Karim Brohi, Professor of Trauma Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), has received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association.
The presentation at the Resuscitation Science Symposium in New Orleans is the first time that the award has been given to a researcher based outside of the United States.
Professor Brohi, who is also a Consultant Trauma and Vascular Surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust, said: “It is a great honour to be awarded the American Heart Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for Trauma Resuscitation Research.
“Although awarded to an individual, it is an award that reflects the amazing trauma care delivered by all disciplines and specialities at the Royal London Hospital's Major Trauma Centre, the commitment and drive of my research team, and the amazing institutional commitment to trauma care, innovation and research from both the University and Barts Health.”
Once he started his medical career, Professor Brohi realised that the management of trauma patients in the UK was poor, which fuelled an ambition to improve standards. He set up Trauma.org - a not-for-profit, web-based forum providing education, expert discussion and on-line support for trauma surgeons worldwide.
Following several years of training in both Anaesthetics and Surgery, Professor Brohi worked for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service in London, followed by two years at a Trauma Hospital in San Francisco. He obtained a Consultant post at The Royal London Hospital and returned to the UK to set-up the Centre for Trauma Sciences - a trauma research department based at QMUL’s Blizard Institute.
Professor Brohi added: “Although a lifetime achievement award suggests my work is done, critical injury still carries an extremely high mortality and morbidity; and there are many exciting opportunities for discovery, translational and population research that will have major global impact in the future.”
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