About Karina Cox
Karina is a highly qualified, experienced and passionate consultant breast and oncoplastic surgeon. Her kind and approachable demeanour reassures her patients and puts them at ease.
Karina Cox MBBS FRCS MD is an experienced Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon whose NHS practice is based at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.
She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Kent.
Karina graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine at St Mary’s in 1998 and completed her basic surgical training in London. She then spent two years as a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London investigating the function of immune cells in lymph nodes draining breast cancer. Following on from her research, she continued her training as a general surgeon with The London Deanery before sub-specialising in Breast and Oncoplastic surgery.
In 2009, she was awarded the National Breast Oncoplastic Fellowship in Manchester. Prior to her current appointment, she spent six months as a locum Breast and Oncoplastic consultant at The Royal Marsden Hospital.
Karina is part of a research group developing new ways to image and treat lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. She also works collaboratively with scientists in the School of Biosciences at The University of Kent and maintains an interest in the link between lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise and breast cancer risk and survival. She is also a Trustee of the charity Breast Cancer Kent and is an active member of The Association of Breast Surgeons.
As a surgeon, she is fully trained in breast reconstruction and advanced breast conservation. Karina is married to the vascular surgeon Aaron Sweeney and has lived locally in Blackheath for 14 years.