The World’s ‘most watched’ surgeon.

Professor Shafi Ahmed
Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, entrepreneur and humanitarian. His operations using Google glass technology have been viewed in their hundreds and thousands. He is without doubt the world’s most watched surgeon. Here Shafi talks about disruptive technology and the democratisation of medical education.

I have arranged to meet up with Professor Shafi Ahmed at his London Club. The receptionist appears momentarily befuddled when I tell her who I’m here to meet – at least until a colleague whispers helpfully into her ear…

‘Oh, you mean Shafi. He’s by the table near the window’. We greet each other with a simple handshake. No academic or professional formality here and no long introductions. We have in fact been friends for over 20 years – veterans of surgical training on the London circuit and postgraduate research at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine. Despite this, I’m still not entirely sure what he actually, does.

I have in fact been tracking Shafi on social media for the last few days – from Malaysia to Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam where he has just delivered the prestigious Spinoza Lecture and received a Chair at the Amsterdam University Medical Centre. It’s pretty much a normal working week for him. Despite this he’s relaxed and pleased to talk about his eclectic clinical and media interests.

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