Super Surgeons: Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon Ms Marielle Nobbenhuis

Ms Nobbenhuis is a trainer in robotic surgery and involved in national and international robotic societies. She is currently the president of the British and Irish Association of Robotic Surgeons. Here, she reflects on being a part of the Channel 4 series, and her work at The Royal Marsden.

Marielle Nobbenhuis
Ms Marielle Nobbenhuis features in the last episode of Super Surgeons with her patient Melissa

How long have you worked at The Royal Marsden? 

I joined The Royal Marsden in 2009. I wanted to work here because it is the oldest and one of the largest cancer hospitals in the world. It was the first in the UK to perform a robotic hysterectomy. We are able to push the boundaries for surgical treatment which can make a difference in patients outcome.

What made you want to get into this area of medicine? 

Being in a position to help patients navigate their way through one of the most difficult parts of their lives is so humbling. There is no better feeling than when I can give patients their future back.

There is no better feeling that when I can give patients their future back

How did you find filming Super Surgeons? 

The team followed me for eight months, initially I had to get used to it but over time none of us noticed that they were there filming us.

What has been your favourite part of being involved with the series? 

Being able to treat and follow a patient with a good clinical outcome.

Why did you want to be a part of this series? 

I hope I can inspire aspiring women to become a gynaecological cancer surgeon. Although the working hours are long and sometimes lots need to be organised at home, I wanted to show that this job is so rewarding and encourage more women into the profession.

What would you say to someone who is interested in progressing into a similar career? 

This not a 9-5 job but there is nothing else that gives you such a vibe and happiness when we can help patients.