Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC KBE

Consultant Surgeon FRS FACS(Hon) FRCSI FRCS MD

Specialism: Gastrointestinal

Available at: Chelsea

Special interests:

  • colorectal surgery
  • colorectal cancer surgery


Professor Darzi has both a private and an NHS practice at The Royal Marsden.

Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London where he is Head of the Division of Surgery. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust and The Royal Marsden. He also holds the Chair of Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research.

Professor Darzi studied medicine at the University of Dublin and qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He obtained his fellowship in Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and an MD degree from Trinity College, Dublin. He was subsequently granted the fellowships of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. In recognition of his outstanding achievements in research and development of surgical technologies, Professor Darzi was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Darzi has been instrumental in the safe and systematic introduction of both advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery in surgical practice in the UK. Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through both innovation in surgery and enhancing the safety and quality of healthcare. This is achieved by:

  • a combined focus on the role and evaluation of new technologies
  • studies of the safety and quality of care
  • development of methods of enhancing healthcare delivery
  • new approaches to education and training.

Professor Darzi and his team are internationally respected for their innovative work in the advancement of minimally invasive surgery, and in the development and use of allied technologies including surgical robots and image-guided surgery. This work has received international recognition, including the Hamdan Award for Medical Research Excellence in 2004. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding, publishing over 550 peer-reviewed research papers to date.

In addition to his clinical and research activities, Professor Darzi is committed to improving the NHS. For many years, he has made substantial contributions at a national and international level. Professor Darzi led the NHS Next Stage Review that has sought to support the NHS to achieve high quality care for all.

Professor Darzi was knighted in 2002 by the Queen as a Knight Commander of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in December 2002, and was appointed to Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council (PC) in 2009. He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Health from 2007–09. Professor Darzi is the Chair of NHS Global and serves as the UK's Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences. He was also appointed as a UK Business Ambassador in 2009.