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Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE

Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBELord Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London and is an honorary consultant at St Mary's Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Lord Darzi and his team are internationally respected for their innovative work in the advancement of minimal invasive surgery and in the development and use of allied technologies including surgical robots and image-guided surgery. They have been awarded many prizes including the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher and Further Education (2001), in recognition for their achievements in pioneering new technologies to address training requirements for trainee surgeons, surgeons in post and other professionals.
Lord Darzi actively pursues, and relentlessly campaigns for, the need for improved inter-disciplinary research.   

Lord Darzi is also the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health.  On 4 July 2007, the Prime Minister and Health Secretary announced that Lord Darzi would lead a review of the NHS that would advise on how to meet the challenges of delivering health care over the next decade.  

Lord Darzi was knighted by the Queen, for his service to medicine and surgery, as a Knight Commander of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in December 2002. Lord Darzi was introduced to the House of Lords on 19 July 2007.

Professor Joël Jules Louis Leroy

Professor Joël Jules Louis LeroyProfessor Joël Jules Louis Leroy, was born on December 18, 1949. A graduate of the Medical University of Lille, France, Professor Leroy completed his residency in digestive surgery at the University Hospital of Lille.

In 1979, Professor Leroy was appointed Chief of the Department of General, Visceral and Digestive Surgery in a private surgical hospital in Bully les Mines (a small town in the north of France). During the end of the 1980's, Professor Leroy participated in the development of gynecologic laparoscopic surgery. A tireless contributor to advanced laparoscopic surgery, Professor Leroy immediately complimented his contributions to gynecological surgery with his participation in the development of advanced laparoscopic digestive surgery in the early 1990's. In 1991, Professor Leroy created and developed the first successful surgical division of minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) specialising in colorectal surgery in France.

In 1997, following Professor Leroy's success in developing the first MIS colorectal division in France, Professor Leroy was nominated Associated Professor of Digestive Surgery at the University of Lille, France. While at the University of Lille, Professor Leroy played a key role in the development of minimally invasive digestive surgery, as well as in the training of advanced surgical teams capable of performing these advanced procedures.

Professor Leroy is recognised world-wide as an innovative pioneer in the field of laparoscopic digestive surgery. Professor Leroy has standardised a great number of enabling surgical procedures, particularly in the colorectal field in which he performed more than 1200 laparoscopic procedures. Professor Leroy has been an expert contributor in the development of IRCAD/EITS (Institut de Recherche contre les Cancers de l‚ Appareil Digestif, Institute for Research into Cancer of the Digestive System) since its creation in 1994. In 1998, Professor Leroy joined Professor Jacques Marescaux's pioneering team full time as the Co-Director of IRCAD/EITS.

In the field of medical robotics, Professor Leroy has played an important role in developing robotically-assisted MIS procedures at EITS. Always an innovator, Professor Leroy was a key participant in the development of the Lindergh Telesurgery Project, led by Professor Jacques Marescaux. Professor Leroy's pivotal contribution was in the standardisation of the ZEUS® Robotic Surgical System assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This important standardisation helped enable Professor Marescaux's performance of the world's first telesurgery, the ZEUS® Robotic Telesurgery Surgical System assisted laparoscopic cholecystectomy on September 7, 2001.

Edwin C. Jesudason

Edwin C. JesudasonEdwin C. Jesudason, MBBChir MA FRCS (Paed) MD, received medicine, surgery and philosophy degrees from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow and previous Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and consultant paediatric surgeon at Alder Hey Childrens Hospital, University of Liverpool (where he specialisesin surgery for birth defects and paediatric tumours). Mr Jesudason has been awarded the David Dunn Scholarship of the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (undertaken at UCSF's Fetal Surgery Center), National Clinician Scientist Fellowship by the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and Leadership Fellowship by The Health Foundation. Mr Jesudason serves on the International Advisory Board of the American Medical Association's 'Archives of Surgery' and the Research Funding Panel of the Wales Office of Research and Development.

Professor Marc Coggia

Professor Marc CoggiaProfessor Marc Coggia was born  on 14 April 1961 and is married with two children.

Since 1 September 2001 he has been the  Professor of Vascular Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Paris-Ile de France Ouest and department of Vascular Surgery at Ambroise Pare University Hospital.

His main clinical innovations are laparoscopic vascular surgery.  He is also a teacher  at the Faculty of Medicine Paris-Ile de France-Ouest, an Organiser and Teacher of the National Course of Basic Techniques in Vascular Surgery and an Organiser and Teacher of the National Course of Laparoscopic Aortic Surgery.