Professor Kamlesh Khunti ranked as one of UKs most influential GPs

Professor Kamlesh Khunti (pictured), professor of primary care diabetes and vascular medicine, has been ranked as one of the most influential GPs in the UK by Pulse's Power 50 list.

The list showcases professionals achieving great things in general practice and is compiled from over 450 nominations from Pulse readers.

The Pulse profile for Professor Khunti describes him as 'probably the most influential GP researcher on diabetes in the UK' and acknowledges that his work is having a direct effect on policy.

It lists some of his recent career highlights, including how he chaired the NICE guideline group that recommended that GPs should screen all patients aged 40 or older for diabetes in 2012. These recommendations form the basis of pilots launched by NHS England, with a view to rolling out a national scheme next year, whereby GP practices will assess the diabetes risk of millions of patients.

Professor Khunti says that his highlights of the year include his input into the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and being included at number 10 on the influential global diabetes researchers list at the American Diabetes Association’s Conference.

Professor Khunti said: "I would like to thank my family and all the wonderful research and teaching staff at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, in particular my close friend and co-director Professor Melanie Davies."

The Leicester Diabetes Centre, a leading Centre in diabetes research and education, is led by Professor Kamlesh Khunti and Professor Melanie Davies from the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals. The Leicester Diabetes Centre is an alliance between the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (Leicester’s Hospitals), the University of Leicester, the local community and Primary Care and is located at Leicester General Hospital.