Lord Ara Darzi KBE HonFREng, speaking tonight at The Royal Academy of Engineering’s Hinton Lecture “Advances in applying engineering solutions to surgery” demonstrated how multidisciplinary, collaborative working between engineers and clinicians has been essential for the progression of medical robotics and healthcare related technologies.

Sharing his experience of pioneering surgical technological research, speaking to an audience at The Royal College of Surgeons, Lord Darzi also described the future development of fully articulated snake robots and other technological advances that will facilitate the progress of newly emerging minimally invasive procedures that are not possible with current technology.

Lord Darzi comments, “Gone are the days when the surgeon’s knife ruled the operating theatre. The future of surgery lies in advances in engineering and technology, providing novel platforms to enable more complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures than are currently possible. These new technologies present new challenges for ensuring high quality, safe and effective treatment. “

Lord Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London and is an honorary consultant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust. Lord Darzi is also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Health. He recently led a review of the NHS on how to meet the challenges of delivering health care over the next decade. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering.

The Hinton Lecture, the premier annual lecture of The Royal Academy of Engineering is named after the late Lord Hinton of Bankside OM KBE FREng FRS.

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  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

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