- Bladder cancer
- Laparoscopic surgery
- FRCS (Urol)
Miss Cresswell was appointed as consultant urological surgeon at South Tees in 2008, after completing her specialist surgical training in the North of England, and a fellowship in pelvic oncology in Germany. She specialises in urological cancer management and leads the Teeswide bladder cancer group.
She has introduced new techniques to diagnose bladder cancer at South Tees (blue light cystoscopy) and treatments including heat therapy to the bladder (thermotherapy) and removal of the urinary bladder (cystectomy) using robotic-assisted keyhole surgery. Patients with high risk bladder cancer are referred to Miss Cresswell from other hospitals in the region.
Miss Cresswell was elected Chair of the Section of Oncology for the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) and in this role helps develop national strategies to help patients with urological cancers and the doctors and nurses caring for them. She frequently delivers invited lectures and teaching to other healthcare professional in the UK and internationally.
She is one of the clinical leads for the consultant outcomes publication for cystectomy in England. As a member of BAUS Council she contributes to the overall development of the specialty of urology in the UK.
Miss Cresswell completed a doctorate in bladder cancer immunology at Newcastle University (PhD awarded 2002) which was funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng). As Principal Investigator for bladder cancer clinical trials she has facilitated many patients being able to participate in trials of new treatments.
She leads the very successful bladder cancer research portfolio at South Tees. Currently open trials include PHOTO, CALIBER, HIVEC II, Arquer, DETECT and Imvigor. Patients can enquire about these studies and will be invited to participate where eligible. She is an author of more than 50 book chapters, papers and abstracts..
Playing a role in the strategic development of UK cancer research as a member of the NCRI Bladder Cancer clinical studies group and a member of a number of trial development and management groups. She also peer reviews articles for the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI), Journal of Endourology, Annals of the RCS England and abstracts for the European Association of Urology (EAU) and BAUS.
As a member of The Urology Foundation (TUF) peer review panel she advises which applications for funding should be supported.
Miss Cresswell is also a trustee for the BJUI charity which oversees the work of this international journal and its educational activities.
Miss Cresswell holds the Diploma of Clinical Education from Newcastle University. An enthusiastic teacher, she has been an educational and clinical supervisor for specialist registrars in urology and foundation doctors for nine years.
She has previously been Director of Education for Urology in the North East and is currently completing a 3 year tenure as Training Programme Director in the North East. Recently appointed as Chair of the Specialty Training Committee her contribution to regional education will continue.
Nationally she contributes as a member of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Urology and is liaison advisor for urology training in the West of Scotland.