South Africa as a Surgical Registrar. This is the largest trauma hospital in the Southern Hemisphere providing the most extensive surgical experience possible.
I commenced Urology training in Australia in 1994 completing full accreditation in 1997. The final year was a full time research post developing a new surgical approach for the treatment of kidney stones using microsurgical techniques in a rabbit model. This work was recognised by the British Association of Urological Surgeons winning the prestigious Silver Medal for Research – the first non-European to achieve this award.
The following year I was awarded the Urological Travelling Society Fellowship and appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California Davis working in the area of Reconstructive Urology and Prosthetics. Shortly after returning I undertook voluntary work in New Guinea to develop procedural skills amongst the local indigenous urologists.
I have maintained a broad interest in urological education and training. From 2007 to 2010, I was a Supervisor of the urological trainees at Monash Health. I continue my role in education of advanced trainees. I am on the Medical Advisory Board of St John of God Hospital in Berwick during a very exciting time for the hospital with a new campus currently being developed.