Ranee Thakar is a Subspecialist in Urogynaecology and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Croydon University Hospital as well as a honorary senior lecturer at St George’s University of London. She completed her basic medical training in India prior to moving to the UK.
She obtained her MRCOG degree in 1994. Subsequently, she took up a research post in St George’s Hospital and Medical School. The research involved studying bowel, bladder and sexual function following hysterectomy. This led to a landmark paper which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and to a Doctorate (MD) from the University of London. During 1999 to 2001 she was a subspecialty trainee in urogynaecology under the auspices of Professor Stuart Stanton.
Ranee has been a consultant for the past 18 years and is now the Lead for the urogynaecology service at her Trust which is accredited by the British Society of Urogynaecology. Ranee has experience across a wide range of areas within obstetrics and gynaecology including psychosexual medicine, female genital mutilation (FGM) and the prevention and management of obstetric anal sphincter injury (OASI).
She is passionate about research and recognises its role in advancing health. Her publications include many original papers in peer review journals and chapters in books. She has edited three textbooks. Having previously focused on diagnosis and repair of obstetric anal sphincter injuries through research and training, she is currently leading on a joint Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwifery national project funded by the Health Foundation, which has demonstrated a significant reduction in OASI rates.
She is currently the President of IUGA thereby influencing Urogynaecology internationally. She has a lifelong commitment to the improvement of women’s health globally and intends to pursue new strategies in her capacity as the Vice President of the RCOG.
She works in a busy tertiary referral urogynaecology department at Croydon University Hospital, with a large clinical workload, dealing with complex urogynaecological problems, teaching medical students, training junior doctors and undertaking clinical research. Ranee is actively involved in the conservative and surgical management of pelvic floor disorders (bowel and bladder incontinence, prolapse and sexual dysfunction).
She collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of nurses and physiotherapist and works within the confines of national guidelines. She is able to offer a wide range of investigations, medical and surgical options for pelvic floor disorders. In addition, she offers treatment of general gynaecological conditions such as menstrual problems, menopause and pelvic pain.