Princess Alexandra breast surgeon Ashraf Patel receives honorary degree
A much-loved surgeon and breast cancer campaigner at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has been awarded an honorary degree.
The accolade from Anglia Ruskin University recognises Mr Ashraf Patel’s outstanding contribution to healthcare.
The associate specialist in breast surgery received the award of Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences at a ceremony at Chelmsford Cathedral.
He has worked at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, since 1993.
He completed his medical studies 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 £5.3m for the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity.
This has funded improvements including breast cancer clinical trials, specialist equipment and health and wellbeing programmes.
Ashraf, who was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2021, said: “I am delighted to have received an honorary degree – it means a great deal to be recognised in this way.
“Thank you to everyone who continues to support me, from my family, friends and colleagues to everyone who has donated to The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Charity.”
Lance McCarthy, trust chief executive, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and is recognition of Ashraf’s amazing contributions to supporting our patients. Congratulations and thank you to Ashraf on behalf of all at PAHT.”
Professor Roderick Watkins, vice chancellor at Anglia Ruskin, said: “Ashraf’s passion and determination to support patients with breast cancer over many years is inspiring.
“His personal commitment to supporting patients while still undertaking research and raising considerable funds for clinical trials, specialist equipment and health and wellbeing programmes demonstrates his compassion and integrity.
“His approach to his patients and research has made a huge impact on people’s lives and he is a powerful role model for our students.”