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Dinah Parums

Freelance Medical and Science Writer, Editor, Journalist & Consultant


Dr Dinah Parums is a British M.D./Ph.D. who now works as a freelance writer, editor, and consultant.

Dinah has many years of experience in medical education writing and publishing for doctors, nurses, biomedical scientists and other healthcare professionals.

Dinah received her undergraduate medical degrees from the University of Cambridge (B.A., M.A) and her clinical medical degrees from Oxford University Medical School (B.M., B.Ch.). Her Ph.D. is in experimental pathology from the University of Cambridge.

During her postgraduate medical career, she has been awarded research fellowships from the British Heart Foundation, Wolfson College, Oxford and Darwin College, Cambridge. Dinah has also held visiting fellowships in the USA at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Stanford University Medical School.

Dinah did her postgraduate specialist training in surgical and anatomic pathology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford where she held the positions of Clinical Lecturer and postgraduate Clinical Tutor at the University of Oxford. She was awarded Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists (MRCPath) in 1991 and was elected to the Fellowship (FRCPath) in 1999. In 1999, she was awarded the Fellowship of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP).

Dinah has held senior clinical and academic positions at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital, University of London and University of Cambridge. She has more than ten years of experience working as a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and as a principal pharmaceutical physician.

Dinah has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. She has more than 20 years of experience in postgraduate medical teaching and in reviewing manuscripts for biomedical journals. She has worked as a Clinical Editor for the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In August 2016, she was elected to the Editorial Board of Medical Science Monitor.

In support of her current role, Dr Dinah Parums is a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), the European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) and the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP). She is familiar with the current guidelines from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the AMA Manual of Style (10th Edition) and the current Good Publication Practice (GPP3) guidelines.

Dr Parums' Teaching and Medical Education  publishing experience can be found on:



Parums, D.V. (Editor). Essential Clinical Pathology. Blackwell Science Ltd. Oxford. 1996.

ISBN 0-632-03088-7. This 700-page postgraduate teaching book contains 500 full-colour figures. It represents a complete clinical pathology (laboratory medicine) ‘core’ course textbook for medical students, based on the Editor’s teaching experience running the Oxford University Medical School’s clinical pathology teaching over three years. One-third of this book is written by the Editor, with contributions in Haematology, Biochemistry, Immunology and Microbiology from 14 other authors.


Parums, D.V. Pathological Characterisation of Ischaemic Injury. In: Ischaemia Reperfusion Injury  Grace, P. & Mathie, R. Blackwell Science, 1998.

 Parums, D.V. Inflammation and atherosclerosis. In: Pathology of Blood Vessels. Eds. Stehbens, W.E. & Lie, J.T. Chapman and Hall. 1995, pp. 329-353. 

 Parums, D.V. Histochemistry and immunochemistry of vascular diseases. In: Pathology of Blood Vessels. Eds. Stehbens, W.E. & Lie, J.T. Chapman and Hall. 1995, pp. 313-329.

 Parums, D.V. The Distribution of Adhesion Molecules in Normal and Atherosclerotic Arteries and Aortas. In: Cardiovascular Disease: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms, Prevention and Treatment. L. Gallo. Plenum Publishing Corporation, 1994.

 Parums, D.V. Chronic periaortitis. Oxford Textbook of Surgery. Eds. Morris, P.J. & Malt, R.A. Oxford University Press. 1994, pp. 329-331.

 Parums, D.V. The pathobiology of vasculitis. Oxford Textbook of Surgery. Eds. Morris, P.J. & Malt, R.A. Oxford University Press. 1994, pp. 325-328.

 Parums, D.V. The pathobiology of atherosclerosis. Oxford Textbook of Surgery. Eds. Morris, P.J. & Malt, R.A. Oxford University Press. 1994. pp. 319-324.

 Parums, D.V. Macrophages in cardiovascular disease. Chapter 9 In: The Natural Immune System - Volume II : The Macrophage. Ed. C.E. Lewis & J.O'D. McGee. Oxford University Press. 1992, pp.361-390.

 Parums, D.V. Aortic atherosclerosis: pathogenesis and local complications. Oxford Textbook of Pathology. Eds. J.O'D, McGee, P.G. Isaacson, N.A. Wright, Oxford University Press, 1992 Chapt. 12.3, pp. 812-22.

 Parums, D.V., Armstrong, R.  Clinical pathology teaching in Oxford.Oxford Medical School Gazette. 1990;41:31-34.

 Mitchinson, M.J., Ball, R.Y., Carpenter, K.L.H., Parums, D.V. Macrophages and ceroid in atherosclerosis. In: Hyperlipidaemia and atherosclerosis, Suckling, K.E., Groot, P.H.E. (Eds.), Academic Press, London, 1988 pp. 117-134.


Parums DV. Monograph: Current Status of Targeted Therapy in Non Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Drugs Today 2014, 50(7): 503-517. Available at:
Parums DV. Invited Review: Status of Immune Therapy in Non Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). Drugs Future 2014, 39(7): 469 - 475. Available at:
Donovan MJ, Kotsianti A, Bayer-Zubek V, Verbel D, Teverovskiy M, Cordon-Cardo C, Costa J, Greco FA, Hainsworth JD, Parums DV.   A systems pathology model for predicting overall survival in patients with refractory, advanced non small-cell lung cancer treated with gefitinib. Eur J Cancer, 2009 May;45(8):1518-26. Available at:
Hirsch FR, Dziadziuszko R, Thatcher N, Mann H, Watkins C, Parums DV, Speake G, Holloway B, Bunn Jr PA, Franklin WA. Epidermal Growth Factor Immunohistochemistry: Comparison of Antibodies and Cut-off Points to Predict Benefit from Gefitinib in a Phase III Placebo-Controlled Study in Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Cancer, 2008, 112(5):1114-21. Available at:
Hirsch FR, Varella-Garcia M, Bunn PA Jr, Franklin WA, Dziadziuszko R, Thatcher N, Chang A, Parikh P, Pereira JR, Ciuleanu T, von Pawel J, Watkins C, Flannery A, Ellison G, Donald E, Knight L, Parums DV, Botwood, Holloway B. Molecular predictors of outcome with gefitinib in a phase III placebo-controlled study in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Nov 1;24(31):5034-42. Available at:
Lindop GBM, Burke MM, Ogston S, Bishop P, Corbishley C, Goddard M, Harrison R, Kjellstrom C, McPhaden A, Malone M, Parums DV, Suvarna K, Stewart S. Inter-observer variability in grading acute rejection in endomyocardial biopsies. J Heart and Lung Transplantation 2003; Supp v22 n1 S96. Available at:
Torsney E, Charlton R, Parums DV, Collis M, Arthur HM. Inducible expression of human endoglin during inflammation and wound healing in vivo. Inflamm Res 2002;51:464-70. Available at:
Katz SD, Parums DV. Sympathetic activation by sildenafil. Circulation 2001;104:119-200. Available at:
Ray-Chaudhuri N, Kine DA, Tijani SO, Parums DV, Cartlidge N, Strong NP, Dayan MR. Effect of prior steroid treatment on temporal artery biopsy findings in giant cell arteritis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2002;86:530-2. Available at:
Luckraz H, Parums DV, Dunning J. Reverse saphenous interposition vein graft repair of a giant atherosclerotic aneurysm of the left anterior descending coronary artery. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2002;123:817-20. Available at:
De Soyza AG, Dark JH, Parums DV, Curtis A, Corris PA. Donor-acquired small cell lung cancer following pulmonary transplantation. Chest 2001;120:1030-1. Available at:
Katz SD, Parums DV. Sympathetic activation by sildenafil. Circulation 2001;104:119-200. Available at:
Arthur H, Torsney E, Ure J, Smith A, Wilson D, Charlton RG, Parums DV, Jowett T, Burn J, Diamond A.  Endoglin, a ancillary TGF Beta Receptor, is Required for Extraembryonic Angiogenesis and Plays a Key Role in Heart Development.  Developmental Biology 2000;217:42-53. Available at:
Pagano D, Townend JN, Parums DV, Bonser RS, Camici PG. Hibernating Myocardium: Morphological Correlates of Inotropic Stimulation and Glucose Uptake. Heart  2000;83:456-461. Available at:
Kumar RP, Smith DA, Hilton CJ, Parums DV. A Case of Epithelioid Haemangioendothelioma (EHE) of the Lung with Bronchial Brushing Cytology. Cytopathology  1999;10:132-6. Available at:
Crilley JG, Owens WA, Parums DV. A Dissection with a Difference: An Unusual Case of Ascending Aortic Dissection Secondary to Granulomatous Aortitis. Hosp Med 1998;59:892-3. Available at:
Parums DV. Invited Commentary: “Histiocytosis X”. Thorax 1998;53:322-323. Available at:
Gorog DA, Rakhit R, Parums DV, Laffan M, Davies GJ. Raised Factor VIII is Associated with Coronary Thrombotic Events. Heart 1998;80:415-7. Available at:
Marchbank AJ, Parums DV, Westaby S. Tricuspid Valve Repair in a Mountaineer. Ann Thorac Surg 1998;65:537-9. Available at:
Leonard A, Corris P, Parums DV.  Amiodarone pulmonary toxicity. BMJ  1997;314:1831-1832. Available at:
Walton LJ, Powell JT, Parums DV. Unrestricted Usage of Immunoglobulin Heavy Chain Genes in B Cells Infiltrating the Wall of Atherosclerotic Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Atherosclerosis  1997 135: 65-71. Available at:
Douek M, Kitson JL, Parums DV, Coombs RRH. The value of modern imaging in the diagnosis of foot swellings. The Foot 1996;6:152-157. Available at:
Buttery LDK, Springall DR, Chester AH, Evans TJ, Standfield N, Parums DV, Yacoub MH, Polak JM. Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase is Present within Human Atherosclerotic Lesions and Promotes the Formation and Activity of Peroxynitrite. Lab Invest 1996;75:77-85. Available at:
Parums DV, Ashton MD, Mason JC, Haskard DO. Thy-1 expression by new vessels associated with atherosclerosis. Journal of Pathology. 1996:179, ISSN:0022-3417. Pages:A46-A46
Kennedy P, Parry AJ, Parums DV, Pillai R. Myxoma of the aortic valve. Ann Thorac Surg. 1995; 59: 1221-3. Available at:
Ramshaw AL, Roskell DE, Parums DV. Cytokine gene expression in  aortic adventitial inflammation associated with advanced atherosclerosis (chronic periaortitis).  J Clin Pathol  1994;47: 721-727. Available at:
Parums DV. Invited review; the arteritides. Histopathology  1994;25:1-20. Available at:
Potter CG, Ramshaw AL, Stickland JE, Parums DV, McGee JO'D. Quantification of specific mRNA by flat-bed scintillation counting of dual-labelled dot blots. Biotechniques  1993;15:738-43. Available at:
Wood KM, Cadogan MD, Ramshaw AL, Parums DV. The distribution of adhesion molecules in human atherosclerosis. Histopathology  1993;22: 437-444. Available at:
Ramshaw AL, Parums DV. The distribution of adhesion molecules in chronic periaortitis. Histopathology 1994;24:23-32. Available at:
Paul J, Baigrie C, Parums DV. A fatal case of disseminated infection with the turtle bacillus, Mycobacterium chelonae. J.Clin Pathol  1992;45:528-530. Available at:
Davies AH, Parums DV. Storage of donor long saphenous vein for coronary artery bypass surgery. J Cardiovascular Surgery  1992;33:92-97. Available at:
Ramshaw AL, Parums DV. Combined immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence method to determine the phenotype of proliferating cell populations. J Clin Pathol 1992;45:1015-1017. Available at:
Parums DV, Choudhury RP, Shields SA, Davies AH. Characterization of inflammatory cells associated with "idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis".  Br J Urol  1991;67:564-568. Available at:
McKee G, Parums DV.  False positive cytodiagnosis in fibrosing alveolitis. Acta Cytologica 1990;34:105 107. Available at:
Cawthorn SJ, Parums DV, Gibbs NM, A'Hern RP, Caffarey SM, Broughton CIM, Marks CG. Extent of mesorectal spread and involvement of lateral resection margin as prognostic factors after surgery for rectal carcinoma. Lancet  1990;335:1055-1059. Available at:\
Parums DV, Dunn DC, Dixon AK, Mitchinson MJ. Characterization of inflammatory cells in a patient with chronic periaortitis.  Am J Cardiovascular Pathol  1990;3:121-129. Available at:
Parums DV. Inflammatory mediators and atherosclerosis. Biochem Soc Trans  1990;18:1069-1072. Available at:  doi:10.1042/bst0181069
Parums DV, Brown DL, Mitchinson MJ. Serum antibodies to oxidized LDL and ceroid in chronic periaortitis. Arch Pathol Lab Med 1990;114:383-387. Available at:
Parums DV. The spectrum of chronic periaortitis. Histopathology 1990;16:423-431. Available at:
Ramshaw AL, Parums DV. Immunohistochemical characterization of inflammatory cells associated with advanced atherosclerosis. Histopathology 1990;17:543-552. Available at:
Parums DV, Cordell JL, Micklem K, Heryet AR, Gatter KC, Mason DY.  JC70 (CD31): A new monoclonal antibody that detects vascular endothelium-associated antigen on routinely processed tissue sections.  J Clin Pathol  1990;43:752-757. Available at:
Parums DV.  Studies on Inflammation in Atherosclerosis.  PhD thesis, University of Cambridge, 1987.
Parums DV, Chadwick DR, Mitchinson MJ. The localisation of immunoglobulin in chronic periaortitis. Atherosclerosis 1986;61:117-123. Available at:
Parums DV, Mitchinson MJ. Demonstration of immunoglobulin in the neighbourhood of advanced atherosclerotic plaques. Atherosclerosis 1981;38:211-216. Available at: