Miss Kirkpatrick qualified with Honours from the Royal Free Hospital in 1994 having obtained a degree in Human Genetics as well as her medical degree (MBBS). She carried out research at St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals into the Role of HTERT (a protein involved in cell immortality) in Breast Cancer, and this led to her being awarded a Master of Surgery degree in 2003. Miss Kirkpatrick's surgical training was mainly in the North West Thames region, including The Royal Marsden Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital and she was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010. In 2009 she spent a year on a Breast Fellowship in Australia at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Womens’ Hospitals. She was subsequently awarded a National Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction Fellowship organised jointly by the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons, and Association of Breast Surgeons, which she obtained following a year spent at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Whiston Hospital from 2010.
Miss Kirkpatrick has been a Consultant Surgeon since November 2012 and she diagnoses and treats benign and malignant breast conditions. Diagnosis is at a “one-stop” breast clinic where she works with a specialist breast radiologist and all tests can be carried out at one visit; mammogram and ultrasound results are available immediately if biopsies are carried out the results of these are available within a few days. If surgery is required she uses “oncoplastic” techniques which aim to improve the cosmetic outcome of breast surgery, including therapeutic mammoplasty (cancer treatment through breast reduction surgery) if required. If mastectomy is unavoidable then she offers immediate or delayed breast reconstruction and will discuss individual requirements in detail to allow women to feel informed about their choices. She also offers symmetrising (matching) procedures after breast cancer surgery such as breast enlargement, reduction or mastopexy (breast lift), nipple reconstruction, lipomodelling and risk reducing mastectomy. Miss Kirkpatrick carries out sentinel node biopsy using dual isotope and dye to minimise the number of lymph nodes removed and to target them accurately. she works within a multidisciplinary team and with a specialist breast care nurse to provide high quality care and psychological support to women with breast problems. She has a degree in Human Genetics and has worked in a team of genetic counsellors advising women with a family history of cancer of their individual risks and options. She has presented her research nationally and internationally and is involved in teaching and examining Medical Students. She keeps her practice up to date by maintaining links to the Royal Marsden Hospital, where she attends theatre lists, and by attending conferences dedicated to Breast Cancer Research and Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery