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OSCCA Staff Profiles

Dr Karen Kerr


Consultant General Anaesthetist

Qualifications and Background: MBChB, FRCA


Areas of expertise

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing

Pre-operative exercise training

Vascular surgery


Current Research Interests

Exercise training prior to surgery to improve outcomes

Patient reluctance to engage with exercise peri-operatively

Using CPET to predict outcome

Recording outcomes


Co-Author on the successful RfPB proposal; High-intensity Interval exercise Training before Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair (HIT-AAA): a randomised controlled feasibility trial

Elected committee member of the Vascular Anaesthetic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

POETTS – education committee role

Member of the pre-operative society, BSET, AAGBI and RcoA

Recent Publications

Randomized feasibility trial of high-intensity interval training before elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Tew GA, Batterham AM, Colling K, Gray J, Kerr K, Kothmann E, Nawaz S, Weston M, Yates D and Danjoux G. BJS 2017; 104: 1791–1801.

Prediction of critical care complication type following open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair using novel aspects of cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Walne M, Kerr K, Mills GH. BJA: British Journal of Anaesthesia, Volume 119, Issue 2, 1 August 2017, Pages e21–e30.

Patients awaiting surgical repair for large abdominal aortic aneurysms can exercise at moderate to hard intensities with a low risk of adverse events. Weston M, Batterham AM, Tew GA, Kothmann E, Kerr K, Nawaz S, Yates D and Danjoux G. Frontiers in Physiology 2017 Volume 7 article 684. DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2016.00684

Validity of the Postoperative Morbidity Survey after abdominal aortic aneurysm repair-a prospective observational study. Goodman BA, Batterham AM, Kothmann E, Cawthorn L, Yates D, Melsom H, Kerr K and Danjoux GR. Perioperative Medicine 2015 4:10.
E-ISSN: 2047-0525 ; PMID: 26464796 Version:1 DOI: 10.1186/s13741-015-0020-1
Validation of long-term survival prediction for scheduled abdominal aortic aneurysm repair with an independent calculator using only pre-operative variables. Carlisle JB, Danjoux G, Kerr K, Snowden C and Swart M. Anaesthesia, 2015, Vol.70(6), pp.654-665.
ISSN: 0003-2409 ; E-ISSN: 1365-2044 ; DOI: 10.1111/anae.13061

High-intensity interval exercise training before abdominal aortic aneurysm repair (HIT-AAA): protocol for a randomised controlled feasibility trial. Tew GA, Weston M, Kothmann E, Batterham AM, Gray J, Kerr K, Martin D, Nawaz S, Yates D and Danjoux G. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004094.

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing and elective open abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery over a 6-year period in a UK teaching hospital. Raithatha A, Smith S, Tridente A, Chakrabarti K, Kerr K. Critical Care 2012, 16(Suppl 1):P467.

Is preoperative anaemia associated with a poorer outcome after colorectal cancer surgery? Wagstaff KJ, Dennis A, Sanghera S, Kerr K, Dobson RJ, Mills GH, and Wrench IJ. British Journal Of Anaesthesia, 2011, Vol.107(5), pp.835P-836P
ISSN: 0007-0912 ; E-ISSN: 1471-6771