We are delighted to welcome renowned neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Henry Marsh, CBE, MA, FRCS, as our honored guest and keynote speaker at the U-M Neurosurgery: Past, Present, and Future Conference” during our Centennial Celebration.

Henry Marsh is one of the UK’s most eminent neurosurgeons. After graduating cum laude in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the University of Oxford, he studied Medicine in London, graduating with Honors in 1973 and subsequently training as a neurosurgeon.

His work has been the subject of two major BBC documentaries – Your Life in their Hands (2003) and The English Surgeon (2009) about his work in Ukraine over the last 24 years. The latter has won many awards including an Emmy, and was described in the New York Times as "Enthralling, astonishing... agonizingly human," and in the London Times as “the most moving and honest film about surgery I have ever seen”.

Dr. Marsh was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by HM the Queen in 2010.

His recently published memoir Do No Harm is an international best seller with 30 foreign editions and translations. Praise for Do No Harm:

  • "Neurosurgery has found its Boswell..." (Ian McEwen).
  • "Riveting... extraordinarily intimate, compassionate and sometimes frightening..." (Michiko Kakatani, The New York Times).
  • "This is a wonderful book, passionate and frank..." (The Independent on Sunday).
  • "Why has no one ever written a book like this before?… What a bloody, splendid book…" (The Guardian).
  • "When a book starts like this - ‘I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing’ - you have to go on reading…" (Karl Ove Knausgaard, The Financial Times).
  • "An extraordinary book by an extraordinary man..." (Dr. Michael Mosley, BBC Focus).

The book was short-listed for eight major UK literary prizes and won both the Sky Arts South Bank Show 2015 Award for Literature and the PEN Ackerley Prize. In December 2015, a major profile about Marsh and his work in Albania by Karl Ove Knausgaard with photographs by the award-winning Magnum photographer Paolo Pellegrin appeared in the New York Times magazine.

In 2017, he published a second book Admissions, which became a Sunday Times No 1. best seller in the UK.