Kamran Abbasi


Kamran is a doctor and editor. Following five years in hospital medicine he moved into senior editorial roles at the BMJ, where he was deputy editor and acting editor. He is currently editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the UK’s oldest medical journal, and editor of the new online journal, JRSM Short Reports.

Kamran’s other passion is cricket and he has one of the best read blogs in world cricket on cricinfo.com, a website in the top 100 of world Internet rankings.


Lord Naren Patel Kt


Lord Naren Patel Kt has held several esteemed positions including Chair of the National Patient Safety Agency, Chair of the Specialist Training Authority, Chairman of the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland and Chairman of the Specialist Training Authority in Scotland, in addition to holding a life peerage in The House of Lords. He has also held the prestigious positions of President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Chairman of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges. 


Rashmi Shukla (CBE)


Dr Rashmi Shukla (CBE) is a Regional Director for Public Health England in Midlands and East. She was a National Director in the PHE transition team, to support the transfer of public health functions from PCTs to local authorities. Her national roles include being Co-chair for the Sexual Health Forum with Baroness Joyce Gould and being an active member of the NIHR Public Health Programme Advisory Board.


Professor Raj Bhopal


Raj Bhopal is Bruce and John Usher professor of public health in Edinburgh University and honorary consultant in public health with NHS Lothian. Born in India, he migrated with his family to the Gorbals in Glasgow. His work focuses on ethnic variation in disease, with a special emphasis on how to respond to this knowledge with more effective public health interventions and clinical services, particularly around cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Professor Ajay Shah


Ajay Shah is British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiovascular Division at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners AHSC. He is also the Director of the King’s British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence, one of the 2 largest such centres in the UK. He remains an active practising cardiologist with interests in percutaneous coronary intervention, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.


Kiran C R Patel

Chairman of Trustees

Professor Patel graduated from Cambridge University in 1993 and currently has several roles and responsibilities. He works as a Consultant Cardiologist and Associate Medical Director at Heart of England NHS Trust in the West Midlands, where he has a subspecialist interest in heart failure and device therapy. He holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer post at the University of Birmingham. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, one of the youngest Fellows of the College.


Kamlesh Khunti


Professor Kamlesh Khunti is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester, UK. He leads a research group at the Leicester  Diabetes Centre undertaking research into the early identification and interventions in people with diabetes. His work has influenced national and international guidelines on screening and management of people with diabetes. He is Director of NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands


Wasim Hanif


Wasim Hanif is a Professor of Diabetes & Endocrinology, Consultant Physician, & Head of Service in diabetes at University Hospital Birmingham.  He is the CAG lead for research in Diabetes & Endocrinology at Institute of Translation Medicine, Birmingham. He is an eminent authority on Diabetes, Obesity, and Ethnic health. He works with several national bodies, and professional groups in the UK. He has been involved with major research projects in diabetes and has published widely.  


Vinod Patel


Vinod Patel is Professorial Clinical Teaching Fellow in Diabetes and Clinical Skills.  He is honorary consultant in Endocrinology and Diabetes, Acute Medicine and Medical Obstetrics at the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. His time is divided equally between clinical care and his academic activities. Since 2015 he had been the Clinical Director for Diabetes for NHS England (West Midlands).

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Amitava Banerjee


Dr Ami Banerjee is an Honorary Consultant in Cardiology at the Farr Institute of Health Informatics in August 2015. In addition to general cardiology, he has special interest in heart failure and atrial fibrillation, and also the role of informatics and electronic health records in delivering better patient care. Ami has been a Trustee of the South Asian Health Foundation since 2014 and has been an active member of the Cardiovascular Working Group. 


Paramjit Gill


Paramjit Gill is Professor of General Practice at the University of Warwick and practices in a deprived, diverse practice in Coventry. He is engaged in inter-disciplinary research encompassing methodologies from both the quantitative and qualitative paradigms.  The thread cross cutting this is the promotion of research excellence in primary care by addressing health inequalities, particularly amongst the migrant communities; and evidence-based health care and its application to health care delivery.

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Nina Chauhan-Lall


Nina Chauhan-Lall currently works in Public Health leading the implementation of the national NHS Health Check Programme and CVD Agenda in Walsall. She has a scientific research background in Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology and Oncology. Nina has a keen interest in promoting healthy lifestyle, primary prevention and general health education and awareness within the South Asian community. Her career path has developed in a unique way on both sides of the Atlantic undertaking scientific research, clinical trial work and project management opportunities at Harvard School of Public Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, Yorkshire Cancer Research Network, Macmillan Cancer Support, Pan-Birmingham Cancer Network and The Greater Midlands Cancer Network.


Ranjit Dhillon


Ranjit Dhillon is a Cardiac Nurse specialist based in Birmingham. She has an established career in cardiac rehabilitation and in 2016 joined a team establishing England's first familial hyperlipidaemia service for comprehensive assessment and cascade screening in the West Midlands 


Raj Gill 

SAHF Secretariat 

Raj is the Secretariat for SAHF and oversees the running of the office and general office management. 


Dr Amal Lad

GP trainee

Dr Amal Lad is a GP trainee based in West Midlands. He is passionate about using creative approaches to improving health awareness within the South Asian community. From his participation in the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, he has developed the “Meducasian” project which is a collaboration between health care professionals and local communities to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. Aside from being a doctor, Amal is a keen musician and has produced music for a number of film and theatre projects.