Imperial College London School of Medicine
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Arian saw his home country of Italy struggling to cope. He made a selfless decision to go back to help on the frontlines, working tirelessly as a volunteer on ambulances to support Italy’s overwhelmed healthcare system.
Later, when the pandemic hit the UK, he used his invaluable experience and knowledge to guide volunteers, provide pastoral support to those on the frontlines through video calls, and improve the wellbeing of workers struggling to cope with the psychological toll of the first wave.
His experience of coronavirus in Italy meant he was able to transform the care of those afflicted by COVID-19, applying lessons learned before later sourcing more than £10,000 worth of medical equipment for hospitals in Armenia, when the outbreak started there.
Arian has now shared recommendations for surgeons to improve the mental health of COVID patients that has been published in the British Journal of Surgery. Arian is a role model for many healthcare professionals at all levels of the profession, both in the UK and abroad.