Dental school pathologist recognised for research and promotion of profession

Professor and consultant in oral and maxillofacial pathology Professor Ali Khurram at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield has won the 2022 Golden Microscope Award.

The Pathological Society gives the award in recognition of an excellent trainer who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of high quality training and research in pathology.

The clinical and diagnostic component of Professor Khurram’s role falls under the department of histo-pathology within the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine at Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of histo-pathology and oral and maxillofacial pathology, a speciality he describes as the cornerstone of patient diagnosis and treatment. He has actively championed the needs of patients and the profession through national and international meetings, conferences, fund-raising and charity work. He has been made a patron for The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Charity.

Professor Khurram is also involved in research with ongoing projects investigating head and neck cancer and pre-cancer, including the use of AI in diagnosis and prediction of prognosis.

He said: “I have been involved in a number of educational roles at local and national level, so I am delighted that the quality of my work and its impact on trainees and their development has been recognised with this prestigious award, as they are the future of the profession. It is also hugely inspirational to have been selected for this award by my peers, who I look up to as role models, and this sense of personal pride and achievement has motivated me to do even more to support trainees, patients and the profession in the future.”

Picture: Professor Ali Khurram

Published on page 16 of the April 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.

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