Professor Dhavendra Kumar

Professor Dhavendra Kumar

Genetic/Genomic Medicine Consultant

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Dhavendra Kumar at Spire include:

Genetic testing

Other treatments

Comprehensive clinical genetics service covering wide-ranging specialist areas:

• Detailed assessment of birth anomalies
• DNA testing for disputed paternity or identity
• Genetic & genomic screening for life style and health counselling
• Genetic counselling
• Genetic disease diagnosis with diagnostic genetic testing
• Genetic risk review and assessment (for example breast/ovarian & bowel cancer)
• In depth review and analysis of the family history
• Medical-legal review and Expert Witness reports related to genetic or possible genetic condition
• Predictive or pre-symptomatic genetic testing
• Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis for preventing recurrence of high risk genetic disease
• Prenatal screening and testing for chromosomal abnormality or specific genetic disease
• Specialist advice on consanguinity

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Professional profile

Since 1980 Professor Dhavendra Kumar has pursued a career in Genomic Medicine in the United Kingdom. In 1990 he became a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Genetics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics (FACMG) and as well as Royal Colleges of Physicians of Ireland & London and The UK Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health.

Professor Dhavendra Kumar is a Consultant in Clinical Genetics at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff University, United Kingdom. In addition to general and Paediatric genetic diseases, he leads the specialist service for Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics. He is the Visiting Professor to the Genomic Policy Unit, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, the University of South Wales, UK. He is also the Adjunct Professor to the Public Health Genetics Unit at the Chinese Capital Medical University, Beijing, China and Chettinad Health University, Chennai, India.

During the long career in medical genetics, Professor Kumar has engaged in undergraduate (MB and BSc) and postgraduate teaching (MSc, MD & PhD). He has organised a number of national and international professional conferences and educational seminars. These have been widely acknowledged and appreciated at all professional levels. He founded and leads the ‘Indo-UK Genetic Education Forum’. He has initiated and leads an international genetics & genomics teaching and training program in Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America through educational seminars and establishing professional networks of joint partnership.

He is passionate for the applications of genomics in medicine, public/population health and bio-technologies, particularly in developing countries. He is actively involved in discussion and collaboration for raising awareness and promoting genetics/ genomics for improved healthcare and socioeconomic benefits in the emerging economies of the developing world.

Medico-Legal Service: Genome Clinic Ltd. offers wide range of specialist medico-legal services including expert medical reports with clinical review and genetic testing, advisor on adoption and child protection cases related to an inherited disease, joint expert witness either through written evidence of Court attendance and genomic testing for disputed paternity or identity.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

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

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Current NHS posts

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

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Research and Publication

He has several peer-reviewed publications in pediatrics and clinical genetics. In 2006, he established and developed a new biomedical journal (‘Genomic Medicine’-Springer) that led to setting up the official journal of the Human Genome Organization (‘The HUGO Journal’). He serves on the editorial board of the HUGO Journal as Co-Editor. He also serves as a member of the HUGO Publications committee.


Genetic disorders of the Indian Subcontinent, Kluwer-Springer, 2004

Genomics and Clinical Medicine, Oxford University Press, 2008

Principles and Practice of Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics, Oxford University Press, 2010

Oxford Specialist Handbook on Inherited Cardiac Disease, Oxford University Press, 2011

Genomics and Health of the Developing World, Oxford University Press, 2012

Genomic Medicine - Principles and Practice, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2014

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Personal Profile

Professor Kumar is an Author/ Editor of many books and journals on genetics and genomics; Lead organizer for several national and international conferences, courses and seminars; Professional leader and international links with a number of genetics/genomics professional and specialist organizations; Fonder and Medical Director of The Genomic Medicine Foundation UK (

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Financial Interests

hold less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group

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Private contact details

Telephone 029 2073 6011
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