Princy N. Kumar, MD
Princy Kumar

Princy N. Kumar, MD

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professor Medicine and Microbiology
Associate Dean for Students, School of Medicine

Medical Degree: Mysore University, India, 1980
Internship & Residency: Edgewood Hospital, 1986
Fellowship: Georgetown University, 1990

Dr. Kumar is the Chief of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital and a Professor of Medicine in Microbiology at Georgetown University School of Medicine where she also serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Students. She has previously served as both the Program Director and the Associate Program Director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship.

She has won numerous awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Golden Apple Orchard in 2004 for sustained teaching of medical students. She received multiple awards for the teaching of residents and was inducted into the Sol Katz Society for dedicated and sustained teaching of medical residents. In 2010 was inducted into the Magis Society for Master Teachers. Georgetown University School of Medicine also presented Dr. Kumar with the 2015 Founders’ Medal for Dedication and Leadership of Cura Personalis. In 2019 she received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching medical students from the Class of 2019. She is dedicated to mentoring and challenging women faculty members to reach their maximum potential which led to her being awarded The Estelle Ramey Mentorship Award by the Georgetown Women in Medicine (GWIM) in 2011 and 2017.

Dr. Kumar has been the Chair of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology since 1998 and has worked to ensure that MGUH provides a safe environment for patients, their families, and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Kumar has also excelled in clinical research. She is the Director of the Clinical Population Sciences Core for the DC CFAR (Washington, DC Center for Aids Research) and in this role has worked tirelessly to decrease the incidence of new HIV infections within the District of Columbia. She is the Principal Investigator for the DC Cohort, which is a unique NIH-funded, city-wide longitudinal cohort for outpatients with HIV who receive care in Washington, D.C. She has over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Dr Kumar’s public service includes serving as the Medical Director and volunteer at Gift of Peace, a Missionaries of Charity home that was founded by Mother Teresa and provides care to the uninsured and homeless in D.C. She also received a certificate of appreciation from the Peace Corps for her service in advising the Peace Corps on medical issues and the teaching she has provided to the Peace Corps Medical officers.

Dr. Kumar was awarded the 2016 Mastership in the American College of Physicians. In 2019, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation named Dr. Kumar a Woman of ID to recognize her profound impact on the field of infectious diseases and the lives of those around her.