Professor Dame Parveen Kumar
Parveen Kumar is Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London, Queen Mary University of London. She qualified in medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College after completing an intercalated BSc degree; her research was in small bowel disorders, particularly coeliac disease.
Kumar was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) at its inception in 1999 and resigned this post in 2002 when she was appointed as the Chairman of the Medicines Commission UK. She has also served as a Non-Executive Director on an acute hospital Trust board. She chaired the Bupa Foundation for research for 3 years. She has been President of the British Medical Association, President of the Royal Society of Medicine and vice president of the Royal College of Physicians. She was awarded CBE for services to Medicine.