A SOLIHULL doctor has been named physician of the year by the Association of Pakistani Physicians and Surgeons UK.
Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, who is a consultant gastroenterologistat the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, was presented with his award by Syed Ibne Abbas, the Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK.
It was given in recognition of his services to the NHS, his media campaigns about health awareness in the ethnic community and his work on community welfare projects.
Dr Ahmad has taken part in three live TV programmes on Sky Asian channels which were broadcasted in Urdu and aimed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, heartburn and cancer screening.
He has also raised money to support medical student scholarships and a charity hospital trust in Pakistan.
In Redditch, Dr Ahmad set up a one-stop jaundice clinic, led the bowel cancer screening programme for Redditch and Bromsgrove and fundraised for state-of-the-art equipment for the endoscopy department at the Alexandra Hospital.
He is also clinical lead for the Worcestershire colorectal cancer multi-disciplinary team. His research and case reports have been published in peer reviewed medical journals and he has even presented his work at national and international gastroenterology conferences.
“I was excited to learn I had won this award,” he said.
“It was a proud moment, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of rest of the teams at the Alexandra Hospital.
“I am grateful for the support of all my colleagues, and I see this award as an incentive for us all to continue to provide the best possible patient care.”