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Miss Karen Harrison-Phipps

Miss Karen Harrison-Phipps

BSc, MB Medicine, FRCS, FRCS CTh (McKormack Medal)

Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon

After completing an engineering degree at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Karen decided to retrain as a doctor. She trained in cardiothoracic surgery at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals before going to the Mayo Clinic in the United States to compete a one-year advanced fellowship in thoracic surgery with emphasis on minimally invasive surgery and oesophageal surgery.

She offers the full range of thoracic surgery including minimally invasive lung resection, surgery for mesothelioma, metastasectomy, resection of mediastinal tumours and thymoma.

Karen also specialises in surgery for pneumothorax, empyema, pleural effusion and chest wall disease such as chest wall cancers, pectus surgery and trauma.

In her spare time, she runs and plays the trumpet and the piano.

Special interests

Lung cancer, metastatic cancer to the lungs, mesothelioma.


  • All minimally invasive surgery (VATS)
  • Lung resection
  • Surgery in high risk cases
  • Complex chest surgery with multiple teams


1984: Southampton University

Membership of professional bodies

  • The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgeons GB and Ireland