Kamran Abbasi

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Kamran Abbasi is a British Pakistani doctor, medical editor, and cricket writer. He is editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr. Abbasi used to be the acting editor of the British Medical Journal and editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.[1]

In addition, he is a cricket writer and blogger for wisden website Cricinfo.com with a particular expertise in Pakistani cricket and the politics of cricket. [2] His cricket blog is one of the best read in world sports, and each entry receives hundreds of comments debating the complexities and mysteries of Pakistani cricket. He also writes for Dawn, Pakistan's leading English-language newspaper.

Dr. Abbasi is a past chief executive and editor-in-chief of OnMedica.[3] He has also worked as medical director of the UK-based independent health information company Dr Foster.

In October 2004, when Dr. Abbasi was acting editor, the BMJ published a personal view in which author Derek Summerfield expressed his concern at what he saw as systematic violations of the fourth Geneva Convention by the Israeli army in Gaza. In addition to responses sent to the website, almost 1000 emails were sent directly to Dr. Abbasi. An analysis of all these emails provides a less benign view of what editors face when entering this thorny debate.[4]


Kamran Abbasi qualified in medicine from Leeds University in 1992. He trained in internal medicine in Yorkshire and London before joining the British Medical Journal.[5]


  1. ^ BMJ group appoints acting editor and acting chief executive: bmj.com Retrieved 7 June 2007.
  2. ^ Pakspin blog: cricinfo.com Retrieved 7 June 2007.
  3. ^ New leadership appointment at OnMedica: onmedica.com Retrieved 9 February 2007.
  4. ^ Perils of criticising Israel: bmj.com Retrieved 11 March 2010.
  5. ^ Perspectives, Lifeline: Kamran Abbasi thelancet.com Retrieved 7 June 2007.