Prof. Tony Costello
CEO & Director
Anthony (Tony) Costello AM MD FRACS FRCSI Hon MB BS is an Australian trained surgeon formerly head of the Department of Urology Royal Melbourne Hospital (1999 – 2020) and remains Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Department of Surgery.
After his Australian surgical fellowship Tony trained as a fellow in urologic oncology at MD Anderson University of Texas Houston and subsequently trained in urologic oncology, reconstructive urology, kidney transplant and trauma surgery at the University of London Royal London Hospital.
In 2003 he introduced robotic surgery in Australia, and performed the first tele-robotic surgery (radical prostatectomy) at Epworth Hospital, Melbourne. Shortly after this he spent 12 months in dissection of the neurovascular bundle which supplies the erectile tissue of the penis at the anatomy school of the University of Melbourne. Later he published this work in the British Journal of Urology.
Since that time he has performed over 2500 surgeries on the da Vinci robot system. Tony has overseen the training of robotic surgeons in Urology at the Royal Melbourne for 15 years (now in excess of 50 graduates) in the art of tele-robotic oncology urologic surgery.