Honorary Professorship for cardiothoracic surgeon

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Farah Bhatti, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Morriston Hospital, has received an Honorary Professorship from Swansea University.

Farah BhattiProfessor Bhatti has been teaching on the Graduate Entry Medicine (GEM) course at Swansea Medical School for seven years.  She is also the Equality and Diversity Director, as well the Careers Lead for GEM.

Professor Bhatti is an active supporter of the AthenaSWAN programme, which encourages and recognises the careers of women in science, technology, engineering maths and medicine. She is also the Swansea University lead for the Race Equality Charter Mark agenda.

This work fits with her belief that, given the opportunities, people will excel in their given fields which, in turn, will benefit society in the long term.

In July 2015, Professor Bhatti received Swansea University's Mary Williams Award for individual contribution to the university's culture and community.

At a national level, Professor Bhatti is an examiner for the Intercollegiate Speciality Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery. She is also on the Estelle Wolfson Fellowship for Emerging Leaders at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  

She has delivered a Gresham College lecture at the Science Museum, was highly commended at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and was one of only three surgeons named by the Health Service Journal in its inaugural BME Pioneers list.

Professor Bhatti said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as an Honorary Professor at Swansea University Medical School. I enjoy teaching, mentoring and guiding our medical students, as well as working on the wider equality agenda. It is wonderful to be recognised in this way by a preeminent UK university.”

Hamish Laing, ABMU Executive Medical Director, said: “As a University Health Board we wish to excel in teaching the next generation of clinicians and in clinical research. It is very pleasing to see Ms Bhatti's important contribution to these aims recognised through an honorary professorship from Swansea University.”

Professor Keith Lloyd, Dean and Head of Swansea University Medical School, said: “It's always a pleasure to recognise the contribution NHS colleagues make to the University and to the smooth running of our Graduate Entry Medicine course.”

Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University, added: “I am absolutely delighted about Farah's honorary chair; many congratulations – this is richly deserved! We thank Farah for all she does to support Swansea University.”