Queen rewards NHS pioneers 

16/06/2014 00:00 
Two professors with strong UCLH links were celebrating this week after their trailblazing work was recognised by the Queen in her Birthday Honours.

Two professors with strong UCLH links were celebrating this week after their trailblazing work was recognised by the Queen in her Birthday Honours.

Professor David Mabey, consultant physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, was awarded a CBE for services to international health development in Africa and Asia.
David is also professor of communicable diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and after training in the UK, he went to work at the Medical Research Council (MRC) unit in The Gambia, West Africa in 1978, and was in charge of clinical services there from 1982-86.

He joined the School as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Sciences in 1986, and was made Professor of Communicable Diseases in 1994. Amongst other prestigious roles, he has been director of the Wellcome Trust Bloomsbury Centre for Clinical Tropical Medicine since 1995 and was responsible for the Knowledge Programme on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections, funded at the School by the Department for International Development from 1991-2007.

He said: “This award is a tribute to all the wonderful people I have been lucky enough to work with over the past 35 years at the MRC Unit in The Gambia, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases and our collaborating institutions in Africa, Asia and South America. 

“I am grateful to them and to the organisations that have funded our work, especially the Wellcome Trust for their long term support, which has enabled us to recruit, train and mentor a whole generation of outstanding clinical and non-clinical scientists who are devoting their lives to solving the health problems of low and middle income countries. “ 
Meanwhile, Professor David Fish, a former UCLH medical director, received a knighthood.

Professor David Mabey

Professor David Mabey

Professor Fish, worked at the National Hospital for Neurosurgery as a consultant in clinical neurophysiology and neurology from 1989 to 2010.

He became medical director for UCLH’s specialist hospitals board in 2001before leaving to become managing director of UCLPartners (UCLP) in June 2009.

Professor Fish said: “I am delighted and feel hugely privileged to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.  It is testament to the unremitting effort and inspiration of all the staff in UCLPartners, the commitment across the partnership and the support of local communities that is helping to transform the lives of so many people.”

As Managing Director of UCLPartners, Professor Fish has led the development of the academic health science partnership, instilling a culture of collaboration and support across universities, the NHS and industry for the benefit of a population of six million people.

UCLPartners’ collaborative approach is supporting its partners to achieve demonstrable and lasting benefits: preventing disease, diagnosing disease earlier, educating the workforce, giving people better access to world-class treatments and ultimately saving lives.  UCLP supports improvement across entire healthcare systems and along whole patient pathways and its work has gained national and international recognition.

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