Nomination: Karen Telford

Place of work: Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Foundation Trust

Karen Telford is a Consultant Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Foundation Trust and also serves as Chair of The Pelvic Floor Society. She is highly regarded amongst patients and colleagues. Karen is committed to training and thrives when she is getting the best out of her trainees. Trainees benefit from Karen’s expertise and enthusiasm in pelvic floor disorders as well as her great sense of humour! Karen is an excellent role model for all trainees and a real pleasure to work with.

Karen Telford is a senior surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital. She has been instrumental in education, training and research at a national and international level in pelvic floor disorders. She has developed the Pelvic Floor Service at Wythenshawe Hospital over the last 15 years to make it a world leading service. This has resulted in improved patient outcomes for pelvic floor patients in the region. Karen has driven research in pelvic floor disorders and has been a mentor to multiple MD students through the University of Manchester. She has also driven training of junior surgeons with many asking to work with her. In my opinion is a surgical leader.

I would like to nominate Karen Telford, who is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with a specialist interest in pelvic floor disorders. She is a champion for transparent, research-driven and patient-focused care for all patients, and in particular our pelvic floor patients that often have devastating quality of life conditions. Her passion, dedication and commitment to the specialty is evident and highlighted further in her appointment as Chair of the Pelvic Floor Society. She invests considerable time to research and has supervised 5 successful MD/PhD projects. She has and will continue to inspire female surgeons of the future.

Karen Telford’s reputation precedes her, the ‘Queen of Pelvic Floor’. I have never met a Colorectal Surgeon so dedicated and comitted to helping her patients to the absolute maximum. It’s goes without saying that people travel from near and far for the opportunity to be seen and treated by Karen. Not only is she an excellent surgeon, but Karen is an inspirational trainer. Her in depth knowledge of the pelvic floor, plus her ability to repair or reconstruct it, never ceases to amaze me. What a woman and what an influential colorectal surgeon!