Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham OM KBE PC FRS
Lord Darzi is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. He also holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, and the Institute of Cancer Research and is Executive Chair of the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar.
Lord Darzi leads a multidisciplinary team across a diverse and impactful portfolio of academic and policy research. His work drives the identification, development and adoption of innovation across international healthcare systems and champions high quality care. He has published over 950 peer-reviewed research papers to date and has developed his status as a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation. In recognition of his achievements, Professor Darzi was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society and most recently, a foreign associate of the Institute of Medicine.
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 to lead a major review of the NHS, which culminated in the publication of his report, ‘High Quality Care for All: NHS Next Stage Review’, in 2008. Upon relinquishing this Ministerial role in 2009, Professor Darzi was appointed by the Prime Minister as the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. He currently sits as a Council Member for the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a Non-Executive Director of NHS Improvement, and has been a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009 and received the Order of Merit from Her Majesty The Queen for exceptional services to medicine and global healthcare in the 2016 New Year honours.