Media Release

QEH Doctor meets Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust (QEH) Specialist Cardiologist, Dr Ashok Tahilyani, was honoured to attend the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) Centenary Reception in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The Doctor, who cares for patients that have defects and diseases of the heart and blood vessels, was invited to the celebration event as a long-term member of the BCS for amongst other things his work as Principal Investigator. The reception, which marked 100 years of the BSC, was held at St James Palace on Thursday 2 February. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception before being introduced to her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

Dr Ashok Tahilyani, Cardiology Consultant at QEH, said: “It was a real honour to be invited to this special event in celebration of the British Cardiovascular Society centenary and to be introduced to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. To have my work as a Cardiologist recognised by the BSC is a real honour and it was a privilege to attend.

“It was so humbling to be inside the St James Palace and talk to fellow academics around how BCS has evolved over the century.”

Dr Rudy Duehmke, Cardiology Clinical Director at QEH said: “We are so lucky that Dr Tahilyani has recently joined us, as he has been great addition to our Cardiology team as both a colleague and a friend.”

Speaking to an audience of cardiologists and cardiovascular healthcare professionals, and patient representatives, The Princess Royal paid tribute to the achievements of the Society over the past century and acknowledged that the care for patients with heart problems involves many healthcare professionals, relying on multidisciplinary teams.

At the reception, Professor John Greenwood outlined some of the BCS’s recent achievements including: The Digital Knowledge Hub, The BCS Academy, Women in Cardiology, and a new strand of work on equality, diversity, and inclusion.


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