About KBW


“Knife before wife before life” a surgeon’s mantra and guiding principle of where work should come in the order of importance. I am a busy surgeon in a UK hospital most of the time and I blog about whatever I like relating to work, family life, being a woman in a mostly male world etc. 

I have 3 children and a dog at the last count, with no plans to add to that number. Mr KBW, my husband, is occasionally referred to in this blog. He is in a sensible job and doesn’t work weekends or nights or stay up until 5am finishing presentations. 

I work in Bighospital, which does everything, we like to think that we are the centre of the surgical universe and that we do things properly. Chief amongst the Bighospital surgeons are the Great Leaders, who teach and inspire. Not all Bighospital surgeons are great leaders. Bighospital is located in Bighospitalburgh, a large UK city and where I live and work.

I am a liberal, left wing, NHS supporting, Daily Mail hating liberal who likes running and food. If I wasn’t a doctor and a surgeon I would have been a PE teacher or a chef or, more likely, an actress. I like being very busy, ideally the centre of attention, to do something that is important and to feel like I help people and am appreciated. 

The blog is very eclectic but broadly arranged into knife (posts about surgery and medicine), wife (posts about relationships and marriage) and life (everything else).

Thanks for reading and commenting.





16 thoughts on “About KBW

  1. Congratulations!

    We nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award. You can read more about the award and expectations of nominees here: http://wp.me/p42da3-dN.

    Thanks for writing such an inspiring blog. We look forward to reading more and learning about the bloggers who inspire you.

  2. Hello KBW, I am a student teacher doing research into role models for girls and how the use of them affects attitudes to science and science careers. I am teaching a tissues and transplants module to two year 7 classes with one class exposed to role models. I have just read your role model blog and was wondering if I could name drop you into one of my lessons. if you consent I would love it if you could email me your name and any other useful information such as your position, day-to-day work, and any relevant work on transplants. I respect your anonymity and would not expect details such as where you work etc. thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to be inspiring the next generation of females scientists with your tale. Many thanks Geoff Purvis. geoffpurvis6@hotmail.com

    • Please, I grew up on the mean streets of ******, went to state school, was the first person to go to university in my family (on a full grant), my grandfather was born in a house with no water or electricity to deaf and dumb parents, real, extreme poverty. Just because I oppose 50% tax, think that the benefits system is out of control and the kids are at private school doesn’t mean I am not a socialist. Sometimes as children we had to go
      camping in France for our holidays…things were that bad for my poor mother.

  3. Dear Doctor Barry,
    My name is Grace and I am a 17 year old volunteer at a teaching hospital.

    I want to become a surgeon one day, and had the opportunity to speak to some surgeons at the hospital about their careers. I could have listened to them for hours. It was an amazing experience, and when I said goodbye to them they offered to answer any future questions I had and one of them jokingly called, “And bake us cookies!”

    I know that they are very busy people, so I wanted to give them something to thank them for talking to me and answering my onslaught of questions for nearly an hour.

    I was wondering if you had any ideas? know it must be important for many residents to just be able to grab something and go. I was thinking of doing a small “gift basket” for each of them, containing things like protein muffins, healthy homemade granola or trail mix? I want to give them things they will enjoy and will give them fuel, not make them sluggish (although I may add in a couple cookies as they suggested :).

    When you were a resident, was there anything you wish you had been given? Was there anything any of the other residents were in almost constant need of? I have no problems baking 50 vegan protein bars. The fact that they took an hour out of their day to talk to me really has left an impact. I figure it is the least I can do, yet I don’t want to overstep any boundaries.

    Thank you for your time and excellent resources provided to the public through your blog and social media!


    • Dear Grace, I think that a basket of goodies each would be too much. I think that the person who said “and bake us cookies” would be very embarrassed to think that their comment had resulted in you spending so much time baking for them. It is such a nice and thoughtful gesture of you to want to give them something, I think a card and a batch of cookies for them to share would be more than sufficient. I really think that more than this would embarrass them. It is part of our job to speak to students and future students and is not a burden at all.
      Wishing you the best of luck with your studies and future career. MJB x

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