Shafi
Ahmed
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MD, PhD

Surgeon, Digital Health Futurist, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer
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Medical Realities

Professor Ahmed is a multi-award-winning cancer surgeon working at The Royal London Hospital. He is a member of the NHS assembly advising the government on the NHS Long Term Plan and was awarded the Future NHS Award by members of Parliament in 2018. He was also the Asian Star in UK Tech in 2018. He won the Silver Scalpel as best national trainer in surgery in 2015 and has been given the accolade of the worlds most watched surgeon as has streamed live operations using Google Glass, Virtual Reality, social media and on national television on Operation Live which was shortlisted for a BAFTA award in 2019.
He was the Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School and was an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England where he led the international surgical training programme. He has been recently appointed as an advisor to the Abu Dhabi government for digital transformation of health and innovation. He is the Vodafone Connected Health Ambassador. He has set up surgical education programmes in over 20 countries including conflict zones. He is a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, Honorary professor at Bradford University and The Spinoza Visiting Professor at the University of Amsterdam.
Professor Ahmed is the Associate Editor for technology and innovation at the Annals of Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Editorial Strategic Advisory Board of BMJ Innovations. He cofounded Medical Realities a VR education company and sits on the board and advises major medtech and pharma companies.
He chairs the Webit Health summit in Spain and co-founded the GIANT health summit in London. He is one of the top 20 global influencers in digital health and innovation and is a HIMSS Future50 clinical leader 2019.
He is an 3x TEDx and international speaker having delivered over 250 keynotes in over 30 countries on innovation, the future of healthcare and digital transformation. His work has been featured in over 400 newspapers, tech journals and mainstream TV news channels including Sky, BBC, ITV BBC World, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, RT, China TV, CNBC, Forbes, Bloomberg, Time, Wired, Guardian, The Times.