Imperial College London

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC KBE FRS FMedSci HonFREng

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Professor of Surgery



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Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus






Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Chair of Imperial College Health Partners. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust.

Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of healthcare. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding, publishing over 800 peer-reviewed research papers to date. In recognition of his achievements in the research and development of surgical technologies, Professor Darzi has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2013 was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. In 2007, he was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government in 2009, Professor Darzi sat as the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. During this appointment and beyond Professor Darzi has developed his status as a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation. Professor Darzi was appointed and remains a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009. 



Attaelmanan I, Bhatti YA, Harris M, et al., The development and diffusion of surgical frugal innovations – lessons for the NHS, LSE International Health Policy Conference 2017

Byrne B, Aylin P, Bottle RA, et al., Failure to engage in surgical quality improvement research is associated with poorer quality of care, Royal Society of Medicine, Coloproctology section: Overseas meeting in Leuven

Byrne B, Faiz O, Darzi A, et al., Do gastrointestinal cancer patients want to decide where they have tests and surgery? A questionnaire study., Digestive Disorders Federation

Deligianni F, Singh H, Modi H, et al., Expertise Related Disparity in Prefrontal-Motor Brain Connectivity, Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics

Dilley J, Singh H, Pratt P, et al., Visual behaviour in robotic surgery – demonstrating the validity of the simulated environment, 8th Annual BIARGS Meeting

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