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Episode 117 hosts Professor Shafi Ahmed, a multi-award winning colorectal surgeon, teacher, futurist and entrepreneur. Professor Ahmed primarily operates at The Royal London Hospital, UK as a bowel cancer specialist.
But outside of his day job, Professor Ahmed has a much more extensive role in health care provision, being one of the top 20 global influencers in digital health and innovation. He advises the UK government on the ‘Long-Term Plan’ for health care and was awarded the Future NHS Award by members of Parliament. He is also the civilian advisor for the British Armed Forces in General Surgery.
He has helped design and implement surgical education programmes in over 20 countries including conflict zones. Recently he was commissioned by the Abu Dhabi government to help digitalise and innovate their health care system for the future.
Professor Ahmed has the unique accolade of being the world’s most watched surgeon, having streamed live operations using ‘Google Glass’, 'SnapChat Spectacles' and live on British national television. These events allowed tens of thousands of students to learn across the world live and simultaneously. He was also the first surgeon to operate using 'Microsoft Hololens', collaborating on a live case with the avatars of colleague surgeons who were actually based in different continents.
If that wasn’t enough, Professor Ahmed co-founded Medical Realities, a virtual reality medical education company. Here he is pioneering ways of teaching the surgeons of the future including the use of haptic feedback gloves – with implications for how the practical skills of medical professionals are learnt including aesthetic doctors and injectors.
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