Working regionally, she has a broad expertise for diagnosis and management of both malignant (prostate, renal, bladder, testis, adrenal, penile) and benign (BPH, PUJ obstruction, renal stones, bladder stones) urological concerns. Dr Nicholson has a very warm, open and honest approach to patient care, providing contemporaneous best practice, partaking in regular audit and adapting to the ever-changing landscape of modern medicine.
Dr Nicholson completed her medical degree at Sydney University with honours, completing her internship and residency at Gosford Hospital and her registrar years across NSW, ACT and the NT. She completed her fellowship at Manchester, UK, where she travelled with her young family to complete a 1-year fellowship in minimally invasive (laparoscopic and robotic) Uro-oncology. She is actively involved with conferences at local, national and international levels across both Urology specific and broader Uro-Oncology forums such as ANZUP.
Dr Nicholson is the current co-director of the Department of Surgery at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, a role which over the past few years has particularly focused on improving workplace culture, diversifying the department and exciting involvement in the hospital redevelopment. She is also the current JMO supervisor for the Urology term at The Wollongong Hospital and spends time teaching medical students from the University of Wollongong, junior medical officers at Wollongong and Shoalhaven Hospitals and the USANZ Urology Set training registrars across the district.
I love the breadth that Urology provides – everything from managing with conservative measures, medical therapies, endoscopic, minimally invasive and open options. I found a love for surgery early on as a junior doctor – it is immensely satisfying being able to fix things with my hands. No-one in my family is medical, so I think they were a little perplexed with my career choice until I settled upon Urology. My father is a civil engineer and spent most of his profession working in the water industry. I would like to think I’ve taken over the family business, simply in human form.
Robotic prostatectomy or robotic partial nephrectomy. Using the robot for procedures such as these provides unmatched vision, incredible precision enabling delicacy around precious areas such as nerves and vessels, and is very ergonomic from a surgeon’s perspective.
Prof Kathryn North, Paediatrician, Neurologist, Clinical Geneticist, is the first to spring to mind. I began working in Prof North’s lab at the Neuromuscular Research Institute as a Summer Scholarship student in my undergraduate years. Prof North encourage me to spread my wings beyond the lab and consider medicine as a career. What I learnt from Prof North is that, despite being a female, she had risen to achieve highly regarded academic success in addition to well-respected clinical care, without compromising her kind and generous personality.