Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham is Co-Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery. He is a Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Professor Darzi is non-executive director of NHS England, Co-Director of the NHS Digital Academy and Chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and formerly EPSRC council member. His research portfolio is mainly in convergence science in areas of engineering, physical and data sciences including robotics, sensing, imaging and digital technologies.
In 2002, Professor Darzi was knighted, and in 2007 introduced to the UK’s House of Lords as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health. In 2008, whilst Health Minister he produced the seminal report High Quality Care for All and in 2014 was asked by the then London Mayor, Boris Johnson to chair the London Health Commission. He has been a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009 and was awarded the Order of Merit in January 2016. In July 2018, for the seventieth anniversary of the NHS, Professor Darzi launched his report Better Health and Care for All, in partnership with the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) which proposed a long-term funding settlement and a plan for reform of health and care.
Professor Darzi has been recognised for his efforts in global health, having been awarded the Qatari Sash of Independence in 2014 by His Highness the Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and the Order of Honour by the President of Armenia in 2017 and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in 2019, in recognition of his contributions to global health and the development of medicine in Japan.
In recognition of his contributions to academia and global healthcare, the University has resolved to confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Science honoris causa.