Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and an evangelist in augmented and virtual reality.
He currently works as a laparoscopic colorectal surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals. As a dedicated trainer, educator, and Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School, he was awarded the Silver Scalpel award in 2015 as the best national trainer in surgery by the Association of Surgeons in Training.
He is currently serving as an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, sits on a number of advisory panels for government and also serves as a civilian advisor for the Royal Air Force.
Dr. Ahmed is always looking at ways of translating technology into clinical practice with a mission to provide affordable and accessible surgical training to anyone and everyone using the power of connectivity to allow equitable surgical care.
Shafi made world headline news in 2014 by streaming a live operation using Google Glass to 14,000 students and trainees across 132 countries.
On April 14th, 2016 he performed the world’s first virtual reality operation which was watched by 55,000 people in 140 countries, and reached 4.6 million on Twitter. In December 2016 he used the Snapchat spectacles to records and teach surgery across the globe, which gained over 100,000 downloads and was viewed by over 54 million people on Twitter.
His passion for merging the world of medicine, global education and virtual reality was the driving force behind the founding of two companies: Virtual Medics, a class-leading e-learning platform using wearables to facilitate medical education, and Medical Realties, who are developing an exciting VR platform for surgical training called the Virtual Surgeon.
He has introduced the Barts X medical programme involving future medicine, innovation and entrepreneurship into the undergraduate medical curriculum – the first in the world to offer all students the chance to develop medical technology.
Currently, he is consulting and advising for Advance Mobile Applications to develop Google glass for telemedicine and tele mentoring, and he is non executive director for medic creations who are in the top 100 Global Digital Health List
He is also the chief medical officer of Doc Health, a new app-based solution providing 24 hour access to clinical care. He is among the top 25 medical influencers of health innovation and technology on Twitter (with 14,000 followers) and in the top 50 of global virtual reality influencers.
Shafi is an international key note speaker, having spoken at Wired, Tedx, MedTech Europe and at Exponential medicine, Singularity University where he is in the faculty. He chaired The Giant (Global Innovation and New Technologies) Health event at London’s South Bank in November 2016.
His work has been covered extensively in over 400 newspapers/online articles including Sky, ABC, BBC, BBC world, BBC Click, ITV News at Ten, German ARD, South American NTN, China TV and Time magazine.