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Miss Karen Nugent MA, MS, MEd, FRCS

Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Associate Dean for Specialty schools – Wessex Deanery,Lead for BM curriculum for team working theme

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Karen Nugent is a senior lecturer in surgery based at the Southampton University NHS trust. She was appointed in 1999 having trained as a senior registrar in Basingstoke, Southampton and at Hopital St. Antoine in Paris. Her clinical interests are in the field of pelvic floor conditions and anal cancer.

She has a major interest in education, having run the 3rd and final year undergraduate teaching programmes for the medical school and now as Head of School of Surgery for Wessex manages the quality of 10 surgical postgraduate programmes. She has an MEd from the Open University and a MS in surgery from the university of London.

She is a past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, past President of the Coloproctology section of the Royal Society of Medicine and is President of the Pelvic, Obstetric and Gynaecology Physiotherapists. Her present roles also include Director Education for the Association of Surgeons, International representative for the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland and council member of the European Society of Coloproctology

Karen Nugent is a colorectal surgeon with an interest in pelvic floor disorders and anal cancer. She works as an Honorary Consultant at Southampton General Hospital where she is runs a tertiary referral service for constipation and incontinence. She is also the regional lead for anal cancer. She has recently co-authored a textbook on pelvic floor disorders for colorectal surgeons and has contributed chapters to several other textbooks in surgery. She is married with four children.

Her undergraduate training was at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital , London, where she qualified from in 1987. She was appointed Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1991 and is Secretary of the Association of Coloproctologists of Great Britain and Ireland.


MB, BS (ST. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London ) 1987
MA (Cambridge) 1988
FRCS (England) 1991
MS (University of London ) 1994
MEd (Open University) 2002

Appointments held

Senior lecturer University of Southampton and honorary consultant

Research interests

Research activities have mainly been in the field of colorectal surgery

Recent projects include: a randomised controlled trial of botox in single or 2 injections for the treatment of fissures: function and Quality of life after anterior resection; the relationship between loneliness and proangiogenic cytokines in colorectal cancer; and the role of vaccination and HPV virus in AIN and anal cancer.

In the field of education, a project looking at the modularisation of surgical training and the availability of training opportunities across the region.


Primary Care, Population Sciences and Medical Education

Karen Nugent is the Coordinator of BM team working and leadership theme. She has been involved in a cross schools development of a module for leadership. She supervises BMedSc projects in surgery and teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

She is involved in teaching at a national and international level in pelvic floor disorders and their treatment.

As Associate Dean for the Wessex Deanery she has been involved in workforce planning and development of the specialty schools. She also co-ordinates less than full time training.

For the past 3 years she has been secretary of the Association of Coloproctology (GB and I) and has run the National meeting as well as sitting on committees and representing the Association at NICE

Acts as an examiner for the iMRCS at the Royal College of Surgeons and is also an examiner for Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery.

She is an external thesis examiner for 2 -5 theses a year and has recently supervised a trainee for their MD at University of Southampton.

She acts as a referee for national and international journals

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Teaching at postgraduate level on the FRCS course and within the tertiary referral clinic setting

Lecturing and surgical teaching on courses on pelvic floor surgery

Miss Karen Nugent
Faculty of Medicine, Room AB215, Mailpoint 801, South Academic Block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD

Room Number: SGH/AC70/MP816

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