Dr Drew Provan

Reader (Consultant) in Haematology

Biography

I am is currently Reader in Haematology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. I studied molecular genetics at Leicester University before studying medicine. After junior medical posts in the UK, I undertook research at Harvard Medical School in Boston from 1993-4 on an American Traveling fellowship awarded by the Medical Research Council.
I moved to Barts and The London in 2000. As a general haematologist, his main area of interest within the field of haematology is immunohaematology which includes diseases such as autoimmune thrombocytopenia (ITP), neutropenia and haemolytic anaemia. I have established the UK ITP Registry (www.ukitpregistry.com) a clinical and laboratory database of patients with ITP. This facilitates the collection of clinical information related to adults with ITP throughout the UK, Europe and other countries, in addition to allowing for DNA samples to be obtained for genetic analysis.

Medical writing

I have written numerous peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and has authored several medical books including Molecular Haematology (Blackwell Science), Oxford Handbook of Clinical Haematology and Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, and the ABC of Clinical Haematology (BMJ books).
Computing

I have a major interest in IT and computing, especially handheld devices. I have written a number of technology titles including iPad In Easy Steps, iPhone in Easy Steps, Mac Basics In Easy Steps and is currently writing iPad and iPhone in Healthcare (Blackwell Publishing). I have published one book as an app with both iPad and iPhone versions, and I am developing an iOS app for patients with ITP for data collection, symptom recording and remote monitoring.

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