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University College London, UK

Sohier Elneil is the first Professor of Urogynaecology at University College London, and is a Consultant Urogynaecologist and Uro-neurologist, based at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN). Her career has been dedicated to addressing women’s health issues in marginalized communities including female genital mutilation (FGM), childbirth trauma, obstetric fistula, incontinence and prolapse issues, chronic pain, and more recently those with complications of continence and/or prolapse mesh . As a result, Sohier has been integral in developing/implementing novel reconstructive surgical techniques, sacral neuromodulation, and botulinum toxin treatments for pelvic floor disorders.

Sohier has extended her UK clinical and academic work experience globally and works with colleagues in Africa and Asia. She promotes women’s health issues on a national and international scale, by encouraging dialogue between medical and paramedical experts, governments, and international organizations. By developing and endorsing globally accepted health policies, she believes it can truly empower women and improve their lives.

Sohier is an award-winning doctor, and amongst her awards are:

–   2021: Simpson-Smith Medal in Surgery

–   2018:

o  NHS Patients Association and BBC One Show Healthcare Professional of the Year Award of 2018 in celebration of the NHS@70

o  NHS Health Heroes Daily Mail Award

o  Sudan Doctors Union Award for Outstanding Contribution to Medicine

–   2009: One of the Top 13 Most Powerful Moslem Women in the United Kingdom, London, Muslim News and The Sunday Times Award