Barts NHS trust cancer specialist elected to surgeons’ ruling national council

Royal london surgeon Shafi Ahmed

Royal london surgeon Shafi Ahmed - Credit: Barts NHS Trust

A hospital cancer surgeon brought up in London’s East End where he still works today has become the youngest ever to be elected onto the prestigeous Royal College of Surgeons’ governing body.

Shafi Ahmed, at 45, is also the only member from an ethnic minority, with his Bangladesh family background.

Shafi is lead surgeon in Colorectal cancer treatment for Barts Health NHS Trust who joins 23 other elected members on the governing council, which provides comment on Government policy and supports the education, training and governance of surgeons nationwide.

“It’s a powerful opportunity to speak on behalf of the health trust and the people of east London at a national level,” he said. “I hope my appointment inspires young people from ethnic minorities to be ambitious, work hard and to take opportunities that are offered.”

Shafi has spent his entire surgical career since 1993 in east London with his family links to the area.

His Bangladeshi-born father played an active role as a Tower Hamlets community leader and owned a travel agents and clothing businesses in Whitechapel, opposite the Royal London Hospital where Shafi now works. His sister recently became one of only a few Asian women judges in the UK.