Surgeon recognised for his contribution to clinical trials

A consultant surgeon from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has been recognised for his contribution to the recruitment of patients to clinical trials.

Mr Ahmed Ahmed, a consultant in upper gastrointestinal surgery and lead bariatric surgeon at the Trust, was presented with an award from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) for recruiting the first patients onto a trial to test the use of a specialist stapler used in bariatric surgery. 

Recruiting patients to take part in clinical trials is vital to the research and development of new treatments and techniques. Without the participation of patients and healthy volunteers it would be impossible for scientists and researchers to test new treatments and develop cures.

Mr Ahmed Ahmed said on being presented with the award:

“I am passionate about pushing the boundaries of modern medicine to develop new techniques and treatments.

“We can only to do this with the immense generosity and courage of patients who agree to take part in clinical trials. Without them, future patients would not benefit from advances in medicine.

“I am pleased to have been recognised for my work in this area by the NIHR, but really the credit goes to those whose participation in clinical trials has led to some of the biggest clinical breakthroughs of our time.”

Professor Jonathan Weber, director of research at the Trust said:

“Ahmed’s dedication to research and his patients is unwavering. This award rightly recognises him as a surgeon who is keen to keep innovating and help find cures that will eradicate some of our deadliest diseases. Congratulations Ahmed.”

The NIHR presented Ahmed with his award at a special celebration of research success earlier this year.