Ara Warkes Darzi
Darzi was born in Iraq in 1960 and later moved to Ireland. He studied medicine in the Republic of Ireland, at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and subsequently obtained the postgraduate degree of MD at Trinity College, Dublin.
He moved to the UK from Ireland in 1990 to further his career in Surgery and in 1991 he was appointed as a consultant surgeon at Central Middlesex Hospital at the age of 31 and then moved to St. Mary's Hospital in 1994.
In 2002 He was awarded a knighthood for his services to medicine and surgery and subsequently elevated to peerage in 2007.
On 29 June 2007 Darzi was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. He was created a life peer on 12 July 2007 as Baron Darzi of Denham, of Gerrards Cross in the County of Buckinghamshire. His appointment was part of Brown's Government of all the talents.
He is married to Wendy with whom he has two children, Freddie and Nina.