Lifetime Achievement Award 2023 – Mr Kambiz Hashemi
A special moment during our Family Fun Day was when Mr Kambiz Hashemi was presented with a well-deserved Croydon Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award. The medal was presented by Dr Agnelo Fernandes and Dr Nick Cambridge read out a citation of why he had nominated him for the award.
Mr Hashemi is a long-standing member of the Croydon Medical Society and a past President of the Society. He still works on a part-time basis at CUH as an Emergency Care Consultant and is very well respected.
It is with great pleasure that I propose Mr Kambiz Hashemi for the 2023 Croydon Medical Society Lifetime Achievement Award. Kambiz has been the driving force with the Emergency Department (ED) at Mayday Hospital (now Croydon University Hospital) since his appointment in 1985. Now there are 10 consultants and over 60 junior doctors.
During his early years, he wrote the Major Incident Procedures (which was seriously tested with the 1989 Purley train crash). He started resuscitation training and made it mandatory for all junior doctors. With a “Resusci Annie,” he visited many practices to teach basic life support and built close links with many GP practices. He started to run GP Saturday workshops at the PGMC on minor surgery and joint injections.
Kambiz made hospital-wide induction training day mandatory for all new junior doctors and weekly teaching for junior ED doctors. He wrote a guidebook covering the management of acute medical and surgical emergencies. He fostered close links with Atkinson Morley Hospital and formulated local and later regional head injury management and referral guidelines.
In 1986 he started the first open-access hand clinic and continued this for 30 years. He also developed occupational hand therapy as an integral adjunct to hand surgery.
In 1991 He was appointed as the Clinical tutor and for the next five years worked closely with the GP Clinical Tutor hosting regular lunchtime sessions at the PGMC for both Croydon GPs and consultants.
He has many publications including the first publication in the UK of the measurement of cardiac enzymes in suspected MI.
He has chaired many local, regional and national working parties. He joined the occupational safety committee of the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention Commission and in 1994 became the chairman of the Commission.
He was active in setting up an A&E section at the Royal Society of Medicine and later became President.
In 1989 Advance Trauma Life Support was adopted in the UK and he was one of the first wave of consultants in the UK to become ATLS instructors. Since 1996 he has been running four ATLS courses a year at CUH.
One of his proudest achievements is his involvement and collaboration with both the Faculty of EM (Now the Royal College of EM) and the London Deanery in setting up and expanding the senior registrar training in SW Thames.
Following the opening of the new ED in 2019, he continues working for two days a week at the Urgent Care Centre at CUH.
Congratulations Kambiz on your well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.