Professor Shafi Ahmed
Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi-award winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur.
His passion is merging the world of medicine, global education, and virtual and augmented reality to democratise and scale surgical education.
Referred to as the “the most watched surgeon in human history”, Professor Shafi has received a number of industry accolades, including the Future NHS Award, presented by Members of Parliament in 2018, and the Webit International Award for Best use of digital innovation in health.
His PhD thesis focused on was on colorectal cancer genetics; in addition, he has been awarded 4 honorary PhDs for his work on global health and education.
Adedicated trainer, educator, and Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School, he was awarded the Silver Scalpel award in 2015, for best national trainer in surgery by the Association of Surgeons in Training.
In 2016 he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation which was watched by 55,000 people in 140 countries, and reached 4.6 million on Twitter.
In 2016 he used the Snapchat spectacles to teach surgery across the globe; this was viewed by over 2 million people and reached 54 million people on twitter.
In 2017 he conducted an operation alongside other surgeons from three continents and three time zones using avatars and holograms. He co- founded Medical Realties, and the organisation and just released the first VR Interactive Surgical Training Module.
He is a non-executive director of Medic Bleep, a communications platform for healthcare professionals. He is an advisor for governments and multinationals working in the field of Pharma, Digital Health, Artificial intelligence, Robotics and Blockchain