Professor Parveen Kumar CBE, BSc, MD, FRCP, FRCP(E) is a Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London and Hon consultant physician at Barts and the London Hospitals and the Homerton Hospital. She currently teaches and examines students and young doctors for the MBBS, MRCP and other post-graduate examinations in the UK and abroad and also lectures worldwide. She practises clinically as a gastroenterologist and advises other medical schools on their faculty advisory boards.
In the past she has been the President of the British Medical Association, President of the Royal Medical Society, Vice President and Senior Censor of the Royal College of Physician, Director of post-graduate education, and sub-dean for undergraduate education. She was also Director of Continuing Professional Development and international educational director for the Royal College of Physicians, and a council member of the British Society of gastroenterology.
She has held other National posts as Chairman of the Medicines Commission UK, and Non- executive Director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
Currently, she is a trustee of many charities including being President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, President of the British Medical and Dental Students Trust, trustee of the British Society of Gastroenterology , international adviser of SACORE (South African Consortium for Research Excellence), and President-Elect Medical Women’s Federation, president of the Gastroenterology and Liver section of the RSM.
Her current interests, apart from teaching and co-editing Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine, are in Global health. She helped start the International committee at the RSM.
She was awarded CBE for services to Medicine, was the first Asian professional woman of the year and received the Gold medal from the BMA for services to medical education. She has received many honorary degrees from Universities in the UK and Ireland and was given the Hon fellowship of the Association of Indian Physicians.