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Associate Professor Amir Zarrabi

PositionAssociate Profesor: Urology
DepartmentDepartment of Surgical Sciences (Dunedin)
QualificationsMBChB FC Urol (SA) MMed Urol PhD
Research summaryMale infertility and infertility microsurgery
Teaching
  • Urology home tutor to MBChB IV students
  • ELM3 tutor
  • Registrar teaching: Urology and General surgery
ClinicalThe full spectrum of clinical Urology, including Uro-oncology and Paediatric urology

Research

The main focus of my research is male infertility and the microsurgical treatment of infertile males.

Other research interests includes penis transplantation and the genetics of prostate cancer.

Publications

Mantica, G., Van der Merwe, A., Terrone, C., Gallo, F., Zarrabi, A. D., Vlok, A. L., … Bonkat, G. (2020). Awareness of European practitioners toward uncommon tropical diseases: Are we prepared to deal with mass migration? Results of an international survey. World Journal of Urology, 38, 1773-1786. doi: 10.1007/s00345-019-02957-7

Zarrabi, A., & Mark, S. (2020). Healing or harming: The prostate cancer dichotomy. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1523), 12-15. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Pretorius, R., Vlok, S., Van der Merwe, A., Zarrabi, A. D., & du Toit, K. (2019). Renal artery embolisation: Indications and utilisation at Tygerberg Hospital. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(4), 33-39. doi: 10.17159/2078-5151/2019/v57n4a2819

Els, M., Heyns, C., Van der Merwe, A., & Zarrabi, A. (2019). Prospective comparison of the novel Visual Prostate Symptom Score (VPSS) versus the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), and assessment of patient pain perception with regard to transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy. International Brazilian Journal of Urology, 45(1), 137-144. doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2018.0496

Pretorius, E. J., Zarrabi, A. D., Griffith-Richards, S., Harvey, J., Ackermann, H. M., Meintjes, C. M., … Pitcher, R. D. (2018). Inter-rater reliability in the radiological classification of renal injuries. World Journal of Urology, 36(3), 489-496. doi: 10.1007/s00345-017-2166-6

Journal - Research Article

Mantica, G., Van der Merwe, A., Terrone, C., Gallo, F., Zarrabi, A. D., Vlok, A. L., … Bonkat, G. (2020). Awareness of European practitioners toward uncommon tropical diseases: Are we prepared to deal with mass migration? Results of an international survey. World Journal of Urology, 38, 1773-1786. doi: 10.1007/s00345-019-02957-7

Pretorius, R., Vlok, S., Van der Merwe, A., Zarrabi, A. D., & du Toit, K. (2019). Renal artery embolisation: Indications and utilisation at Tygerberg Hospital. South African Journal of Surgery, 57(4), 33-39. doi: 10.17159/2078-5151/2019/v57n4a2819

Els, M., Heyns, C., Van der Merwe, A., & Zarrabi, A. (2019). Prospective comparison of the novel Visual Prostate Symptom Score (VPSS) versus the International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), and assessment of patient pain perception with regard to transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy. International Brazilian Journal of Urology, 45(1), 137-144. doi: 10.1590/S1677-5538.IBJU.2018.0496

Pretorius, E. J., Zarrabi, A. D., Griffith-Richards, S., Harvey, J., Ackermann, H. M., Meintjes, C. M., … Pitcher, R. D. (2018). Inter-rater reliability in the radiological classification of renal injuries. World Journal of Urology, 36(3), 489-496. doi: 10.1007/s00345-017-2166-6

Heyns, C. F., Basson, J., van der Merwe, A., & Zarrabi, A. D. (2014). Clinical (non-histological) diagnosis of advanced prostate cancer: Evaluation of treatment outcome after androgen deprivation therapy. South African Journal of Surgery, 52(3), 82-85. doi: 10.7196/SAJS.1689

Heyns, C. F., Smit, S. G., van der Merwe, A., & Zarrabi, A. D. (2013). Urological aspects of HIV and AIDS. Nature Reviews Urology, 10(12), 713-722. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2013.230

van Vuuren, S. P. J., Heyns, C. F., & Zarrabi, A. D. (2012). Significance of histological prostatitis in patients with urinary retention and underlying benign prostatic hyperplasia or adenocarcinoma of the prostate. BJU International, 109(8), 1194-1197. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-410X.2011.10527.x

Edlin, R. S., Heyns, C. F., van Vuuren, S. P. J., & Zarrabi, A. D. (2012). Prevalence of histological prostatitis in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia or adenocarcinoma of the prostate presenting without urinary retention. South African Journal of Surgery, 50(4), 127-130. doi: 10.7196/SAJS.1095

van Vuuren, S. P. J., Heyns, C. F., & Zarrabi, A. D. (2011). Comparison of men with acute versus chronic urinary retention: Aetiology, clinical features and complications. South African Family Practice, 53(6), 590-594. doi: 10.1080/20786204.2011.10874158

Conradie, J.-P., Scheffer, C., Schreve, K., & Zarrabi, A. (2011). Semi-autonomous needle-positioning device for percutaneous nephrolithotomy procedures. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine & Biology, 11(1), 177-203. doi: 10.1142/S0219519410003708

Zarrabi, A. D., & Heyns, C. F. (2011). Clamp ablation of the testes compared to bilateral orchiectomy as androgen deprivation therapy for advanced prostate cancer. International Brazilian Journal of Urology, 37(3), 347-354. doi: 10.1590/S1677-55382011000300008

Zarrabi, A. D., Conradie, J. P., Heyns, C. F., Scheffer, C., & Schreve, K. (2010). Development of a computer assisted gantry system for gaining rapid and accurate calyceal access during percutaneous nephrolithotomy. International Brazilian Journal of Urology, 36(6), 738-746. doi: 10.1590/S1677-55382010000600013

van der Merwe, A., Zarrabi, A., Basson, J., Stander, J., & Heyns, C. F. (2009). Distant cutaneous metastases secondary to squamous carcinoma of the penis. Canadian Journal of Urology, 16(1), 4498-4501.

Zarrabi, A. D., & Heyns, C. F. (2009). Clinical features of confirmed versus suspected urogenital tuberculosis in region with extremely high prevalence of pulmonary tuberculosis. Urology, 74(1), 41-45. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2008.12.083

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Journal - Research Other

Zarrabi, A., & Mark, S. (2020). Healing or harming: The prostate cancer dichotomy. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1523), 12-15. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Zarrabi, A. D., Wessels, S. G., Vlok, L.-W., & Van der Merwe, A. (2018). Successful en bloc transplantation of a horseshoe kidney without division of the isthmus: First case reported in South Africa. South African Journal of Surgery, 56(1), 43-45. doi: 10.17159/2078-5151/2017/v56n1a2174

Zarrabi, A. D., & Kruger, T. F. (2018). The challenges of supporting male infertility treatment in South Africa. Nature Reviews Urology, 15(12), 719-720. doi: 10.1038/s41585-018-0099-5

van der Merwe, A., Graewe, F., Zühlke, A., Barsdorf, N. W., Zarrabi, A. D., Viljoen, J. T., … Moosa, M. R. (2017). Penile allotransplantation for penis amputation following ritual circumcision: A case report with 24 months of follow-up. Lancet, 390(10099), 1038-1047. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31807-X

van der Merwe, A., Zarrabi, A., Zühlke, A., Barsdorf, N., & Moosa, R. (2017). Lessons learned from the world’s first successful penis allotransplantation. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 28(2), 27. doi: 10.1007/s10856-016-5836-9

Lecuna, A. T., Van Wyk, A. C., Smit, S. G., Zarrabi, A. D., & Heyns, C. F. (2012). Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor of the bladder in a 3-year-old Boy. Urology, 79(1), 215-218. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2011.04.052

Zarrabi, A., & Gross, A. J. (2011). The evolution of lasers in urology. Therapeutic Advances in Urology, 3(2), 81-89. doi: 10.1177/1756287211400494

Zarrabi, A. D., & Heyns, C. F. (2009). Tuberculosis of the urinary tract and male genitalia: A diagnostic challenge for the family practitioner. South African Family Practice, 51(5), 388-392. doi: 10.1080/20786204.2009.10873888

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