Our Specialist Urologists in North Lakes

Urology a specialised branch of medicine which focuses on the surgical and medical treatment of conditions and diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs.

Organs included in the scope of the urologist include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urethra and urinary bladder in males and females, and the testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis in males.

Treatment of urological conditions often utilises laparoscopic, laser-assisted and robotic surgery and other scope-assisted surgical techniques. They are trained in both open and minimally invasive surgical techniques and utilise ultrasound guidance and fibre-optic endoscopic equipment.

Urology combines the management of medical conditions such as urinary tract infections benign prostatic hyperplasia with surgical conditions including bladder or prostate cancer, kidney stones, congenital abnormalities, stress incontinence and traumatic injuries.

Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand (USANZ)

USANZ is the professional body for urologists in Australia who, currently, are required to undergo 5 years of training through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The programme is accredited by the Australian Medical Council.

Urology is a much-needed facet of specialised medicine in Australia. In 2017 there were less than 450 practicing urologists in Australia, which makes urology an exceedingly high-demand profession.


Dr Imogen Patterson

Dr Imogen Patterson is a Urological Surgeon, specialising in uro-oncology, BPH, renal lithiasis, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr Patterson is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Prior to her career in surgery, Dr Patterson studied at the Australian Defence Force Academy, and graduated from the Royal Military College – Duntroon, serving in Signals Corps.

Dr Chris Vernon

Dr Vernon has commenced private practice at Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital. Dr Vernon has a special interest in incontinence and to this end, recently completed a mini fellowship in functional Urology at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre, working alongside Dr Caroline Dowling.