Thank you for visiting the IWU website. Ruban Thanigasalam is an Australian trained Urological Surgeon with a special interest in laser, minimally invasive and robotic surgical techniques to treat conditions of the urogenital tract.

A/Prof Ruban Thanigasalam has consultant appointments at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Strathfield Private Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital. 

Ruban Thanigasalam is an Associate Professor of Robotic Surgery at the University of Sydney & is one of the Urology Clinical Research Lead investigators at the Institute of Academic Surgery (RPA). He is actively involved in research projects looking at the use of minimally invasive and robotic surgery for the treatment of urological malignancies. He is lead co-investigator of the ROSE study & Robo-sling trial (currently recruiting patients), enabling all patients access to robotic prostate surgery in the public hospital system (RPA Hospital) & privately (Lifehouse). A/Prof. Thanigasalam is also the lead co-investigator in the P-NUT study (Robotic Partial Nephrectomy Unclamping Trial), which enables patients access to the robotic partial nephrectomy surgery in the public hospital (RPA Hospital) & privately (Chris O’Brien Lifehouse).

Ruban is also the chief co-convener of the Sydney Robotic Summit which is Australia’s largest multi-specialty robotic surgery conference held ever second year in June, attracting delegates from Australia and New Zealand and speakers from around the world.

Ruban was born in London (England), and was awarded his MB BS from the University of London before moving to Sydney. He completed his specialist urological training in Sydney, and also gained a Masters of Surgery in Urology at the University of Sydney & The Garvan Institute. At the completion of his Masters of Surgery, he was awarded the John Lowenthal medal for his work on quality of life outcomes following treatment for localised prostate cancer.

After gaining his FRACS (Urology), A/Prof Thanigasalam trained for a further two years in Paris to sub-specialise in Robotic & minimally invasive surgery (for urological malignancies) and laser surgery (for enlarged prostate & kidney stones). He was trained by some of Europe’s finest robotic urological surgeons. A/Prof Thanigasalam is currently one of a handful of urological surgeons in Australia & New Zealand to hold a prestigious French robotic surgery & laser surgery fellowship.

A/Prof Thanigasalam has numerous peer-reviewed publications in the urological literature and is regularly invited to present his research on robotic and minimally invasive surgery at international urology conferences. He also enjoys teaching trainee surgeons in robotic surgery and is a Da Vinci accredited robotic proctor. Ruban is privileged to teach Urology registrars and medical students affiliated with the Urological Society of Australia & NZ and the University of Sydney, respectively. He is a member of the Urological Society of Australia & NZ (USANZ), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the European Association of Urology (EAU).

The aim of A/Prof Thanigasalam’s practice is to provide his patients with compassionate care and the most up-to-date treatment options so that their health is restored in the shortest possible time and with the best oncological and functional outcomes.