The Royal Marsden

Q&A: Meet our new consultants

Three new consultants are now offering clinics to private patients at The Royal Marsden
Ms Katherine Krupa, consultant breast surgeon

Ms Katherine Krupa, consultant breast surgeon


Here, Ms Katherine Krupa, Consultant Breast Surgeon, Dr Katharine Aitken, Consultant Clinical Oncologist in the Gastrointestinal Unit, and Mr John Watkinson, Head and Neck Consultant and Thyroid Surgeon, discuss their new roles.

What are your backgrounds?

Katherine Krupa: I was a consultant at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Greater Glasgow and Clyde for over 10 years.

Katharine Aitken: I was previously a Clinical Oncology trainee at The Royal Marsden and then a Clinical Research Fellow at the Trust. I was awarded my MD(Res) degree for my research into stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) by The Institute of Cancer Research.

John Watkinson: Since 1992, I have been a Consultant Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

What will your roles at The Royal Marsden involve?

Katherine Krupa: I provide surgery for benign and malignant breast disease, including oncoplastic techniques and breast reconstruction procedures. My private clinics are held on Fridays in Sutton and by appointment in Chelsea.

Katharine Aitken: I specialise in radiotherapy for patients with gastrointestinal cancers and have a particular interest in the use of SBRT to treat these cancers and metastatic disease. My private clinics are held on Wednesdays in Sutton and Fridays in Chelsea.

John Watkinson: I am a specialist in thyroid surgery and have been involved in a number of research programmes. I hold my private clinics in Chelsea on Thursdays.

For more information, call The Royal Marsden’s Central Referral and Information Line on 020 7811 8111 or email