Congratulations are due for Professor Indranil Chakravorty who has been awarded an MBE for his enormous contributions to healthcare as part of the Queen’s platinum jubilee honours.

Professor Chakravorty is a very accomplished man, being: Chair of British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; a Consultant Physician at St George’s University Hospital and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Life & Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire.

He has been awarded Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE). Indranil said it was a “very pleasant surprise” when he received a letter informing him of the MBE and he was looking forward to a trip to London to collect the Honour.

Indranil’s 25-year knowledge being an NHS respiratory and acute physician was critical during the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Chakravorty felt deeply moved by the disproportionate share of deaths in the UK among patients and healthcare workers from minority ethnic backgrounds. Through the establishment of the BAPIO Institute of Health Research (BIHR), where Professor Chakravorty is the founding chairman, he has tirelessly worked to generate original research into these disparities.

Professor Chakravorty’s most notable work since the pandemic has been the ‘Bridging the Gap’ project that brought together international experts, the regulator, healthcare organisations, higher educational institutions and grassroots individuals together to develop a consensus and constructive strategy to bring about fairness and justice in the workplace for doctors.

Dr Luci Etheridge, Site Chief Medical Officer at St George’s University Hospital, said:

‘Indranil’s contributions to promoting the benefits of a diverse and inclusive environment in healthcare, both locally and nationally, have been outstanding. We are very lucky to have his expertise with us at St George’s.’

Ramesh Mehta, President of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO), said:

‘I am so proud of Professor Chakravorty’s enormous contribution to the National Health Service and to medical education. He has made immence contribution to the BAPIO’s causes for equality and social justice through the BAPIO Institute for Health Research’.