Dr Tim Nicholson graduated MB BS from The University of Sydney in 1989. After several years of general surgical training, his urological training was undertaken at at The Canberra Hospital, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, Westmead Hospital Sydney and The Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield, England. After achieving FRACS (Urol) in 1999, he moved to Orange to commence practice as a Urological Surgeon with specific interests in rural surgical practice, stone disease and oncology. Dr Nicholson has served as a supervisor of surgical and urological trainees and is actively involved in medical student teaching. He has helped introduce new techniques in urological surgery to the region including neo-bladder formation after cystectomy, laparoscopic renal surgery and laser stone surgery. Dr Nicholson is married with two daughters, one of whom has pursued a career in medicine.
Dr. Clair Whelan is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Orange Health Service and Dudley Private Hospital. She completed medicine at University of Newcastle and developed an affection for the Central West during this early period. Her first urology training post was to Orange and she completed her training in NSW at The Prince of Wales, Liverpool and St Vincent’s Hospitals, and then Adelaide where she began her consultant career. She eventually settled in Orange with her husband, Dr Michael Sobotta, and their three daughters. Since returning to Orange she has helped restore the hospital’s position as a urology training post and medical student rotation. She has been proudly involved in introducing new procedures in the fields of urinary incontinence and laser stone surgery, as well as setting up a local Urodynamics service for complex continence patients.