Kumar Inducted as Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Princy Kumar holds her award and shakes the hand of the presenter
Princy N. Kumar, MD, MACP, pictured here with Sarah Catherine Clarke, Royal College of Physicians president, was honored as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians at a May 1 ceremony.

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(May 13, 2024) — Princy N. Kumar, MD, MACP, has been inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. The May 1 ceremony in London followed her election to the RCP in summer 2023 for her “important contribution to our profession.”

Kumar is senior associate dean of students at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she is also a professor of medicine and microbiology. In addition, she is chief of infectious diseases and tropical medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Kumar has garnered many prestigious awards and recognitions throughout her career, including becoming the first woman to be inducted into Georgetown’s Golden Apple Orchard in 2004 for sustained excellence in teaching medical students; she continues to receive Golden Apple Awards each time she is eligible. In 2010, she was inducted into the Magis Society for Master Teachers and was presented with the 2015 Founders’ Medal for Dedication and Leadership of Cura Personalis.

She served as the director of the Clinical Population Sciences Core for the DC Center for AIDS Research until June 2020. She is the principal investigator for the DC Cohort, which is a unique NIH-funded, citywide longitudinal cohort for outpatients with HIV who receive care in Washington, DC. She has an extensive research portfolio and has over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her public service includes serving as the medical director and volunteer at Gift of Peace, a Missionaries of Charity home founded by Mother Teresa that provides care to the uninsured and homeless in DC. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the Peace Corps for her service advising the Peace Corps on medical issues and teaching Peace Corps medical officers.

In 2019, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation named Kumar a Women of ID to recognize her profound impact on the field of infectious diseases and the lives of those around her. In 2021, Georgetown University Medical Center awarded her the Karen Gale Award, which recognizes a medical center faculty member for outstanding professional achievements in research, education and service. She received the DC Medical Society’s Dr. Charles H. Epps, III Community Service Award, which is presented to a physician member of the Medical Society of DC for outstanding public service to the community, which recognized her work on best practice for COVID-19 safety protocols as well as her mentorship of future medical students.