The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2018 - Social pillars: Health


Karim Brohi: Matt Writtle

Karim Brohi

London Trauma Director

Professor Karim Brohi,a trauma surgeon at the Royal London hospital in Whitechapel, is also director of the capital’s major trauma network, set up in 2010 in response to the July 7 terror attacks in 2005. It has led to a 20 per cent reduction in the capital’s mortality rate from major trauma.Last year the network - which established four key hospitals as major trauma centres - was vital in saving many victims of the Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire.

Prof Asma Khalil

Professor of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at St George’s University Hospital

Expert obstetrician who delivered the first set of quadruplets at St George’s in 13 years, and creator of app that allows pregnant women with hypertension to avoid hospital stays.

Holly Gettings and Chrissy Alcock

Doctor and nurse team treating diphtheria in Bangladesh

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The emergency medicine consultant and the A&E sister at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals gave up their Christmas to join a Department for International Development and UK Med expedition to help Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh.

Dr Gayle Hann

Consultant paediatrician, North Middlesex University Hospital

Paediatrician who goes beyond the call of duty in helping gang victims and abandoned children who arrive in hospital with nothing but the clothes they are wearing.

Martin Griffiths

Clinical lead for trauma, Royal London hospital

Surgeon who saves the lives of knife and gun crime victims - then visits schools urging teenagers to put down their weapons.

Prasanna Sooriakumaran

Consultant prostate cancer surgeon

Pioneering robotic surgeon investigating new techniques to spare men with prostate cancer the potentially debilitating effects of surgery.

Zahid Mukhtar

Paediatric surgeon, St George’s Hospital

Performs hugely complex life-saving surgery on the tiniest of babies, and spends his holidays taking NHS teams to Nepal to operate on the world’s poorest with no access to Western medicines.

Dr Shivani Misra

Consultant in metabolic medicine

Research into the causes of diabetes found that thousands of patients may have been misdiagnosed because of misconceptions about the role of ethnicity.

Dr Ruchi Kabra

Consultant interventional radiologist, St George's Hospital

Leading light in the St George’s 24/7 thrombectomy team that is saving patients from the potentially devastating impacts of stroke.

Dr Vin Diwakar

Medical director, NHS England (London region)

Paediatrician charged with championing new ideas and sharing best practice across the London NHS.

Dr Helgi Johannsson

Clinical director of anaesthesia and theatres, Imperial College Healthcare

Skilled clinician who has found his forte on social media - uses Twitter to entertain and inform his audience about the complex (and often unsung) worlds of anaesthesia and trauma.

Jess Mills

Daughter of Tessa Jowell and brain cancer awareness campaigner

“Case managed” her mother Tessa Jowell’s battle with brain cancer while campaigning for - and securing - a step change in public awareness and Government funding for an hitherto underfunded disease.

Alwen Williams

Chief executive, Barts Health NHS Trust

Succeeding in “turning round the oil tanker” in getting London’s biggest NHS hospital trust back on an even keel after years of financial meltdown and (at times) poor clinical care.

Dr Veeru Kasivisvanathan

UCL Surgery & Interventional Science

Pioneering research will revolutionise the standard of care for prostate cancer, with use of MRI scans allowing many men to avoid painful biopsies.

Dr Tony Joy

Founder of Physician Response Unit, London's Air Ambulance

Devised London’s Air Ambulance/London Ambulance Service/Barts Health project that puts physicians on the front line, treating patients at home or work and preventing hundreds of admissions to A&E.

Kade Mondeh

NHS midwife, training midwives in Uganda

Consultant midwife at Barts Health who trains and mentors midwives in Uganda.

Ali Parsa

Founder and chief executive officer, Babylon

The former refugee from Iran and Goldman Sachs executive is CEO and founder of the app that provides virtual consultation with doctors and health professionals via video

Mark Sims

Junior doctor

The Junior doctor and melanoma patient raised a fortune for cancer research - and whose posthumous diary was both a moving memoir and a unique insight for medics treating cancer patients.