Camden’s medical elite get top honours in Queen’s birthday list

Professor Peng Khaw

Professor Peng Khaw - Credit: Archant

They help to transform and save lives but now Camden’s medical professionals have been rewarded for their work.

Eye specialist from Highgate, Professor Peng Khaw, was honoured with a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list on Friday, June 14 for services to ophthalmology.

Professor Khaw, director of research and development at Moorfields Eye Hospital in Islington, is also director of the National Institute for Health Research at the hospital and director of the eyes and vision theme at University College London in Euston.

He said: “I am very humbled to have been awarded this incredible honour.”

Kilburn’s Professor Michael Stratton, who worked on the human genome project to map and identify DNA, was also honoured with a knighthood.

The director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Euston Road, Camden, said he was “thrilled”, adding his work exploring the genomes of cancer cells aims to improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the disease.

Wellcome Trust governor Professor Anne Johnson, from Dartmouth Park, was also honoured in the list. The professor of infectious disease epidemiology at UCL, was made a dame for her services to the study of the subject.

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She said: “When you’re in public health, you hope your work will make a difference and influence policy. I’m absolutely delighted and very surprised to receive the honour.”

Dr Barbara Bannister, a consultant of infectious diseases at the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street, Hampstead from 1985 to 2011, was appointed an MBE for services to public health.

Highgate resident Joanne Rule, co-chair of the National Cancer Equality Initiative, was made an MBE for services to promoting health equalities in cancer treatment.

Celia Clark, medical director at Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, was made an OBE for services to the NHS, and Hampstead Garden Suburb resident Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Nuffield Trust, was also made an OBE for services to public health.