Two doctors and a dentist honoured by the Queen at the weekend 

19/06/2017 00:00 
Two doctors and a dentist from UCLH were honoured by the Queen at the weekend in recognition of their contribution to the field of medicine.

Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to public health and infectious diseases.

Born in Zambia in 1955, Sir Alimuddin is known for his subtantial contribution to field of infectious diseases. While working as a junior doctor in London in 1982 he developed crippling meningitis.

But despite the poor prognosis, Sir Alimuddin recovered and went on to make unique and very significant contributions to the fields of TB, TB/HIV co-infection and infectious diseases with epidemic potential. His work has focused on improving the lives and health of poor disadvantaged populations globally.

Sir Alimuddin said: "I am absolutely delighted to be accorded this wonderful honour. It is a great privilege to be on the same list as exceptional people who have distinguished themselves, serving humanity in different ways with great commitment and impact.”

“I would like to share this honour with the numerous selfless and committed people across the world, with whom I work  on a range of academic, capacity development, advocacy and
charity activities on poverty-related diseases. I am blessed with a very supportive family, excellent research teams and awesome talented friends who have shown ‘unity of purpose’ for improving the lives and health of disadvantaged populations worldwide.”

Sports medicine consultant Mike Loosemore was awarded an MBE for services to sports medicine.

He is lead consultant in sport and exercise medicine at the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health, where he treats patients with musculoskeletal and sports injuries and is also working to promote exercise as a preventative intervention and treatment in many medical conditions.

He is also known for his work as a physician for elite athletes from a wide range of sports, and currently supports the GB Boxing and British Snow Sports ‘Park and Pipe’ teams. Earlier this year he was announced as Team GB’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Winter Olympics Games in PyeongChang next year.

Dr Loosemore said: “I am delighted to receive this award, it is a real honour to be recognised in this way and I hope it helps to highlight the speciality of sports medicine and the importance of research to support our sportsmen and women.”

Professor Nigel Hunt was awarded an OBE for services to dentistry and to the specialty of orthodontics.

He has been a consultant orthodontist at the Eastman Dental Hospital since 1984 and chairman of the Division of Craniofacial and Developmental Sciences at the UCL Eastman Dental Institute since 1998.

Professor Hunt is best known for his tireless lobbying to get the government, other dentists and the public to acknowledge the appalling state of children's oral health in England. His sub-specialty interest is in the management of children and adults with dentofacial deformity including those with musculoskeletal disorders, taking referrals from all over the UK.

Until recently, he ran one of Europe’s largest orthodontic specialist training programmes at the Eastman, before being elected first chairman, then president of the British Orthodontic Society where he was largely responsible for the revision of the national training curriculum for orthodontists.

UCLH chief executive Marcel Levi said he was very glad to learn that the contribution of UCLH staff had been recognised. "I am sure that everyone at UCLH will join me in congratulating Sir Alimuddin, Dr Loosemore and Professor Hunt for their truly well-deserved awards."

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