AMRA is founded on a network of experts in their field, all with significant experience in robotic surgery, training and education, and the use of simulation for training in complex and variable environments.

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.

Dr Justin Peters

Urology

Dr Justin Peters is a senior Consultant Urologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, who has his private practice at the Epworth Hospital. He has been a practicing Urologist since 1985 and has particular interest in prostate cancer and urinary stone disease. In October of 2003, he underwent training in robotic surgery at the University of California Irvine, and commenced robotic radical prostatectomies, at the Epworth Hospital in December of 2003.

Dr Peters was Chairman of the Training Accreditation and Education Committee for the Victorian section of the Urological Society of Australasia, from 2001 until end of 2004. He has been a member of the Board of Urology, from 2002 to the end of 2004, and has been Deputy Chairman of the Board, in 2003 and 2004. Aside from robotic, radical prostatectomy, other interests include urinary stone disease with treatment of stones either by way of lithotripsy or ureteroscopy. He is passionate about training the next generation of robotic surgeons.

Dr Phil Dundee

Urology

Phil Dundee is a urologist with specialist expertise in robotic and laparoscopic surgery. After completing his general urology training in Melbourne, he undertook fellowship training in laparoscopic surgery at The Royal Surrey County Hospital, followed by a year of robotic training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital.

Since returning to Melbourne at the end of 2012, Phil has established the first robotic cystectomy surgery program in Melbourne and lead the Robotic Surgery Fellowship program at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has been an invited speaker and faculty member at national and international robotic surgery workshops and received the Peter J Dohrmann medal from the Epworth hospital in 2018 for research in robotic surgery.

Dr Briony Norris

Urology

Dr Briony Norris is a urological surgeon at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Eastern Health, Ballarat Health Services and the Australian Prostate Center.  After completing her medical training through the University of Melbourne in 2006, she pursued a career in urology and attained her FRACS (Urol) through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2016.  Briony developed a keen interest in robotic surgery and furthered her training with an international clinical fellowship in Robotic surgery and Endourology at the New York University Langone Medical Centre (New York).

She has presented at local and international conferences and has been published in many peer- reviewed journals.  She specialises in robotic and minimally invasive surgery with a focus on renal and upper tract pathology.  Briony has a keen interest in the education of medical students and trainees and is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Department of Surgery.

Dr Daniel Costello

Education Manager

Dr Dan Costello is a Surgical Registrar at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. In 2019 he commenced a Master of Surgery at the University of Melbourne with a focus on robotic surgery education. His thesis Remodelling Surgical Education and Training in Robotics (ReSET Robotics) aims to validate an enhanced curriculum for robotic surgery training that includes virtual reality simulation and synthetic organ models in place of traditional surgical methods of training in the operating room, live animal surgery and cadaver surgery.

He is a robotic surgical assistant at the Epworth Hospital working with some of Melbourne’s highest volume robotic surgeons.

Dr Ben Thomas

Urology

Benjamin Thomas is a consultant urological surgeon at Royal Melbourne Hospital specializing in urological oncology surgery including robotic surgery.  He completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Melbourne and completed internship, basic surgical training and general surgical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  He has since completed fellowships at Cambridge (UK) and the Karolinksa (Sweden), and has been an invited surgeon at Sloan Kettering (New York).

He was the lead surgeon for robotic surgery development in Cambridge and was previously Chair of the Urology Cancer Specialist Multidisciplinary Team in Cambridge. He was awarded multiple Clinical Excellence Awards at Cambridge University Hospitals.
He is actively involved in research studies including being a chief investigator and principal investigator in bladder and prostate cancer studies and was a member of the National Cancer Research Institute Testicular Cancer Clinical Studies Group. He is actively involved in teaching and has been a supervisor at Clare College and Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge.

Assoc. Prof. Ahmed Ghazi

Urology & Synthetic Organs

Dr. Ghazi is an Associate Professor of Urology and oncology at the University of Rochester. In addition to his clinical duties he perused research grants in education, simulation and surgical training. He completed a Masters in Health Professions Education program in 2020.

Dr. Ghazi with a team of biomedical engineers founded the Simulation Innovation research laboratory that utilizes 3D-printing and hydrogel technologies to build realistic procedural models. Through medical simulation his innovative technology has improved trainee’s education , performance and patient outcomes. He was awarded several international awards and grants including several NIH grants for his work. Dr. Ghazi believes in a reciprocal relationship between research, teaching & surgery, where each informs & strengthens the others. He strives to produce academically rigorous research that is theoretically sound but translates directly into a safer surgical environment with reduced surgical errors and improved patient outcomes.

Prof. Alexander Heriot

Colorectal & General Surgery

Professor Alexander Heriot is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and is the Director of Cancer Surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne and Director of the Lower GI Tumour stream at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He qualified from Cambridge University and completed general surgery training in the UK. He has undertaken colorectal fellowships at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, St Mark’s Hospital, London, and the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He completed a research doctorate at the University of London on rectal cancer and an MBA at Melbourne Business School. He has a clinical focus on lower gastrointestinal oncology and has developed the Pelvic Exenteration service and the Peritoneal disease service at Peter Mac. He also has a focus on minimally invasive surgery for colorectal cancer with a particular interest in the development, application, and teaching of robotic colorectal surgery.

He runs a robotic colorectal surgical program across Peter MacCallum and Epworth Hospitals. He runs a translational research program on lower gastrointestinal oncology with a focus on personalised therapy. Professor Heriot is a Clinical Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and was awarded the John Mitchell Crouch fellowship by RACS for 2016. He was previously Chairman of the Research Support Committee
for the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ) and is a member of the Australasian Training Board in Colorectal Surgery (TBCRS). He was Chairman of the Binational Colorectal Cancer Audit (2013- 2019). He has published over 255 peer reviewed papers, multiple book chapters and 1 book. He is on the editorial advisory board for Disease of the Colon and Rectum, Colorectal Disease, and Colorectal Cancer. He runs a translational
research program focusing on lower gastrointestinal oncology and has raised over $10 million in grants and is currently/has supervised 22 surgeons undertaking higher degrees.

Dr Satish Warrier

Colorectal & General Surgery

Dr Satish Warrier is a Colorectal Surgeon at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Alfred Health and Epworth Healthcare groups. Satish graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2002 with MBBS/Bsc (Medical) and qualified as a General Surgeon in Victoria in 2009. Satish is the current chair of the Victorian training Board in General Surgery and as such is extremely committed to surgical education.

Satish has a particular interest in Robotic Colorectal and General Surgery and is a high volume robotic surgeon. He has been an early adopter in Australia for more complex colorectal procedures, and has proctored over 10-15 surgeons around Australia. He is an expert in Robotic Right Colectomies, Left Colectomies and Anterior Resections. He has also been instrumental in the introduction into Australia of Robotic Complete Mesocolic Excision (CME) and Central Vascular Ligation (CVL); Lateral Pelvic Sidewall Dissection in advanced rectal cancer Cases, Robotic Natural Orifice Extraction surgery, and Robotic Retroperitoneal Lymph Nodal Clearances. Satish also performs Robotic Pelvic Exenterative Surgery.

He is an active researcher and has published over 130 peer reviewed publications and as well as book chapters. He has presented his work widely and co-supervises higher degree students through the University of Melbourne. He continues to review for high impact General Surgery journals including British Journal of Surgery. Satish the current CSSANZ representative on the Surgical Oncology Division for RACS; and is the newly appointed CSSANZ program director for Alfred Health.

Prof. Thomas Jobling

Gynaecology

Professor Thomas Jobling is Director of Gynaecologic Oncology at Monash Medical Centre. He graduated from Monash University in 1980 and did his post graduate sub specialist training in Gynaecologic Oncology in London at the Royal Marsden and St Bartholomews hospitals. He has subsequently been elected as a Member of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons and is also Founder of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (1999). He is also Chairman of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Board. His major interests are in radical surgery for ovarian cancer and the application of robotic surgery for gynaecological malignancy.

Professor Jobling is an active member of a Research Team in bio marker detection and proteomics in ovarian cancer. He is involved as a collaborative investigator on a number of international Clinical Trials, and is a Member of the Australia and New Zealand Gynaecologic Oncology Group, the Australian Society of Gynaecologic Oncology, the Victorian Co-operative Oncology Group and the International Society of Gynaecological Cancer.

Dr Marcus Carey

Gynaecology

Former head of Urogynaecology at Royal Women’s (2002-2017).  Currently consultant Urogynaecologist at Royal Women’s and Epworth.  Marcus has developed new minimally invasive robotic surgery procedures and is currently vice-chair of the Urogynaecology Society of Australasia, and acting chair of the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists College (RANZCOG) Grants Committee.  His current research focus on robotic surgery for pelvic organs.

Captain Matthew Gray

Simulation

Matthew graduated as a pilot with the RAAF in 1981.  From 1984 until his retirement from the RAAF in 1988, Matthew was a Qualified Flying Instructor specialising in training advanced pilot trainees.

Matthew joined Qantas in 1988 and has flown the Boeing 747, Boeing 767, Boeing 737 and Boeing 787 aircraft. Matthew gained his command in 2000, then returned to training pilots and examining duties.  Matthew held a number of management positions in Qantas including Audit Manager, B737 Fleet Manager, Head of Training and Deputy Chief Pilot Qantas Domestic and finally as Head of Training and Checking Qantas Airways.

Matthew has been a member of numerous safety and learning development committees and introduced Evidence Based Training into the pilot training curriculum in Qantas.  He has a deep interest in human factors and training system development that spans different disciplines which involves the interaction of people and complex tasks.

Prof. Andrea O’Connor

Synthetic Organs

Professor Andrea O’Connor, BE(Hons), PhD, FIChemE is the Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and leads the Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Melbourne. Her research is focussed on design, synthesis and fabrication of biomaterials, polymers, hydrogels, porous materials and antimicrobial nanomaterials. She has published over 90 journal articles, lectured on tissue engineering and bio fabrication at the Bayreuth International Summer School, Germany, and was a finalist in the Graeme Clark Institute Health Tech Innovation Challenge.

Assoc. Prof. Daniel Moon

Urology

Daniel served as Director of Robotic Surgery at Epworth HealthCare (2012-17) and is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne and Monash University. He is a urologist with particular expertise in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, the management of prostate cancer and the aftermath of its treatment.

He consults at Epworth, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Melbourne and Cabrini Hospitals, and has developed comprehensive training and credentialing systems for robot-assisted surgery, and holds the certification as a trainer in robotic surgery from the European Association of Urology.

Tracey Crosling

Strategic Communications Manager

Tracey is a seasoned events professional having worked with the corporate, association and not-for-profit sectors on a diverse range of events and meetings. In her former life she was a teacher gaining a Bachelor of Education at Victoria University, Melbourne.