It is with immense sadness that the IUGA Board must inform the membership and greater urogynecology community of the sudden death of our esteemed colleague, Linda Cardozo. A world-renowned urogynecologist, Linda served as the first female President of IUGA and a true pioneer and icon in the field. The loss of Linda has left an enormous hole in the IUGA Family. We wish her husband and children strength in this difficult time.
IUGA Secretary, Dudley Robinson was a friend and direct colleague of Linda’s at King’s College Hospital and has taken the liberty of providing us with more information below regarding the unparalleled contributions that Linda made to the field of urogynecology.
On behalf of the entire IUGA Family, I know Linda will be missed dearly.
Fred Milani, IUGA President (2023-2024)
Professor Linda Cardozo OBE MB ChB MD FRCOG
15.09.50 – 21.09.23
Linda Cardozo, fondly known to everyone simply as Linda, was a force of nature who touched the lives of hundreds of doctors and thousands of patients. She was a passionate advocate of women’s health, a leader within urogynaecology, a gifted clinician and highly skilled surgeon, a mentor and a friend.
Linda, daughter of Olga and Felix, was delivered in Queen Charlotte’s Hospital on 15.09.50 by Mr Michael Brudenell and, after growing up in North West London, moved to Liverpool where she studied Medicine, graduating MB ChB in 1974. Her graduation was a double celebration as it was also the day of her wedding to Mr Stuart Hutcheson whom she met at Liverpool University when he was studying dentistry.
Her year as a House Surgeon and House Physician were spent at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary although it was her first post at Mill Road Maternity Hospital with Mr Robert Atlay that ignited her career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
In 1976 she moved back to London and began a two-year research fellowship with Mr Stuart Stanton at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. Under his mentorship she developed her interest in urodynamics and lower urinary tract dysfunction and was awarded an MD thesis entitled "The investigation and treatment of detrusor instability in women". This time with Stuart inspired her great interest in the field of urogynaecology and led to a lifelong passion for research, innovation and education.
After leaving St George’s Hospital she moved to Kings College Hospital, Denmark Hill in 1979 and was appointed as a registrar to Mr John Studd, Mr Michael Brudenell and Mr Charles Rodeck. In 1981 she was appointed as a Senior Registrar to Sir Rustam Feroze and Mr Michael Brudenell at King's College and Dulwich Hospitals before completing her senior registrar rotation at Greenwich and Lewisham Hospitals.
In 1985 she was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Kings College Hospital and head of the Urogynaecology Unit. In 1994 she was appointed as the first Professor of Urogynaecology in the United Kingdom.
Linda has been a supervisor and mentor to over 60 research fellows who trained under her guidance at Kings and have now been appointed as consultants across the world ensuring that the ‘Kings Family’, of which she was so proud, extends to all corners of the globe. In addition she welcomed many visitors and observers to the department leading to long standing collaborations and friendships across countries and continents.
As a teacher and academic she has supervised 15 MD Theses and one PhD. Her own research output was phenomenal with an H-Index of 75, over 750 original papers, 25 books, and 130 book chapters. In addition she is the Co-Editor of the award winning Textbook of Female Urology and Urogynaecology which has recently been published in the 5thedition.
As a clinician she has always put women’s health first. Initially working as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist she published widely in obstetrics and on labour ward management before focusing predominantly on urogynaecology. In 1996 Kings received recognition from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to become the second subspecialty training centre for urogynaecology in the UK and Linda trained eight subspecialty trainees, all of whom were appointed as subspecialists within the UK.
As a leader Linda was President of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (1995), Chairman of the Continence Foundation (1998), Chairman of the British Menopause Association (2001 -2003) and President of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Society of Medicine (2001-2002). Linda was also integral in the establishment of the British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG) in the UK and was the founding Chairman of BSUG (2001-2006). Throughout her career Linda was an active and committed member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and was an MRCOG examiner, an Editor of the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) and also a member of the RCOG College Council.
Her interests and influence extended far from the shores of the UK. As a gifted communicator she lectured throughout the world promoting urogynaecology and was a passionate teacher and trainer. She was the President of the International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA) (1998 - 2000), Education Chair for the International Continence Society (ICS) (2001-2005) and Advisory Board Member (1996 – 2005). Subsequently she was Co-Chair of the International Consultation on Incontinence (ICI) (1999- 2023) and recently published the 7th Report. In addition she was the Chairman of the European Urogynaecology Association (EUGA) (2011-2014) and subsequently steered the EUGA advisory board.
In recognition of her dedication to Urogynaecology she has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Continence Society (ICS), the International Urogynaecology Association (IUGA) and the British Society of Urogynaecology (BSUG). In 2016 she was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Athens.
Her commitment to Women’s Health and Urogynaecology were recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 when she was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Urogynaecology.
Outside medicine Linda lived a full life and had a true enthusiasm and infectious energy. In her years as a junior doctor she trained as a pilot, gaining her licence and specialising in aerobatic flying. After meeting Stuart she became an accomplished skier and scuba diver and had a particular love of travel and adventure. Closer to home she had a love of the theatre and music and a great passion for food and friendship. She was a generous host and relished being surrounded by her family, friends and colleagues.
Whilst Linda’s ‘Urogynaecology Family’ extends around the world she has been supported throughout her remarkable career by her husband, Stuart, and her three children; Melissa, Marius and Juliet.
Linda was a true advocate for Women and Women’s Health and global leader in urogynaecology. She was a dedicated and highly skilled doctor who touched the hearts and minds of all those she met. A devoted wife and mother, she was also a mentor to all those she trained and just as importantly, a friend. The world, and our profession, are diminished by her loss but strengthened by the legacy that she leaves behind.