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London Rheumatology Centre - The Team
Professor Graham Hughes
Graham Hughes, Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine, trained in London and New York where he was a pupil of Dr Charles Christian. In 1971 he set up a lupus clinic and lupus pregnancy clinic at Hammersmith Hospital in London. In 1985 he moved with his team to St Thomas' Hospital, London, where he established the Louise Coote Lupus Unit, Europe's first 'dedicated' lupus clinic.
Professor Hughes has an international reputation both as a clinician and as a teacher, but also for his research work in lupus, with over 900 published papers and several textbooks. In 1983 Graham Hughes described the 'antiphospholipid syndrome' - now known as Hughes syndrome. In 1992, Professor Hughes and his team received the highest award in international rheumatology, the ILAR prize (International League Against Rheumatism) for their work in this field. Professor Hughes is Founder and Editor of the international journal 'LUPUS' and is on the Editorial Board of over 30 Medical Journals. He is a member of the American Lupus Hall of Fame, and is Life President of the lupus patients' charity Lupus UK.
In 2001, Professor Hughes was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa in the University of Marseille, and in 2004 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa in the University of Barcelona. Professor Hughes and his team have, over the years, contributed to changing lupus from a dreaded, often fatal and little understood disease to one where patients can look forward to leading a normal life. In addition to Professor Graham Hughes, there are seven consultant physicians, all trained in the St. Thomas' Lupus Clinic under Professor Hughes and specialise in lupus.
Dr Arvind Kaul
Arvind Kaul currently works as a Consultant in Rheumatology and Acute Medicine at The Royal Free Hospital and London Bridge Hospital. He studied Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals and obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of London investigating inflammation and vascular biology. He has had extensive experience as a Rheumatologist at several centres in London including the Lupus Unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital. Dr Kaul has a strong interest in lupus and other connective tissue diseases, particularly their effect on cardiovascular disease, as well as the immunological links between skin and joint disorders.
Dr Colin Tench
Colin Tench is working as a Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at St Mary's Hospital and London Bridge Hospital. He qualified at Cambridge University and at the Royal London Hospital, University College London Hospitals and the Hammersmith Hospital.
Dr Tench specialises in the treatment of lupus and runs a weekly lupus outpatient clinic at St Mary's Hospital. His research interests include an investigation into the effects of aerobic exercise on fatigue and sleep quality in lupus.
He is also interested in postgraduate medical education and is Royal College of Physicians Tutor and Programme Director for the Foundation Training at St Mary's Hospital.
Dr Toby Garrood
Toby Garrood is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School and trained in rheumatology in London and the South East. He gained his MSc in rheumatology from Kings College London in 2003 and PhD from the University of London in 2009.
He has extensive experience in the management of inflammatory arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis), osteoarthritis, localised and widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as in joint and soft-tissue injection.
He has particular interests in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the management of inflammatory arthritis and the multidisciplinary management of fibromyalgia. His current research interests are in inflammatory arthritis, imaging and fibromyalgia. He also has a strong interest in medical education and has significant involvement at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Professor Simon Bowman
Professor Simon Bowman qualified in Medicine at University College London Hospitals. After finishing his PhD at Guy’s Hospital he completed his rheumatology training in Oxford. He has been a Consultant Rheumatologist for over 15 years at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Professor Bowman has broad experience of all aspects of rheumatology including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis and soft-tissue rheumatic disorders and joint injection therapy. Professor Bowman has a particular clinical and research interest in Sjögren’s syndrome and related connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma, lupus and mixed connective tissue disease.
He holds an Honorary Chair at the University of Birmingham and has published widely on the topic of Sjögren’s syndrome and other connective tissue disorders.
Professor Bowman is also interested in postgraduate rheumatology education and has been Chair of the Education and Training Committee and a Trustee of the British Society for Rheumatology and Lead Clinician for the Royal College of Physicians Specialty Certificate Examination in Rheumatology.
Dr Natasha Jordan
Dr Natasha Jordan is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge. Her major clinical and research interests are systemic lupus erythematosus, the antiphospholipid syndrome and systemic vasculitis. She studied Medicine at University College Dublin followed by higher specialist training in General Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She subsequently worked for 5 years at the Louise Coote Lupus Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, initially as a clinical research fellow and then as an honorary consultant. Dr Jordan has been the recipient of an Arthritis Research UK Fellowship and the prestigious Graham Hughes Clinical Research Fellowship allowing her to undertake research in the areas of SLE and vasculitis. She obtained her PhD from King’s College London investigating the genetics of lupus nephritis.