The work of a cancer surgeon who trained at St Mark’s Hospital has been recognised in her home country of Saudi Arabia.
Dr Samar Alhomoud was awarded the King Abdulaziz First Degree Medal for her outstanding contribution to medicine.
Previous recipients of the medal’s various classes include various heads of state including Barack Obama
“It is a great honour and hope it inspires more women to consider a career in medicine,” said Dr Alhomoud who was voted among the 100 most influential women in Saudi Arabia in 2017.
Dr Alhomoud, who spent two years at St Mark’s completing her Fellowship Training Programme in Colorectal Surgery, was presented with the medal by King Abdulaziz.
Professor Sue Clarke, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Director of the Polyposis Registry at St Mark’s, said: “Samar is part of the St Mark’s family and we’re all delighted her work has been recognised.
“She is one of the foremost authorities on colorectal cancer in the Middle East and sits on numerous influential committees.
“She’s an inspirational role model, and achieving what she has as a women in surgery in Saudi Arabia is a massive achievement.”