In 2015 he helped co-ordinate the Choosing Wisely campaign by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges as lead author in a BMJ paper to highlight the risks of overuse of medical treatments. In the same year, he became the youngest member to be appointed to the board of trustees of UK health think tank, The King's Fund that advises the government on health policy. Aseem is a frequent expert commentator in print and broadcast media and he has written scores of articles for a number of publications including the BMJ, British Journal of Sports Medicine, BMJ Open Heart, JAMA Internal Medicine, Prescriber, The Pharmaceutical Journal, European Scientist, The Guardian and Observer, BBC online, Huffington Post, The Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph and the Washington Post. Aseem has appeared in the Health Service Journal’s list of top 50 BME pioneers, and has won a number of awards for his work to raise awareness of diet-related illness both in the UK and internationally. He is a pioneer of the lifestyle medicine movement in the UK and has had feature articles written about him in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, and Healthcare Leader. In 2018 he was ranked by software company Onalytica as the number 1 doctor in the world influencing obesity thinking.
In 2016 he was named in the Sunday Times Debrett's list as one of the most influential people in science and medicine in the UK in a list that included Professor Stephen Hawking. His total Altmetric score (measure of impact and reach) of his medical journal publications since 2013 is over 10,000 making it one of the highest in the World for a clinical doctor during this period. His first book co-authored with Donal O' Neill, The Pioppi Diet, has become an international bestseller.
Award-winning American Science Journalist Gary Taubes describes Aseem as someone who has “probably done more in the UK to inject sanity into nutrition science and the pharmaceutical industry debate than any human being alive” ~ Sir Richard Thompson, Past President of the Royal College of Physicians and former personal physician to her majesty The Queen said “Dr Aseem Malhotra is changing the face of medicine and his revolutionary book the Pioppi Diet should be read by everyone”.
Malhotra did not stop there. His vested interest in all matters that he believes to undermine the publics' health has even resulted in him challenging the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence's recommendations of prescription of statins for people at low risk of heart disease. This letter was signed by Dr Clare Gerada, past chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and by Sir Richard Thompson, the president of the Royal College of Physicians. Malhotra has highlighted concerns that medicine and procedures can be over-sold and under-deliver, and also maintains that most of our nutrients can be delivered more efficiently from food than from supplements. He has been instrumental in bringing the BMJ campaign "Too Much Medicine" to mainstream media. He passionately believes in transparent communication with patients, "shared decision making" and personalised medicine. He was recently lead author on a paper published in the Post Graduate Medical Journal entitled "Right care and high-value cardiology: doctors' responsibilities to the patient and the population."
Aseem has also single-handedly recruited celebrity figures such as Steven Gerrard and Jamie Oliver in his plight to improve school food, and can also be credited with helping bring about the new government policy on Automated External Defibrillators.
Aseem Malhotra has become one of the most influential and effective campaigning doctors in the world on issues that affect obesity, heart disease and population health. This is not just a cardiologist. This is a man who wants to change the world one meal at a time by not just rocking the system but by rebuilding it.
"It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver." - Gandhi
- Founding member and advisor to campaign group Action on Sugar
- Named on a list of anti-obesity activists that includes Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg
- Opinion-based articles published in The Guardian, The Observer, BBC Online, The Huffington Post, The Mirror, The Daily Mail, Telegraph and The Sun
- Television appearances on BBC, Sky News, ITV and Channel 4. Doctor Aseem has also been a regular newspaper reviewer for Sky News
- Lead author, with co-author Professor Terence Stephenson, on a blueprint for a British Medical Journal health revolution paper, which made the front page of The Telegraph and The Times, as well as headline news on BBC, ITV and Sky News
- Writer for the column "Observations from the Heart" in the BMJ
- Made the top ten list of 1,000 Most Influential for 2014 in the London Evening Standard's Super Smart Set, as well as their list of 1,000 Power List for 2015
- Made Health Service Journal's Top 50 BME (doctors from ethnic minority backgrounds) for outstanding contribution to health care
- Youngest doctor to be appointed to board of trustees of UK Health think tank - The Kings Fund
- Member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges choosing wisely steering group, the Greater London Authority Food Board, Cardiologist Advisor in the National Obesity Forum, and Science Director for Action on Sugar
- BMJ commentary published in October 2013, in which he busted the myth that eating saturated fats causes heart disease, became of the most influential medical journal articles with over 100,000 downloads. The editorial made front page of three British newspapers, as well as receiving coverage on BBC News, CNN International, and Fox News