Dr Debasish Kar

Dr Debasish Kar

Clinical Lecturer

Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)



I am an academic GP with experience working in primary care, secondary care and academia. I completed my undergraduate medical qualification in Bangladesh in 1991 and moved to the UK in 1995. Before starting my clinical career, I worked as an interpreter/translator at Sheffield City Council for the Equality and Diversity Unit. I also worked as an interviewer for the Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR) and contributed to the British Crime Survey (1997) and Health of the Nation (1998) study. I also worked in Community Health Sheffield, leading a project empowering patients from black and ethnic minorities to manage simple health problems without coming to the GPs. 
I worked in hospital medicine until 2002 and joined a GP training scheme in Sheffield. I passed my MRCP and MRCGP exams 2004 and maintained my interest in primary and secondary care. I conducted over 300 gastroscopies and was one of the first GPs in the country to undertake capsule endoscopy, which was published as an abstract at the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) annual conference in 2005. I served as the NHS Hardwick CCG lead for respiratory disease and neurology, worked as a GPSI in neurology, and undertook teaching sessions for the RCGP. I also worked as the RCGP Education Lead (White Rose Faculty), International Medical Adviser and a mentor. 
I completed my MSc in diabetes (University of Leicester) and an MD (University of Sheffield). I was a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford (2021 to 2023) and a Primary Care Fellow at the University of Leicester (2016 to 2018). 


Doctor of Medicine (MD) - University of Sheffield, UK.
Master of Science (MSc) - University of Leicester, UK.
Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP), UK.
Member of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP), UK.
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) - University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP)
Fellow of the Royal of General Practitioners (FRCGP)
Member of the Faculty of Clinical Informatics (MFCI)
Diplomat of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H - London)
Diplomat of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (DFSRH) 

Roles on external bodies

GP Adviser - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Member - Editorial board - Diabetes and primary care
Peer reviewer - BMJ, Elsevier, PLOS one, American Journal of Preventative Medicine, Dove and Sage Publications, Springer Nature, Canadian Journal of Public Health
GP appraiser - NHS England and Improvement
GP mentor - Royal College of General Practitioners of United Kingdom
International Clinical Adviser - Royal College of General Practitioners of United Kingdom
Ex-examiner - Professional and Linguistic Board (PLAB) - General Medical Council (GMC), UK.
GP tutor - Derbyshire Health United (DHU), UK. 


Teaching interests

I have been involved in multi-professional teaching for the last 22 years.
I have worked as a GP tutor for 4th and 5th-year medical students from Sheffield University. I was also a clinical lead tutor for the Access to Medicine course at Leicester University.
As a GP trainer, I have worked as a clinical and academic supervisor of about 20 GP trainees. I have also mentored my register to develop their leadership skills. 

Staff serving as external examiners

Invited judge for the RCGP poster presentation
Examiner for OSCE examination, University of Sheffield
PLAB examiner - General Medical Counil


Research interests

Cardiometabolic disease in people with insulin resistance
Obesity, smoking and other lifestyle factors and vascular disease
Complex behavioural intervention 
Health Technology Assessment and Modelling
Clinical trials
Epidemiology of non-communicable disease
Global Health

Other research

Supervised Masters students at the University of Oxford
Clinical supervision of a DPhil student at the University of Oxford
Masters student supervision at the University of Derby
Designated Medical Practitioner for nurses and allied healthcare professionals for the NMP course

Research degrees awarded to supervised students


Grants & contracts

University of Plymouth - NIHR Clinical Lecturership
University of Sheffield - Academic Primary Care Fellowship
NHS Hardwick CCG research fellowship grant
University of Leicester - Primary Care Fellowship
East Midlands CLAHRC - Research grant
NIHR East Midlands CRN - Research Site Initiative (RSI) grant
Health Education England - Premises improvement grant
University of Oxford - Clinical Research Contract


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Gu X, Watson C, Agrawal U, Whitaker H, Elson WH, Anand S, Borrow R, Buckingham A, Button E & Curtis L (2024) 'Postpandemic Sentinel Surveillance of Respiratory Diseases in the Context of the World Health Organization Mosaic Framework: Protocol for a Development and Evaluation Study Involving the English Primary Care Network 2023-2024' JMIR Public Health and Surveillance 10, e52047-e52047 Publisher Site , DOI
Kar D, El-Wazir A, Nath M, Breeze P, Jetha K, Strong M, Chilcott J, Davies MJ, Lee A & Lusignan SD (2023) 'Relationship of cardiorenal risk factors with albuminuria based on age, smoking, glycaemic status and BMI: a retrospective cohort study of the UK Biobank data' BMJ Public Health 1, (1) e000172-e000172 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Meza-Torres B, Forbes A, Elson W, Kar D, Jamie G, Hinton W, Fan X, Byford R, Feher M & Whyte M (2023) 'Hepatitis A Vaccination Coverage Among People With Chronic Liver Disease in England (HEALD): Protocol for a Retrospective Cohort Study' JMIR Research Protocols 12, e51861-e51861 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Whitaker HJ, Tsang RSM, Byford R, Aspden C, Button E, Sebastian Pillai P, Jamie G, Kar D, Williams J & Sinnathamby M (2023) 'COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness against hospitalisation and death of people in clinical risk groups during the Delta variant period: English primary care network cohort study' Journal of Infection 87, (4) 315-327 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Tsang RSM, Joy M, Whitaker H, Sheppard JP, Williams J, Sherlock J, Mayor N, Meza-Torres B, Button E & Williams AJ (2023) 'Development of a modified Cambridge Multimorbidity Score for use with SNOMED CT: an observational English primary care sentinel network study' British Journal of General Practice 73, (731) e435-e442 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Tsang RSM, Joy M, Byford R, Robertson C, Anand SN, Hinton W, Mayor N, Kar D, Williams J & Victor W (2023) 'Adverse events following first and second dose COVID-19 vaccination in England, October 2020 to September 2021: a national vaccine surveillance platform self-controlled case series study' Eurosurveillance 28, (3) Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Joy M, Williams J, Emanuel S, Kar D, Fan X, Delanerolle G, Field BCT, Heiss C, Pollock KG & Sandler B (2022) 'Trends in direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) prescribing in English primary care (2014–2019)' Heart 109, (3) 195-201 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kar D, El-Wazir A, Delanerolle G, Forbes A, Sheppard JP, Nath M, Joy M, Cole N, Arnold JR & Lee A (2022) 'Predictors and determinants of albuminuria in people with prediabetes and diabetes based on smoking status: A cross-sectional study using the UK Biobank data' eClinicalMedicine 51, 101544-101544 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Fitzpatrick C, Gillies C, Seidu S, Kar D, Ioannidou E, Davies MJ, Patel P, Gupta P & Khunti K (2020) 'Effect of pragmatic versus explanatory interventions on medication adherence in people with cardiometabolic conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis' BMJ Open 10, (7) e036575-e036575 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Selvarajah D, Kar D, Khunti K, Davies MJ, Scott AR, Walker J & Tesfaye S (2019) 'Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: advances in diagnosis and strategies for screening and early intervention' The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology 7, (12) 938-948 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kar D, Gillies C, Nath M, Khunti K, Davies MJ & Seidu S (2019) 'Association of smoking and cardiometabolic parameters with albuminuria in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis' Acta Diabetologica 56, (8) 839-850 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Jadawji C, Crasto W, Gillies C, Kar D, Davies MJ, Khunti K & Seidu S (2018) 'Prevalence and progression of diabetic nephropathy in South Asian, white European and African Caribbean people with type 2 diabetes: A systematic review and meta‐analysis' Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 21, (3) 658-673 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Seidu S, Than T, Kar D, Lamba A, Brown P, Zafar A, Hussain R, Amjad A, Capehorn M & Martin E (2017) 'Therapeutic inertia amongst general practitioners with interest in diabetes' Primary Care Diabetes 12, (1) 87-91 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kar D, Seidu S, Davies M & Khunti K (2017) 'Managing vascular risk factors among obese quitters with diabetes: how intensive lifestyle intervention and novel pharmacotherapy can work in concert?' British Journal of Diabetes 17, (1) 19-19 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Kar D, Gillies C, Zaccardi F, Webb D, Seidu S, Tesfaye S, Davies M & Khunti K (2016) 'Relationship of cardiometabolic parameters in non-smokers, current smokers, and quitters in diabetes: a systematic review and meta-analysis' Cardiovascular Diabetology 15, (1) Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Tsang RSM, Joy M, Byford R, Fan X, Jamie G, Kar D, Anand S, Victor W, Williams J & Bedston S 'Sociodemographic and Health Factors Affecting Uptake of Second Dose Covid-19 Vaccine in England: Retrospective Cohort Study Using Data from the National Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (Oxford-Royal College of General Practitioners Clinical Informatics Digital Hub)' SSRN Electronic Journal Publisher Site , DOI Open access


Reports & invited lectures

Invited speaker - Diagnostic challenges and strategies for early screening for diabetic peripheral neuropathy - National Institute for Neurosciences, Bangladesh.
Expert panellist - Characteristics of dementia and cognitive dysfunction are people with dementia: above and beyond vascular risk. National Institute for Neurosciences, Bangladesh.
Invited speaker - Research methodology in healthcare. Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, Bangladesh
Invited speaker - Society of Academic Primary Care, UK regional meeting 2017
Invited speaker - Primary Care Respiratory Society annual conference, UK 2014