Ara Darzi, formerly known as Professor Lord Ara Darzi of Denham KBE, is an esteemed surgeon and respected politician. Ara is internationally celebrated for his work as a surgeon, as a testament to his influence, he holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London. As a technology and innovation speaker, he specialises in the ways that robot-assisted surgery can reduce how invasive operations are, making him perfect for industry conferences.
Born in Iraq, Ara studied at the Baghdad College before moving to London in the 80s, aged 17. In 1984, he studied a degree in Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. After earning a Bachelor in Medicine, he went on to graduate with a postgraduate degree in Dublin, Trinity College – making Ara an official Doctor of Medicine. After moving back to the United Kingdom in 1990, Ara then worked as a consultant surgeon at the Central Middlesex Hospital. As a speaker, he reflects upon this period of his life, giving his audience an insight into his journey to medical prominence from war-torn Iraq.
In 1994, Ara joined the Imperial College London, before earning a Professorship two years later and becoming a Chair of Surgery and Head of Department in 1998. He is an honorary consultant surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital and the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery from the Institute of Cancer Research. In 2005, he was the President of Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, until 2008 when he received an honorary degree from the University of Bath.
Whilst touring international medical events as a speaker, Ara promotes his belief that patients and carers should have access to their medical records, to encourage self-management. He has been an immensely positive influence on the NHS, since being asked to “develop a strategy to meet Londoners’ health needs over the next five to ten years” in 2006.
Passionate about changing the audience’s perspective of obesity, surgery and medical records, Ara’s knowledge of technology and operations make for interesting speaking topics. An advocate for the “traffic light” method of health advice on supermarket products, he is an enthralling speaker.
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When at corporate events, Profess Lord Ara is known to cover the following topics:
- Medical Engineering
- Surgical Technology
- Medical Innovation
- Medicine & Health
- Wellbeing & Youth
- Medical Science
- Drive & Determination
- Peak Performance
Lord Ara Darzi giving a speech on the future of medicine: