Dr Suzy Lishman, Consultant Histopathologist at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List for services to pathology.
The award recognises Dr Lishman’s contribution to pathology services nationally as President of the Royal College of Pathologists, a role she was elected to in 2014, alongside working at the Trust.
Dr Lishman has been commended for her work to raise the profile of the Royal College of Pathologists and strengthening its influence with politicians and policy makers, as well as promoting pathology as a career to school children and the public, by hosting ‘virtual autopsies’ and giving numerous talks to schools. She also introduced National Pathology Week in 2008 and International Pathology Day in 2014.
She said: “It is honour to receive such a prestigious award in recognition of my contribution to pathology and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the pathology profession and improve care for patients.
“It was a privilege to serve as President of the Royal College of Pathologists and I would like to thank the Trust and my colleagues in the pathology department for supporting me to fulfil this role. It has been a pleasure to represent pathologists and laboratory scientists, who work extremely hard to analyse millions of blood and tissue samples each year and form a vital part of the healthcare workforce. I look forward to continuing to work to improve pathology services for patients both locally and nationally.”
Stephen Graves, Chief Executive at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I would like to congratulate Dr Lishman on receiving a CBE.
"Dr Lishman is an asset to our Trust and we are very proud of her continued work towards enhancing pathology services for patients.”
Dr Lishman has recently completed her three-year term as president and will continue to work at the Trust, while pursuing other commitments including working on the Department of Health Death Certification Board, which is implementing the Learning From Deaths agenda, and chairing the Scientific Advisory Board of Bowel Cancer UK.