Dr Kearney qualified from University College Dublin in 1996 and trained in Ireland, US and UK. She developed an early interest in pelvic floor function when she was a trainee doctor. She completed a research fellowship in the Department of Pelvic Floor Surgery at the University of Michigan researching pelvic floor imaging and the pathogenesis of childbirth related pelvic floor injury. She completed her subspecialty training in urogynaecology at University College Hospital, London with a strong focus on laparoscopic urogynaecology. Following this she was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and moved to St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester in 2014.
Dr Kearney is actively involved in research and her current research is looking at self-management of vaginal support pessaries and obstructed defecation after anal sphincter injury. She is very interested in promoting patient involvement in clinical care and is a clinical member of the RCOG Women’s Network and is topic lead for prolapse on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline committee for urinary incontinence and prolapse. She is a member of the British Society of Urogynaecology and submits her surgical data to the BSUG surgical audit database. She teaches nationally at courses for other doctors on urodynamic technique and pelvic floor surgery.
Dr Kearney works in collaboration with her patients to deliver woman centred care by providing them with information on all the available treatment options of their pelvic floor problems, including conservative and surgical management.