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Anthony Costello AM MD, FRACS, FRCSI, MBBS

Anthony Costello AM MD, FRACS, FRCSI, MBBS

Professor and Head, Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery, Melbourne, Australia

Professor Anthony (Tony) Costello, AM MD FRACS FRCSI Hon MB BS is an Australia trained Urologist formerly head of the Department of Urology, Royal Melbourne Hospital (1999 - 2020) and remains Professorial Fellow in the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery. Presently he is CEO and Director of the Australian Medical Robotics Academy in Melbourne, which specialises in providing a curriculum for training in robotic surgery.

Professor Tony Costello qualified in general urologic surgery fellowship in Melbourne and then completed a fellowship in urologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston Texas. Subsequently he completed a fellowship in reconstructive urology, transplant, and trauma at the Royal London Hospital. His academic interests have been in the application of laser heat energy for benign prostatic hyperplasia and he was the first urologist to describe this surgery in 1991. He has authored significant publications on the neuroanatomy of erectile function. In 2003 he introduced robotic surgery to Australia.

In 2003 Professor Costello introduced robotic surgery to Australia and the following year was the first Australian urologist inducted into the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons (AAGUS). In 2015 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland for outstanding international achievement in the discipline of surgery and received a Medal of the Order of Australia AM for outstanding service in medical research and education. Professor Costello was awarded the first honorary life membership of the Irish Urological Association in 2017 and received the British Urological Association - St. Paul’s Medal, for an outstanding contribution internationally to urology.