Ajay Kakkar

Lord Kakkar was raised to the peerage as Baron Kakkar of Loxbeare in the County of Devon in 2010. He is a crossbencher.

Lord Kakkar is an expert in the treatment and prevention of blood clots and gained prominence for his research. Lord Kakkar used his newfound platform to describe the importance of medical research and the need for addressing health inequalities.

Lord Kakkar first visited the House in December 1977 as a schoolboy and said he was “filled with such awe and excitement", and "a passion for our nation’s democracy, debate and political discussion”.

More than 30 years later, Lord Kakkar’s expertise in thrombosis was given a warm welcome in the House. Following his first address, Baroness Elizabeth (Kay) Andrews said he will be” listened to most attentively in this house; I suspect particularly by the front bench which spends hours sitting still”.

Lord Kakkar thanked the House of Lords Appointments Commission, saying “their thorough interrogation, to which I was subjected, was without doubt the most demanding and insightful of my professional career to date”.

Currently, Lord Kakkar is a member of the Privy Council, as well as the Science and Technology Committee and the NHS Sustainability Committee in the House of Lords.

Lord Kakkar is also Chair of UCL Partners, a Professor of Surgery at UCL, and the Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute.

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 020 7219 53

E-mail: akkakkar@tri-london.ac.uk