Redmond, Prof. Karen
Professor Redmond specializes in the surgical management of patients with lung cancer, end-stage lung disease, and a range of other prevalent conditions such as pneumothorax, pleural effusion, airway obstruction and chest wall abnormalities.
Professor Redmond was awarded an honours degree with the Gold Medal in Surgery from University College Dublin in 1997. Following a Young Investigators Award for research in lung cancer from the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery, she went on to win the prestigious Society Medal from the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland for her MD work on the “Role of Human Stem Cells in Tumor Angiogenesis”. After completing her specialist training in cardio-thoracic surgery in June 2007, Professor Redmond was awarded a United States Surgical Minimally Invasive Lung Cancer Surgery Scholarship and trained in her subspecialty field of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation at Toronto General Hospital, Canada. There she had the opportunity to consolidate her surgical expertise in keyhole surgery for lung cancer and mesothelioma. Professor Redmond has formally trained on the da Vinci Xi robot to facilitate minimally invasive surgery. She is a member of the UK and European (entros) robotic thoracic surgery interest groups.
The first female lung transplant surgeon to be appointed both in the UK and Ireland, Professor Redmond returned from her consultant post at The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Imperial College in London in 2011. A record thirty three lung transplants were performed in 2013 with the first pulmonary hypertensive patient receiving a lung transplant. Also, the first lobar lung transplant was performed in a cystic fibrosis recipient and the first non-heart beating donor was implanted into a patient with pulmonary fibrosis. Professor Redmond has international expertise in ex-vivo lung perfusion, a process that allows lungs to be reconditioned (perfused and ventilated) outside the body prior to implantation. These pioneering techniques have helped to increase the number of lung transplants and allow all Irish patients to be treated in the Republic, with repatriation of services from Newcastle
Professor Redmond is frequently invited to chair and/or speak at national and international meetings, and is a reviewer for journals focussed on her subspecialty field of transplantation. She is a member of the Board of Representatives for the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons for the UK and ROI, (SCTS) The Cardiothoracic Advisory Group in the UK on matters of transplantation (CTAG), The National Cancer Control Programme Lung Cancer Guidelines Working Group (NCCP), and The Irish Cancer Oncology Research Group (ICORG). Professor Redmond also examines on the JCI intercollegial Consultant fellowship boards.
Working in the Canadian and NHS healthcare systems has been very rewarding, where there is a strong emphasis on governance, quality control and evidence-based commissioning of services. As a consultant in the UK, she was delighted to be offered the opportunity to return to work in Ireland and support the thoracic surgery and lung transplant service in Dublin.
Thoracic Surgery. Minimally invasive or video-assisted thoracic “keyhole” surgery for pneumothorax, pleural or pericardial effusion, diagnostic biopsy, lobectomy. Extended airway or chest wall resections, including thoracic surgery for inoperable lung cancers down staged with neoadjuvant treatment and sleeve resections. Thoracic surgery for mesothelioma, including radical decortication as protocoled in MARS2 Trial. Mediastinal resections, including thymectomy for myasthenia gravis or thymoma. Bronchoscopic airway surgery, including APC, cryotherapy, cautery and tracheobronchial stent insertion for obstruction of the airway. NUSS or open pectus repairs of chest wall excavatum or carinatum defects. II Lung Transplant Surgery. Lung volume reduction surgery for end-stage emphysema or COAD. Donor organ retrieval services, including Ex-Vivo Lung Perfusion (EVLP). Lung transplant surgery, including cadaveric lobar lung transplantation.
MD (2002) University College Cork, NUI, Ireland Senior Lecturer (2009), Imperial College, London, UK Senior Lecturer (2011), University College Dublin, NUI, Ireland
MB BCh BAO (1997) University College Dublin, NUI, Ireland AFRCSI (2000) Royal College Surgeons Ireland MD (2007) NUI, University College Cork, NUI, Ireland FRCS CTh (2006) Intercollegiate Board Examinations, UK Certificate Specialist Doctorate (2008) IMC / GMC Minimally-invasive Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplantation Scholarship (2008) Toronto General Hospital, Canada Consultant Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon (2009) Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, London, UK Consultant Thoracic and Lung Transplant Surgeon (2011) Mater Misericordiae Universty Hospital, Dublin, Ireland