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Dr Sohier Elneil
UCL EGA Institute for Women's Health Medical School Building
74 Huntley Street
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  • Honorary Senior Lecturer
  • UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences


Consultant Gynaecologist specializing in Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London in 2004. 

Educational Affiliation

Training Programme Director for Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology at University College London and examines postgraduate students in Urogynaecology throughout the United Kingdom on behalf of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She is also a well-known national and international speaker in these fields, as well as on Global Maternal Health.

Professional Affiliations

Sohier Elneil has held multiple professional affiliations which are in keeping with all her academic and clinical achievements. They include:

-Immediate Past President of the Royal Society of Medicine Pain Council

-Elected Chair of the International Continence Society (ICS) Fistula Committee

-Elected Chair of the ICS Pelvic Floor Fistula Standardization Committee

-Elected Chair of the Specialist Interest Group in Neuro-Urogynaecology (International Urogynaecology Association)

-Member of NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee

-Member of EAU, ICS, IUGA, RCOG and other professional organization committees relating to pain, standardization terminology, neuro-Urogynaecology and global health respectively.

-Chair of RCOG Global Health Management Committee

-Lead Author/Editor of the International Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FIGO) and Partners Competency-based Fistula Surgery Training Manual

-Lead Trainer for the ‘Training of the Trainers’ on the FIGO and Partners training manual

-Elected Member of the World Health Organization Fistula Guidelines Committee

-Elected Member of the IUGA Fistula Committee

-Elected Member of the ICS Standardization Committee

-Elected Member of the European Association of Urology Chronic Pelvic Pain Committee


Through her work in maternal health, genito-urinary fistula surgery, female genital mutilation, and global health/surgery, Sohier Elneil has numerous affiliations, including:


-Invited Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development (FORWARD), 2010-2019.  In 2015, FORWARD was awarded the ‘Healthcare and Medical Research’ award at The Charity Awards in London.

-Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Fistula Foundation since 2015. This is the leading global non-profit organization working on obstetric fistula.  In 2015 it has been chosen as the ‘Top Rated Non-Profit’ by Charity Navigator. 


-Elected member of the G4 Alliance Board of Directors, 2017-2019, and founding member of the G4 Alliance. This is the first organization to bring together members from the surgical, obstetric, anaesthesia and trauma fields to tackle the lack of surgical care globally by engaging with the World Health Organization, the United Nation agencies, resourced and under-resourced governments and multiple non-governmental agencies. 

-Invited member of Board of Trustees of Medical Aid Films since 2012. This charity works primarily using the mode of film for training, raising awareness and educative purposes.

Research Summary

Specialist Areas of Development within Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology

Developed six main domains of clinical and policy research in this field, as outlined below:

Advancing the Knowledge in Training and Capacity Building in Fistula Surgery

•1992-2016: Providing fistula support services and training in Africa

•2016 to date: Providing guidance to the World Health Organization on fistula services and care delivery

Developing the UK Strategy for Management of Prolapse and Continence Mesh Complications 

•2007-2020: Member of NICE IPAC Committee, MHRA, NHS England developing guidance on mesh complications in women based on UCLH clinical research outcomes

•2021 to Date: Chair of NHSE Research and Education Group on Mesh

Advancing the Integration of Pain Medicine in Urogynaecology in the UK, Europe, and the USA

•Developed the field of complex multi-disciplinary pain medicine in UCLH and NHNN since 2006

Advancing the Integration of Neuromodulation in Urogynaecology in the UK, Europe, and the USA

•Working with the International Neuromodulation Society, Medtronic, Axonics and Bluewind Medical in device innovation and implantation.

•Chief Investigator and Principal Investigator in multiple research projects.

Developing Urogynaecology Training in Low – Resource Settings

•Programme development

Developing Integrated Urogynaecology Services for Women with FGM

•Developed a multi-disciplinary service to address the specific needs of this patient group.

•RCOG/NHS England FGM Guidelines Committee

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate (Appendix A - available on request)

•Mentor to medical students’ year 3 to 5 since 2007

•Bloomsbury site tutor for medical students in Urogynaecology

•Tutor to O and G Firm students in theatre, clinic and wards 

Postgraduate (Appendix B - see below)

•Sub-speciality Training Programme Director in Urogynaecology at UCL/UCLH

•National trainer for Uro-neurology for RCOG Urogynaecology sub-speciality trainees from University Hospitals in the UK

•Trainer and teacher in Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology to UK and International consultants in Urogynaecology and Uro-neurology

•MRCOG Part 2 students from UK and abroad

•MSc students in Neurology 

Co-supervisor (Appendix C - available on request)

•MSc student in Uro-neurology

Supervisor (Appendix C- available on request)

•MD student in Uro-neurology

•MD student in Women’s Health

•MD student in Pain Medicine

Examiner (Appendix C - available on request)

•PhD (UCL, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016)

•PhD (University of Manchester, 2018)

•PhD (University of Leuven, 2017)

•PhD (KCL, 2011)

•MSc (University of Arusha, Tanzania, 2009)

•MSc (University of Arusha, Tanzania, 2009)

Please note this is a summary of UCL activities. It does not include international teaching at universities, colleges, professional organisations and government and non-government bodies.


Trainees:Mr Arvind Vashisht (2006-2009): now Consultant at UCLH

Mr Azar Khunda (2010-2013): now Consultant at St Thomas’s

Mr Anthony Kupelian (2013-2016): now Consultant at UCLH

Miss Rajvinder Khasriya (2016-2018): now Consultant at The Whittington and UCLH

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