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Barts Health surgeon named The British Bangladeshi Person of the Year 2017

01 March 2017

Shafi Ahmed , Barts Health NHS Trust . Google GlassesA surgeon at The Royal London Hospital has been named The British Bangladeshi Person of the Year 2017

Mr Shafi Ahmed, Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Colorectal Surgeon, was awarded the prestigious title in recognition of his ‘outstanding achievement’ in performing the world’s first Google Glass, Virtual Reality and Snapchat spectacles operations.

The British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration said that ‘Shafi Ahmed is always looking at ways of translating technology into clinical practice with a mission to provide affordable and accessible surgical training to anyone and everyone using the power of connectivity to allow equitable surgical care.’

Mr Ahmed moved from Bangladesh to England with his family as a child, with his father taking an active role as a Tower Hamlets community leader and owner of a travel agents and clothing business opposite The Royal London Hospital. He is Vice President of Proshanti, a charity promoting maternal health run by local GPs in Tower Hamlets. 

Mr Shafi Ahmed said: “I am truly humbled to be named the BBPI Person of Year 2017. I hope this award will inspire young people from ethnic minorities to work hard, aim high and to pursue any opportunity. I have dedicated my career to teaching and mentoring others and I hope that by developing the use of technology in surgery I can not only inspire others but improve healthcare around the world.”

Ayesha Qureshi, Editor of The British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration said: “BBPI is a celebration of our success but also an opportunity to protect and nurture our future. Through the work of the BBPI Foundation, we can work together to provide this support and encouragement. If you’re a young person in need of support to achieve, please go to to find out how we can help you.”

The BBPI ‘Person of the Year’, accolade is given in recognition of one individual’s ground-breaking achievement in their professional career. The Person of the Year is someone who is an exceptional role model and embodies the BBPI’s values of talent, success, leadership.

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With a turnover of £1.4 billion and a workforce of around 16,000, Barts Health is the largest NHS trust in the country, and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. The Trust’s five hospitals – St Bartholomew’s Hospital in the City, including the Barts Heart Centre, The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Newham University Hospital in Plaistow, Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone and Mile End – deliver high quality compassionate care to the 2.5 million people of East London and beyond.


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