Karen trained as a doctor at Sheffield Medical School and completed her pre – registration year at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield in 1991.
From there she completed a year demonstrating Anatomy to medical and dental students at The Royal Liverpool University whilst working as a casualty doctor in the busy accident and emergency at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
After passing her part 1 exams she started her training in Ophthalmology at The Wolverhampton and West Midlands Eye Infirmary and then moved on to the well known Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester. Seven years of subspecialty training followed including a year long retinal fellowship.
Karen obtained her CCST (Certificate of Completion of SubspecialtyTraining) in December 1999 and then accepted a consultant post at the Royal Oldham Hospital starting February 2000.
Once established at the Royal Oldham Hospital Karen set up the vitreoretinal service for the Pennine area and has since received several clinical excellence awards for her work.
Karen specialises in day case small incision cataract surgery and surgery for disorders of the retina and vitreous eg; retinal detachments, macula holes, cellophane maculopathy, vitreomacular traction, diabetic retinopathy, floaters.
Karen is a member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO), the European Retina, Macula and Vitreous Society (EURETINA), the European VitreoRetinal Society (EVRS) and the British and Irish Association of Vitreo Retinal surgeons (BEAVRS).
Karen lives in North Manchester with her husband, a GP, and their three dogs, chickens, sheep, lambs and pigs.
Outside interests include golf, walking, gardening and wine.