Kat Baker is a newly appointed Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals. Having completed her surgical training in Bristol, she then spent a year in Australia, at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, for a post-CCT fellowship in minimally invasive colorectal surgery. This included training in robotic colorectal surgery, which she now offers at OUH.
Kat completed an MD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol, with a Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship. Her research investigated Aspirin’s potential role as an adjunct to radiation in Colorectal Cancer and she was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine John of Arderne Medal and the Royal College of Surgeons Rosetrees’ Prize for this research.
Having completed her MD, she went to New York on a Fulbright Scholarship and carried out research at Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, investigating outcomes from Colorectal Cancer, using the National Cancer Database.
She is a Past President of the Dukes’ Club (the UK Colorectal Trainees’ Society) and established the Dukes’ Club Research Collaborative (DCRC). She was Co-CI on its inaugural study, CLOSE-IT, which investigated time to ileostomy closure after anterior resection for rectal cancer. Kat spent 4 years on The European Society of Coloproctology, Education and Training Committee, working together with surgeons from across Europe to facilitate the delivery of training opportunities for surgeons.
Over several years, Kat volunteered as a Charity Expedition Medic, providing medical support on charity treks and cycling events. This included the Help for Heroes 100km Sahara Desert Trek, Alzheimer’s Society Stonehenge Trek, Help for Heroes Ride for Recovery Series, and Costa Rica Rainforest Coast to Coast Trek.