Learning from the London Health Commission

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In 2013 Professor Darzi was invited by London Mayor Boris Johnson to chair a London-wide review of health care in the capital. In the autumn of 2014, the London Health Commission published its final report and a series of comprehensive recommendations aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of London's diverse population.

In this evening session, Professor Darzi outlined the key findings and recommendations set out by the London Health Commission, as well as reflecting on some of the insights gained from leading a large and high-profile health care system review.


Lord Ara Darzi

Professor Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and an honorary consultant surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust.

Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through innovation in surgery and enhancing patient safety and the quality of health care. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding, publishing more than 800 peer-reviewed research papers to date. In recognition of his achievements in the research and development of surgical technologies, Professor Darzi has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society.  In 2013 he was elected a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine. In January 2014 Professor Darzi was awarded the Qatari Sash of Independence by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in recognition of his contribution to the development of Qatar’s health sector.

In 2002, Professor Darzi was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery. In 2007, he was introduced to the UK’s House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. Upon relinquishing this role within central government in 2009, Professor Darzi sat as the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences until March 2013. During this appointment and beyond, Professor Darzi has developed his status as a leading voice in the field of global health policy and innovation. In September 2013 Professor Darzi was appointed to lead a new clinically-led London Health Commission, which will conduct an evidence-based investigation into health care provision and resources for Londoners.

Professor Darzi has been a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council since June 2009.