Professor Shakeel Qureshi granted Knight Bachelor

Consultant paediatric cardiologist Professor Shakeel Qureshi has been recognised in the New Year Honours list, and was granted a Knight Bachelor for his services to paediatric cardiology and charity.

Shakeel, an internationally recognised consultant at Evelina London said: “When I got the email I read it several times before I responded because I thought it was a scam. It was a shock and I still haven’t got over it. To have somebody appreciate your work, values and contributions is an amazing feeling, especially when I look back at where I started. My parents moved from Pakistan to the UK in the 60s and it is their hard work and sacrifices and my specialty that got me here.”

Shakeel joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 1988 and, frustrated by the lack of appropriate specialist equipment for operating on children with congenital heart defects, he co-invented the Tyshak balloon catheter which is now used worldwide. It allows many children and adults to have their heart defect treated without open heart surgery. In 2013, he came up with the paravalvar leak device and has been at the forefront of using and evaluating new valves, which allow specialist doctors to treat leaky valves.

He is Chairman of 4 Peace of Mind, a charity that is committed to raising and delivering aid to the worst hit communities affected by natural disasters. He also works pro bono and is Chairman of the Medical Board for the charity Chain of Hope, operating on sick children both in the UK and abroad, and training teams of doctors in less developed countries.

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