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Denby Steele - Urological Surgeon

Denby Steele graduated from Adelaide University in 1982 and commenced surgical training in Adelaide, working in all the teaching hospitals in Adelaide before attaining fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Urology in 1991. He spent a year as a senior registrar at the Repatriation General Hospital and then travelled to London for a year where he worked at Guy's Hospital as a Senior registrar in urology and renal transplantation. 


Denby has been in Private Practice in North Adelaide since 1993, operating at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital and consulting and operating at Angaston Hospital fortnightly. He was a senior visitining Urologist at Modbury Hospital for 16 years, is a Senior Visiting Specialist,  head of the Urology Unit and Director of Endourology and Stone Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Denby runs a modern fully computerised “paperless” practice, providing a patient focussed flexible and relaxed but professional urological service.


Denby was the Royal Adelaide Hospital Urology Unit intern supervisor for years, is actively involved in urological trainee teaching, has been the state chairman of the SA & NT branch of the Urological Society of Australasia twice, has organised local scientific meetings and stone surgery workshops in Adelaide, and interstate. Denby was the South Australian examiner in urology for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons between 2009 and 2018. He is now head of the Urology Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.


Denby has published on stone surgery and been an invited speaker, workshop facilitator and performed live surgery interstate and overseas.


He treats most urological conditions but has particular subspecialty interest and expertise in the minimally invasive treatment of prostate cancer with LDR (low dose rate) and HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy and minimally invasive ureteroscopic and percutaneous laser kidney stone surgery and has performed thousands of vasectomies under local anaesthetic in his rooms and microscopic vasectomy reversals at Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. He regularly implants penile prostheses for erectile dysfunction not responding to medical management.


Denby satisfies the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Professional Development criteria with his involvement in teaching, education, examinations, regular conference attendance, involvement in unit and practice audit, personal reading and research.