16 July 2014
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust consultant congenital heart surgeon, Mr Babulal Sethia, was officially appointed president of The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) at an inauguration ceremony last night in London.
Mr Sethia succeeds current RSM president, Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, who has held the prestigious position from 2012-14.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Sethia said: “I’m extremely privileged to be named president of such an important institution which is at the forefront of postgraduate medical education in the UK. I hope that my experience will serve the organisation well in the coming years.”
During his three year presidency, Mr Sethia aims to build on the RSM’s cross-disciplinary work and focus on developing partnerships with other healthcare and educational organisations.
He added: “I am hoping the RSM can lead the way in moving medicine beyond the traditional ‘silos’ where each specialty area focuses on its own interests.”
After training in cardiothoracic surgery in Glasgow and London, Mr Sethia took up his first consultant post in Birmingham in 1986. He returned to London in 1999 when he was appointed consultant cardiac surgeon at Royal Brompton Hospital.
Mr Sethia is widely published as an international expert on congenital heart disease in children and adults, and regularly lectures to clinicians all over the world.
For the past 15 years, Mr Sethia has also been passionate about volunteering his time and expertise abroad, including with the charity ‘Chain of Hope’, founded by former Trust colleague Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.
Mr Sethia has led many international teams, including projects in Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Mauritius and Palestine, which have helped local medical teams develop their expertise to treat congenital heart disease patients.
Also at the ceremony, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, whose groundbreaking work at the Trust helped Harefield Hospital gain a reputation as one of the world’s leading transplant centres, was honoured with an RSM fellowship.