A/Prof Nick Brook is a consultant urologist with private practice at Calvary North Adelaide and Ashford Hospitals. Nick consults at North Adelaide, the Hills, and the South Coast, and undertakes Day Case lists at Glenelg and Seaford. He holds appointments at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (senior staff specialist) and at the University of Adelaide (Associate Professor in Surgery).
Nick undertook a urological cancer fellowship at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane from 2008-2009, and was appointed as a consultant in Adelaide in 2009. He holds Fellowships of both the UK (FRCS Urol) and Australasian (FRACS Urol) Colleges of Surgeons, a Doctor of Medicine higher degree by research (MD) and has extensive basic science training (Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees).
He is trained in all aspects of adult urology and has a special interest in urological cancers. He has wide experience in the management of prostate, kidney, bladder and testicular cancer, including minimally invasive robotic surgery for prostate and kidney cancer. Nick recently spent a six-month, full-time sabbatical clinical fellowship in Europe undertaking advanced robotic prostate and kidney surgery.
Nick is also a high-volume robotic and open cancer surgeon, and performs high and low dose rate brachytherapy for prostate cancer, so is able to offer patients all current options for urology cancer treatment.
His research interests encompass novel treatments for prostate and kidney cancer, and he is the lead urologist on a number of clinical trials based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, is the Director of Urological Cancer at the RAH Urology department, and is Chair of the urological cancer multidisciplinary team there.
Areas of interest
- PSA management
- BPH/LUTS medical and surgical treatment including laser, Urolift and Rezum
- UTI and haematuria assessment
- Kidney stone surgery and biochemical management
- Vasectomy and vasectomy reversal
- Robotic surgery, brachytherapy, and focal therapy for prostate cancer
- Robotic, open, and laparoscopic urology cancer surgery
- Software fusion prostate biopsy
- Erectile dysfunction and incontinence
- Urodynamic investigation and female incontinence
- PTNS and Pharmaceutical neurotoxin management for overactive bladder
- Urinary tract infection management
- MRI-guided prostate biopsy
- Bladder cancer management
- Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testis cancer
- Bachelor of Science (1st Class Hons) University of London
- Master of Science, University of Southampton
- Bachelor of Medicine, University of Southampton
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Leicester
- Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Urology)
- Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Urology)
- Urological Society of ANZ
- ANZ Urological and Prostate Cancer Trials Group
- Society of Urological Oncology
- American Urological Association
- European Association of Urology
Nick is the Urology Training Supervisor for urology surgery trainee doctors at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He is actively involved in the training and educational development of registrars and advanced trainees in simple and complex urological surgery and management.
He was also the Director of Surgical Resident Medical Officer training from 2010-2013, and along with his active role in regular medical student teaching, is now leading the re-development of the Urology Curriculum for University of Adelaide Medical Students at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Urological Cancer Service Development at the
Royal Adelaide Hospital
Multidisciplinary Urology Cancer Team
Nick started the RAH Urology Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Meetings two years ago, and chairs the fortnightly meetings. These bring together specialists from urology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, radiology and nursing, so that complex cases can be discussed together to help decide the best treatments for individuals.
Director of Urological Cancer
In 2012, Nick was appointed as Director of Urological Cancer in the Department of Urology. This position reflects the high volume of and complex nature of urological cancer surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Development of Joint Urological Oncology Clinics
Together with Dr. Hsiang Tan, a specialist medical uro-oncologist, Nick started and runs joint clinics for patients with urological cancer, who need input from both an urologist and an oncologist. This service has improved and streamlined management for patients with advanced bladder, kidney, prostate and testis cancer. This clinic also has access to new drug trials that are being run in urological cancers, and Nick is a co-investigator on a number of these.
Establishment of Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse Service at RAH
In 2011, Nick made a successful application to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia for the appointment of a Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse. The Royal Adelaide Hospital has one of only 13 funded positions in Australia. Prostate cancer patients now have access to a specially trained nurse who can support them through diagnosis and treatment, and provide a point of contact for any problems. Click here for more information
Chair PCFA rural roadshow education content committee.
In 2012, the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia received funding from the Department of Health to run Prostate Cancer Education Roadshows to Rural areas of Australia. Nick was asked to Chair the Education Content Committee for these, and continues in this role. Nick led the RAH team for the first Roadshow in Australia, delivered to Port Pirie, in March 2013.
Lead investigator for Cancer Aus CaP dataset collection
Nick is the lead investigator for a pilot being run by jointly Cancer Australia and Andrology Australia to examine what data should be collected about prostate cancer. The RAH have been appointed as one of only three centres in Australia to trial this data collection. Click here for more information