Dr Das, pictured, associate specialist in orthopaedics at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, came to North Yorkshire as a registrar in 1985 and has worked in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at the hospital for 29 years. He brought new surgical techniques for trauma patients to the Friarage in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
His many achievements include introducing a surgical procedure – close interlocking nail – where a fracture is nailed together allowing patients to be up and mobile much sooner, within days. He also raised £9,000 in six weeks to buy the medical equipment required.
He said:” I am delighted and incredibly humbled to have been given this honour. It warms my heart to receive it and I can’t really believe it.
“I am just doing the job I love, to the best of my ability and I am very lucky to work with the most fantastic people at the Friarage and at a very good hospital trust.”