Miss Kath Kirkpatrick

Consultant Breast Surgeon


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I qualified with Honours from the Royal Free Hospital in 1994 having obtained a degree in human genetics as well as my medical degree (MBBS). I 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 me being awarded a Master of Surgery degree in 2003.My surgical training was mainly in the North West Thames region, including The Royal Marsden Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital and I was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010. In 2009, I spent a year on a Breast Fellowship in Australia at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Womens’ Hospitals. I 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 I obtained following a year spent at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Whiston Hospital from 2010.I have been a Consultant Surgeon since November 2012 and I diagnose and treat benign and malignant breast conditions. Diagnosis is at a “one-stop” breast clinic where I work with a specialist breast radiologist. 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 I use “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 I offer immediate or delayed breast reconstruction and will discuss individual requirements in detail to allow women to feel informed about their choices. I also offer symmetrising (matching) procedures after breast cancer surgery such as breast enlargement, reduction or mastopexy (breast lift), nipple reconstruction, lipomodelling and risk reducing mastectomy. I carry out sentinel node biopsy using dual isotope and dye to minimise the number of lymph nodes removed and to target them accurately.I work within a multidisciplinary team and with a specialist breast care nurse to provide high quality care and psychological support to women with breast problems. I have a degree in human genetics and have worked in a team of genetic counsellors advising women with a family history of cancer of their individual risks and options. I have presented my research nationally and internationally and am involved in teaching and examining medical students. I keep my practice up to date by maintaining links to the Royal Marsden Hospital, where I attend theatre lists, and by attending conferences dedicated to Breast Cancer Research and oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgery.

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Kath Kirkpatrick at Spire include:

Breast care and surgery

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Clinical interests

Special clinical interests: Reconstructive breast surgery. Quality of life after breast surgery. Genetics and family history.

Current NHS posts

Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Honorary Consultant Royal Free Hospital

Personal profile

I live with my family in St Albans. I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and dog and also gardening, cooking, crochet and reading.

Contact information

Private secretary Tracy Smith
Private secretary telephone 01582 718 009
Private secretary fax 01582 718 009
Private secretary email tracy.smith2@ldh.nhs.uk