Associate Professor Christopher Maher

Academic Title-Associate Professor

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Associate Professor Christopher Maher is a tertiary-referral Urogynaecologist at the Wesley & Mater Private Hospitals and Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital and active researcher and teacher at the University of Queensland. His long-term commitment to research and evidence based medicine has been rewarded with over 100 peer-review publications and many presentations at National and International conferences. He is the past president of the Queensland CFA (Continence Foundation of Australia), former Secretary of AGES, Chairman of IUGA Scientific Committee, Chair of Urogynaecology committee RANZCOG and is currently lead author of the Cochrane Review and International Collaboration on Incontinence on the surgical management of prolapse. Associate Professor Christopher Maher is the current Chairman of the Urogynaecological Society of Australia.

Research Interests

  • Surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse
    lead Cochrane review on the surgical management of prolapse Lead International Collaboration Incontinence (ICI) on Surgical management of prolapse
  • Surgeon Volume and outcomes
    Meta-analysis of gynaecology and urogynaecology outcomes based on surgeon volumes
  • Learning curve of Laparoscopic sacral colpopexy
    Structured education and skills program to reduce learning curve for laparoscopic sacral colpopexy
  • Tissue engineering for pelvic organ prolapse
    Animal studies to evaluate 3-D printed material as a matrix in pelvic organ prolapse and abdominal hernia in the sheep model

Research Impacts

My research has largely docused on female pelvic floor dysfunction and intially revolved aroud the assessemnt and safety of surgical interventions for the management of pelvic floor dysfunction including

  • Sacral nerve stimulator for female bladder overactivty
  • laparoscopic and vaginal surgery for primary and recurrent urinary stress incontinence including prospective reviews and randomised controlled trials
  • Laparoscopic, abdominal and vaginal surgery for uterine prolapse, rectocele and post-hysterectomy vault prolapse including retrospective audits, prospective evaluations and randomised controlled trials
  • Reporting of and management of complications assocaited with mesh interventions for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse

More recently I have focused on completeing structured systematic reviews on the surgical management of prolapse including:

  • Leading Cochrane reviews on the surgical management of prolapse in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016
  • Leading committee International Collaboration on Incontinence on the surgical management of prolapse 2013, 2017 after being member since 2008
  • Review articles on the pathway forward regarding the evaluation of new medical interventions

This body of research has been important in evlauting the efficacy of new interventions for female pelvic organ prolapse and identifying complications associated with these intervention. The reseach has been important and contributed to public debate surrounding the suitability of transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse that is currently teh suject of Class actions worldwide and Govermant evaluations in New Zealand, Scotland and Australia.

Qualifications

  • Certificate of Urogynaecology
  • FRACOG
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Book Chapter

  • Maher, Christopher F. and Haya, Nir (2016). Prevention, recognition, and treatment of complications in laparoscopic pelvic floor surgery. In Linda Cardozo and David Staskin (Ed.), Textbook of Female Urology and Urogynaecology 4th ed. (pp. 1122-1131) Baton Rouge, Florida: CRC Press.

  • Maher, Christopher, Baessler, Kaven, Barber, Matthew, Cheon, Cecilia, Deitz, Vivianne, DeTayrac, Renaud, Gutman, Robert, Sentilhes, Loic and Karram, Mickey (2013). Pelvic organ prolapse surgery. In Paul Abrams, Linda Cardozo, Saad Khoury and Alan Wein (Ed.), Incontinence : 5th edition 2013 5th ed. (pp. 1379-1442) Bristol, United Kingdom: International Consultation on Urological Diseases.

  • Karram, Mickey and Maher, Christopher F. (2013). Surgery for Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Avoiding and managing complications. In Karram, Mickey and Maher, Christopher F. (Ed.), Surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse (pp. 179-186) Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders.

  • Maher, Christopher F. and Karram, Mickey (2013). Surgical management of Anterior vaginal wall prolapse. In Karram, Mickey and Maher, Christopher F. (Ed.), Surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse 1st ed. (pp. 117-138) Phildelphia: Elsevier Saunders.

  • Maher, Christopher F. and Karram, Mickey (2013). Surgical management of Apical Vaginal Wall Prolapse. In Karram, Mickey and Maher, Christopher F. (Ed.), Surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse (pp. 89-116) Phildelphia: Elsevier Saunders.

  • Maher, Christopher F. and Karram, Mickey (2013). Surgical procedures to suspend a prolapsed Uterus. In Karram, Mickey and Maher, Christopher F. (Ed.), Surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse (pp. 59-79) Phildelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Saunders.

  • Maher, Christopher F. (2010). Prevention, Recognition and Treatment of Complications in Laparoscopic Pelvic Floor Surgery. In Linda Cardozo and David Staskin (Ed.), Textbook of Female Urology and Urogynaecology Third ed. (pp. 935-941) Boca Raton Florida, USA: CRC Press. doi:10.3109/9781439807217-97

  • Brubaker, L., Glazener, C., Norton, P. and Maher, C. F. (2009). Surgery for pelvic organ prolapse. In Paul Abrams, Linda Cardozo, Saad Khoury and Alan J. Wein (Ed.), Incontinence 4th ed. (pp. 1273-1320) Paris France: Health Publication Ltd.

  • Maher, Christopher F. and Maher, P. J. (2007). Laparoscopy in Urogynaecology. In Peter Dwyer (Ed.), Atlas of Urogynaecology Endoscopy Ist ed. (pp. 119-126) London, United Kingdom: Informa Healthcare.

  • Maher, Christopher F. (2007). Procidentia and uterine preservation. In Mark D. Walters and Mickey M. Karram (Ed.), Urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery (pp. 518-520) Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier.

  • Maher, C. F. (2006). Prevention, Recognition and Treatment of Complications in Laparoscopic Pelvic Floor Surgery. In Linda Cardozo and David Staskin (Ed.), Textbook of Female Urology and Urogynaecology 2nd ed. (pp. 1211-1220) Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K.: Informa HealthCare.

  • Maher, C. F. and Gilmour, D. C. (2000). Alternative therapy for urinary tract infections. In Stanton, S. L. and Wyer, P. L. (Ed.), Urinary tract infections in the female (pp. 82-87) London, United Kingdom: Martin Dunitz Publishers.

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