Saleyha Ahsan

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Saleyha Ahsan is a practising A&E doctor at a London hospital, a former Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and a broadcaster.

Saleyha co-presents the hit BBC Two health series, Trust Me I'm a Doctor. She also presented The Truth About Fat for BBC One in 2016 along with a BBC One programme, Fast Tales, about Ramadan. She regularly reports for The One Show on BBC One and also co-presented a BBC Two Horizon special on the Longitude Prize. 

After passing out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Saleyha joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, where she led her troop on an operational tour of Bosnia. It was there that Saleyha was inspired by the work of military doctors, and on her return she applied to study medicine. Her medical and military background form the inspiration for her media work to date and she recently presented a special report for Newsnight on Army medical preparations for battleground theatres and a BBC Inside Out special on troops returning from service in Afghanistan.

Saleyha left the Army in 2000 and settled into being a medical student and also returned to journalism. 

In 2011 Saleyha completed a masters degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which has given her a greater depth of knowledge for her ongoing projects related to access to healthcare in conflict and the use of secret evidence within the British justice system. She completed her thesis to the sound of gunfire in Tripoli! 

Her passion for storytelling has led to her first Radio 4 drama script commission The Road to Bani Walid, which was broadcast in 2015.

Saleyha's first book, on the human microbiome, will be published by Piatkus in 2018.