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This event has attracted large numbers of delegates in recent years to hear from world experts in robotic-assisted surgery, and has proved one of the most highly-rated parts of the Clinical Urology Program. The rapid growth in installation and procedure numbers since 2011 has led to a doubling in the number of systems available and a huge increase in the number of urologists transitioning to robotic-assisted surgery which is now the dominant approach to radical prostatectomy in Australia.

Urologists as all levels from trainee to experienced robotic surgeon will benefit from this interactive and video-based da Vinci Prostatectomy Masterclass where you will hear from world leaders in robotic surgery.

This year we have assembled a hugely-experienced Faculty of robotic surgeons to deliver an outstanding program for those interested in robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy using the da Vinci© surgical system.

Our International Faculty includes:

 Dr. Brian Chapin, Assistant Professor

Department of Urology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, United States

Dr Chapin provides complete surgical care for men and women diagnosed with urologic malignancies. He performs open surgery and minimally invasive/robotic surgery, for patients with prostate, kidney, bladder and testis cancers. His major clinical focus is on the treatment of high risk- localized, locally advanced and metastatic prostate cancers. Dr. Chapin is involved with the basic science/translational research program at M.D Anderson, which is attempting to identify the immunologic changes that occur with surgical and systemic therapy treatments in advanced prostate cancer and how these changes may be exploited with use of newer immune modulating therapies. Using a comprehensive multimodality approach to this disease, Dr. Chapin’s goal is to ease suffering and prolong survival in men with advanced prostate cancer.

Mr Benjamin J Challacombe

Guy’s and St Thomas Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College London

Ben is a consultant urological surgeon and honorary senior lecturer with a special interest in robotic surgery and minimally invasive prostate cancer treatments. Ben is associate editor of the BJUI, with over 140 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters on minimally invasive and robotic urological techniques. He has performed over 400 robotic radical prostatectomies, 160 robotic partial nephrectomies and also performs dynamic prostate brachytherapy and holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) within the Guy’s Urology Centre. His current research interests are in robotic surgery training, trans-perineal template biopsy techniques, active surveillance of low risk prostate cancer, sentinel lymph node techniques and haptic probe development in robotic surgery.


Dr Daniel Moon

Urologist, Director of Robotics, Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne

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 has performed over 1000 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. Dr Moon has also developed a high volume urological prosthetics practice, restoring continence and potency in men following prostate cancer treatment. He has published the largest Australian series of both artificial urinary sphincter insertion in 2014, and suburethral male slings in 2017.


Prof Henry Woo

Director of Uro-Oncology
Professor of Robotic Cancer Surgery
Director of Uro-Oncology

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

Prof Henry Woo is the Director of Uro-Oncology and Professor of Robotic Cancer Surgery at Lifehouse.   He is also Professor of Surgery in the Discipline of Surgery of the Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. As a urological surgeon at Lifehouse, his clinical practice is subspecialised and dedicated to prostate cancer. Additional to a significant experience in robotic prostate cancer surgery, he has a substantial expertise and experience in complex open prostate surgery.

Prof Woo has published extensively and has over 130 peer reviewed scientific papers and several book chapters.

Highlights include:

  • Full-length “as live” da Vinci© radical prostatectomy and extended PLND
  • Advanced techniques to preserve functional outcomes
  • Technical nuances: Xi robot; Firefly; Single-port
  • High risk prostate cancer – surgical strategies using the robot
  • Video-based tutorials of difficult cases


Session 1:
8:30-10:00 Welcome
Chairs : Dr Daniel Moon &  Dr Wouter Everaerts
Unedited case – Radical prostatectomy – high risk disease

Dr Brian Chapin

Fellowship and modular training pathway

Mr Ben Challacombe

10:00 – 10:30 Morning Tea
Session 2: Key Steps – where are we at in 2017?    
(10:30- 12:30) Chairs: Dr John Yaxley and Dr Henry Woo
Bladder Neck

Dr Andrew Fuller

Nerve Sparing: how I do it

Dr Brian Chapin

Dr Ben Challacombe

Dr G Coughlin

Continence preservation – Apical dissection

Dr Scott Leslie


Dr Ben Callacombe

Pelvic lymphadenectomy

Dr Wouter Everaerts

12:30-13:30 Lunch
Session 3: Beyond the learning curve   
13:30-15:00    Chairs: Dr Scott Leslie and Dr Andrew Fuller
Restzius-sparing prostatectomy

Dr Phil Dundee

The large Prostate

Dr Ruban Thangisalam

  The obese patient

Dr Homi Zargar

The difficult bladder neck

Dr Wouter Everaerts

High risk and metastatic disease

Dr Brian Chapin

  Salvage prostatectomy, renal transplant, renal failure

Dr Ben Challacombe

Session 4: When things don’t go well…..
15:00 – 16:00 Chairs Dr Ruben Thangisalam and Dr Homi Zargar

Dr Ben Challacombe

Intra-operative problems and how to recover

Dr David Gillatt

Dr Andrew Fuller

Dr Phil Dundee

Please join us for this very popular event and improve your knowledge of robotic radical prostatectomy in the company of some of the world’s most experienced robotic surgeons.

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Date  Saturday 2 September 2017
Venue Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Time 8:30am – 4:30pm
Convenors Dr Daniel Moon,
Urologist, Director of Robotics, Epworth Healthcare

Dr Henry Woo,
Director of Uro-oncology, Professor of Robotic Cancer Surgery, Lifehouse

Inclusions Morning Tea, Lunch & Delegate Satchel