Dr Scott Leslie is a robotic surgery specialist, treating urological cancers with a focus on both oncological outcomes and functional results. Dr Leslie received training in robotic surgery at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, and is a high-volume robotic surgeon in Sydney.
Dr Leslie holds consultant positions in Urology at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. As the Research Lead for Urology at the RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, he is actively engaged in research with a particular interest in minimally invasive surgery for both benign and malignant urological disorders.
Dr Leslie’s undergraduate medical training took place at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He completed urological training with rotations at RPA, Gosford, and Westmead hospitals, followed by a fellowship in uro-oncology, transplant surgery and laparoscopic urology at RPA. Dr Leslie then undertook a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive uro-ocology at the University of Southern California. Working alongside world leaders in robotic surgery he received exposure to the latest techniques of robotic surgery for prostate, kidney and bladder cancer.
Dr Leslie collaborates with a world-class multidisciplinary team of radiation oncologists, medical oncologists and pathologists at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse when caring for his patients with urological malignancies.
He is actively involved in the training of urologists both in Sydney and throughout Australia in robotic surgery.
Special Interests / Areas of Research
- Prostate Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Robotic Surgery
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
- American Urological Association
- Gastrointestinal Urologic Surgical Oncology Group
- RPA Institute of Academic Surgery
Q&A with Dr Scott Leslie
What is your title?
Urological Surgeon, Robotic Surgery Specialist
What training have you completed?
I completed my medical degree at the University of NSW in 2001 and obtained my urology fellowship (FRACS) in 2010. My first fellowship was at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital learning about advanced open and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery for urological cancers. In 2011 I joined the Institute of Urology at the University of Southern California as a fellow in Robotic Surgery. I was privileged to spend two years learning the latest techniques in robotic surgery from world-renowned experts in minimally invasive uro-oncology.
My first job was….
As an intern at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
To explain to people what I do I say …
I treat tumours arising from the prostate, kidney, bladder, testes, adrenal gland and penis. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer I treat and in many cases requires removal of the entire prostate to cure the disease. I use a surgical robot, called the ‘DaVinci’, to perform these delicate operations as it is the most advanced way to remove all of the cancer whilst also maintaining excellent continence and erections after the operation. I also use the DaVinci robot to remove kidney and bladder cancers, and as my patients only have very small incisions (‘keyhole’ surgery) they have minimal discomfort, are in hospital for only a few days and are able to get back to work soon after their operation. In certain patients with bladder cancer I use the DaVinci robot to not only remove their bladder, but also to create a new bladder (‘neobladder’) using their own small bowel. In patients with certain types of kidney cancers the DaVinci robot allows me to perform a ‘partial nephrectomy’ procedure which preserves the unaffected parts of the kidney therfore maximising kidney function after the operation.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Learning robotic surgery can be challenging, and it takes time and lots of practise. As the only urologist in Sydney with a US fellowship dedicated to robotic surgery I obtained vast experience in robotic surgery for all types of urological cancers. I certainly enjoy operating with the DaVinci robot, but what’s even more pleasing is seeing my patients make a speedy recovery from their operation, knowing that I’ve given them the best chance of cure whilst maintaining their quality of life. I also really enjoy passing on my robotic surgery expertise by mentoring other urologists both in Sydney and interstate.
How long have you been working at Lifehouse?
I joined Lifehouse soon after returning from my overseas fellowship in 2013.
What attracted you to working at Lifehouse?
As Sydney’s first comprehensive cancer centre, Lifehouse has world class medical, nursing and allied health support to ensure my patients and their families receive the very best care. Furthermore, Lifehouse will be the only hospital in New South Wales with the ‘dual console’ DaVinci Xi robot. This is the most advanced surgical robot and will ensure my patients have the latest cutting edge technology for their cancer treatment. The dual console will also allow me to better train other surgeons, fellows and registrars in robotic surgery.