Pioneering Voluntary Plastic Surgeon
1294. Asim Shahmalak
Dr Asim Shahmalak, from Manchester, is one of the most respected hair transplant surgeons in the world who uses his professional skills to rebuild the faces of acid-attack victims in Pakistan on a voluntary basis.
With a team of volunteer medical staff, Dr Shahmalak has given 27 patients transplant eyelashes, eyebrows and hair following devastating attacks.
In a personal letter to Dr Shahmalak, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I know you do this with no thought of praise or reward, but allow me to offer my own recognition of how you are providing life-changing surgery to rebuild the faces of people in Pakistan who have experienced devastating acid attacks.”
Dr Asim Shahmalak said:
“I am humbled and honoured to be recognised for this Point of Light Award for my humanitarian work with acid attack victims in Pakistan. The work is very important to me and my way of saying thank you for the excellent medical training I received in Pakistan. The people I helped have been horrifically injured, some for the ‘crime’ of turning down a marriage proposal, and it was extremely rewarding to help rebuild their faces with hair, eyelash and eyebrow transplants. It is wonderful to have my work recognised by the Prime Minister and the official gratitude means the world to the whole team at Crown Clinic.”