About this event

  • Date and time Tue 3 Nov 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Gastroenterology and Hepatology

This webinar is an incredible chance to reflect on Dame Parveen’s amazing medical career. It will cover both the changing face of clinical gastroenterology and also the broader changes in the NHS she has both witnessed and been involved with.

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand how modern gastroenterology has evolved over the period of Dame Kumar’s career.
  • Reflect on the broader changing face of the NHS and the role of Doctors within it
  • Understand the changing role of women in medicine

This is an opportunity to reflect on a truly unique medical career. The purpose will be to allow Dame Kumar to informally reflect on her unique experiences within medicine.

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety.

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Key speakers

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Professor Dame Parveen Kumar

Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Past President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Speaker's biography

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar qualified at St Bartholomews Medical College London and trained in gastroenterology under Sir Anthony Dawson and Dr Michael Clark, and her research interests are mainly in small bowel disorders (particularly coeliac disease). She was Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London school of medicine, Queen Mary, University of London and has just been awarded the title of Professor Emerita , on leaving the medical school. She currently chairs the Board of Science for the BMA, is on committees for the 100,000 genome project (Genomics England), is a non-executive director for an Acute NHS Hospital Trust, and a trustee of several charities including Barts Charity and the British Youth Opera. She is ambassador for the UK Health Alliance for Climate Change and also for the new College of General Dentistry. 

Over the years she has taught and examined medical students and doctors across the world, for MBBS, MRCP and post graduate degrees. She has always been interested in medical education and  has been an undergraduate and a post-graduate Dean, and was also the Director of CPD at the Royal College of Physicians.

She is the co-founder and co-editor of the major textbook on Medicine (Kumar and Clarks Clinical Medicine 9th ed 2017) for students and doctors; this is read extensively in the UK and abroad. She has authored/edited several other medical books. She teaches and examines for undergraduate and post-graduate medical degrees in this country and abroad.

She was president of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, and the Medical Women’s Federation. For the RSM, she co-set up the Global health programme and edited a book on the Essentials of Global health written by 127 medical students from across the world. She also set up the RSM Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. She held several posts at the Royal College of Physicians including being a censor, academic senior vice President ( helped set up the Education department), and International assistant director. She chaired the Medicines Commission UK and was a founding non-executive Director of NICE at its inception. She was on the Council of the British Society of Gastroenterology and later a trustee for many years. Currently her major concerns and interests are in Global health and climate change.  She has received several honorary degrees and prizes ( including the British Medical Journal Excellence award for ‘Outstanding contribution to health’ in 2019. and was awarded CBE for her services to medicine in 2001, and DBE in 2017.


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Joel Mawdsley, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Guys and St Thomas' Hospital

An interview with Dame Parveen Kumar

Dame Parveen Kumar, Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund

Question and answer session
Close of meeting

Dr Joel Mawdsley



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Webinar recordings will be available for registered delegates up to 30 days after the live webinar, via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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