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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
- Breast surgery
I am a Consultant General Surgeon and Master of Surgery of the University of Cambridge.
I work full time for the National Health Service at University Hospital and the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton. I undertake independent surgical practice at the Spire Southampton Hospital.
I also hold a national Clinical Excellence Award for my work for the NHS.
I now specialise in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast cancer and other breast disorders, as a senior member of the Southampton Breast Multidisciplinary Team;
I am also a member of the Association for Breast Surgery (ABS).
I also specialise in the surgical treatment of thyroid and parathyroid diseases, as a member of the Southampton Thyroid Multidisciplinary Team. I am a member of the British Association for Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons (BAETS), and contribute fully to the public BAETS national database of thyroid and parathyroid surgery.
I also have a wide practical experience in the treatment of hernias and of skin and soft tissue lesions.
My Clinical Apprenticeship
I graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University and Kings College Hospital in 1981.
I trained in all disciplines of General and Trauma Surgery in specialist surgical centres in London, Southampton and the South of England.
I was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1985;
I was awarded the Master of Surgery Degree of the University of Cambridge in 1991.
I was awarded a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1992.
I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Leicester from 1994 to 1999,
I returned to Southampton in 1999 to take up my current post.
In January 2018 I completed 42 years of service in the Territorial and Army Reserve, with operational experience in the Middle East and Afghanistan.
For this work I was awarded the Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours List in 2015.
From 2003 to 2009 I was the Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Surgical Oncology.
Since 2009 I have been the international Subject Chair for Medicine of the Content Advisory Board to SCOPUS. SCOPUS is the worldwide academic publishing information system which informs the UK's academic Research Excellence Framework programme.
I was an Executive Director of the British Association for Surgical Oncology (BASO) from 2000-2002, and of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, from 2012 to 2016.
My Research and Academic Work
I have a busy academic research and development programme in clinical data visualisation and advanced audit systems at UHS.
For this work, I have also been awarded:
membership of the Strategic Advisory Team .
Areas of interest
The multidisciplinary diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast cancer and of benign breast disorders;
The multidisciplinary diagnosis and surgical treatment of thyroid disorders, including cervical and retrosternal goitres, Graves disease and thyroid cancers;
The multidisciplinary diagnosis and surgical treatment of parathyroid adenomas (primary hyperparathyroidism);
The open surgery of abdominal, inguinal, femoral and incisional hernias
The surgical removal of "lumps, bumps and skin lesions"
- Karen Healey
- Spire Southampton Hospital Chalybeate Close SOUTHAMPTON SO16 6UY
- 023 8076 4325
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Henry Akerman Not Fee Assured
- Dr Julian Nixon Not Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Surgeon, University Hospitals of Southampton, including:
Southampton General Hospital
The Princess Anne Hospital
Laser Cytometric studies of Human Tumour Biology (1989-2005)
Advanced clnical data visualisation techniques (2005 to the present)
My advisory work in academic publication for the SCOPUS Board has given me a leading role in
International Publication Ethics.
I am frequently invited to lecture abroad, recent tours having included Brazil, India, Poland, and Russia.
I have been privileged to work as a member of the cadre of UK Territorial and Army Reserve surgeons who have supported the dramatic advances in complex trauma care from conflict over the past two decades, and which have informed the development of the modern NHS Trauma Service.I was a member of the small team which commissioned operationally the renowned Camp Bastion Hospital in Helmand in January 2008.
I remain involved with the Army Reserve as a senior surgical advisor in my spare time.
MB BChir (University of Cambridge) 1981
FRCS (England) 1985
MChir (University of Cambridge) 1982
Hunterian Professorship (Royal College of Surgeons of England) 1992
National Clinical Excellence Award, 2013
Awards for Military Surgical Service:
The Territorial Decoration (TD)
The Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM) with two clasps, (1994 et seq)
The Queen's Volunteer Reserve Medal (QVRM) (2015)
Operational Service Medals, 1991, 2003, 2008
I have 100+ publications cited in PubMed.
My e-Book Blood Heat and Dust, recording the advances in medical care in the Gulf between 2003 and 2009, is published on the ASGBI Website.
Courses offered to GPs
I am pleased to give talks on my specialist areas of professional and research interest by arrangement through my Spire or NHS secretaries.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
Please click on this link if you would like to see information about this healthcare professional’s performance compared to their peers, as published by their medical professional body.http://www.baets.org.uk/audit/
My Thyroid and parathyroid surgical workload and outcomes are uploaded to the national Audit System of the British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons.
The outcomes for the Southampton Multidisciplinary Breast Team are submitted to a wide range of national audits, including the national Breast Cancer Clinical Outcomes of Mastectomy (BCCOM) and the annual National Screening Programme audits.
- MChir (Master of Surgery) University of Cambridge 1991
- FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of England 1985
- MB BChir University of Cambridge 1981
Reference number 2725882
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Executive Director of Communications, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland 2016
Details of entry to specialist register
- Consultant General Surgeon, 1994
Affiliations / memberships
- Royal College of Surgeons of England
- General Medical Council
- British Medical Association
- Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland
- Association of Breast Surgeons
- British Association for Surgical Oncology
- British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
- Chalybeate CloseSOUTHAMPTONSO16 6UY
- 17:30 - 21:00
- 023 8076 4325
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
I can be contacted through my Spire Hospital secretary (80764381) during working hours or via the Spire Switchboard (80775544) at other times.
Although my principal clinic is held on Thursday evenings, I am available for consultation outside my NHS daytime schedule at evenings on other days and at weekends by arrangement with my secretary.