A non-medical surgical expert at Edge Hill University has been presented with one of the most prestigious awards in recognition of her contribution to teaching hundreds of students around the world. 

Dr Bhuvaneswari Bibleraaj, a Reader in Health and Social Care at Edge Hill’s Medical School, has been awarded the 2021 Farquharson Award by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. 

The Farquharson Award is given in memory of Eric Farquharson, who was a surgeon and fellow of the College and author of Farquharson’s Textbook of Operative Surgery, to a recipient who has made significant contributions to surgical teaching or surgical anatomy. 

During her impressive 20-year career Dr Bibleraaj’ s research into keyhole surgery has had impact across the world and her current research aims to standardise training programmes internationally. 

Dr Bibleraaj said: “It is a great honour to receive the Farquharson award and to be recognised by my peers with such a special accolade. This award is not a testament to my individual achievements, but the talented teams of researchers and clinicians who I have worked with throughout my clinical teaching and research career. I’m very proud of what we have achieved over the past 15 to 20 years, but there is still a lot of work to be done.” 

Dr Bibleraaj receiving her award
Dr Bibleraaj (left) receiving the 2021 Farquharson award

As a clinical researcher at Edge Hill University, her research interests focus on clinical outcomes and cost effectiveness in cardiothoracic surgery patients. 

She added: “I joined Edge Hill University four years ago because I wanted the freedom to do clinical research, I didn’t want to only be an academic researcher. By working one day a week clinically, it means that I can have access to regular patient contact, which I believe is crucial for clinical research. I find that the most impactful results are borne out of research that allows clinicians to be able to speak to patients about their experiences, this is when we see the real-life impact of our work in action. 

“Edge Hill has allowed me to take this approach and has supported me throughout, and I’m fortunate to work with some fantastic colleagues and mentors across the world.” 

Dr Bibleraaj, who is a post-doctoral fellow of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), national Chair for the Nurses & Allied Health Professional in the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) and President of the Association of Cardiothoracic Surgical Care Practitioners (ACT SCP) in the UK, was also named one of the NHS North West’s research Wonder Women in 2019. 

Professor Sally Spencer, Director of Edge Hill’s Health Research Institute, said: “Bhuvana embodies the Institute’s commitment to supporting practice-led research of benefit to patients, practitioners and healthcare communities. Her passion for improving patient care through surgical practice continues to drive her academic achievements and this is a well-deserved accolade.” 

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