Harlow breast cancer surgeon Ashraf Patel receives honorary degree

Health / Fri 24th Nov 2023 at 07:47am

INTERNATIONALLY renowned breast cancer surgeon Ashraf Patel MBE received the award of Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences at a graduation ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral, receiving his award alongside Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) students graduating from a variety of healthcare courses.

Born in India, Ashraf studied medicine at Grant Medical College in Mumbai, before completing his surgical training at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital. In 1993, Ashraf came to the UK and made his home in Essex, working at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping and The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.

In 1997, Ashraf became involved in breast cancer clinical research, and since then he has played a key role in many clinical trials for innovative breast cancer therapies.

Ashraf has also been a strong proponent of community-based care, and has been instrumental in developing new programmes to enhance the experience of patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer. These include:

  • The Fabulous and Beautiful programme for patients currently receiving treatment.
  • The Moving On programme – a six-week course for patients recovering post treatment.
  • And the Back to Fitness programme to promote the benefits of exercise in reducing recurrence of breast cancer.

In collaboration with partner charities, patients and their families and friends, Ashraf has helped to raise £5.2 million for The Princess Alexandra Hospital Charity – making it possible to procure much-needed equipment, provide enhanced patient care and carry out vital clinical trials.

In 2021, Ashraf’s remarkable achievements were formally recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, when he was awarded an MBE for services to funding and research for breast cancer.

Professor Roderick Watkins, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “For the past three decades, Ashraf has served his local community with a unique blend of expertise, integrity and dedication. And in his current role as Associate Specialist in breast surgery at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, I am pleased to say his good work continues.

“Ashraf’s passion to provide outstanding patient care is inspirational, as is his commitment to extending the boundaries of clinical practice in order to improve the lives of breast cancer patients.”

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3 Comments for Harlow breast cancer surgeon Ashraf Patel receives honorary degree:

Janet Etherington
2023-11-24 08:09:59

Remarkable achievement such a great surgeon, fabulous with his patients. Well done

Luke Burton
2023-11-25 04:24:57

Congratulations, Doctor.

Lee venables
2023-11-29 18:28:53

Well done Ashraf

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