The UK's emergency response to the humanitarian disaster in the Philippines will be led by Tony Redmond, Professor of International Emergency Medicine at the University of Manchester.
Professor Redmond has trained in Emergency Medicine in Britain and the US and is a registered specialist, the Department for International Development said.
At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed by Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the central Philippines on Friday.
David Cameron said the scenes of devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan were "heart-breaking" as he announced that a 12-strong team of paramedics and surgeons, led by Prof Redmond, would help the relief effort.
The team of medical experts and the first consignment of UK aid will leave shortly, the Prime Minister said.