Consultant Profile

Professor Dhavendra Kumar

Professor Dhavendra Kumar MB,BS, MD, DCH, MMedSci, FRCPI, FRCPCH, FRCP, FACMG
Practicing at:
Spire Cardiff Hospital
  • Genetics
    Special clinical interests:

    Genetic diseases of the heart and blood vessels
    Inherited bone & connective tissue diseases
    Genetic muscle and nerve diseases
    Inherited and Familial cancers
    Congenital anomalies and malformation syndromes
    Inherited metabolic disorders
    Rare/Orphan genetic diseases

    Clinical Dysmorphology
    Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics 
    Clinical Cancer Genetics
    Genetic Counselling
    Prenatal Diagnosis
    Genomic & Personalised Medicine

    Research interests:

    Molecular genetics of chronic heart failure
    Sudden arrhythmic death syndrome
    Inherited arterial and aortic diseases (Marfan syndrome)
    Publications: Books (5), Theses (2), peer reviewed articles and original papers (around 100);
    published abstracts (around 50)"

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant in Clinical Genetics,
    All Wales Medical Genetics Service,
    Institute of Medical Genetics,
    University Hospital of Wales

    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

    British Society of Human Genetics/ Clinical Genetics Society (UK)
    American Society of Human Genetics
    American College of Medical Genetics
    Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health
    Royal College of Physicians- London
    Human Genome Organisation (International)
    Association of Inherited Cardiac Conditions

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    029 2073 6011
    Saturday morning
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    After qualifying in Medicine from the King George’s Medical College, University of Lucknow, India, Professor Kumar completed the postgraduate training in Pediatrics with an MD. Since 1980 he has practised Medical (Clinical) Genetics in the UK. In 1990 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics. Professor Kumar’s extensive clinical experience covers all aspects of the clinical genetic practice. He has a special interest in clinical dysmorphology, cardiovascular genetics, fetal medicine/ prenatal diagnosis and genomic & personalized medicine. His current clinical and research interests are focused on clinical cardiovascular genetics (Inherited cardiovascular conditions). Special areas of cardiovascular research include molecular pathology of sudden cardiac/ arrhythmic death syndrome, molecular studies in chronic heart failure particularly chemotherapy induced cardiomyopathy. He is actively involved in collaborative work on inherited arteriopathies (Marfan syndrome) that carry significant cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. He has authored and edited two Oxford books in this field- Principles and Practice of Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics and Handbook on Inherited Cardiac Disease.

    Professor Kumar is passionate for the applications of genomics in medicine (Oxford textbook- Genomics and Clinical Medicine). He has edited/co-authored books on genetics and genomics in developing countries (Genetic disorders of the Indian subcontinent & Genomics and health in the developing world). He is currently actively involved in genetics & genomics teaching/ training and raising awareness through direct public and professional engagement in India and other developing countries through series of dedicated educational seminars and establishing professional networks of joint partnership across several continents.



    Personal profile:

    My  personal and social interests include good food and wine, music listening (Jazz and Classic/ Vintage Indian), golf (guess my handicap!), cricket (only watching!), theatre / musical and travelling to far away places (preferably cruising!).

    As a Rotarian, I enjoy community work and engage in discussion and planning for overseas charitable work particularly related to health issues in Africa and other less developed countries. I am actively involved in local community and cultural services for Indian and other minority communities.

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    Professor Dhavendra Kumar

    Professor Dhavendra Kumar	 Genetics Consultant, Cardiff, private hospital specialist.

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