About Us

Meet the Team

Management Team

Mr David Rix

Clinical Director - Urology and Renal Services

Miss Joanna Noble

Directorate Manager for Urology and Renal Services

Sally Ridley

Modern Matron for Urology Services

Consultant Urologists

Mr Trevor J Dorkin MD FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Trevor Dorkin graduated in medicine from Newcastle University in 1991. He undertook a period of full-time research studying the molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer development and was a awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in 2001. He trained in urology in the North East before undertaking Senior Fellowships in Vellore, India (urological reconstruction) and Sydney, Australia (reconstruction and stone disease). He was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon to the Freeman and Wansbeck Hospitals in 2006.

His main areas of interest are in ‘benign’ (non-cancerous) urology including lower urinary tract reconstruction (urethroplasty for urethral strictures) and surgery for trauma. He sees men with penile problems (e.g. penile curvature or Peyronies disease) and treats men with erection problems (erectile dysfunction), which may include penile implant surgery. Mr Dorkin also sees patients with general urology problems including kidney stones. Mr Dorkin submits his outcome data for national audit scrutiny.

He is a member of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is committed to surgical training and assessment. He is involved in clinical research both locally and nationally.

Mr S Tahseen Hasan

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Tahseen Hasan worked as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Sunderland before being appointed as a Consultant at the Freeman Hospital in 2000. He has particular expertise in the management of voiding problems including incontinence. He offers sacral neuromodulation for patients with overactive bladders/detrusor overactivity. His other major interest is the treatment of urinary tract stones and minimally invasive kidney surgery.

As well as regular clinical sessions at the Freeman Hospital, Mr Hasan also works as an Honorary Consultant at North Tyneside Hospital where he delivers a comprehensive general urology service.
Mr Hasan has been involved in the training and assessment of urology registrars, and is a post-graduate examiner for the FRCS (Urol).

Mr Christopher Harding MA (Cantab) MD FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Chris Harding is a Consultant Urological Surgeon. He trained at the University of Cambridge, Addenbrookes Hospital Cambridge, Kings College London and Freeman Hospital Newcastle. He has a particular interest in bladder dysfunction, continence, neurourology, urinary tract infections and clinical research.

He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University and is the departmental lead for clinical audit. He is a member of the Newcastle Urodynamic Course Faculty and urology lead for the Department of Health Modernising Scientific Careers MSc course. He is also a member of the executive committee of the British Association of Urological Surgeons Female Neurological and Urodynamic Urology subsection.

Mr Rakesh Heer PhD FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Rakesh Heer is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant in Urological Surgery at The Freeman Hospital. He spends half his week at the university conducting research into prostate and bladder cancer. He qualified at Nottingham University in 1995. He was a MRC Fellow at Newcastle University and was awarded his PhD in 2006. Other awards include a Clinician Scientist Fellowship (Cancer Research UK/RCS (Eng) 2010) and a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010.

His special interests include general urology (investigation of blood in the urine, recurrent infections, raised PSA or prostate abnormalities, testicular/scrotal conditions, vasectomies, erectile dysfunction, curvature of the penis) and pelvic oncology (bladder and prostate cancer, with a focus on robotic keyhole surgery to remove bladder cancer).

Mr Mark Ian Johnson MD FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mark Johnson is a Consultant Urological Surgeon based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He spent a short period of time in histopathology before commencing basic surgical training in Leeds. After completing a period of research at the University of Newcastle into the molecular biology of prostate cancer he completed his higher surgical training in the Northern region.

He has been a consultant urological surgeon since 2004 and has a specialist interest in robotic assisted surgical treatment of prostate and bladder cancers. He is a member of the National Cancer Research Institute’s Bladder Cancer Studies group and has chaired the North of England Cancer Network Urology Tumour Specific Group.

Miss Victoria Lavin Cert. Clin Ed, FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Vicky Lavin graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2003 with Distinction in her Special Study Project investigating the Molecular Pathogenesis of TCC of the Bladder.  She undertook Basic Surgical Training in Sheffield and a Teaching Fellowship in the North-East.  Subsequently she completed Higher Surgical Training on the Northern Rotation during which time she was nominated for an Outstanding Contribution Award (2012).  In 2014 she undertook a Post-CCT Fellowship in Female and Functional Urology here at the Freeman Hospital – this has subsequently been formally recognised for training by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 2015 she was appointed as Consultant Urological Surgeon at Sunderland Royal Hospital before taking up her Consultant post at the Freeman Hospital in 2017.  Miss Lavin also holds an honorary Consultant post with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust holding out-patient clinics at both Berwick and Wansbeck General Hospitals.

In addition to general urology Miss Lavin specialises in reconstructive urology, neurourology, male/female incontinence and bladder dysfunction.  As well as her clinical activities she has a particular interest in medical education and is involved at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels in a wide variety of teaching and supervision.

Mr Kevin McEleny

Consultant Urologist

Mr McEleny has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Newcastle and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead since 2009. He is the Clinical Lead for the male factor clinic at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, located at the International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne. After completing his medical training and PhD at University College, Dublin, he continued his urological training in the Northern Region prior to his consultant appointment.

His main clinical interests include treating and diagnosing men with fertility problems. He organised and delivers the supra-regional Male Fertility service. His research interests are in the field of male fertility and he is actively involved in male fertility training nationally.

Mr Edgar Paez

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Edgar Paez attended Medical School at the Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Paraguay and qualified in 1994. He underwent an internship at the Hospital de Clinicas, Asuncion, in Paraguay before his residency in General Surgery in 1996. He then completed a residency in Urology in Paraguay (1997-2000) before moving to the UK.

He underwent further urological training in the Northern Region before completing his specialist examination (Intercollegiate Examination Board in Urology – FRCS (Urol)) in 2005. He was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Freeman Hospital in 2006.

Mr Paez specialises in bladder and kidney cancer, and undertakes major complex cancer surgery. In addition, Mr Paez is the lead clinician for brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer, working alongside colleagues in the Oncology department.

Mr Paez holds an Honorary Consultant appointment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead where he offers a comprehensive general urology service.

Miss Anna M O'Riordan

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Anna O’Riordan graduated from University College Cork, Republic of Ireland, in 1994 and entered the North of England Urology Training scheme in 2002. She undertook an overseas Fellowship in Laparoscopy at the Clinique St. Augustin in Bordeaux, France in 2007 for 6 months and was appointed a consultant urological surgeon at the Freeman Hospital in March 2009. She also has an honorary consultant post at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, where she has a cancer clinic and a general clinic on Thursdays and Fridays.

As well as core/general urology Miss O’Riordan has specialist expertise in kidney cancer and performs laparoscopic nephrectomy (kidney removal with key-hole surgery). She performs HoLEP surgery (laser enucleation of the prostate gland) for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign enlargement of the prostate. She also has an interest in prostate cancer, particularly with non – surgical treatments including active monitoring.

Miss O’Riordan has a special interest in medical education and is the lead clinician for the Foundation teaching programme for newly qualified doctors in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Toby Page BSc(Hons), PhD FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Toby Page trained at the Royal Free Medical School in London, where he was awarded a first class Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Clinical Immunology whilst completing his medical Degree (MBBS). He studied for and was awarded a PhD in molecular genetics of renal cancer from the University of Exeter and Plymouth as well as publishing a number of clinical and scientific papers. He moved to the North East in 2005 and is based at the Freeman Hospital on Monday to Thursday and Hexham Hospital on a Friday.

His specialist interests are in laser surgery and kidney cancer surgery. He performs laser prostate surgery most weeks and is trained in the use of both holmium and high power green light (KTP) lasers. He is also training surgeons in the safe and effective use of these lasers. He has lectured nationally on prostate surgery and is one of only a few consultant surgeons in the country who can offer treatment for benign prostate surgery with both holmium and KTP lasers, as well as saline resection and vaporisation.

Toby Page performs laparoscopic (keyhole) and open kidney surgery as well as performing donor nephrectomy, where a kidney is removed and transplanted into another person. He currently performs around 50 kidney removal operations a year and his outcome data from this is published publically via the BAUS website. (http://www.baus.org.uk/patients/surgical_outcomes/neph+outcomes)

His current research interests include improving the patient experience especially in the outpatient setting and the benefits of laser prostate surgery over conventional surgery. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Newcastle medical school and is responsible for the teaching of urology to medical students as well as junior doctors.

He has recently co-authored a Cochrane review in Urology and is currently in a team starting a large national trial for a new form of laser surgery. He has presented his work at a number of national and international meetings.

Mr Bhavan Rai

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Clinical Profile: Mr Bhavan Rai was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon with a specialist interest in robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and urological oncology in September 2018 at the Freeman Hospital.  His primary practice is prostate cancer.  Prior to this he was a Consultant Urologist at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough since September 2016.  He completed basic and higher specialist training in surgery and urology in Scotland.  He is one of very few urologists in the UK to have undertaken double high-volume fellowship training in robotic surgery; firstly in the world famous University of Leipzig Urology Clinic under the mentorship of Professor Ule Stolzenberg, who pioneered minimally-invasive radical prostatectomy. Subsequently as part of a competitively selected prestigious nationally accredited Royal College of Surgeons of England and British Association of Urological surgeons Fellowship at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage.

Academic profile: Mr Bahavan Rai has published extensively on urological and surgical research and has over 100 peer-reviewed articles, national and international research presentations and authored textbook chapters.  He has a MSc Research degree, evaluating the role of urinary biomarker MCM-2 as a diagnostic tool for bladder cancer.  His current research interests include outcomes research, systematic reviews in uro-oncology, surgical education, benign prostate disease and endourology.  he has also been sub-investigator for several regional and national trials.  His latest updates can be seen here


Mr Bhavan Rai is passionate about undergraduate teaching and training in urology. He has been a faculty member in international laparoscopic courses for prostatectomy and nephrectomy, and national courses such as Boot Camp and Robotic Course at Newcastle.

Mr David A Rix

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr David Rix graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1989 and undertook training in urology in the North East. He was appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Freeman Hospital in 2003.

He specialises in minimally invasive surgery of the kidney, using the DaVinci robot system, for both cancerous and benign conditions. He has particular expertise in the management of urinary tract stones.

Mr Rix is also part of the Transplant team at Freeman Hospital and performs kidney transplants and kidney donor operations. He is the clinical administrative lead for Newcastle Urology at the Freeman Hospital.

Mr. Alistair Rogers

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr. Alistair Rogers qualified from Nottingham University in 2001. After basic surgical training in the Midlands he undertook a 2 year research doctorate (MD) based within the Urology department in Nottingham and the Nottingham Trent University. In 2007 he moved to the North East to continue his specialist training in Urology. He completed a one year specialist fellowship in renal transplantation, laparoscopic surgery and endourology at the Freeman Hospital before starting as a Consultant Urological Surgeon in 2014.

He specialises in kidney stone surgery and laparoscopic nephrectomy (key hole surgery to remove the kidney). This is performed for kidney cancer and for kidney donation, as part of the live donor kidney transplant program in Newcastle. He also provides a service for all general urological conditions. He is an honorary Consultant at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Gateshead where he performs day case surgery and has outpatient clinics on a Monday.

He has particular interests in teaching, research into the management of kidney stones and the urological aspects of renal transplantation.

Mr Matthew Shaw MA (Oxon) BM BCh MD FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Matthew Shaw trained at Oxford University, completing his medical training while also gaining an MA in Physiological Sciences. After completing his basic surgical training in the United Kingdom he studied for and was awarded an MD at the University of Indiana, Indianapolis (USA) and University of Leicester. His research degree was focused on the development of the bladder subject to outlet obstruction. Mr. Shaw’s research is published and has been presented widely in the national and international literature.

Mr. Shaw moved to the North East in 2003 and currently practices at the Freeman Hospital and also in Northumberland including Ashington, Alnwick and Berwick. He has a particular interest in the management of complex kidney stones and also surgery for non-cancerous prostate problems. Mr. Shaw developed holmium laser surgery to the prostate gland in the North East and was to first surgeon to perform this operation in Newcastle.

He is an honorary clinical lecturer at the University of Newcastle and provides medical student and doctor tuition. Mr. Shaw submits his results for national audit scrutiny. He is on several national Urology committees and writes standards for the National Institute for Health and Care excellence.

Professor Naeem Soomro

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Soomro was appointed a Consultant Urological Surgeon in 1998 and has led the department in developing and delivering complex minimally invasive urological surgery. He pioneered robotic surgery (using the DaVinci system) at the Freeman Hospital and is involved in training in minimally invasive surgery within the UK and Europe.

His particular interests are in the management and treatment of prostate and kidney cancer, and he undertakes active research in both basic and clinical aspects of kidney cancer.

He is actively involved in Trust management in his role as an Assistant Medical Director.

Mr David Thomas MS FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Thomas qualified in 1985 at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London before surgical training in Bristol, Portsmouth and then Newcastle upon Tyne as Senior Registrar. He was appointed Consultant Urologist at Freeman Hospital in 1997. He provides a specialist regional service for advanced kidney and testicular cancer including RPLND. He also provides a partial nephrectomy and laparoscopic nephrectomy service. In addition he carries out complex stone surgery including children with stone disease. Along with colleagues he provides a general urology service including patients with acute urological problems.

He is current Urology Training Programme Director for the Northern Deanery and a member of the SAC. Previous NHS posts have included: Clinical Director, Testis NCRI group, Testis Lead clinician, MDT chair, NEUS secretary, National Cancer Service Peer Reviewer. He is Current local PI for two national research projects.

Mr Andrew Thorpe MCh. FRCS (Urol)

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Andrew Thorpe qualified in Cardiff in 1981. He trained in Surgery and Urology in Cardiff, St Thomas’ Hospital London, The Royal London Hospital, The Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading, and The Freeman Hospital Newcastle.

Mr Thorpe has been a Consultant Urologist at the Freeman Hospital since 2000. Prior to this he was a Consultant Urologist at the Sunderland Royal Hospital. Mr Thorpe’s main clinical interests are bladder cancer and bladder reconstruction, voiding dysfunction and urinary incontinence problems (both male and female).

Mr Thorpe is widely involved in clinical research and sits on the NIHR clinical interventions research advisory board. He is a past secretary to the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), and also past secretary to the Female and Neurological Urology subsection to BAUS. Currently he remains a Trustee for BAUS, a NICE advisor and is a post-graduate examiner for the FRCS(Urol).

Mr Rajan Veeratterapillay

Consultant Urological Surgeon

Mr Rajan Veeratterapillay graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with distinction in 2006 and undertook specialist training in urology in the North East before completing his FRCS(Urol) examination in 2014. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and renal transplantation at the Freeman Hospital before being appointed as a Consultant Urological Surgeon in 2016. He specialises in laparoscopic nephrectomy (keyhole surgery) for kidney cancer. His other interests include stone surgery and laser surgery for benign prostate problems. He holds an Honorary Consultant post with Northumbria NHS Trust and offers outpatient general urology services at Wansbeck Hospital.

Mr Veeratterapillay has published widely in the field of urology and has experience of systematic review (including Cochrane) and has contributed to guidelines for the European Association of Urology (EAU). He has received a number of awards for presentations at international conferences and won the American Urology Association Resident Bowl Award in 2014. He is actively involved in medical education including simulation training for junior surgeons. His research interests include renal cancer, urinary stone disease and surgical aspects of renal transplantation.



Staff Urologists

Mr Sorab R Ferozepurwalla

Speciality Doctor

Mr Mohinder S Rawat

Associate Specialist

Senior Nursing Staff

Laura Noble

Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist (Bladder Cancer)

Rebecca Brownlee-Moore

Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist (Prostate Cancer)

Clare Bird

Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist (Kidney and Bladder Cancer)

Kay Dixon (Kidney Cancer)

Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist

Sarah Bambrough

Uro-Oncology Nurse Specialist (Kidney Cancer)

Sarah Askew

Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist (Prostate Cancer)

Julie Needham

Uro-oncology Nurse Specialist (Prostate Cancer)

Joanne Gregor

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stoma Care and Continence

Sister Jackie Maddick

Urology Investigation Suite

Anne Marie Wilkinson

Urology Community Nurse Specialist, Bladder Cancer

Louise Ramsey

Emergency Urology Nurse Practitioner

Kelsie Joice

Emergency Urology Nurse Practitioner

Wendy Robson

Clinical Research Nurse Specialist

Peter Murphy

Clinical Research Nurse Specialist

Alexandra Hall

Clinical Research Nurse Specialist

Sister Judith Heckels

Ward 1

Sister Sue Collins

Ward 1

Sister Kerry Hedley

Ward 2

Sister Sarah Gunn

Ward 2

Sister Sarah Walton

Ward 3

Amy Currell

Ward 3

Julie Sharp

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stoma and Continence

Sandra Hall

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Stoma and Continence

Bernadette Kilbane

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Functional Urology

Jill Ferguson

Prostate Cancer UK Survivorship Nurse Specialist

Sean Marshall-Kellie

Clinical Nurse Specialist Stone Disease