About this event

  • Date and time Fri 28 May 2021 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Explore the latest advances in the field of gynaecological surgery and learn about a selection of gynaecological procedures that have been highlighted as controversial from the perspectives of both the specialist and the patient. 

Hear expert talks on topics including gender reassignment surgery, the role of laser in the management of genitourinary symptoms of menopause, ultraradical surgery for ovarian cancer and vaginal mesh surgery. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from a patient about their experience of having complex gynaecology surgery.

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Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Key speakers

Professor Linda Cardozo OBE

Professor of Urogynaecology and Consultant Gynaecologist, Kings College Hospital London

Speaker's biography

Professor Linda Cardozo heads a busy and productive multidisciplinary tertiary referral urogynaecology department undertaking a large clinical workload dealing with complex urogynaecological problems. The department offers a wide range of diagnostic procedures conservative and drug therapy and prides itself on the ability to undertake many invasive procedures in an ambulatory setting. However, there are also appropriate facilities for both day surgery and more major inpatient procedures.  


Professor Cardozo believes that education is of paramount importance and the unit prides itself on teaching medical students and training junior doctors and other healthcare professionals. To date, 9 subspecialty trainees and over 50 fellows have developed their urogynaecological skills at King’s generating 18 higher degrees, MD’s and PhD’s as well as numerous publications and presentations at international meetings.


Professor Cardozo has directed this clinical research and her publications include more than 700 original papers in peer review journals, 26 books and 150 book chapters. Her H factor is 72 and she is a member of the Editorial Board of 6 scientific journals.    

Professor Christina Fotopoulou

Consultant Gynae-oncologist, Imperial, Lead for the British Gynaecological Cancer Society

Mr Patrick O’Brien

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, University College Hospital London and Vice President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Speaker's biography

Mr Pat O’Brien is a Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and Vice President for membership of the RCOG. He recently helped lead the College’s early response to the COVID pandemic.


At UCLH he spent time as Divisional Clinical Director for Women’s Health and Governance Lead. An RCOG Council member since 2014, he has sat on a range of committees and working parties at the RCOG and Department of Health and is a media spokesperson for the RCOG. He has been chair of the International Section of the Institute for Women’s Health in London, and Chair of the Clinical Research Hubs Network Portfolio Board, UCLH.


He is the immediate past Secretary, and President-Elect, of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Council of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has until recently been chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Portland Hospital and chair of the Women’s Health Division of HCA in the UK. He is a patron of the charity SafeHands for Mothers which works to promote women’s health in low-income countries.


Pat qualified as a doctor in Ireland, but his postgraduate training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology was in London. He specialises in Maternal Medicine and ‘high risk’ obstetrics. He has a particular interest in the use of misoprostol in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, thrombophilia and cardiac disease in pregnancy, and the effects of obesity on pregnancy.

Mr Dudley Robinson

Consultant Obstetrician & Urogynaecologist, Kings College Hospital London


View Programme

Welcome and introduction

Miss Sangeeta Agnihotri, President, Obstetrics and Gynaecology section

Doctor-patient communication: A four cusp approach

Mr Richard Smith Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Hammersmith Hospital and Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine

The role of laser in the management of genito-urinary symptoms of the menopause

Professor Linda Cardozo OBE, Professor of Urogynaecology at Kings College, London

Ultraradical surgery for ovarian cancer: Where are we now?

Professor Christina Fotopoulou, Consultant Gynae-oncologist Imperial, Lead for the British Gynaecological Cancer Society

Every woman should be entitled to a caesarean section in the absence of a medical indication

Mr Patrick O’Brien, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, University College Hospital London, Vice President RCOG 

Vaginal mesh – notes on a scandal

Mr Dudley Robinson, Consultant Obstetrician and Urogynaecologist Kings College Hospital London

Panel discussion
Feminising genital surgery: what the ObGyn needs to know

Miss Tina Rashid, Consultant Surgeon in Functional Urology and Lead for Genital Reconstructive Surgery, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Closing remarks

Miss Sangeeta Agnihotri, President, Obstetrics and Gynaecology section



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.

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