CARDIAC surgeon Induu Deglurkar has missed out after being shortlisted for a British Asian Women of Achievement Award.

Indu, who is based at University Hospital of Wales, had been nominated in the professional category which recognises women who have trained and become leaders in their field.

She attended the award ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane but was pipped to the post by a concept engineer from Shell.

Indu said: “I am very honoured to have been nominated and I know my family are too – especially my mother.

“It has been a fascinating experience to have been interviewed and met the other women on the shortlist, all of whom have done great things in their field.

“There was an incredible electricity in the room with all of the shortlisted finalists. Just to be in their company is an honour.”

The awards were set up in 1999 to celebrate the often unsung Asian heroines of British life and have a number of categories from all walks of life.

Dr Graham Shortland, the Medical Director for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for Indu to be recognised on such a prestigious stage.

“She does remarkable work at the University Hospital of Wales where her dedication to save and improve lives is apparent each day and it is fitting that those efforts are being recognised."