Farah Bhatti is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, and Honorary Associate Professor at Swansea University. She was set on a becoming a doctor at a young age, and was always encouraged by her parents. When tragedy befell the family and her father died from a heart attack at the age of 47, it only increased her resolve. Farah was accepted to read Medicine at Somerville College, Oxford and gained a BA(Hons) in Physiological Sciences, specialising in heart related topics. She continued her clinical training at Cambridge University, where she discovered her love for surgery and spent an elective period at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Her mind was made up – it was a career in Cardiothoracic Surgery or bust.
She qualified with an MBBChir in 1990 and trained at a number of prestigious units including The Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. She returned to Cambridge University to do a period of full time research, leading to an MD in Transplantation. She completed her Cardiothoracic training in Manchester, during which time she was elected to represent her fellow surgical trainees nationally.
Farah was appointed as a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon in November 2007 – the first woman to hold such a post in Wales, and the fourth in the UK, She has been actively involved in teaching on the Graduate Entry Medicine programme, and was part of the team that mapped the GEM curriculum to Tomorrow’s Doctors. She is now an Equality and Diversity director for GEM and is involved with the College’s Athena SWAN initiative.
At a national level Farah writes questions for the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in Cardiothoracic Surgery and has recently been appointed as an Examiner. She is also a member of the Opportunities in Surgery committee at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, which aims to promote surgery as a career to schoolchildren, medical students and young doctors.
Farah has delivered a Gresham College lecture at the Science Museum, was highly commended at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and was one of only 3 surgeons named by the Health Service Journal in its inaugural BME Pioneers list.
Farah has been described as an inspirational role model.
‘I feel privileged to do a job that I love, helping to save lives, as well as being able to indulge my passion for teaching and training.’