Dr Jo Schoeman
Urological Surgeon

        

A bit about myself

I am an Australian qualified Urological Surgeon.

Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Urology, FRACS (2008)

Other qualifications:

Fellowship of the College of Urologists of South Africa, FCS (Urol)SA 2003.

Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, MBChB, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 1993.

I suppose the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, who happened to be a Urologist, was partly responsible for me choosing this as my speciality. He was a huge imposing person, yet had a passion for his field, more than I have ever witnessed in any other field. He combined humour with this field, making this a fun speciality, although I was very scared of him as a young undergraduate. Working below the belt most of the time, a Urologist should be able to see and appreciate a different take on life.

I was further captivated when I did Urology locum work in the United Kingdom after graduating from Med-school. It was then that the small intriguing procedures with camera work captivated me. Steering up a ureter with a tiny camera and blasting kidney stones with lasers had the ultimate appeal.

After achieving my Urology Fellowship, I entered private practice in South Africa’s largest private hospital, Unitas Hospital in Centurion Pretoria. I ran a satellite practice at Carstenhof Private Clinic, in Midrand. I also held session visits at the Kalafong Public Hospital as visiting Urologist.

Dr Richard Marsden (Urologist) recruited me for Bundaberg while on conference in South Africa in 2005.

I made the move to Australia in 2007 where I completed a stringent year of supervision in Melbourne, under the watchful eye of the Urology Society for 15 months. I was one of the first International Medical Graduates to obtain my Fellowship in Urology with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons within my first attempt at the exams.

I started Private Urology practice at the Mater Hospital in Bundaberg in 2008. I was the first Urologist to perform a radical prostatectomy locally as well as one of a handful of Urologist using a Radical Perineal prostatectomy as method for removing cancerous prostates. I introduced laser stone surgery to Bundaberg.

With the help of the Mater Hospital, the first locally-based Urodynamic Service was set up, bringing the work-up of Incontinence to regional Queensland.

Probably one of the most exciting moments was to be a part of the Pelvic Medicine Centre based at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital. A centre with a combined Gynaecological, Urological, Colo-rectal and Men's Health approach to incontinence, offering cutting edge techniques in managing this sensitive issue.

I have been extremely honoured to be a part of the first Australian Robotic Centre of Excellence at the Wesley Hospital.

I have recently taken over the established practice of Dr Morgan Pokorny (previously Dr Les Thompson) at the Wesley hospital.

I give all credit of the running of my practice to Natasha, who happens to be the most beautiful woman in all the world and the love of my life.

Without my compassionate and caring front-line ladies (especially Katrina) my practice will not be what it currently is. It portrays the essence of my service to you my patients.  

Not only am I a Urologist, I am also a family man and actively involved in the lives of my family, as well as trying to make a difference in the lives of other children in Kids Church. I am happily married and the father of 2 gorgeous young women.