Ramesh Mehta

Ramesh was born on 19 September 1947 in a small village in central India. He decided at the age of seven that he wanted to be a doctor. He undertook his undergraduate medical training and postgraduate training in paediatrics at the same medical school in India before coming to the UK in 1981 in order to gain additional training and experience. Following training at various levels and a stint abroad, he accepted the position of Consultant Paediatrician at Bedford Hospital in 1993. He took over as the clinical director of the department in 1996 and was responsible for modernising and expanding the clinical services. He was involved in designing the new mother and baby unit at the hospital and initiated Paediatric Rheumatology services, one of the first to be set up in a district general hospital in the country. Ramesh later joined as Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Rheumatology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

Ramesh has tutored at the Cambridge Deanery, the University of Cambridge, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and has been a PLAB examiner for the GMC. He was an elected member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health council and has worked as a Principal RCPCH examiner across a variety of regions. He was instrumental in developing a collaboration between the Indian Academy of Paediatrics and the RCPCH which opened up possibilities for Indian paediatricians to take the MRCPCH (Membership of the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health) examination in India without having to travel to the UK. Dr. Mehta is founder president of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO). Set up in 1996, it is the biggest and most influential organization of international medical graduates in the UK. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK (FHEA) and is Secretary General for the Global Association of Physicians of Indian origin (GAPIO).

The importance of ‘giving back’

I feel that although I have migrated, I haven't neglected my dues to my country of birth and I do a lot of charity and educational work which includes taking the Royal College exam to India. People like me who are individually doing some charity work, there are lots of us. We estimate there are 40,000 doctors of Indian origin in this country so one quarter of the workforce really and many of them want to do some work in the country of their birth.

Ramesh Mehta