Professor Azhar Farooqi qualified from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1983, and has been a GP at the East Leicester Medical Practice since 1987. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGO) in 1991.
Professor Farooqi’s main research interests have been in diabetes and ethnic minority health issues. He has published over 60 peer review papers as well as a book on diabetes in primary care and several book chapters. He helped establish and chair the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland (LNR) Primary Care Research Alliance and his own practice was one of the first to achieve investigator-led research accreditation status from the Royal College of General Practitioners. National work has included advisory work for Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation and Department of Health.
In 2007 Professor Farooqi was awarded the OBE for services to medicine and health services and later on in 2011 he was elected by Leicester GPs to chair the Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group. Outside of the CCG his main interests are his family and home. Hobbies include travelling, collecting books and gardening.