Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Professor of Medical Education



+44 (0)20 7594 0813sonia.kumar




330Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





I have worked as the Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London since 2013.

I studied Medicine at King's College London, and have worked as a GP and medical educationalist for two over decades.  I have experience across many undergraduate and postgraduate settings and gained a Master's in General Practice (Distinction) from King's College London in 2004.

I was at the London Deanery for nearly ten years, holding the position of King's  Programme Director and then Quality and Innovation Director. I was listed as one of Pulse magazines GP rising stars and was awarded the Imperial President's Medal for outstanding contribution to teaching in 2016, with my team winning a further 9 President's awards over the past four years. In 2018 my team won the highly coveted national AdvanceHE CATE Excellence in Education award.

Since arriving at Imperial my team has trebled, I have led numerous successful bids to support innovative teaching and research projects and have revolutionised primary care education at Imperial.

I am the founding Director for the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEdIC) and am currently collaborating across a wide range key national and international institutions across the five themes of our work: Coaching in health and education, Preparation for practice, Professional identity and practice, Digital health and education and Diversity and inclusion. I founded MEdIC's first of its kind Global creative competition for medical students around the world and in 2021 established the national MEdIC medical education MasterClass series.

I have particular interest in socially accountable medical education, students as service learner partners and diversity and inclusion, using the potential of medical education to drive positive and sustainable societal change.

I live in London with my husband and two lively teenage girls.



Parekh R, Jones MM, Singh S, et al., 2021, Medical students’ experience of the hidden curriculum around primary care careers: a qualitative exploration of reflective diaries, Bmj Open, ISSN:2044-6055

Dutta N, Maini A, Afolabi F, et al., 2021, Promoting cultural diversity and inclusion in undergraduate primary care education, Education for Primary Care, Vol:32, ISSN:1473-9879, Pages:192-197

Alboksmaty A, Kumar S, Parekh R, et al., 2021, Management and patient safety of complex elderly patients in primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK—Qualitative assessment, Plos One, Vol:16, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-17

Lalloo F, Hawkins N, Lindley R, et al., 2021, Medical students as service learners: opportunities, risks and recommendations, Education for Primary Care, Vol:32, ISSN:1473-9879, Pages:135-139

Neve G, Fyfe M, Hayhoe B, et al., 2020, Digital health in primary care: risks and recommendations., British Journal of General Practice, Vol:70, ISSN:0960-1643, Pages:609-610

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