NNEdPro Logo Background circle

Professor Sumantra Ray RNutr (Public Health)

Sumantra (Shumone) Ray is a Licensed Medical Doctor as well as a Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), with special interests in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Nutrition Education in Health Systems.


He is cross-appointed in Cambridge as a Governing Body Fellow of Wolfson College, a Course Director in Nutrition Science at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Co-Lead for the Food, Nutrition and Education Work Package for the TIGR2ESS Programme in India (2017-21) led by the University of Cambridge and supported by UK Research and Innovation's Global Challenges Research Fund. Additionally, Shumone holds a fractional personal chair appointment as Professor of Global Nutrition, Health and Disease at Ulster University as well as a number of honorary/visiting professorial appointments more widely including Imperial College London.


From 2008-10 Shumone was an NIHR Public Health Fellow and Corfield Scholar at Selwyn College Cambridge. Following this from 2010-18, he also held a Senior Clinician Scientist position with the Medical Research Council focussing on nutrition and vascular studies, heading up a dedicated experimental medicine facility for human nutrition studies and also functioning as the Lead Clinician for the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (c/o Public Health England) as well as working clinically at Cambridge University Hospitals. From 2010-2018 Shumone led undergraduate Nutrition teaching in the Cambridge clinical/medical curriculum and he was a University of Cambridge Senior Clinical Tutor from 2015-18. 

NNEdPro Founding Chair and Executive Director

Co-Founder and Chair of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health


Cambridge, England


s.ray@nnedpro.org.uk | sr506@cam.ac.uk l (PA – Matheus Abrantes m.abrantes@nnedpro.org.uk)

CV and profile on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn icon Dan Del Rio Pauline Douglas Minha Rajput-Ray Home Page

Suggested pages

Over the past decade, Shumone has been elected to membership of a number of professional organisations: the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Physicians and the Institute of Clinical Research; an elected Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the Royal Society for Public Health and the American College of Nutrition; a committee member of the American Society for Nutrition; a task force member of the British Nutrition Foundation; an Ambassador for the Nutrition Society; and a registration committee member of the Association for Nutrition as well as co-chair of its Healthcare Specialism working group. Shumone has been a longstanding elected member of the British Medical Association's Medical Academic Staff Committee, an Expert Committee Member (Cambridge Central) under the National Research Ethics Service (England) and has been an external reviewer for the European Food Safety Authority, the World Health Organization and several research grant awarding bodies.


In 2013, Shumone received the Josephine Lansdell award from the British Medical Association in support of work in the area of Nutrition and Cardiovascular Prevention. In 2014, he was elected to the award of Honorary Lifetime Associateship by the council of the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Shumone was also elected as Deputy Chairman of the 2015 BMA Conference of Medical Academic Representatives (COMAR). In 2015 Shumone was elected as a governing body Fellow of Wolfson College. In the same year, NNEdPro won the Complete Nutrition Outstanding Achievement Award and Shumone was appointed as Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo in Canada as well as receiving a Griffith University Visiting Fellowship from Australia. In 2016, Shumone was appointed as Visiting Professor at Imperial College London as well as Ulster University in Northern Ireland and NNEdPro was a finalist and runner-up in the 2016 BMJ Awards. Also in 2016, Shumone published the Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Healthcare Research aimed at strengthening basic research skills across the global health-related workforce and became Programme Director for the Cambridge Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition. In 2017 Shumone was elected to an Honorary Professorial Fellowship at the University of Wollongong Australia whilst NNEdPro won the Medical Nutrition Industry International Award in conjunction with the European Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. In 2018, Shumone became the Founding Chair, along with the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Group, of BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. He was also invited to lecture at the University of Brunei Darussalam under their 'Eminent Visiting Professorship' scheme in 2018. More recently, in 2019, he was appointed as Honorary International Dean to the Cordia Colleges in India and recognised through invitation to speak as an 'International Visiting Professor' to the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.


From December 2018 to July 2019 Shumone is serving part-time as a Consultant on special assignment to the Nutrition Directorate of the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva leading on the development of a strand of work in nutrition and healthcare capacity building within the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-25.