Current Positions

Urology Consultant, Auckland District Health board – 2016 onwards

Urology Consultant - Urology Institute, 161 Gillies Ave, Auckland


Current Professional Involvements

Medical Advisory and Governance Board, Urology Representative, MercyAscot Hospital Campus 2018 -

Member of Ministry of Health Taskforce for the Development of Cancer Standards in Urology 2018 -

Movember Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry NZ Steering Committee Urology Representative 2018 -

Previous Professional Experience

Urology Robotic Consultant Guy’s and St.Thomas NHS trust, London, UK                                2015       

Outreach visiting Urology Consultant Lewisham Hospital NHS trust, London UK

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne 2015 

FRACS (Urology) Jan 2015 - Formal Surgical Qualification


MBChB - Otago University, New Zealand                                                                  

                 Dean’s Commendation Award for excellence in clinical medicine 2004-2005

BSc Majoring in Mathematics and Statistics - Otago University                                 

                 2000 Mathematics and Statistics department prize for highest grades overall

Postgraduate diploma Sports Medicine - Otago University        


Relevant Professional Development

Invited reviewer British Journal of Urology International                                                

RACS surgical teachers course                                                                                             

Academy of Surgical Educator Member                                                                             

MPS Managing Patient Risk Workshop                                                                             

ECFMG certificate                                                                      

Current member of:

Urological Soc. of Aus and NZ (USANZ)

European urology Assoc. (EAU)

American Urology Assoc. (AUA)


Teaching involvement:

Regular Hospital wide Grand Rounds, Nurse Study days, House Surgeon teachings



van Rij S, Gilling P. Recent advances in treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. F1000Res. 2015 Dec 21;4. eCollection 2015. 

1:van der Poel H, Brinkman W, van Cleynenbreugel B, Kallidonis P, Stolzenburg JU, Liatsikos E, Ahmed K, Brunckhorst O, Khan MS, Do M, Ganzer R, Murphy DG, VanRij S, Dundee PE, Dasgupta P. Training in minimally invasive surgery in urology:  European Association of Urology/International Consultation of Urological Diseases consultation. BJU Int. 2016 Mar;117(3):515-30

2:Davies N, Murphy DG, van Rij S, Woo HH, Lawrentschuk N. Online and Social Media Presence of Australian and New Zealand Urologists. BJU Int. 2015 Apr 24

3: Everaerts W, Van Rij S, Reeves F, Costello A. Radical treatment of localised prostate cancer in the elderly. BJU Int. 2015 Mar 23.

4: van Rij S, Murphy DG. Words of wisdom. Re: Screening and prostate cancer mortality: results of the European Randomised Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) at 13 years of follow-up. Eur Urol. 2014 Dec;66(6):1187-8.

5: Barnard J, van Rij S, Westenberg AM. A Valsalva leak-point pressure of >100 cmH2O is associated with greater success in AdVance™ sling placement for the treatment of post-prostatectomy urinary incontinence. BJU Int. 2014 Nov;114 Suppl 1:34-7.

6: van Rij S, Dowell T, Nacey J. PSA screening in New Zealand: total population results and general practitioners' current attitudes and practices. N Z Med J. 2013 Aug 30;126(1381):27-36.

7: Barnard J, Westenberg A, van Rij S. Subcutaneous emphysema of the neck following radical prostatectomy. ANZ J Surg. 2013 Apr;83(4):287-8.

8: van Rij S, Gilling PJ. In 2013, holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) may be the new 'gold standard'. Curr Urol Rep. 2012 Dec;13(6):427-32.

9: van Rij S, Fancourt M, Mosquera D. Workload in a provincial New Zealand vascular surgery service. N Z Med J. 2011 Aug 26;124(1341):18-28.

10: Van Rij S, Wright DM. Kikuchi-Fujimoto's disease mimicking acute appendicitis. ANZ J Surg. 2010 Oct;80(10):760-1.


Book Chapters:

“Holmium Laser Therapy” appearing in “Benign prostatic hyperplasia: modern clinical care” – Edited by Steven A. Kaplan, Edited by Kevin T. McVary, Wiley Blackwell Aug 29 2014

“International trends of prostate cancer” appearing in “Prostate Cancer”, Second Edition, edited by Jack Mydlo and Ciril Godec

“Open Prostatectomy” appearing in “The Big Prostate” first Edition, edited by Ben Challacombe, Springer, 2017


Invited Faculty/Lecturer

“THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS IN ROBOTIC SURGERY, South Eastern European Robotic Society” Invited Faculty, Plenary session, Bucharest, Romania Oct 2015

 “Advanced Prostate cancer diagnostics workshop” – Guy’s and St.Thomas’ NHS Trust March 2015, September 2015– live surgery demonstrations, lectures

“National Bladder and Kidney Cancer Symposium 2014” Melbourne Feb 2014 – Small renal mass Case discussion forum

Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference 2014” Melbourne August 2014 – “Advanced robotic prostatectomy workshop”

Relevant Presentations

NZ section of USANZ ASM, Bay of Islands 2013 “ Ethnic disparities in presentation for PCNL in Auckland, New Zealand”

Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Meeting, Melbourne 2013 “The use of Low-powered HoLEP for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia”

Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand Annual Meeting, Keith Kirkland session, Darwin 2012“GP attitudes towards PSA screening among asymptomatic men”

NZ section of USANZ ASM, Hamilton 2011 “Does valsalva pressure during urodynamics equate to physical functioning?”

NZ section of Urology nurses association, Hamilton 2011 “ The practical management of ureteric stents”

NZ section of USANZ ASM,  Palmerston North 2009 “ Variation in referral patterns by GP’s to two different urology centers”


Other Relevant Achievements

USANZ competitively selected representative at European Robotic Society meeting Marseille 2018

Certificate of Outstanding contribution: USANZ Trainee representative on the Board of Urology – 2011-13

Urology trainee representative on the Royal Australian College of Surgeons Trainee Association 2011-13

USANZ competitively selected representative for AUA residents bowl 2014, Orlando

USANZ competitively selected representative for the Asian urology residents conference, Singapore 2014

Otago University Sports Blues Award 2003

       (criteria: national representation in a sport as well as extensive service to local sporting community)