Women of the HSMA: Miss Shohreh Beski

Q&A - 7TH MARCH 2022

Miss Shohreh Beski of The Regenerative Clinic and Harley Street Specialist Hospital on female role models, valuable advice and the main challenges facing women in healthcare today

To mark International Women’s Day 2022, we are celebrating the women of the HSMA. Each day we will be publishing a Q&A with one of the remarkable women who make up our vibrant community of healthcare specialists. Meet Miss Shohreh Beski, a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist at The Regenerative Clinic and Harley Street Specialist Hospital.

Tell us about your role.
I am a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist working at Barts Health NHS Trust, and I have a private clinic at The Regenerative Clinic, based at the Harley Street Specialist Hospital, as well as a clinic with Harley Street Specialist Hospital directly. I also have clinics in HCA (Portland Hospital) and Circle Health. My special interest is vulvovaginal disorders and menopause.

Who are the women who have inspired you the most?
The women that I look up to are most are Marie Curie, the first female scientist to win a Nobel Prize for discovering Polonium and Radium, and Mariam Mirzakhani, the first woman and the first Iranian to be awarded a Fields Medal in mathematics.

As a woman, what are the biggest challenges you have faced along the way?
My challenges were many. In Iran, I was living as a professional woman, and I was forced to leave across the borders with my young family. Then in the UK, I navigated settling and retraining while looking after my family, working through language and cultural barriers. But I am still achieving my goals in life.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #BreakTheBias. What does this mean to you? 
It means gender equality. It’s something we still need to work on – even in developed countries, it’s not achieved.