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Ara Darzi

The Rt Hon Lord Darzi of Denham PC KBE FMedSci FREng FRS


Elected: 2013


Ara Darzi is an academic surgeon who has been a guiding force behind numerous recent innovations in surgical practice. In addition to his internationally reputed work on minimally invasive surgery, he has helped to pioneer the development of robotic techniques to facilitate medical operations.

His fundamental work on the imaging, visualisation and monitoring of patients throughout the surgical process has significantly contributed to both the quality and safety of operations. Ara has also revolutionised the way in which surgical training is carried out, most notably by developing the virtual operating theatre to help surgeons safely rehearse complex procedures.

Ara was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002, and in 2009 was appointed to Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council. In that same year, he stepped down as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health to become the UK’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences.

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