Professor Elneil is the first Professor of Urogynaecology at University College London and is a Consultant of Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology. She is based at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. Her career spans several decades looking after women with complications following female genital mutilation (FGM), childbirth trauma, including fistula, and of ageing on the pelvic floor . The effects on women’s lives were destructive, and it galvanized her to undertake research into the medicine and science of pelvic floor disorders in women including incontinence, prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, and neurological dysfunction of the pelvic floor.
In recognition of her work, Sohier is the recipient of many awards and has been selected to write policy documents of national importance. In 2014, she authored the chapter on incontinence and prolapse for the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 'The Health of the 51%: Women' report’. This proved to be a seminal policy document that continues to impact healthcare today. In 2018, she received several national awards voted for by the National Patients Association and the greater British public; and in 2021, in the centenary year of the London Surgical Society (LSS), she was awarded the Simpson Smith Memorial Medal for surgery. This award was jointly sponsored by the Royal College of Surgeons.
Sohier has a sustained track record of excellence in both clinical and scientific research, knowledge transfer, global reach, student personal and professional development and empowering the voices of women globally in their own health care. She has pioneered the application of truly integrated, patient supported, and holistic care pathways in pelvic floor medicine and surgery, which has facilitated innovative and safe treatment in this space. This advance is transformative for many, enabling them to not only to improve their health and quality of life, but to ensure it is individualized and safe care. She continues to have great passion to develop new opportunities to expand our understanding of the complexity of pelvic floor disorders in women, and in so doing further improve their lives and that of their families.
Prizes, Awards and Other Honours
- 2021: Simpson Smith Medal in Surgery.
- 2018: Daily Mail NHS Health Hero Award, Presented by Rt Hon Prime Minister Theresa May.
- 2018: NHS Patient Association and BBC One Show Health Hero Award (70th NHS Anniversary).
- 2018: Recognition Award, Sudan Doctors Association.
- 2009: One of the Most important Muslim Women in Great Britain, Sunday Times Awards.
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