Dinah Parums

Dr Dinah Parums. Medicine and Life Sciences Writer, Editor, and Consultant

About Me

Dr Dinah Parums

About Me – Dr Dinah Parums


Dr Dinah Parums attended grammar school in Derbyshire, England and won an entrance scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge in 1977.

Dinah did her pre-clinical studies in Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge (B.A. Hons. 1980) and her clinical medical student training at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford University from 1980 to 1983 (B.M., B.Ch. 1983).

Following the award of a Junior Research Fellowship from the British Heart Foundation, she returned to Cambridge in 1984 to do her PhD in Pathology. Dinah was a Research Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge from 1985 to 1987.

Dr Dinah Parums’ clinical pathology training was completed at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford where she was Honorary Senior Registrar and Clinical Tutor in Pathology from 1990 to 1993 and Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.

In 1991 Dinah passed the examination for Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists (MRCPath) and in 1999, she was awarded the Fellowship (FRCPath). In 1993, Dinah was appointed as Senior Lecturer/Consultant in the Department of Histopathology, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in London.

Dr Dinah Parums has done clinical work, teaching and research in the NHS and in universities. From 1995 to 2002, she was an External Examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists. Dinah has taught pre-clinical and clinical medical students, run postgraduate teaching courses and supervised postgraduate research students (MSc, MPhil and PhD).

Dr Dinah Parums has worked with industry in the areas of cardiovascular and oncology research (translational science). Her last position in the pharmaceutical industry was as Principal Pharmaceutical Physician in Discovery Medicine, Oncology.



QUALIFICATIONS: British citizen with medical training from the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. PhD in Experimental Pathology from the University of Cambridge and higher specialist training in Histopathology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (MRCPath in 1991 and FRCPath in 1999). A professional profile may be found on LinkedIn:


Experience as a Consultant Pathologist in the U.K, for ten years, doing clinical work, teaching and research. Head of an NHS Histopathology department, involved in laboratory accreditation. Experience as an Examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists in the U.K. A full curriculum vitae may be found at:


SPECIALISED SKILLS: More than 20 years experience in medical writing and communication, as a postgraduate medical teacher, as a clinician and as a research scientist. Specialty areas include pathology, oncology, lung and cardiovascular disease, tissue repair, inflammation, immunology and translational science. Publication of more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, including editing a core postgraduate teaching text. Submission of patent applications. Publications, patents and articles may be found at:


From 1997 to 2002, working as an external Consultant in Pathology with Pfizer Global R&D (Sandwich, U.K.). From 2004 to 2009, full-time Principal Pharmaceutical Physician in Experimental Medicine and then Discovery Medicine, with Astrazeneca (Alderley Park, Macclesfield, U.K.). This role included establishing a pathology capability on site, liaising with KOLs world-wide and assessing external CROs and pathology laboratories for collaboration in clinical trials. As Pathologist for the ISEL trial in 2005 /2006, this was the largest clinical trial to date using tissue biomarker analysis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17075123

Responsibility for initiating and managing an external (U.S.) Pathology collaboration using multiplex analysis of tissue biomarkers in lung cancer, the results of which were published in 2009: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19272767

Dr Dinah Parums is a member of the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA), the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) and the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). In support of her writing, editing and publishing activities, Dr Dinah Parums is familiar with the current guidelines from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Good Publication Practice (GPP3) guidelines. In August 2016, Dinah became a Member of the Editorial Board of the journal, Medical Science Monitor.


TEACHING & COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Appointments in University teaching hospitals where postgraduate teaching was part of the role; as Clinical Tutor in Pathology, Nuffield Department of Pathology, Oxford and as Senior Lecturer in Histopathology, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London. A summary of teaching experience may be found at: http://www.visualcv.com/dinahparumsteaching

Experience of working with patients, students, physicians, scientists and key opinion leaders (KOLs) in thye health service and the pharmaceutical industry.

At the invitation of publishers Prous Science, two single author review articles have been written and published this year on the current status of targeted therapy and immune therapy in lung cancer, for Drugs of Today and Drugs of the Future:



The Freelance Services Dr Dinah Parums provides include:


  1. Manuscript planning and preparation.
  2. Writing scientific and medical review articles.
  3. Manuscript editing for scientists, physicians and patients.
  4. Preparation of teaching and training material for students in medicine and life sciences.
  5. Preparation of health and science information for patients