Professor Shafi Ahmed




"The worlds most watched surgeon"

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a multi award winning cancer surgeon working at The Royal London Hospital. He was the Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School and an elected member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England where he led the international and global health programme. 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 has been recently appointed as an advisor to the Abu Dhabi government for digital transformation of health and innovation. He is faculty at Imperial College, Barts Medical School, Queen Mary University, Harvard Medical School and Singularity University where he teaches on innovation and digital transformation. He has set up surgical education programmes in over 20 countries including conflict zones. He 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 cofounded Medical Realities a VR education company and sits on the board and advises fortune 500 companies. He chairs the Webit Health summit in Spain and 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.




“Professor Ahmed is a great example of the kind of pioneer that the NHS has fostered throughout its 70 years, benefiting both patients here and millions of others around the world.
“By using the power of technology to make contact and share his skills with countless more colleagues and students than could otherwise have been possible, he has personified the reach, inclusivity and innovation of the future NHS and so is a very deserving recipient of this award”  

NHS 70 Future of NHS award by Members of Parliament 2018

Dr Neil Churchill OBE, Director for Experience

Participation & Equalities at NHS England


John Nosta

Worlds No 1 Digital Health Influencer

“Shafi Ahmed brings a voice of clinical brilliance combined with unmatched vision of the future.  His ability to capture what's coming gives us a key advantage for the future. He's a story teller in scrubs whose information might very well save all our lives!”


Matt Eagles

Patient advocate


“There is absolutely no doubt that he is one of the most charismatic, influential and yet incredibly humble guys in the world of healthcare. Not only is he a brilliant surgeon but his ability, desire and sheer enthusiasm to pass on his skills to others is unlike anything I have ever seen before. His skills as an educator are admired all over the world and the forward-thinking tech that he is pioneering is breath-taking. Never have I witnessed such strength, and his delivery, always with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, is infectious as he virtually transports you into the operating theatre with absolutely no need for you to pick up a scalpel. Not only does Shafi change the paradigm in surgery and healthcare, but he has raised the bar far beyond what many people could ever imagine.”


Shannon Sagawe

Director of UBS Wealth Management

“Shafi is both brilliant as well as a humanitarian! A true inspiration for those who are in the medical and tech arena as well anyone who wants to make a positive difference in this world!”

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David Hunt

CEO Havas Lynx

"Shafi is an outstanding keynote - one of the very best. I have seen him at countless events, including Wired, Cannes and GIANT, and he always been the highlight. As such we invited Shafi to present at our prestigious black-tie awards ceremony. The audience, made of healthcare experts, had to be educated as you'd expect from a keynote but also entertained as is necessary at a party. Shafi read the room brilliantly, and captured everyone's attention during his presentation and long into the night".


In 2014 Shafi met Steve Dann CEO of Amplified Robot at Google Campus, London. Their interests in immersive technology , healthcare and education led to the founding of Medical Realities. Since then the team based in Soho, London have developed and launched the Worlds First Interactive VR Surgical Training Platform available on iOS, Android, HTC, Oculus, Samsung Gear VR and Google Pixel