Honorees: Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE

Lord Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London and is an honorary consultant at St Mary’s Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Lord Darzi and his team are internationally respected for their innovative work in the advancement of minimal invasive surgery and in the development and use of allied technologies including surgical robots and image-guided surgery. They have been awarded many prizes including the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher and Further Education, in recognition for their achievements in pioneering new technologies to address training requirements for surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Lord Darzi actively pursues, and relentlessly campaigns for, the need for improved inter-disciplinary research. He has published more than 500 peer review articles and 7 books.

Lord Darzi was knighted by the Queen, for his service to medicine and surgery, as a Knight Commander of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in December 2002.

Lord Darzi was introduced to the House of Lords on 19 July 2007 and appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health. On 4 July, 2007, the Prime Minister and Health Secretary announced that Lord Darzi would lead a review of the NHS that would advise on how to meet the challenges of delivering health care over the next decade. Lord Darzi continues his clinical and academic contribution and is the first Minister of Health to be an active clinician while in office.