The Elizabeth Blackwell Institute's public lecture for 2018 is 'Health in a global world: my personal journey', and will be presented by Dame Parveen Kumar.
A gastroenterologist, Professor at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Chair of the British Medical Association's Board of Science, President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and immediate past President of Medical Women's Federation, Parveen Kumar worked in the NHS for over 40 years and continues to lecture; do clinics; teach and mentor medical students. She is a member of many health committees and charities, and previously was the President of the BMA, the Royal Society of Medicine, and Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians. She chaired the Medicines Commission UK and was a founding non-executive for NICE. She also has a major interest in medical education and in Global health.
Her story is a journey from the foothills of Lahore through China and India, solitary (as one of very few women) educational experience to the top of the medical profession. Dame Parveen will reflect on how her personal experiences and turbulent events of the 20th century informed her choices and how the challenges of healthcare around the world changed in that time.
Dame Parveen is known to generations of medical students for her iconic medical textbook Kumar and Clark’s 'Clinical Medicine'. Her continued support for the new generation of medical practitioners resulted in a recent publication of the 'Essentials of Global Health', a unique introduction to global health written by medical students from all over the world through the help of Medsin (now Students for Global Health), the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA), the Royal Society of Medicine and edited by Dame Parveen together with Mr B Sethia.
Attendees have the chance to win a copy of Dame Parveen Kumar's new book: 'Essentials of Global Health'. Sign up to the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute (EBI) newsletter by the end of October and you will be added to the draw.
Please get in touch with the EBI to let them know about any access requirements and/or additional facilities or assistance required for the event.