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Blizard Institute - Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Professor Parveen Kumar


Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education

Telephone: 020 7882 7191


Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Education, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. Honorary Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, Barts & The London NHS Trust, Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust.

Professor Kumar's research interests have been in disorders of the small bowel particularly coeliac disease in which she completed her MD and published widely on the topic.

Her interests turned to education and she now teaches, lectures and examines for MBBS and postgraduate degrees in this country and many countries abroad on a regular basis. She developed the only MSc in Gastroenterology in the UK. As a student she found textbooks rather boring and therefore went on to co-found and co-edit the textbook “Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine” (currently in its 8th Edition) which is used worldwide. She has also published many other textbooks on medicine.

She was a founding Non-Executive Director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, at its inception and Chairman of the Medicines Commission UK. She was Vice President for the Royal College of Physicians and President of the British Medical Association. She was also Director of CPD and Assistant Director for International Education for the RCP and Chair of the BMJ eLearning committee. Currently, she is Chairman of BUPA Foundation Charity for Research, Trustee of many other charities and President of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Professor Kumar has received the following Honorary fellowships recently: 2012 DSc Hull University 2011 DEd Trinity College Dublin University DM, University of Brighton and Sussex Honorary Fellow, Mansfield College Oxford 2010 – 2012 President of the Royal Society of Medicine



Teach on Clinical skills, Funmed and courses in Clinical Skills department at the Robin Brook Centre, Barts throughout year 1st year: Introductory gastroenterology lecture and clinical demos 2nd year: Lecture on liver disease and clinical demos 3rd year: Regular firm of students for ward teaching. GEP course: Gastroenterology and liver lectures Mentoring Approx. 17 students +9 (just qualified) Examining (home and abroad) MBBS course: Bristol PBL, OSCEs:Barts and the London Kuwait University Dubai Medical College Trinity College, Dublin and University of Malta (terms just completed) MRCP PACES: home and abroad


Research Interests:

My major interest has been in coeliac disease and gut immunology. I have published widely and given talks on these topics nationally and internationally. My research involved investigating the immunogenetic mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of coeliac disease.

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