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Dr Afzal Chaudhry, CUH CMIO - a national leader in clinical bioinformatics and medical innovation

Dr Afzal Chaudhry graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1991.  He went on to secure a prestigious Medical Research Council (MRC) Training Fellowship, which he completed at The Hammersmith Hospital in London 1997-2001.  September 2003 he moved from London to Cambridge, firstly as a Clinical Senior Research Associate, prior to his appointment as a Consultant Nephrologist, with a special interest in Vasculitis (disorders that destroy blood vessels by inflammation) at Cambridge University Hospitals in 2007.

Throughout his career, Dr Chaudhry has used his exceptional computing talent and expertise to support both his clinical research and to develop and improve clinical care for patients.  Early examples include the creation of a transgenic mouse line and the authorship of computer software to perform the necessary complex calculations during his MRC Fellowship in autoimmunity.  To support his first translational research project in Cambridge he authored novel bioinformatics microarray power calculation software and developed a related clinical phenotype database to allow for analysis.  He was also the author of new transplant organ matching software and software to predict the likelihood of receiving a transplant organ.

Since his NHS Consultant appointment Dr Chaudhry has been integral to the development of a high quality vasculitis and renal transplantation service attracting numerous national referrals with superb patient outcomes. A major part of his ongoing contributions to the NHS, locally and nationally, is in the field of clinical and bio-informatics research. He has produced in excess of 40 peer reviewed papers in the last decade as well as developing a 3.1 million patient data portal – a superb resource for researchers. 

In 2015 he was appointed as the Trust’s Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) and the Clinical Lead for a £225m UK pioneering electronic hospital programme, for which he was absolutely central in gaining clinical engagement and support.  In his role of CMIO he acts as the bridge between clinical staff and technology, overseeing system design and architecture and supporting clinicians to use the electronic patient record (EPR) to analyse patient quality and standards of care; patient safety; clinical audit; compliance with agreed best practice pathways; and clinical outcomes.  He has worked tirelessly with colleagues in primary and community care to ensure that all outputs and inputs from the EPR meet the needs to clinical colleagues outside and inside the organisation.  It is a testament to his efforts that the system is scheduled within the next month to go-live in a group of local GP practices, to ensure a seamless flow of clinical information.

Dr Chaudhry has numerous national roles in bioinformatics with recognition by invitations to lecture, participate in policy and shortlisting for national awards. His contributions are key to the national NHS Digital programme.


He  contributes to postgraduate medical education,  obtained an MA degree in Medical Education as well as being a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He is a highly regarded teacher, examiner and PhD supervisor. He is senior editor of a national textbook and author of numerous materials within clinical informatics. 

edited on Apr 26, 2018 by NHS England WRES team
Monica Jacot

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