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Miss Kathryn McCarthy


Miss Kathryn McCarthy is a colorectal surgeon with an interest in pelvic floor conditions and continence.  She trained in Medicine at University College London between 1993 and 1998. After this she undertook surgical training in London and Wessex. In 2005 Kathryn was awarded a higher postgraduate degree (MD) from the University of London for a translational research project in Molecular Endocrinology. After completing surgical training in 2011, she undertook an additional fellowship year in advanced laparoscopic colorectal surgery in Glasgow.

Kathryn has been a consultant at North Bristol NHS Trust since May 2012. Her main interest is pelvic surgery with two previous secondments into gynaecology to further her practice – Southampton and North Bristol. She has set up a GI Physiology laboratory specialising in treatment of evacuatory disorders. She is currently expanding this laboratory to include a service for women with previous obstetric injuries leading to faecal incontinence (old and new). She has been recently elected as a proctology committee member for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland (Royal College of Surgeons of England)

Kathryn is a passionate advocate of pelvic floor surgery and continence care. She is an active member of the Bristol Pelvic Floor MDT, North Bristol Continence Group and is co-director for the Bladder and Bowel Confidence Health Integration Team (BABCON HIT, Bristol Health Partners).

Consultant Profile

Name: Miss Kathryn McCarthy
Qualifications: MB BS MD MRCS FRCS(Gen Surgery)
Specialities: General Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Proctology, Pelvic Surgery and Continence
Clinical Research Interests: Kathryn is lead for the Older Persons Surgical Outcomes Collaborative ( which is a research group aimed at improving the outcomes of older surgical patients. Her main research interest is frailty. In addition she co-supervises two PhD studentships n the University of Bristol for projects focusing on colorectal cancer. Kathryn is a passionate advocate of nurse led research – currently she is leading 3 nurse led research projects. Kathryn has been a member of the Scientific Board for the Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Programme, University of Bristol since 2015 ( Kathryn has been NIHR lead for surgical research, West of England since 2015.
Year Qualified: 1998
Appointments NHS: North Bristol NHS Trust - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon
University Posts: Honorary Lecturer, University of Bristol
Membership of National Professional Societies: Royal College of Surgeons of England, The National Pelvic Floor Society, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, International Continence Society.
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