Dr Jenny Bird received her medical education at the University of London (pre-clinical at Kings College London and clinical training at Westminster Medical School). She was awarded MRCP in 1986 and underwent haematology training at the Royal Marsden, Middlesex and University College Hospitals, between 1987 and 1990. She subsequently undertook a period of research as an LRF Clinical Training Fellow with Dr Diana Samson at Charing Cross Hospital, London culminating in the awarding of her MD in ‘Molecular studies in multiple myeloma: Applications of immunoglobulin gene fingerprinting’ in 1998. In the interim, she undertook a 2 year period as Assistant Professor in Haematology/Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia enabling her to continue developing her interest in myeloma. She returned to the UK in 1996 where she completed formal training being awarded MRCPath in 1999 and was appointed Consultant Haematologist in Bristol in 1998.
In 1999 she joined the UK Myeloma Forum and chaired the Guidelines Committee for a number of years. During this time she was the lead author for UK guidelines for diagnosis and management of MGUS, myeloma and AL amyloidosis and a number of other publications. In 2013, she was elected Chair of the UK Myeloma Forum and fulfilled this role until 2015. She is an active member of the CIBMTR plasma cell disorders working party and in 2009 was invited to become a member of the International Myeloma Working Group, the group responsible for setting international diagnostic criteria for myeloma. Jenny is also an active member of the UK myeloma NCRI group and an investigator on several national trials including Myeloma X.
She was Clinical Director for Haematology at UH Bristol NHS Trust from 2004 to 2016 and for 5 of these years lead for oncology and palliative care as well. During this time, she led the building of a new, combined adult haematology and BMT unit and Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) unit for the south-west and led the expansion of the department from 5 to 16 Consultants.
She is married to Professor David Marks (also a haematologist) and has 2 children at university.