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Queen Mary researcher recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours

Charles Knight, Professor of Cardiology at Queen Mary University of London and Chief Executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, has received an OBE for services to the NHS and people with heart disease in the Queen’s birthday honours.

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Professor Charles Knight

Professor Knight is a consultant cardiologist, having trained at Cambridge and Oxford universities, and has published more than 100 research papers.

He served as honorary secretary of the British Cardiovascular Society from 2008 to 2011 and was associate editor of the journal Heart until 2014. He was a member of the Royal College of Physicians' Cardiology Speciality Advisory Committee.

From 2010 he led the development of the Barts Heart Centre by merging cardiac services from across London to create the largest cardiac centre in the UK. In 2015 he was appointed as managing director and then chief executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

In March 2020, he was seconded as Chief Executive of NHS Nightingale Hospital London, established in under two weeks to care for patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said: “I am delighted and humbled to receive this wonderful honour. Working as a hospital doctor has been a great job. It is a huge privilege to see the best of humanity in sometimes the worst of circumstances and to witness the courage of patients and the kindness of staff every day. I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunities that have shaped my professional life.”