CONSULTANT plastic surgeon Ajay L Mahajan has been awarded a Professorship at the University of Bradford in recognition of his academic achievements.

Prof Mahajan succeeded Professor David Sharpe as the director of the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit at the University of Bradford in 2013.

Since then, he has actively promoted research work at the university and has supervised research fellows carry out world class research in wound healing and scarring with an aim to improve healthcare for the future.

This pioneering work has been published and presented at various national and international meetings.

Prof Mahajan said: “I am very honoured to be awarded the Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Bradford. The University of Bradford has been at the forefront of academic achievements in the recent past and it has been a privilege to be a part of it.

"We have been able to do valuable research at our unit and I am very grateful to the people of Bradford for supporting us.

"I look forward to contributing towards the progress of the profile of the University and improve treatment and quality of life of patients who have been injured or sustained burns."

The Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit was established by Prof Sharpe following the Bradford fire. He was instrumental in looking after the victims of the disaster.