Urologist Melbourne
Uro-Oncologic surgeon Melbourne

About
Dr Weranja

Dr Weranja | Urologist Melbourne
Uro-Oncologic surgeon Melbourne

Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Dr Weranja Ranasinghe is an Australian-trained urologist and uro-oncologic surgeon with a public and private practice in Melbourne. He is a consultant urologist at Monash Health with joint academic appointments at Monash and La Trobe Universities.

Urologist and uro-oncologic surgeon

Dr Weranja treats patients with general urologic conditions including kidney stones and urinary symptoms and has a special interest in urologic cancers, especially prostate cancer and offers personalised treatment to his patients including advanced robotic, laparoscopic and open surgery.

Qualifications

Dr Weranja completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) degree at the University of Bristol (UK) in 2006 and received membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS Ed) in Edinburgh (UK) in June 2008. He was awarded his PhD at the University of Melbourne for his work in advanced prostate cancers and obtained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS Urology).

He is a member of several Australian and international societies including Urology Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ), Royal Australasian College of Surgeon and Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) (US), American Urology Association (AUA), Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (UK) and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group (ANZUP).

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)
    University of Bristol, UK, June 2006
  • Membership Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS Ed)
    Edinburgh, UK, June 2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    University of Melbourne, Australia, Dec 2016
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
    (FRACS Urology) Australia, Feb 2019
  • Honorary Visiting Fellow, Latrobe Business School
  • Member, Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, UK
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australia
  • Member, Urology Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australia
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate Cancer Trials Group
  • Member, ANZUP prostate cancer and bladder cancer subcommittees
  • Member American Urology Association (AUA)
  • Member, Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO)
  • Member, Young Urologic Oncologists of the Society of Urologic Oncology
  • International faculty: British Association of Urological Surgeons/SLAUS meeting (2013)
  • ANZUP 2015 Annual ASM conference organizing committee
  • Editorial Board: The British Journal of Urology International until 2020
  • 2021 MD Anderson Thomas H. and Mayme P. Scott Fellowship in Cancer Research (US)
  • 2019 American Urological Association Urology Care Foundation Scholar grant
  • 2018 Villis Marshall Research prize – Urologic Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • 2016 Urologic Society of Australia and New Zealand Trainee Travel Grant
  • 2013 Prostate Cancer World Congress Travel Grant
  • 2013 Excellence in teaching award – Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne
  • 2013 ANZUP/Bayer Travel Fellowship
  • 2012 RACS / VRC DCAS scholarship – VRC surgical meeting, Melbourne
  • 2012 ANZUP / Novartis Travel grant – ANZUP ASM
  • 2012 ANZUP / Astellas ‘Best of the best’ poster – ANZUP ASM, Sydney
  • 2011 Trainee Travel grant- Clinical Oncology Society of Australia ASM, Perth.
  • 2011 Finalist Endocrinology prize- Austin Life sciences research week, Melbourne
  • 2011 Finalist ‘Best of the best’ presentations -COSA, ASM, Perth
  • 2011 Best oral presentation–Asia Pacific Society of Uro-oncology Conference, Malaysia
  • 2010- 2011 Department of surgery Postgraduate Research Studentship – Austin Hospital
  • 2001- 2006 Annual International Student Scholarship (throughout Medical School)

Urologist Melbourne | Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Publications

Researchgate

Bibliography (NCBI)

Online Support Groups & Psychological Morbidity in Prostate Cancer:
Interview with Weranja Ranasinghe as clinical lead of this research in the Urology Department at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne.

urologist Melbourne Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Urologist Melbourne - Uro-oncologic surgeon | Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Training. Research. Experience.

Dr Weranja completed his urologic surgical training in Australia in 2019 and undertook a 2-year fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, ranked the number one cancer centre in the US in advanced oncologic surgery including robotic, laparoscopy and open surgery through the highly competitive Society of Uro-oncology.

Their pioneering work in advanced robotic surgery has helped him consolidate his experience in providing care for patients with cancers using the most up to date technology.

The focus of that fellowship was to help him consolidate his experience in caring for patients with urologic cancers including advanced cancer surgery with leaders in the field and build on the emphasis on patient-centred care.

Dr Weranja Ranasinghe
Dr Weranja Ranasinghe - Urologist Melbourne | Uro-oncologic surgeon

'It means that, from my practice here in Melbourne, I keep an open conversation with those colleagues in the United States, to offer the best possible treatment plan to every single patient in urologic cancers or in any other area of urology.'

Dr Weranja has a strong academic portfolio with the aim of improving treatments of urologic cancers especially focusing on patients with aggressive prostate cancers. He has published his lab-based and clinical research with over a hundred published manuscripts and abstracts and received multiple national and international awards, including the American Urologic Association Urology Care Foundation Award in 2019 and grant funding. He has ongoing national and international research collaborations with researchers and clinicians from Australia, the USA, Canada and the UK and served on the editorial board of the British Journal of Urology International. One of his research collaborations includes how artificial intelligence can improve the quality of life in cancer patients.

Dr Weranja Ranasinghe - Melbourne urologist and uro-oncologic surgeon

'My decision to pursue a career in medicine was inspired by this clear purpose: I wanted to use my knowledge and my skills to help others. Growing up, I have been involved with organizing health camps and being part of health camps in Sri Lanka and then in 2004, the Tsunami in Sri Lanka happened when I was there on holiday. In the affected areas, I was part of the first medical teams. It reinforced my purpose. I continue to try and give back to the community through being involved in social organizations like Rotary as caring for others and helping people lead healthier lives is a driving force for me.'

urologist Melbourne Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Urologist Melbourne - Uro-oncologic surgeon | Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Personalised care experience

Urology brings together medicine, surgery and science. Dr Weranja has always been actively participating in research to understand the issues related to the genitourinary tract. Through his career, he has witnessed the implications this area has on your lifestyle, your family life, as a patient.
Dr Weranja Ranasinghe
Dr Weranja Ranasinghe - Melbourne urologist and uro-oncologic surgeon

'In 2021 I made the decision to launch my private practice here in Melbourne. I bring my experience, my research background, and my social skills as I have worked with patients from all over the world, coming from different backgrounds. This has helped me to provide personalised care, organising a treatment plan for each individual respecting their cultural beliefs and socio-economic status.'

What Dr Weranja brings to his private practice is a philosophy of patient-centred care or seeing you as a whole person, not just a case or a patient. In urology, he believes the long-term bond with you as a patient is important. He sees his role as going on the journey with you and bringing the best of his skills, expertise and experience.

Melbourne urologist Dr Weranja Ranasinghe

Consulting in Melbourne

Dr Weranja practises from his rooms here in Melbourne and looks forward to answering your queries and planning your initial consultation. If your GP has referred you to a urologist, don’t hesitate to contact the practice and we look forward to helping you.