After attending Warwick School I trained as an undergraduate at Wadham College, Oxford and subsequently at the London Hospital, Whitechapel. On qualifying I worked as a junior doctor in Whitechapel, at Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow and as a registrar on a rheumatology and general medical rotation in West London. I received my MRCP in 1985 and was elected to FRCP in 1997. My research into the role of bacterial antigens in inflammatory arthritis at Westminster Hospital led to the award of an MD from London University in 1995. I have been Chair of the External relations committee of the British Society for Rheumatology and President of the section of Rheumatology at the Royal Society for Medicine
Research and Teaching
Within the Rheumatology Department at St Peter’s Hospital I run a number of research projects. My research has centered on the coping mechanisms of patients who have chronic diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, understanding how they make sense of these conditions, their treatment and the medications they receive.
Additionally, I teach extensively to doctors, healthcare professionals and patient support groups. I am an accredited educator for the Royal College of Physicians where I lecture regularly. I am invited to give lectures to outside organisations through a typical year.
My background and training have enabled me to provide sound clinical advice, plan appropriate investigations and devise treatments informed by the latest clinical research. Whilst I specialise in a wide range of rheumatological diseases I also provide advice for patients with more complex general medical problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. All my consultations are centred on the individual patient and take into account the patient’s priorities and opinions ensuring that, together, we arrive at a plan that is likely to be the most effective, safe and acceptable.
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