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Surgeon awarded MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

We are delighted to announce that Mr Ashraf Patel, associate specialist in breast surgery, has been awarded an MBE.

Mr Patel has been recognised for services to funding and research for breast cancer in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

He has worked at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping and The Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow since 1993. Prior to this he completed his medical education at Grant Medical College and surgical training at Tata Memorial Hospital, both in Mumbai.

At the Breast Unit, with the support of his patients, their families and friends and partner charities, he has helped to raise more than £4.5million for The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity. This has funded fantastic improvements including breast cancer clinical trials, specialist equipment and health and wellbeing programmes, benefiting patients with breast cancer.

Mr Patel said: “I am delighted and humbled to be awarded an MBE. This award is also a recognition of the immense work put in by our charity, research, clinical, administrative and management teams at PAHT.

“I am lucky to be surrounded by hard working team members trying at all times to do their best for our patients.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family and friends, my colleagues at work, the advisory board members and my patients. Special thanks go to the executives and PAHT trust board for their support of research and letting it flourish and the trustees of all the charities that support our work in the Breast Unit; The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity, Quest Cancer Research, Together in West Essex, The Maria Falco Memorial Trust and The Kerrie Fitzjohn Memorial Trust.”

Lance McCarthy, chief executive, said: “Congratulations to Ashraf on this wonderful, well-deserved accolade.

“I’m absolutely delighted for him and the recognition for his outstanding work to support our patients with breast cancer over many years. Everyone at PAHT is extremely proud to see his dedication to improving the experience and lives of our patients recognised in this way.”

Inpatient comment:

Everyone offered words of such reassurance and kindness. I felt so cared for and the communication with me at all times was fantastic.