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Kamran Abbasi

Kamran Abbasi is editor in chief of The BMJ. He is a doctor, journalist, editor, and broadcaster.

After starting his career in hospital medicine, in various medical specialties such as psychiatry and cardiology, Kamran worked at the BMJ from 1997 to 2005. He was deputy editor and acting editor during that time. In 2013, Kamran returned to the BMJ in a new role as executive editor for content, leading the journal's strategic growth internationally, digitally, and in print.

In December 2021 he was appointed editor in chief of the BMJ.

Outside the BMJ, Kamran’s previous roles include being editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization and a consultant editor for PLOS Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open.

Kamran also created three major e-learning resources for professional development of doctors, including BMJ Learning and the Royal Society of Medicine's video lecture service.

Kamran has held board level positions and been chief executive of an online learning company. He has consulted for several major organisations including Harvard University, the World Health Organization, and McKinsey & Co.

In addition, Kamran is an honorary visiting professor in the department of primary care and public health at Imperial College, London. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians of London, patron of the South Asian Health Foundation, and a member of the General Advisory Council of the King's Fund.

He is an experienced contributor on radio and television.

Kamran's other passion is cricket. He writes on cricket for publications throughout the world, including Dawn and Wisden, but is best known for his popular blog that featured on ESPNCricinfo for over a decade. His cricket book, Englistan: An immigrant’s journey on the turbulent winds of Pakistan cricket, is available from Amazon.

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Competing interests

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Editor, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and JRSM Open
Freelance editing/journalism/broadcasting for eg the BBC, PLOS Medicine, CCM, ESPNCricinfo

Advisor, Bolton Medical School

Unpaid positions (current)

Honorary visiting professor, Department of Primary Care, Imperial College, London
Patron, South Asian Health Foundation
Honorary Professor, Imperial College London