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 Hospital. He also holds the Chair of Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research. He has recently been appointed as Chairman for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, formally announced in October 2010.
Research led by Professor Darzi is directed towards achieving best surgical practice through both innovation in surgery and enchancing 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 enchancing healthcare delivery and of new approaches to education and training. His contribution within these research fields has been outstanding publishing over 600 peer-reviewed research papers to date. 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.
He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. In 2007 Professor Darzi was introduced to the United Kingdom's House of Lords as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health. He led a major review of the NHS in the form of the Next Stage Review with the subsequent publication of his report in 'High Quality Care For All'. He relinquished in July 2009 when he was appointed the United Kingdom's Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences, and Chair of NHS Global. Lord Darzi was appointed as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council in June 2009.