Dr Mohammad Farqad Alamgir was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Proud: Dr Mohammad Farqad Alamgir pioneered a programme ensuring heart attack victims are operated on within 90 minutes.

The clinical director for cardiac and neurosciences at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham pioneered a programme ensuring heart attack victims were operated on within 90 minutes, increasing their chances of survival.


He said: "It was a big shock. I am very proud and very humbled.


"I never expected this at all. Obviously, I am delighted, but it is not just for me – it is for my team as well."


Dr Alamgir was working in Saudi Arabia when a letter from the Cabinet Office arrived at his home in Kirk Ella.

He said: "My wife rang me and told me there was a letter from the Cabinet Office and I thought it must be something like an unpaid tax bill.


"When she told me what it was, I just couldn't believe it."


Pakistan-born Dr Alamgir joined Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in 1996 as the clinical lead for cardiac care, later rising to clinical director.


He expanded the cardiology unit at the hospital and was the first in the UK to perform a procedure to clip leaky heart valves.


He celebrated the award yesterday with a gathering for friends and family and is looking forward to collecting his medal at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.


"You can only take three people and fights are already breaking out about who is coming with me," he said.


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