Eastern Suburbs Urology

Dr Richard Savdie​


Dr Richard Savdie is a highly-experienced, Australian-trained urologist and uro-oncological surgeon who specialises in minimally-invasive robotic and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr Savdie is certified in robotic surgery, using the cutting-edge da Vinci robotic surgical system, as well as having trained extensively in laparoscopic surgery. He has a keen interest in urological research and holds a significant scientific publication list in the field, particularly in prostate cancer.

Dr Savdie completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in 1999, and then a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, Hons) in 2003 at the University of Sydney, graduating medicine with Honours. He then undertook his urological surgical training in NSW and the ACT, and completed a Master of Surgery (MS) Degree with a focus on prostate cancer while undertaking surgical training.

Dr Savdie achieved Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2013, graduating as a consultant urologist. He then undertook additional sub-specialised surgical training, completing a 1-year Fellowship in minimally invasive and robotic surgery at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, working under luminary urologists recognised for their expertise in cancer surgery. He then embarked on a lengthy 2-year surgical training Fellowship at the internationally renowned Vancouver Prostate Centre and at the University of British Columbia, Canada to further train in his sub-specialisation.

Dr Savdie offers both a general urological care, as well as providing complex surgical services for benign and cancerous conditions. He specialises in diseases of the prostate, kidneys, bladder and testes. He offers some of the latest treatment modalities for BPH, including Rezūm and HoLEP minimally-invasive therapies.

Dr Savdie performs a range of minor surgical procedures, including vasectomy, adult circumcision and kidney stone removal, as well as performing reconstructive surgery for Peyronie’s Disease (penile curvature) and inflatable penile prosthesis for those suffering from impotence often as a result of cancer surgery or radiation therapy.

Dr Savdie welcomes both private and public patients.

Awards & Research

  • Recipient of the St Vincent’s Prostate Centre Scholarship and Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in 2009
  • Completed a Master of Surgery from the University of Sydney, publishing a thesis on management of high-risk prostate cancer in 2012
  • Awarded Urology Registrar of the Year USANZ NSW, 2012
  • Awarded St Vincent’s Hospital Clinical School Teaching Award, Registrar Tutor of the Year, 2009

During his 2-year Fellowship at the Vancouver Prostate Centre, Dr Savdie conducted novel research on new MRI diagnostic tools for the diagnosis of prostate cancer. He also helped develop urine and blood-based DNA assays for the detection of bladder cancer. Dr Savdie has more than 25 peer reviewed scientific papers and has presented his research regularly at the annual AUA meeting in the USA, the largest international meeting on Urology. He is also a regular reviewer for Journal of Urology and Urologic Oncology.

Publication list:

  • Crumbaker M, Savdie R , Joshua A. Refining the Refining the Assessment and Implications of AR-V7 in Castrate-resistant Prostate Cancer. European Urology. 2017 Nov. DOI10.1016/j.eururo.2017.11.005
  • Savdie R , Aning J, So A, Black P, Gleave M, Goldenberg SL. Identifying intermediate-risk candidates for active surveillance of prostate cancer. July 2017 Urologic Oncology 35(10) .DOI10.1016/j.urolonc.2017.06.048
  • Sabouri S, Chang S, Savdie R, Zhang J, Jones EC, Goldenberg SL, Black PC, Kozlowski P Luminal Water Imaging: A New MR Imaging T2 Mapping Technique for Prostate Cancer Diagnosis. April 2017. Radiology 284(2):161687 . DOI10.1148/radiol.2017161687
  • Sabouri S, Fazli L, Chang SD, Savdie R, Jones EC, Goldenberg SL, Black PC, Kozlowski P. MR measurement of luminal water in prostate gland: Quantitative correlation between MRI and histology. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Jan 27 46(3) DOI10.1002/jmri.25624
  • Bruce HM, Stricker PD, Gupta R, Savdie R, Haynes AM, Mahon KL, Lin HM, Kench JG, Horvath LG. Loss of AZGP1 as a Superior Predictor of Relapse in Margin-Positive Localized Prostate Cancer. Prostate. 2016 Dec;76(16):1491-1500
  • Bidnur S, Savdie R, Black P. Inhibiting immune checkpoints for the treatment of Bladder Cancer. Bladder Cancer. 2 (2016); 15-25.
  • Tran M, Thompson J, Böhm M, Poolsbrook M, Moses D, Shnier R, Brenner P, Delprado W, Haynes AM, Savdie R, Stricker PD. Combination of multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mp-MRI) and transperineal template-guided mapping biopsy (TTMB) of the prostate to identify candidates for hemi-ablative focal therapy. BJU Int. 2015 Feb 14
  • Ting F, Bhat A, Savdie R, Ende D, Shein TT. Urological vignette: Satellite lesion in the bladder from urachal enteric adenocarcinoma. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2014; 5(3):145-8.
  • Savdie R, Horvath L, PeBenito R, Rasiah KK, Haynes AM, Chatfield M, Stricker PD, Turner JJ, Delprado W, Henshall SM1, Sutherland RM1, Kench JG High Gleason grade carcinoma at a positive margin predicts biochemical failure after radical prostatectomy and may guide adjuvant radiotherapy. BJU Int. 2012 Jun;109(12):1794-1800
  • Savdie RSymons JSpernat DYuen CPe Benito RAHaynes AMMatthews JRasiah KKJagavkar RSYu CFogarty GKattan MWBrenner PSutherland RLStricker PDHigh dose rate brachytherapy compared to open radical prostatectomy for the treatment of high-risk prostate cancer: 10 year biochemical relapse-free survival. BJU Int. 2012 Dec;110 Suppl 4:71-6
  • Moore BM, Savdie R, PeBenito RA, Haynes A-M, Delprado W, Henshall SM, Sutherland RM, Rasiah KK, Stricker PD.The Impact of Nerve Sparing on Incidence and Location of Positive Surgical Margins in Radical Prostatectomy BJU Int. 2012 Feb;109(4):533-8
  • Doumerc N, Yuen C, Savdie R, Rahman B, PeBenito RA, Haynes A-M, Delprado W, Matthews J, Rasiah KK, Stricker PD. Should experienced open prostatic surgeons convert to robotic surgery? The real learning curve for a single surgeon over 3 years. BJU Int. 2010 Aug;106(3):378-84
  • Doumerc N, Yuen C, Savdie R, Rahman MB, Pe Benito R, Stricker P. Robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy: analysis of an experienced open surgeon’s learning curve after 300 procedures. J Robot Surg. 2010 Jan;3(4):229-34.
  • Beattie K, Symons J, Chopra S, Yuen C, Savdie R, Thanigasalam R, Pe Benito R, Haynes AM, Matthews J, Brenner P, Rasiah K, Sutherland R, Stricker P. A novel method of bladder neck imbrication to improve early urinary continence following robot-assisted radical prostatectomy. J Robotic Surg POI July 2012 10.1007/s11701-012-0371-2
  • Gordon D, Savdie R, Thanigasalam R. An audit of the composition of the ANZ Journal of Surgery. ANZ J Surg Vol 80 (12), pp871-872, Dec 2010

Qualifications, Training & Fellowships


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Special Interests

  • Prostate cancer surgery / prostatectomy (robotics and laparoscopic, prostate potency and continence preservation).
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Holmium Laser Enucleation of the Prostate (HoLEP), Rezūm, Urolift.
  • Modern prostate cancer diagnosis, investigation of PSA using state-of-the-art MRI and Targeted Fusion Biopsy.
  • Kidney cancer surgery / nephrectomy (robotic and laparoscopic).
  • Kidney sparing surgery (repair injured kidney, remove tumour while preserving function).
  • Kidney stone surgery (Holmium Laser, PCNL, ESWL – No GAP billing).
  • Pyeloplasty for UPJ obstruction (robotic).
  • Bladder cancer surgery / cystectomy (robotic and laparoscopic).
  • Urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction.
  • Urinary diversion surgery.
  • Neobladder construction (create new bladder due to cancer).
  • Testicular cancer / orchidectomy (retroperitoneal lymph node dissection).
  • Pyeloplasty
  • Vesicovaginal fistula repair
  • Urinary diversion surgery
  • Neobladder construction
  • Peyronie’s Disease (penile curvature) surgery
  • Inflatable penile implant (impotence) surgery
  • Vasectomy reversal surgery (microsurgery technique)
  • Vasectomy (in-rooms, no-needle, no-scalpel technique).
  • Vasectomy reversal surgery (microsurgery technique), performed in hospital.
  • Circumcision (16-years and older only), performed in hospital.