Kamlesh Khunti, an Indian-origin diabetes expert based in the east Midlands town of Leicester, has been adjudged as one of the most influential general practitioners in Britain.
A poll published by Pulse, a leading weekly medical publication put Khunti in the top 20 of currently practising doctors who have helped to shape general practice.
The list was drawn up by a panel of 50 leading general practitioners who were asked to judge which of their colleagues they most admired.
David Gorrod, chairman of the Leicester Mercury Patients' Panel, said: "It is a real fillip for Leicester to have such an auspicious and acknowledged figure such as Prof Khunti included in this list.
"Prof Khunti has been a general practitioner (GP) in Leicester for 20 years but much of his work is now centred on diabetes research and has won national and international recognition."
Reacting to the news, Khunti told the local media: "Inclusion in this list of GPs came as a big surprise, although it is nice to be recognised. Being a GP has given me a lot personally and I hope I have given a lot back.
Leicester is a truly multi-ethnic city and in terms of my research, I wouldn't have been able to do it anywhere else."