Associate Professor Philip McCahy
Associate Professor Philip McCahy

Philip is a consultant urologist with an endourology bias at Monash Health, Melbourne, Victoria in Australia. He is the senior urologist at Casey Hospital and was recently appointed as a clinical adjunct Associate Professor at the school of Clincial Sciences at Monash University, having been an adjunct senior lecturer since 2013. He also provides regular services to rural Victoria, with clinics in Drouin and Sale and operating lists at St John of God Hospital in Berwick and Central Gippsland hospital in Sale.

He qualified as a doctor (MB BS) in 1987 from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. After a period as an anatomy demonstrator in Newcastle he completed basic surgical training in North-East England and gained Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1992.

His urology training was based at Newcastle upon Tyne, at the time probably the best training unit in the country, where he worked with David Neal and Freddie Hamdy and trained with a collection of colleagues who are now mostly professors. His lab based research was in Insulin-like Growth factors with clinical research in non-invasive urodynamics and hereditary aspects of cancer. The Intercollegiate Fellowship in Urology was awarded in 1997. His first consultant post in 1998 was at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital for a 6 month locum, and he then moved to Kent where he worked for South Kent (later East Kent) NHS Trust (Ashford, Dover and Canterbury). There he established an award winning investigative unit, led the installation of the first lithotripter in the region, was on the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and was involved in the development of the written Intercollegiate urology examination.

Philip moved to Australia in early 2007 where he has overseen the expansion of urology at Casey Hospital. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2008. He has published and presented widely at national and international meetings, most recently on the development of complete stone clearance using a modified supine position for PCNL and developments in mini-PCNL. He has also taken his techniques across 4 continents with live surgical demonstrations. In late 2014 he led the installation of only the second lithotripter in the state of Victoria and is now establishing a number of trials to answer the unanswered areas of stone management. He is a member of both the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and the international Endourology Society. He was the invited prestigious British Journal of Urology International guest lecturer at the Urology Society of Hong Kong 2015.

In 2017 Philip started consulting privately at the Melbourne Urology Centre, attached to the newly built St. John of God Hospital on Kangan Drive, Berwick. He has established a unique highly specialised stone clinic covering all aspects of stone management including prevention, which is generally poorly serviced. He is also starting a new surgeon delivered vasectomy service for the south-eastern suburbs and Gippsland. He also consults and has admitting rights at Mulgrave Private Hospital.

He has also been heavily involved in teaching both medical students and trainees in both Australia and the UK. He has previously worked in Tanzania as part of the Urolink arm of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, leads a regular trip to Tonga as part of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Pacific Islands Project and is involved in developing endourology services in Papua New Guinea.

In 2018 Philip started as the Clinical Director of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This important position ovesees investigation of all surgical deaths throughout the state and produces feedback and reports to the state Department of Health, hospitals and individual surgeons. He is also a member of the new Victorian Peri-operative Counsultative Council which reports to the Department of Health.