King’s neurosurgeon named Clinician of the Year

27 April 2018 - Professor Keyoumars Ashkan honoured by The Brain Tumour Charity

Professor Keyoumars Ashkan

A professor of neurosurgery at King’s College Hospital has been named UK Clinician of the Year by The Brain Tumour Charity.

Professor Keyoumars Ashkan, who has worked at King’s for 11 years and is the lead surgeon for brain cancer at the hospital, was honoured for his work with brain tumour patients. The award recognised his contribution to improving patients’ quality of life and for conducting research to find new therapies.

When making their decision, The Brain Tumour Charity looked for a clinician who had shown an exceptional level of commitment in supporting the charity’s work, and had gone above and beyond to advance brain tumour treatments. The judging panel comprised patients, their relatives and charity representatives who collectively voted for a winner.

Dr David Jenkinson, from The Brain Tumour Charity, said, “As Chief Scientific Officer at the charity, I whole-heartedly believe that science is critical to defeating this disease. But I also believe that collaboration is key; everyone plays a part in making change happen and helping improve life for those affected by a brain tumour.

“That’s what Professor Keyoumars Ashkan is doing. Improving care and treatment through his position; he is committed to making a critical change and driving it forward. We are honoured that Professor Ashkan is the winner of the Clinician of the Year Award.”

On receiving the accolade, Professor Ashkan said, “It is an honour and true privilege to win this award as it is judged and decided by patients, carers, charities and public - all the people we work hard to serve.”

Professor Julia Wendon, Executive Medical Director at King’s College Hospital, added, “This award is deserved recognition of Professor Ashkan’s unfaltering commitment to his patients and his tireless research into advancing treatments for brain cancer.”

Professor Ashkan has made contributions to a number of largescale national clinical trials including the GALA BIDD and GALA5 trials, which used fluorescence (the emission of light) to diagnose brain cancer and guide tumour removal respectively. He was also the lead clinician for a trial which used immunotherapy to treat brain cancer and is currently working on trials investigating the imaging of tumours and radiotherapy for meningioma (tumours that form on membrane covering the brain and spinal cord just inside the skull).

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Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at

2. A video featuring Prof Ashkan is available on YouTube

3. The Brain Tumour Charity aims to double survival rates and halve the negative impact that brain tumours have on quality of life.

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