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The BMJ Awards 2019: Outstanding Contribution to Health

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 24 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1867
  1. Jacqui Wise, freelance journalist
  1. London, UK

This award goes to Parveen Kumar—an exemplar for doctors all over the world through her dedication to medical practice, education, and leadership

Parveen Kumar is recognised around the world and is often treated like a rock star. When she visited Pakistan to speak to an audience of over 1000 people, her face was plastered on huge billboards. Two years ago, after giving a lecture in Khartoum, she had a rather scary encounter when she was mobbed and jostled by a crowd wanting to take selfies, who chased her car down the road.

The professor of medicine and education at Barts and the London School of Medicine is best known as the coauthor of Clinical Medicine, the indispensable textbook used for decades by medical students and doctors around the world. Now in its ninth edition, the book is renowned for its clear, authoritative, and detailed coverage of clinical medicine and has sold millions of copies worldwide.

But Michael Rawlins, chair of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, says that she is much more than a medical editor and writer.

“She is an exceptional clinician with a broad range of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of general internal medicine,” he says. “And she has made significant advances with her …

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