Tony Costello

Tony CostelloTitle: Director of Urology The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Address: Suite 8.6 The Epworth Centre 32 Erin Street Richmond Vic 3121 Australia


Bio: Tony Costello is Professorial Fellow & Head Department of Urology, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, affiliated with Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne.

In 1998 he completed his Doctorate in Medicine by thesis on Laser tissue interaction and application of lasers in prostatic surgery. He was the first urologist to use lasers to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia and has had international recognition in this field.

Prof Costello was trained in surgery in Melbourne and then subsequently had fellowship training at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Hospital and the London Hospital in the University of London.

His current interest is in the development of drug treatment for prostate cancer and in clinical application of robotics in prostate cancer surgery. He heads the largest robotic surgery program in Australia and has been invited to teach the technique of robotic prostatectomy for prostate cancer surgery at the American Association of Urological Surgery Annual General Meeting on several occasions.

Prof Costello was elected to membership of the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons in 2004. He is also an invited member of the International Advisory Board of the Cleveland Clinic Urological Department.

More recently in 2005 he attracted grants from the Victorian Government, University of Melbourne, and the University of Queensland for 1.8 million dollars for development of a novel biological treatment of hormonal refractory prostate cancer. This substance is now being trialed in phase I treatment for men with hormonal refractory prostate cancer.

Prof Costello has an established international urologic-oncology fellowship program commencing in 1991 and there have been over 30 fellows from all parts of the world come for periods of one year and beyond to learn postgraduate urologic-oncology surgery.

In 2007 Prof Costello initiated the establishment of the Victorian Prostate Cancer Research Collaborative, a network of research institutes interested in prostate cancer research housed at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. This is a Victorian State Government $1,500,000 supported initiative.

In November 2007 the incoming Federal Government, through the Australian Treasurer, Mr Wayne Swan, and the new Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd, endowed a $15,000,000 specific grant for translational prostate cancer research. An initial $7,500,000 has been be used to establish laboratory facilities, concentrating on areas of drug discovery, tissue banking, and molecular pathology, alongside clinical research activities.

Prof Costello has over 130 peer reviewed published articles and 12 book chapters in press and continues to innovate and lead initiatives in genito-urinary cancer research at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

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