Knighthood for Vice Principal (Health)
18 June 2012
Professor Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal (Health) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre has been awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honors in recognition of his contributions to academic medicine.
Others receiving awards for services to health from King’s include Professor Tak Lee, recently retired Asthma UK Chair of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine and alumna Maggie Guy. They were awarded a CBE and MBE respectively.
Professor Robert Lechler
A graduate of the University of Manchester, Robert’s distinguished career spans more than 30 years and has covered clinical, research and leadership roles at Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, National Institute of Health (US), Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, Imperial College London and King’s College London.
His leadership career began in 1994 when he became Professor and Director of Immunology at Imperial College London. A year later he was appointed Chief of Immunology Services at Hammersmith Hospital NHS Trust. In 2001 he was made Dean of the Hammersmith Campus, and later Head of the Division of Medicine of Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine in 2003.
Robert became Dean of King’s College School of Medicine in 2004. The following year he succeeded Professor Sir Graeme Catto as Vice-Principal (Health) in charge of the five Health Schools of King’s. Having been a driving force behind the creation of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre, Robert was appointed its first Executive Director in 2009.
An Immunologist, Robert’s research interests revolve around transplantation tolerance; the central aim of his research is to persuade the immune system to ‘tolerate’ the foreign organ while retaining full capability to fight off infections and cancer.
Professor Tak Lee
Professor Tak Lee, recently retired Director of the MRC and Asthma UK Centre, Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma at King's and Imperial College London received has been awarded a CBE for research in asthma and allergy.
Arriving in 1984 from Harvard University, Tak spent 25 years at King’s during which time he transformed clinical asthma and allergy services (as Honorary Consultant to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals) and established an internationally renowned research team.
He was appointed Asthma UK Chair of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at King’s in 1988 and also inaugural director of the MRC and Asthma UK Centre in 2005. He has received many awards for his scientific achievements and services to clinical allergy including the William Franklin and Jack Pepys awards. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Alumna Maggie Guy (Palliative Care MSc 2008) was awarded an MBE. She receives the award for not only her long standing service at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as part of the medical team but also for her voluntary work as Chair of Hospice Home Support (HHS) – a charity affiliated to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.
For more information on other King’s people who were awarded in the Queen’s birthday honours see Queen's birthday honours 2012.