Professor Aziz Sheikh, Co-Director of the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research, has received an OBE for services to medicine. Professor Sheikh was awarded the honour in the Queen's 2014 Birthday Honours list.
The award was recognition of the contributions Professor Sheikh has made throughout a career during which he has advised the English and Scottish Governments on patient safety, was an adviser to NHS Connecting for Health's Evaluation Programme, served as a member of the Information Technology for Patient Safety Expert Working Group of the World Health Organization's World Alliance for Patient Safety (2009-2010), and is now chairman of the Patient Safety in Primary Care Working Group for the World Health Organization.
Professor Sheikh is Professor of Primary Care Research & Development at The University of Edinburgh, UK where he is also co-director of its Centre for Population Health Sciences and the head of its Allergy & Respiratory Research Group.
He read Physiology and Medicine at University College London and then read Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Clinically, he trained in General Practice at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow and received specialist training in allergy at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He has Fellowships from the Royal College of Physicians in both London and Edinburgh and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Kay Boycott, Chief Executive of Asthma UK says:
"We are delighted for Professor Sheikh, who plays a pivotal role in leading the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research. This honour highlights the impact that Professor Sheikh has made to medicine and we are very excited about the prospect of his leadership role making a powerful and effective contribution to speeding up the pace of applied asthma research in the UK."