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Professor Alan McNeill B.MED.Sci, FRCS (ED&ENG), FRCS(UROL)
As a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh since 2001, Alan provides a specialist urology service with particular interests in prostate diseases and kidney surgery. He was Lead Clinician for Urology from 2007-2011, and was elected as Secretary of the British Association of Urological Surgeons Section of Oncology Executive Committee in 2011. Having undertaken fellowship training in minimal access surgery (MAS) techniques at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio and the University Hospital, Leipzig, he has lead the development of the laparoscopic surgery programme in Urology at local and national levels. 

Alan has the largest experience of minimal access surgical procedures in Scotland and is amongst the most experienced laparoscopic urological surgeons in the UK. He has performed over 400 laparoscopic nephrectomies and 750 laparoscopic prostatectomies the results of which are subject to rigorous audit, as part of local and national audit programmes.

He has published many peer-reviewed papers and is actively involved in research into prostate disease with a collaborative project between Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities that is funded by a £1M grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. A former Programme Director for the East of Scotland Training Programme in Urology (2004-2007) Alan remains very active in skills training for minimal access surgery, organizing and participating in several courses that are run for the British Association of Urological Surgeons and have helped several other surgeons implement their own laparoscopic surgery programmes. 

In 2006 he initiated and helped establish Prostate Scotland, a charity that aims to raise awareness and educate Scottish men about the prostate and the diseases that affect it. Sir Tom Farmer has become Patron of the charity that goes from strength to strength, employing two staff part-funded by a project grant from the Scottish Government.


Recently, Alan has been awarded the title of Honorary Professor in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot Watt University for a 5 years period. This is a consequence of a successful research collaboration with Professor Bob Reuben over the last 16 years.



Mr. Ammar Alhasso MBChB, MSc surgical sciences, FRCSEd, FRCSEd (UROL)
Mr Alhasso gained wide urological experience through the East Scotland Urology Training Scheme and took up his current post as a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Western General Hospital and Borders General Hospital, He provides both general urology expertise and subspecialisation in female urology, urodynamics and reconstructive urology.

He was a research fellow at Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London studying bladder cancer and achieved a Masters degree in Surgical Sciences in 2000. He is also a reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration/Incontinence group and have published systematic reviews and meta-analyses on urinary incontinence in men and women. A member of the International Continence Society,  European Association of Urology and the British Association of Urological Surgeons.

With commitment to training and education, Ammar is the urology module organiser for undergraduates and module lead for the new online ChM postgraduate degree in Urology at Edinburgh University Medical School and also teaches on the core skills for urologist course at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.





Mr. Laurence Stewart MD, FRCS, FRCS(UROL)
Mr Laurence Stewart graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1982. He gained a wide experience across all surgical disciplines before training in Urology in Aberdeen and Belfast and subsequently specialising in female and reconstructive urology in Cardiff, Christchurch New Zealand and Duke University in North Carolina USA. He took up his current post as Consultant Urological Surgeon in 1996 and has introduced a wide range of reconstructive treatments to Edinburgh, most recently establishing botulinum toxin (Botox) treatment for urinary incontinence.

He was a research fellow in Belfast for two years, studying bladder cancer, achieving his MD thesis in 1994. He has published widely on this and other urological topics. He has authored the chapter on Urological Surgery in Principles and Practice of Surgery and co-authored the chapter on Kidney and Genito-Urinary Disease in Davidson's principles and practice of Medicine. He retains an active interest in training and is the convener of the Core skills in Urology course in the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

He was the Lead clinician for Urology in Edinburgh from 1998 to 2007, during which time he helped establish minimal access surgery and promoted the role for laser prostatectomy and specialist physiotherapy in both male and female urinary incontinence.


     Mr. Mark Cutress MSc (Hons), PhD (Cantab), FRCSEd(UROL)


Mr Cutress is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, and St John’s Hospital, Livingston.

Mark practices in all areas of general urology and provides subspecialist expertise in endourology, predominately the management of kidney stone disease and laser prostatectomy.  Mark trained at UCL and Royal Free Hospital, London, where he won an academic scholarship and attained a first class honours degree.  After completing basic surgical training, he was awarded three prestigious fellowships from Cancer Research UK, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and the University of Cambridge, to read a PhD in Urological Oncology at Cambridge (Jesus College), following which he underwent higher surgical training in urology in the Anglia region. 

After completing his training in general urology, Mark pursued subspecialist training in the treatment of kidney stones through a one year Endourology fellowship at the Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, Edinburgh, attaining subspecialist expertise in rigid and flexible ureteroscopy, percutaneous stone surgery (PCNL), and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), before becoming a consultant there.  He has published clinical and scientific papers in endourology, kidney stone disease, urological cancers, and general urology throughout his specialist career, and leads clinical audit in the Endourology department at Edinburgh.  He is actively involved with training and teaches on the core skills for urology course at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and reviews papers for peer reviewed urology journals (Journal of Urology and BJU International).  He is a member of several specialist associations including the Endourological Society, the European Association of Urology, and the British Association of Urological Surgery

Mr. Simon Phipps  MedSci, BM BS, DM, FRCS(Urol)
Simon Phipps is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Scottish Lithotriptor Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh and St John’s Hospital, Livingston. He practises in all areas of general urology, with his main subspecialty interest being the minimally invasive management of urinary stone disease.

He qualified from Nottingham University Medical School in 1997 and trained in general urology in the East of Scotland. His subspeciality training took him to Australia, where he spent a fellowship year training in upper tract laparoscopy and endourology at the St George Hospitals in Sydney, before returning to Scotland as fellow in endourology at the Scottish Lithotriptor Centre in Edinburgh. Simon has developed subspecialty expertise in Extracoporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy, rigid and flexible ureteroscopy with laser stone fragmentation, and percutaneous stone surgery.

Whilst in training, Simon undertook an innovative 2-year research project into the relationship of prostatic tissue mechanical characteristics with benign and malignant prostate disease at the University of Edinburgh for which he was awarded the DM degree. He has written basic scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, reviews and book chapters and continues to publish papers on the clinical aspect of urinary stone disease. Simon is active in teaching and training in Urology in the East of Scotland, as well as regularly contributing to British Association of Urological Surgeons and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh surgical training courses.