Surgery and surgical technology

Our surgery and surgical technology theme is driven by working across different disciplines to support improvements in surgical practice, clinical safety and education.

Surgery and surgical technology at Imperial College London

Building on a framework designed to improve personalised healthcare with the Imperial Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), we are leading the way with our dedicated team, equipped with expertise in basic science, surgical technologies, and patient safety and quality research.


Main areas of research

  • Surgical technology: developing new technology and new approaches to improve clinical outcomes. New technologies include the i-snake, i-endoscope and i-knife
  • Safety and quality: leading research into the assessment and delivery of high quality healthcare, to improve outcomes and decrease the frequency of adverse events
  • Surgical education: delivering training for clinicians and academics to drive improvements in surgical practice
  • Diffusion of innovation through health policy

Facilities to support the translation of research into clinical practice and patient care include the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery. These provide state-of-the-art surgical robotics and imaging.


Research facilities

Showcase area

Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative

The National Institute of Health Research Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative (NIHR-DEC) at Imperial is one of four NIHR funded organisations that look at the way a number of different diseases are diagnosed, so patients can access the best available treatments more quickly.

More information can be found on the Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London website.

Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery

Focusing on technological innovation, with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefit, the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery is at the forefront of research in imaging, sensing and robotics. Within the Hamlyn Centre, we have established the Robotic Assisted Microsurgery Laboratory - the UK’s first robotic assisted microsurgery laboratory with a clear focus on technological innovation, direct clinical translation and patient benefit.

More information can be found on The Hamlyn Centre website.

The Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality (CPSSQ)

A multidisciplinary research centre, bringing together a wide range of clinical and scientific disciplines including surgery, medicine, pharmacology and psychology, working together to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare services.

More information can be found on Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality website.

The Surgical Innovation Centre

An integrated facility where leading clinical, research and education work takes place under one roof, leading to uptake of innovation for the direct benefit of patients.

Take a look Inside Imperial's Surgical Innovation Centre.