UK-based Indian-origin plastic surgeon Dr Jajini Varghese, 39, has been named ”Outstanding Young Person of the World 2020” by a non-profit NGO. She will receive this international award for her “incredible” contributions to diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Dr Varghese will be felicitated in an award ceremony at the 2020 Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Congress in Yokohama, Japan, in November. The annual award aims at honouring people under the age of 40 from across 110 countries for their extraordinary achievements.

Dr Varghese is a Consultant in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at Royal Free Hospital and University College London. The young surgeon hails from Muttom Haripad in Kerala and is currently based in London with her husband and two children.

She completed her graduation in medicine from India. Dr Varghese was awarded the Cambridge Commonwealth Full Scholarship to the University of Cambridge to complete her MPhil and PhD on the “Genetics of Breast Cancer”. In her research to identify susceptible women with high breast density, ZNF 365 gene was discovered, which is associated with breast cancer. The research to find out genes related to breast cancer was done in collaboration with the Harvard University and the Mayo Clinic.

This genetic mutation is now used worldwide in microarrays. This helps in identifying women with a genetic predisposition in order to detect, prevent and treat breast cancer at an early stage.

On a related note, Dr Varghese has won several accolades for her work including an award at the Association of Breast Surgery Conference and the UK Radiology International Congress.