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Arshad Malik
Colorectal surgeon wins European award
10 October 2016

A consultant at our hospital has become one of the most qualified colorectal surgeon in the country after scoring the highest marks in Europe in an advanced specialist exam.

Arshad Malik has received the Lars Påhlman medal after out-scoring more than 100 candidates who sat the European Board of Surgery Qualification (EBSQ) in Coloproctology during 2015.

Mr Malik, who is a consultant laparoscopic colorectal and general surgeon, has become the first person to ever receive the medal, which is named after late EBSQ honorary member Professor Lars Påhlman. He was presented with the award during a ceremony last week at an educational conference in Milan, which was attended by thousands of colorectal surgeons from all over the world.

The EBSQ exam is the first of its kind looking at the colorectal sub-specialty in Europe and the UK. To pass, candidates must complete a written paper, discuss specific patient problems, assess 10 to 12 patient scenarios, examine specimens and critically appraise a paper written by one of their peers.

Following his success, Mr Malik is working with colleagues and using his expertise to increase the range of specialist treatments available to patients choosing to go to Ipswich Hospital.

“I was very pleased when I heard I had scored the highest in Europe and the UK, and would partly like to dedicate my award to Ipswich Hospital. I have received excellent support from colleagues throughout,” said Mr Malik. “I also hope that this success will further enhance the growing reputation of our department.

“By working well as a team, we are helping Ipswich to become one of the country’s best hospital for colorectal care. I carry out 95% of suitable cancer operations by keyhole surgery compared with a UK average of 40-50%, which means patients can recover more quickly and with fewer complications.

“We are also bringing in some specialist operations which are only carried out in selected hospitals across the UK, such as minimally invasive procedures for cancer.

“This is great news for our patients as it means they do not have to stay in hospital as long, can recover faster and have less chance of developing infections or other complications. It also means that anyone who needs chemotherapy after their surgery can begin their treatment sooner.

“We also receive excellent feedback from our patients, who appreciate the high quality care they can receive in Ipswich without the need to travel to other specialist centres for treatment.”

For more information about Mr Malik’s specialist areas and training, visit www.ipswichhospital.nhs.uk/forgps/colorectal-surgery.htm