Miss Sohier Elneil is a Consultant Urogynaecologist and Gynaecologist at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. She started her career in the field of Urogynaecology in the early 1990’s when she became involved with patients who suffered vesico-vaginal fistulas and female genital mutilation in the developing world. Despite surgery, many of them went on to suffer further problems with incontinence. This formed the basis of a career that started with gynaecology and went onto sub-specialisation in the field of Urogynaecology. This included the specialist assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, and utero-vaginal prolapse. All of these Urogynaecological problems led her to pursue further surgical training in gynaecology, urology and aspects of colorectal surgery.
Her research interest led her on to study the physiology and pharmacology of sensory bladder dysfunction in women. This was with a view to determine whether the pathophysiology could be elucidated, and hence form the focus for new drug therapies. This naturally led on to her current interest in the neurology of the bladder and its surrounding organs at a cellular level, and the role they play in both neurogenic and non-neurogenic bladder dysfunction. As a result, she also looks after women with uro-neurological problems, which incorporates the investigation, diagnoses and treatment of patients with neurological bladder dysfunction. At the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square in London, she runs the Sacral Neurostimulator programme for bladder dysfunction conditions such as the intractable overactive bladder, in whom all other treatment modalities have failed, and chronic voiding dysfunction.
She is responsible for running a multi-disciplinary Urogynaecology Unit, at University College Hospital, incorporating members of the Departments of Urology, Functional Gastroenterology, Colo-rectal surgery, Physiotherapy, Imaging, Medicine, and affiliated specialties. She has also set-up the North London Multi-disciplinary Urogynaecology Group in North London, with colleagues from the Community, the Royal Free Hospital and the Whittington Hospital, which meets monthly.