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Urological Surgeons

A. Prof Richard Grills

Urological Surgeon
Associate Professor Richard Grills (MBBS, FRACS) is a urologist and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with expertise and a special interest in robotic and minimally invasive surgery and urological cancer surgery 


Associate Professor Grills was born and raised in rural western Victoria and attended secondary school in Geelong. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1991. In 1994, after 2 years as a hospital based surgical resident doctor he was appointed as a tutor in Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Melbourne. In 1995 Assoc. Prof. Grills and his wife worked in Africa; he was the surgeon at Chikankata Hospital in rural Zambia. On his return, and after a further 2 years of General Surgery training based at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Richard entered the Urology training program of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and completed his fellowship training in 2001. He subsequently worked in Urology in Tanzania at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and then obtained a Fellow position at Stepping Hill Hospital in Manchester U.K. where he was instrumental in establishing their laparoscopic urological surgery program. He then completed additional fellowships in Linz, Austria (further laparoscopic training) and Ulm, Germany (complex bladder reconstruction).

Geelong based practice

Assoc. Prof. Grills returned to Australia in 2003 and established his public and private practice in Geelong. Originally based at The Geelong Private Hospital he moved to The St John of God (SJOG) Specialist Centre, at 83 Myers Street in 2009 where he established West Coast Urology. 
In addition to his Geelong based practice, Assoc. Prof. Grills also provides monthly on-site consulting and operating services in Hamilton and monthly remote Telehealth services to Warrnambool.
Richard is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at Deakin University and has appointments at University Hospital Geelong (Barwon Health), St John of God Hospital (Geelong), Epworth Hospital (Geelong) and Western District Health Service (Hamilton).

 Special Interests and expertise

  • Robotic surgery 
  • Prostate Cancer including robotic prostate cancer surgery
  • Laparoscopic and robotic kidney surgery
  • Uro-Oncology – including kidney and bladder cancer
  • Minimally invasive stone surgery
  • Bladder reconstruction
  • Surgical and non-surgical management of benign prostate disease
  • Vasectomy 
Assoc. Prof. Grills also manages general urological conditions, including: 
  • Kidney and urinary tract stones
  • Elevated PSA
  • Haematuria 
  • Foreskin problems
  • Voiding problems in males


Richard’s published urology research can be viewed here.

Additional Professional Activities

  • Director of Urological Surgery at Barwon Health (University Hospital Geelong) 
  • Director of Robotic Surgery at Barwon Health. (University Hospital Geelong). Assoc. Prof. Grills was instrumental in establishing robotic surgery in Geelong
  • Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at St John of God Hospital, Geelong
  • Assoc. Prof. Grills is involved in teaching of medical students, junior doctors and registrars and has a significant involvement in training of the next generation of Urologists in his roles with the Board of Urology of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) / Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ), the training authority that administers the specialist Urology Training Program in Australia and New Zealand
  • Supervisor of Urology training at Barwon Health, Geelong University Hospital (2005 – 2011)
  • Chair of the Victorian Section, Training, Accreditation Education Committee, Board of Urology of RACS / USANZ (2011 – 2014)
  • Chair of the binational Training Board of Urology (2014 – 2016)
  • Chair of the International Medical Graduate Subcommittee of Board of Urology (2016)
  • Assoc. Prof. Grills is involved in designing, teaching  and leading courses to train other Australian surgeons at RACS including: Foundation Skills for Surgical Educators, Promoting Advanced Surgical Education, Managing Difficult Conversations and the  Induction for Surgical Supervisors courses.
  • Assoc. Prof. Grills has made a number of working trips to Africa and spent a total of almost 2 years based in hospitals in Zambia and Tanzania, most recently at the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar with his family. Each year since 2009 A. Prof. Grills has led surgical aid teams to the Pacific, (Tuvalu, Samoa and Vanuatu) under the auspices of the RACS Global Health Department to provide specialist urological services. In that time, he has been able to establish a self-sufficient urology service in Vanuatu.
  • Assoc. Prof. Grills is involved in urological research and has presented at international and national meetings and has published articles in leading journals on kidney cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney stone disease and surgical education. He is involved in the Research Committee  of the Dept. of Urological Surgery at Barwon Health. 


  • Urological Association of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ) 
  • British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) 
  • Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) 
  • European Association of Urology (EAU)
  • American Urological Association (AUA) 
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)