Mr Pras Sivam

MBBS BMedSci FRACS FUSANZ

Mr Pras Sivam is a highly qualified and experienced urologist who specialises in the treatment of urological cancers. He holds a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and is a member of the Society of Urologic Oncology. In addition to his clinical work, Pras is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and serves as Urology Training Supervisor and Research Lead at Northern Health.

Pras grew up in Melbourne and attended Haileybury College, where he graduated as Dux of the School in 1998. He then went on to study at the University of Melbourne Medical School, where he excelled and was accepted with a tertiary entrance rank of 99.95. After completing his postgraduate surgical training in Victoria, he was offered a prestigious Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. This gave him the opportunity to receive specialized training from world-renowned experts in his field.

Pras offers a range of general urologic services, with a particular focus on robotic, laparoscopic, and open surgery for urological cancers. He consults privately at locations in Camberwell, Carlton North, Craigieburn, and Epping. He performs surgeries at several hospitals, including Epworth Hospital in Richmond, Epworth Freemasons Hospital, Northern Private Hospital and Cabrini Hospital in Malvern. He also sees patients through the Australian Prostate Centre in North Melbourne.

 
Best Urologist

Current Positions

Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Melbourne Medical School, Department of Surgery, Northern Health

MD Research Project Supervisor, Melbourne Medical School and Northern Clinical School

Consultant Urologist, Research Lead and Training Supervisor, Northern Health

Honorary Consultant Urologist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Urologist, The Australian Prostate Centre, Epworth Hospital, Cabrini Hospital, Waverley Private Hospital

Education

Member of the Society of Urologic Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (Urology), Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand

Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC

Bachelor of Medical Science, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Parkville VIC

Victorian Certificate of Education, Tertiary Entrance Rank 99.95, Haileybury College, Keysborough VIC

 

Academic Awards

2022

The Alban Gee Award for Best Poster

“Factors impacting clinician reluctance to defer prostate biopsy in men with a negative multiparametric MRI”
Annual Meeting of the Urological Society of Australian and New Zealand, Gold Coast, QLD.

2013

Finalist – Keith Kirkland Prize for Clinical Research

“Oral anticoagulation does not affect the prevalence of asymptomatic microscopic haematuria.”
USANZ Annual Meeting, Melbourne VIC

2012

USANZ Prize

“Oral anticoagulation does not affect the prevalence of asymptomatic microscopic haematuria.”
USANZ Annual Meeting, Bendigo VIC

Finalist – Keith Kirkland Prize for Clinical Research

“Fragmentation of TRUS biopsy cores may be influenced by both the presence of malignancy and the method of specimen retrieval.”
USANZ Annual Meeting, Darwin NT

2011

Trophy – Best Research Paper

“Low-complexity lesions on RENAL nephrometry are associated with more indolent pathology.”
USANZ Annual Meeting, Lorne VIC

Certificate – Most Supportive Supervisor to Junior Medical Staff

As voted by the interns of Alfred Hospital

2010

Finalist – Keith Kirkland Prize for Clinical Research

“Quantification of the effect of hypertension and diabetes on the degree of renal function deterioration post unilateral nephrectomy.”
USANZ Annual Meeting, Perth WA

2004

Peter G Jones Elective Essay Prize

“The Gods of Small Things”
Student Elective, Christian Medical College, India

1998

Dux of the School

Haileybury College, VIC Australia
Tertiary Entrance Rank 99.95

1993

Full Academic Scholarship

Haileybury College, Keysborough, VIC Australia

Publications

Shemesh B, Opie J, Tsiamis E, Ayton D, Satasivam P, Wilton P, Gough K, Lewis K, O’Brien C, Shub M, Pomery A, Mac Manus C, Millar J, Evans S. Codesigning a patient support portal with health professionals and men with prostate cancer: An action research study. Health Expect. 2022 Apr 11. doi: 10.1111/hex.13444. Online ahead of print.

Finín CotterMargaret ShiNiranjan SathianathenGowribahan ThevarajahJanice ChengDennis GyomberSudheshan SundaralingamPrassannah Satasivam. Corpus cavernosum abscess complicating distal shunt procedures for priapism. Journal of Clinical Urology, First Published 31 Jan 2022.

COVIDSurg Collaborative; GlobalSurg Collaborative. SARS-CoV-2 infection and venous thromboembolism after surgery: an international prospective cohort study. 2022 Jan;77(1):28-39. doi: 10.1111/anae.15563. Epub 2021 Aug 24.

COVIDSurg Collaborative; GlobalSurg Collaborative. Effects of pre-operative isolation on postoperative pulmonary complications after elective surgery: an international prospective cohort study. 2021 Nov;76(11):1454-1464. doi: 10.1111/anae.15560. Epub 2021 Aug 9.

COVIDSurg Collaborative; GlobalSurg Collaborative. Timing of surgery following SARS-CoV-2 infection: an international prospective cohort study. 2021 Jun;76(6):748-758. doi: 10.1111/anae.15458. Epub 2021 Mar 9.

COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative. SARS-CoV-2 vaccination modelling for safe surgery to save lives: data from an international prospective cohort study. Br J Surg. 2021 Sep 27;108(9):1056-1063. doi: 10.1093/bjs/znab101.

El-Khoury H, Sathianathen N, Jiao Y, Farzan R, Gyomber D, Niall O, Satasivam P. One-year experience of government-funded MRI prior to prostate biopsy: A case for omitting biopsy in men with a negative MRI. Accepted for publication in the Journal of Clinical Urology, Feb 2021.

Mally A, Tin A, Lee J, Satasivam P, Cha E, Donat S, Herr H, Bochner B, Sjoberg D, Dalbagni G. Clinical outcomes of patients with T1 nested variant of urothelial carcinoma compared to pure urothelial carcinoma of the bladder. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer. July 2017.

Satasivam P, Poon BY, Ehdaie B, Vickers AJ, Eastham JA. Can Confirmatory Biopsy be Omitted in Patients with Prostate Cancer with Favorable Diagnostic Features on Active Surveillance? J Urol. 2016 Jan;195(1):74-9.

Sean Huang, Fairleigh Reeves, Jessica Preece, Prassannah Satasivam, Peter Royce, Jeremy P Grummet. Significant impact of transperineal template biopsy of the prostate at a single tertiary institution. Urol Ann. 2015 Oct-Dec;7(4):428-32.

Satasivam P, et al. Patients with medical risk factors for chronic kidney disease are at increased risk of renal impairment despite the use of nephron-sparing surgery. BJU Int. 2015 Oct;116(4):590-5.

Mow TC, Sunderland P, Satasivam P, Goad J. Massive haemorrhage post-extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy resulting in nephrectomy: a case report. ANZ J Surg. 2014 Nov 26.

Anderson J, Burney S, Brooker JE, Ricciardelli LA, Fletcher JM, Satasivam P, Frydenberg M. Anxiety in the management of localised prostate cancer by active surveillance. BJU Int. 2014 Jul 28. doi: 10.1111/bju.12765.

Satasivam P, Thomas R, Rao K, Jack GS, Lawrentschuk N, Bolton DM. Fragmentation of transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy cores is influenced by the method of specimen retrieval. Urology. 2014 Mar;83(3):622-5.

Satasivam P, et al. “The Dilemma of Distance: Patients with Kidney Cancer from Regional Australia present at a More Advanced Stage”. BJU Int. 2014 Mar;113 Suppl 2:57-63.

Satasivam P, et al. “The effect of oral anticoagulation on the prevalence and management of haematuria in a contemporary Australian patient cohort.” BJU Int. 2012 Dec; 110 Suppl 4:80-4.
Buxey K, Satasivam P. “Pathognomonic radiological findings of chronic urinary schistosomiasis.” ANZ J Surg. 2012 Jul; 82(7-8):560-1.

Satasivam P, et al. “Trends in the use of nephron-sparing surgery (NSS) at an Australian tertiary referral centre: an analysis of surgical decision-making using the R.E.N.A.L. nephrometry scoring system”. BJU Int. 2012 May; 109(9):1341-4.

Satasivam P, et al. “Renal lesions with low R.E.N.A.L nephrometry score are associated with more indolent renal cell carcinomas or benign histology: findings in an Australian cohort.” BJU Int. 2012 Apr; 109 Suppl 3:44-7.

Satasivam P, et al. “Quantification of the effect of hypertension and diabetes on the degree of renal function deterioration post unilateral nephrectomy.” BJU Int. 2011 Nov; 108(9): 1508-12.

Boyce G, Satasivam P, Miller F. “Multinodular goitre complicated by abscess due to E. coli.” ANZ J Surg 79 (2009) 948-949.

Abstracts and Presentations

Satasivam P, Sivarajah G, Goad J, Brennan J. “Patients from regional areas undergoing cystectomy for bladder cancer exhibit more advanced pathological features and have poorer overall survival than their metropolitan counterparts.”
Moderated poster presentation at USANZ National meeting 04/2013

Satasivam P, Sivarajah G, Goad J, Brennan J. “The adoption of routine pelvic lymphadenectomy may be contributing to improved survival outcomes in patients undergoing radical cystectomy for bladder cancer.”
Moderated poster presentation at USANZ National meeting 04/2013

Reeves F, Preece J, Satasivam P, Grummet J. “Transperineal Template Biopsy of the Prostate: The Initial Alfred Experience.”
Poster at the 13th Australasian Prostate Cancer Conference, Melbourne 08/2012
USANZ Victorian meeting, Lorne 10/2011.

Satasivam P, Thomas R, Rao K, Jack G, Lawrentschuk N, Bolton D. “Fragmentation of TRUS biopsy cores may be influenced by both the presence of malignancy and the method of specimen retrieval.”
Poster presentation at 12th Australian Prostate Cancer Conference 08/2011
Podium presentation at USANZ/ANZUP meeting 08/2011.
Podium presentation at World Congress of Endourology in Kyoto, 11/2011.

Kerr S, Satasivam P, Roth H, Grummet J. “Indications and pathological outcomes of radical cystectomy: A contemporary Australian series.”
Podium presentation at USANZ National meeting 04/2012.

Kam J, Satasivam P, Royce P. “Multimodal Management of Fournier’s Gangrene in an HIV positive patient.”
Poster presentation at USANZ Victorian meeting, Lorne 10/2011.

Satasivam P, Donlon J, Jancewicz S, Sowter S. “Case Report: Primary Amelanotic Melanoma of the Penis.”
Poster presentation at USANZ National meeting, 02/2010.

Agarwal D, Clarke D, Tong R, Satasivam P (presenter), “Transurethral ligation and detachment of the distal ureter during laparoscopic-assisted nephroureterctomy.”
Poster presentation at USANZ National meeting, Hong Kong 02/2008.