Lord Ara DarziView all speakers
Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham PC, KBE, FMedSci, HonFREng
Lord Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College and is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust Hospitals. In October 2010 he was appointed as Director for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. In 2012 Lord Darzi took up the role of Chair, Imperial College Health Partners.
He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. Lord Darzi was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords in 2007 as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. He relinquished this role in July 2009. Under appointment (July 2009 – March 2013) as United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences Lord Darzi took an active international role in outlining and shaping healthcare policy. Lord Darzi was appointed as a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in June 2009. Recently, Lord Darzi was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society.
Innovation has delivered incalculable benefits to billions of people. But the demands of this century will require even greater change because many health systems are rapidly becoming unsustainable. Not only does the non-communicable disease epidemic threaten to overwhelm health services. The costs of care are also rising, and this at a time when many countries face perhaps a decade of fiscal consolidation. In his talk, Professor Darzi will discuss these drivers of innovation, arguing that more of the same will not be enough to restore health systems’ sustainability: fundamentally new ways of delivering care will need to be found that are at once better and cheaper. Although this is clearly a challenge that has not yet been met, Professor Darzi will point to innovations from the emerging world with the potential to reshape health services in developed countries. A key part of the answer will be to close the gap between what we know and what we do—and focus on the uptake of innovations every bit as much as on the basic research which gives rise to them.