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Professor John Wallwork receives CBE

Professor John Wallwork, a retired surgeon who completed Europe’s first successful heart-lung transplant has been awarded a CBE for his work.

The professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire, has been recognised for all of his services to healthcare over the years.

“It’s a great thing to get, as a CBE is usually given for something you’ve done yourself,” he said. “But it will also be wonderful for raising the profile of Papworth.”

Prince Philip went to Papworth Hospital for heart surgery in December after being taken ill Sandringham.

Professor Wallwork said: “I’m very pleased, but it is especially good as there are lots of changes planned for the hospital, including a move to a new site.

“In particular, I hope this will focus attention on the work that is done there – as if the events of last week and the Duke of Edinburgh were not enough to do that.”

The professor retired from surgery this summer and hopes to spend his free time cooking and gardening.

“I have actually been very busy since then and of course I can’t do much in the garden at this time of the year,” he said.

“I have been doing a lot in the kitchen, though. I cook for the family and for dinner parties. We’re having a party for New Year and I shall be doing some food for that.”

Two other Cambridge locals who were included in the New Year Honours were Professor Trevor William Robbins, FRS, director of the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute at Cambridge University and Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, the former chief executive of NHS Cambridgeshire.

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