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Surgical search - maze or game?

Internationally respected surgeon Prof Ara Darzi talks about his pioneering and innovative work on minimal invasive surgery with surgical robots, as well as his lifelong commitment to improve the NHS.

Research led by Prof 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 and of new approaches to education and training. Prof Darzi is internationally respected for his pioneering and 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.

Prof Darzi has been instrumental in the safe and systematic introduction of advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery in surgical practice in the UK. He is credited with initiating the routine clinical use of surgical robots for minimal access surgery in the UK, when his surgical team started using the Da Vinci surgical robot from Intuitive Surgical Inc at St Mary’s Hospital. The system has now been used extensively for robotically assisted radical prostetectomy, cardiac and low pelvic and rectal surgery.

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


Professor Lord Ara Darzi | talks | www


Date and Time:

27 November 2008 at 7:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



The Royal Institution of Great Britain
21 Albemarle Street
+44 20 74 09 29 92

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