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.