St Vincent's Campus
The St Vincent's Campus is a multidisciplinary teaching hospital and private hospital and research institute in Sydney. It is a teaching hospital of the University of New South Wales. Its Urology Department has an excellent reputation in all aspects of urology, particularly in Uro-Oncology. Members of the Department, besides Professor Stricker, include Dr D Golovsky, Dr P Brenner, Dr G O'Neill, Dr R Kooner and Dr Ende.
The Garvan Institute is an internationally acclaimed research institute which is linked to the St Vincent's Campus. It is a major researcher in the area of prostate cancer as well as many other disciplines. The Head of the Basic Science Cancer Project is Prof Rob Sutherland while the Head of the Clinical Research Programme is Professor Phillip Stricker. The current major project is in the establishment of genetic markers in prostate cancer. The Garvan Institute holds the largest prostate cancer tissue bank in the southern hemisphere, allowing major research into the condition to occur.
The close association between pre-clinical workers at the Garvan Institute and St Vincent's Hospital has led to improved patient care at this campus.
Prosate Cancer Centre Team
Professor Stricker is a specialist in prostate cancer. He heads up the programme for prostate cancer at St Vincent's Clinic and the Garvan Institute. He currently has the largest experience in surgery and brachytherapy in the country. Besides his particular expertise in some of the newer surgical options as well as brachytherapy seeds and brachytherapy wires, he has particular expertise in helping direct patients in selecting appropriate treatments for localised prostate cancer. He is also one of the first surgeons in Australia who offer robotic surgery.
Dr Jagavkar is a member of the Department of Radiation Oncology at St Vincent's. He has been very highly trained in the process of high dose rate brachytherapy and seed therapy. He is an active member in both the high dose rate brachytherapy programme and the seed programme at St Vincent's.
Peter Cross is a medical physicist who has a PhD in medical physics. Peter Cross is the major physicist involved in the planning for the seed programme and to some degree in the high dose rate brachytherapy. He is the most experienced physicist in the brachytherapy programme in Australia. He is the Director and Chief Physicist of Radiological Physics and attained his PhD in 1978. He has had extensive experience internationally. He is a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK), the Institute of Physics (UK), the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine with a corresponding membership of the French Society of Medical Physicists.