Trust consultant recognised in 2024 New Year Honours

Dr Benjamin Ellis, consultant rheumatologist and clinical director for outpatient transformation at Imperial College Healthcare, has been named in the New Year Honour list for 2024. He has been awarded an MBE for services to healthcare, equality and the Jewish community.

Benjamin first joined the NHS in 2006 and has worked at Imperial College Healthcare for around 10 years. Alongside his clinical practice, he is the clinical director for our outpatient transformation programme. Benjamin combines his Trust roles with working as senior clinical policy adviser at Versus Arthritis, and is passionate about promoting a public health approach to improving musculoskeletal health and supporting people with chronic pain. 
Benjamin is also a founding trustee of KeshetUK, the Jewish charity 'with a vision of the world where no-one is forced to choose between their Jewish and LGBT+ identity', and spent 10 years as chair of the organisation, including working with the Chief Rabbi of the UK to develop a guide for Orthodox Jewish schools to better promote the wellbeing of LGBT+ pupils. 
Benjamin trained at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, University College London and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has a particular interest in health services policy and public health and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, the Faculty of Public Health, and British Society for Rheumatology.

Dr Benjamin Ellis, consultant rheumatologist and clinical director for outpatient transformation at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “It’s wonderful to receive this honour. It makes me think what a huge privilege it is to work with amazing friends and colleagues, contributing to the Jewish and wider community. I am particularly passionate about making our community a better place for LGBT+ people like me and raising awareness of the impact of chronic pain and arthritis, including the need for society to do more to support people who live with it.”

Professor Tim Orchard, chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “I’m really pleased that Benjamin’s huge contributions to healthcare and inclusion have been recognised in the New Year Honour list. Benjamin is incredibly passionate about his work, in our hospitals and with Versus Arthritis and KeshetUK. He lives our organisation’s values – being kind, collaborative, aspirational and expert – and is absolutely focused on improving people’s lives. On behalf of our whole organisation, congratulations Benjamin.”

Molly Stevens, professor of biomedical materials and regenerative medicine at Imperial College London, has also been recognised in the New Year Honour list and received a damehood for services to medicine. She is one of the key contributing researchers for the Bioengineering theme of the NIHR Imperial Biomedical Research Centre, the translational research partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London.