After attending medical schools in Uganda and London, England, Prof. Daar attended the University of Oxford, where he completed postgraduate clinical training in surgery and also in internal medicine, a doctorate in transplant immunology, and a fellowship in organ transplantation. He was a clinical lecturer in the Nuffield Dept. of Surgery at Oxford for several years before going to the Middle East to help start two medical schools. He was the foundation chair of surgery in Oman for a decade before moving to the University of Toronto in 2001.
Prof. Daar's academic career has spanned biomedical sciences, organ transplantation, surgery, global health, and bioethics. He works in various advisory/consulting capacities with the UN, the World Health Organization and UNESCO, and was a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Modern Biotechnology.
Prof. Daar is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, The Islamic World Academy of Sciences, the New York Academy of Sciences, and he is a Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. In addition, Prof. Daar is a member of UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee.Prof. Daar's international awards include the Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics of Science. He also holds the official world record for performing the youngest cadaveric-donor kidney transplant. Prof. Daar was awarded the Anthony Miller Prize for Research Excellence at the University of Toronto in 2005.