Local clinician awarded for exceptional contribution to digital imaging informatics

Dr Neelam Dugar, Consultant Radiologist at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), has been bestowed with an exceptional contribution award by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) for her outstanding work in digital imaging informatics. The presentation itself occurred at a Westminster Central Hall ceremony on 25 May. .

The RCR is a national body responsible for advancing the science and professional standards of clinical oncology and radiology. As such, they are a highly prestigious organisation and to receive an accolade from them is truly an honour.

Richard Parker, Chief Executive at DBTH, said: “Neelam is a credit to our organisation and we are absolutely delighted with her achievement. There can be no doubt that she has earned this award through tireless effort and dedication. It’s great to see all of this hard work pay off, as she is formally recognised by her peers for influencing the field of digital imaging informatics, both across the country and even internationally.”

The RCR similarly commend Dr Dugar as a “leading thinker” within her industry. Remarking that she often promotes new and innovative ideas, the college pointed out that many of the initiatives spearheaded by Dr Dugar have gone on to be adopted widely in both the NHS and other health systems globally.

The RCR also praised Neelam for her remarkable understanding of healthcare interoperability, noting that, throughout her distinguished career, this technical knowledge has enabled her to collaborate closely with IT experts and software developers. Moreover, the award also acknowledged Neelam’s impressive commitment to her numerous leadership roles, organising conferences and writing documents on the subject of clinical IT.

Regarding the award Neelam said: “This means a great deal to me and my family, who I know are feeling very proud right now. ​I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues at DBTH for their endless encouragement and support. They have been instrumental in my success and have really enabled me to flourish. Without them this award would not have been possible.”

Back in 2016, Neelam was appointed as the inaugural chair of the RCR’s Informatics Committee and in this capacity she has already lead the publication of a successful paper, entitled ‘Who Shares Wins’. She also held roles on the RCR’s council, the clinical radiology faculty board and the clinical radiology professional standards and support board.