Amir Zarrabi

Amir Zarrabi

Urological Surgeon

Amir is an Associate Professor of Urology

After qualifying as a Urologist in 2009, Amir spent the next 10 years in a large tertiary-level Academic Hospital. Here he worked as consultant Urologist, providing surgical expertise in various sub-specialities of Urology including oncology, reconstruction, paediatric Urology, minimally invasive surgery and kidney transplantation. 

He developed a passion for male infertility and -microsurgery early on in his career and has dedicated many years of training and research to this field, including a PhD under Professor Thinus Kruger, an international authority on sperm quality. Amir has received training from experts at institutions in the USA and Europe, including Harvard Medical School, The Cleveland Clinic, Cornell University Hospital in New York and the Asklepios Hospital in Germany. He has held senior Academic Urology positions internationally.

He was part of the surgical team that performed the world’s first successful penis transplant in 2014 and pioneered male infertility microsurgery in South Africa where he was responsible for the first live birth following micro-TESE in a man with non-obstructive azoospermia.

Amir relocated with his family to Dunedin, New Zealand in 2019 to take up the Academic position of TD Scott Chair of Urology at the University of Otago. He has since left this role to commit more time to his surgeries but continues to be actively involved in Urological research.

Amir is a New Zealand board certified Urologist and holds Specialist registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand. He is also a member of:
  • The Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • The Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • The Société Internationale d’Urologie
  • The European Association of Urology


He has written numerous scientific articles which have been published in international urology journals, co-authored book chapters and has presented his research at various international conferences. He’s been an invited speaker at international conferences and invited surgeon at international workshops.

In his free time Amir enjoys the challenges of ultra-distance running and competitive swimming. He’s completed the full Ironman triathlon a number of times and is a social surfer and -golfer. He has been married to Celeste since 2002 and they have 3 young children who make sure that there’s never a dull moment in the house.

Amir Zarrabi swimming