Our Patron

The Rt Hon Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham KBE

Lord Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College and the Chair of Surgery at the Institute of Cancer Research. He is an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal Marsden NHS Trust Hospitals. In October 2010 he was appointed as Director for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. In 2012 Lord Darzi took up the role of Chair, Imperial College Health Partners.

He was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002. Lord Darzi was introduced to the United Kingdom’s House of Lords in 2007 as Professor the Lord Darzi of Denham and appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health.  He relinquished this role in July 2009 when he was appointed the United Kingdom’s Global Ambassador for Health and Life Sciences, an appointment re-confirmed in 2010 by Prime Minister David Cameron. Lord Darzi was appointed as a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council in June 2009.

Lord Darzi comments:

'Chordoma is a rare cancerous bone, one the majority of people will never in their lifetimes come across. For those who receive a diagnosis of chordoma, these statistics are relevant only because the rarity means there are more questions than answers. Research into understanding and treating this rare cancer is urgently required.'

'I have been inspired by the courage, hope, dedication and tenacity of chordoma patients and their families and friends in their search to find a cure. It is my great honour and privilege to join them as Patron of Chordoma UK.'

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