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DR KASH AKHTAR: Surgical Skills

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A British Asian surgeon is drawing attention for his skills on the pitch and the operation table. Dr Kashif Akhtar aka Kash Akhtar is a huge Liverpool fan. Besides that, he is one of the top-notch Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeons in the country. It is rare to see somebody from the British Asian community excelling in their profession and passion at the same time… writes Kaliph Anaz

Dr KashIF Akhtar
Dr KashIF Akhtar

Dr Kashif Akhtar is one among the top-notch surgeons in the country. The ever smiling young doctor earned his skills and reputation through hard work and dedication. He was born and raised in Buckinghamshire where he attended the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.

His father Parwez Akhtar, a BT staff, and mother Yasmin Akhtar did everything in their best for their eldest son. They didn’t discourage the bright boy’s passion to play football. But only on one condition. He should score high marks in studies too. Dr Kash is still maintaining that balance in his passion and profession. Despite a busy schedule at work and teaching assignments, he finds time to play football.

Dr Kash is a keen footballer who captained his medical school 1st XI and was selected for the United Hospitals Representative team. He scored hat-tricks in two finals and was awarded a Golden Boot for being the top scorer in all 8 divisions of the University of London. He still plays recreationally each week and dedicates the rest of his time to his wife, Dr Asma Akhtar, a GP Partner, and two young children.

The doctor has a unique passion for relaxation. Jazz, classical music besides reading biographies. Why biographies?

Dr KashIf Akhtar and Dr Asma Akhtar
Dr Kashif Akhtar and Dr Asma Akhtar

“Biographies are a fascinating way to see what makes other people tick,” Dr Kash told Asian Lite. “I am always intrigued to see how they responded to challenges in their lives and in doing so I can learn vicariously and benefit from their experiences.”

Kash studied medicine at Imperial College School of Medicine and graduated in 2002 with a Distinction in Surgery. He was awarded several prizes at medical school and was awarded full colours on three occasions. He also completed a BSc in Physiology & Applied Biophysics, where he undertook research into muscle physiology and strength training.

Dr KashIF Akhtar
Dr Kashif Akhtar

Dr Kash, a recipient of the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship, acquired his professional skills through wide-ranging training in all aspects of surgery on the Hammersmith Basic Surgical Training rotation before successfully obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2005. He was then awarded a place on the prestigious North West Thames Orthopaedic Surgery programme in 2007. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011 and was subsequently appointed as a Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College.

Kash has a specialist interest in the medical education of surgeons in training with an emphasis on patient safety and achieving the best outcomes for patients. He has undertaken a Masters in Medical Education (for which he was awarded a Distinction) and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) research degree, both at Imperial College. He currently has a fellow working in medical education and is supervising a PhD student. He has given over 100 international podium and poster presentations, for which he has received several prizes and awards. More recently he has been invited to speak in Amsterdam, London, Paris, Dubai and Tokyo.

Dr KashIF Akhtar
Dr Kashif Akhtar

Dr Kash is currently appointed as a Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in knees at Barts Health NHS Trust, one of the busiest hospitals in the country, which receives complex tertiary referrals from a broad area.

Kash is also appointed as a Senior Clinical Academic Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University London where he is the Course Director for the International Masters (MSc) Programme in Orthopaedic Trauma Science. He is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

He has completed his fellowship in all aspects of knee surgery (sports, trauma and joint replacement) as a post-CCT Fellow at the renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, where he was trained in particular in partial knee replacement. He was also a Simulation Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Services at the University of Oxford where he undertook further research.

He has also completed a year’s fellowship in Medical Education, Leadership & Management at the Postgraduate School of Surgery, London Deanery. Recently he has been appointed as the Academic Lead of the Sports Orthopaedics Research Foundation.

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