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Professor Shafi Ahmed

Co-Founder and CMO, Medical Realities

Professor Shafi Ahmed is a surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator, entrepreneur and an evangelist in augmented and virtual reality. He is a cancer surgeon at The Royal London and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals and Associate Dean of Bart’s Medical School. He is an honorary visiting professor at the University of Bradford. He has been given the accolade of being the most-watched surgeon in human history.


He was awarded the Silver Scalpel award in 2015 as the best national trainer in surgery. In 2017 he became the British Bangladeshi person of the year also received the Chairman’s prize for the top Asian Star in Tech 2017. He is currently serving as an elected member of council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England where he leads the International surgical training programme.


His mission is to merge the world of medicine, global education, and virtual and augmented reality to democratize and scale surgical education to make it affordable and accessible to everyone using the power of connectivity to allow equitable surgical care. He cofounded Medical Realties who have just released the worlds first VR Interactive Surgical Training Module


Shafi made world headline news in 2014 by streaming a live operation using Google Glass to 14,000 students in 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 4.5 million on Twitter. In December 2016 he used Snapchat spectacles to teach surgery which has been viewed by over 2 million people, had over 100 000 downloads and reached 54 million people on twitter.


He recently disrupting the traditional medical school curriculum by launching the Barts X Medicine Programme which has embedded future technologies and entrepreneurship into the medical school. He also chairman and a co-founder of the GIANT conference in London.


Shafi is multi TEDx and international keynote speaker and is a faculty at Exponential Medicine, Singularity University. He as spoken at many international conferences including TEDx Barts health, TEDx Goodenough College, Wired Health, Exponential Medicine, Royal Society of Medicine Innovation Summit, Digital Health Summer Summit, MedTech Forum Europe, CopenX, Innovation showcase Dublin, Dubai Health Forum, Tryst Conference, India Institute of Technology, Delhi. Webit, ICEE, Cannes Lions.