Ara Warkes Darzi

Lord Darzi was raised to the peerage as Baron Darzoi of Denham, of Gerrards Cross in the County of Buckinghamshire in 2007.

Lord Darzi of Denham 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 was subsequently elevated to peerage in 2007.

On 29 June 2007 Lord Darzi was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a position he served in for 2 years. He was created a life peer on 12 July 2007 as Baron Darzi of Denham, of Gerrards Cross in the County of Buckinghamshire.

Lord Darzi is the chair of numerous health partnerships and trusts within Imperial College London, the director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Marsden Hospitals since 1994. He is also the Vice Dean of Health Policy and Engagement for the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London.

He and his wife Wendy have two children, Freddie and Nina.

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