Pankaj Sharma: Addicted to playing poloBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3960 (Published 29 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3960
Pankaj Sharma is professor of neurology at Royal Holloway, University of London and consultant neurologist at Imperial College. His principal research interest is in the genetics of stroke, especially in high risk Asian communities in the UK and around the world. He has established one of the world’s largest international stroke biorepositories for South Asian people, and his work has helped identify genes causally associated with stroke. He is a frequent media commentator on stroke and brain disorders and was named the UK’s top Asian doctor at the 2015 British Indian Awards, an annual event to celebrate the achievements of leading British Asians.
What was your earliest ambition?
To be an electronic engineer. I tried it for a year before realising that I preferred talking to people rather than to wires and circuit boards.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
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