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Urology Research

Concord Urology Department has an active research program with basic sciences and clinical research components which has been planned and coordinated over the past 20 years.

The unit has particular expertise in functional urology/ pelvic floor and is well known around Australia for our research in this area. We currently have two University of Sydney PhD candidates and two MPhil candidates, with grant support from Concord Cancer Centre, Continence Foundation of Australia and RACS surgical research scholarships. 

Key Research Themes 

  • Voiding dysfunction with ageing 
  • Functional outcomes following multimodality pelvic cancer treatment 
  • Post prostatectomy incontinence, evaluation and treatment
  • Development of a pelvic floor functional imaging protocol 
  • Evaluation and management of mesh complications.

Our Research Projects

Our Research Team

Professor Lewis Chan Head of Department, Staff Specialist, Lead Clinician for Concord Hospital Urology Research Program
Associate Professor Ruban Thanigasalam Staff Specialist, Lead Clinician SLHD Robotic Urology Program
Associate Professor Vincent Tse Urology Surgeon, Lead Clinician Concord Hospital Functional Urology Research Program
Associate Professor Raymond Ko Urology Surgeon, Lead Clinician for Urinary Stone Surgery
Dr Amanda Chung PhD Research Fellow, Detrusor Ultrastructure Research Group
Dr Andrew Mitterdorfer Lead Clinician for Bladder Cancer, Principal Investigator for BCG/Mitomycin trial and CxBladder trial
Dr Joshua Makary MPhil candidate, CHAMP Urology Research Program
Dr Sia Kim MPhil candidate, SLHD Robotic Urology Program (ROSE study)

Our Publications


Chan CYW, Fernandes RA, Yao HHI, O'Connell HE, Tse V, Gani J.  A systematic review of the surgical management of apical pelvic organ prolapse. International Urogynecology Journal . Epub ahead of print. 3 Dec 22.
Horsley PJ, Sheehan-Dare G, Mastrocostas K, Fung C, Kneebone A, Eade TN, Emmet L, Lalak A, Hruby G.  Prostate adenocarcinoma with mucinous features - is it PSMA avid?. Journal of Medical Imaging & Radiation Oncology. 66(5):637-640, 2022 Aug.
Kporku EH, Broe M, Thanigasalam R, Leslie S.  Robotic nephrectomy for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is superior to the open approach - A retrospective review of cases in Australia.  European Urology Open Science 44, S280-S281, 2022.
Lahoud J, Fong V, Rajendran S, Tse V. Desmoid fibromatosis involving the ureter: A rare presentation with intraoperative challenges. Urology Case Reports 2022, vol. 40.
Makary J, Falot J, Leslie S, Thanigasalam R.  Role of MRI directed intra-operative frozen sections during robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and risk factors associated with positive margins.  BJU International 129, 146-146, 2022.
Makary J, McClintock G, Fallot J, Broe M, Ahmadi S ... Thanigasalam R.  Video guide of robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy post renal transplant:  Unique considerations.  Urology Video Journal 15, 100169, 2022.
Makary J, van Diepen DC, Arianayagam R, McClintock G, Fallot J, Leslie S, Thanigasalam R.  The evolution of image guidance in robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy (RALP): a glimpse into the future. [Review] Journal of Robotic Surgery. 16(4):765-774, 2022 Aug.
Robertson, TJ, McCulloch T, Paleologos MS, Downey R, Loadsman J, Thanigasalam R, Leslie S.  Effects of Sevoflurane versus propofol on cerebral autoregulation during anaesthesia for robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.  Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 50 (5), 361-367, 2022.
Thanigasalam R, Makary J, Leslie S, Downey R, Paleologos M, Irons J.  Anesthetics in Robotics.  Robotic Urologic Surgery, 51-59, 2022.
Virk A, Broe M, Thanigasalam R, Leslie S.  The techniques used in performing a robotic right radical nephrectomy with caval exploration:  A video demonstration.  International Journal of Urology 29, 36-36, 2022.
Yao J, Tse V. Twenty-Five Years of the Midurethral Sling: Lessons Learned.  International Neurourology Journal.  Vol. 26, issue 2, p. 102-110, 2022.