Syed Abidi MD, MBE, DL, FRSPH

Syed AbidiSyed is a British Pakistani Doctor & a Public Health Specialist, based in Manchester with a particular interest in health improvement and health awareness of the general public. He is the founder director of Al-Hayat (The Life) Foundation Healthcare Trust in Pakistan.

During 1998-2000, he worked in the Radiology Department of North Manchester General Hospital as Clinical Assistant. Between 2001-2002, he worked at Tameside General Hospital as Clinical Researcher in the department of Elderly Medicine.

In April 2002, he launched my U.K’s first-ever bilingual (English/Urdu) book ‘Prevention is always better than cure’; thousands of copies have been distributed to Public/NHS libraries, G.P surgeries and A & E units.

Between 2003-2006 Syed served as CEO of British Ethnic Health Awareness Foundation (BEHAF) Trust and organised 30 national health awareness seminars in Greater Manchester area.

He is an Ambassador of the Cancer Research UK, Fellow of The Royal Society of Public Health & Founder Director (since 2006) of Community Health Involvement & Empowerment Foundation (CHIEF), a national social enterprise in health & social care that exists to serve health needs of the BME communities of the U.K.

Syed is the Presenter of a weekly health talk shows on community TV channels where he has invited senior/junior medical colleagues to join him to discuss common health issues in English, Urdu & Punjabi languages. The show takes telephone calls from across the globe. So far Syed presented more than 50 shows on diverse health issues.

He was honoured with an MBE in the New Years Queen’s Honours List 2012 for his health services to the wider community.

In July 2012, Syed was elected as Public Governor (Greater Manchester constituency) for the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is also a Member of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust.