Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education



+44 (0)20 7594 0813sonia.kumar




330Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus






Sonia was appointed as the Director of Undergraduate Primary Care Education in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Public Health at Imperial College London in February 2013.

She studied Medicine at Kings College London, and has worked as a GP and in medical education for almost two decades.  She has experience across many undergraduate and postgraduate settings and gained a Masters in General Practice (Distinction) at Kings College in 2004.

She worked at the London Deanery for 9 years as a Vocational training  Programme Director and was then appointed as Pan London Programme Director for Quality and Innovation. She was listed as one of Pulse magazines GP rising stars in 2015 and was awarded the Imperial Presidents Medal for outstanding contribution to teaching in 2016, with her team winning a further seven Presidents awards for teaching over the past three years. In 2018 her team were the proud recipients of the national AdvanceHE CATE Excellence in Education award and were also awarded the Presidents award for achievement in Societal Engagement in 2019.

Since arriving at Imperial her team and the courses they oversee within the MBBS degree at Imperial has trebled. She has led numerous successful HEE NWL and College bids to support innovative teaching and research projects. In 2019 she established the Medical Education Innovation and Research Centre (MEDIC) and is currently collaborating with a number of key national and international institutions. She has particular interest in social accountability in medical education, medical humanities and  longitudinal integrated clerkships.



Maini A, Pistoll C, Dutta N, et al., 2020, Digitally converting undergraduate primary care, The Clinicalteacher

Maini A, Fyfe M, Kumar S, 2020, Medical students as health coaches: adding value for patients and students, Bmc Medical Education, Vol:20, ISSN:1472-6920

Tanna S, Fyfe M, Kumar S, 2020, Learning through service: a qualitative study of a community-based placement in general practice., Education for Primary Care, ISSN:1367-8523, Pages:1-6

Houbby N, Abdelwahed A, Kumar S, 2020, A reflection on Imperial College London’s Community Action Project, Education for Primary Care, ISSN:1473-9879, Pages:1-2

Fyfe MV, Maini A, Horsburgh J, et al., 2020, Racism in medical school Widening participation: moving from diversity to inclusion, Bmj: British Medical Journal, Vol:368, ISSN:0959-535X, Pages:1-1

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