Professor Karl Gaffney - MBBChBAO(Hons) FRCPI FRCP
Consultant Rheumatologist, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
Professor Karl Gaffney (MB, BCh, BAO Hons, FRCPI, FRCP) has been a Consultant Rheumatologist in Norwich since 1995 where he is service lead for axial
spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis), adolescent rheumatology and osteoporosis. He is an Honorary Professor at Norwich Medical School, chair of the medical advisory board, National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society (www.nass.co.uk), founder member, treasurer and chair-elect of BRITSpA www.britspa.co.uk), chair of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) axial SpA Biologics Guidelines Committee, member of the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Project Working Group, vice-chair of the BSR Heberden Committee, co-director and founder of the East of England and London Spondyloarthritis Academy (www.rheumatologyevents.org), and an invited member of the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society www.asas-group.org.
He has also represented the BSR and NASS at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) appraisal of biological therapies since 2007. He was Rheumatology Service Director from 2008 until 2016, Director of Postgraduate Education in Norwich between 1999 and 2005, and Director of Rheumatology Training, Eastern Deanery between 2001 and 2007.
With NASS he has co-developed primary and secondary care educational programmes for healthcare professionals. These initiatives have been awarded national and European awards for excellence in healthcare communication. He is leading the NASS National Gold Standard Delay to Diagnosis project, launched at the House of Commons in July 2020 www.nass.co.uk/get-involved/gold-standard. His current research interests include epidemiology, dose optimisation and extra-articular manifestations of axial SpA. He oversees a large clinical trials programme and collaborates with other national and international centres. He has published extensively and has been an invited speaker at national and international meetings.
Dr Deepak Jadon - MBBCh(Hons) MRCP(Rheum) PhD
Consultant Rheumatologist, Cambridge University Hospitals
Dr Deepak Jadon is a consultant rheumatologist, Director of the Rheumatology Research Unit, and lead for psoriatic arthritis (PsA) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.
Having grown up in Cardiff, he graduated from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003, and then undertook clinical training in rheumatology and general internal medicine in Bath and Bristol between 2007-2015. He completed his PhD thesis on ‘biomarkers of psoriatic arthritis phenotypes’ at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (Bath, UK) in 2015.
Deepak has particular expertise in the investigation and management of psoriatic arthritis (PsA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), spondyloarthritis (SpA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He is qualified in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Deepak is Director of the Rheumatology Research Unit at Cambridge University Hospitals NHSFT (Addenbrooke’s Hospital), where he leads a team of 5 research nurses, 3 rheumatology fellows, and 2 administrators. They are currently performing >20 clinical trials / studies of novel cutting-edge medications for the treatment of arthritis and other rheumatological diseases.
He is an Associate Principal Investigator in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include genetic and serum biomarkers of PsA, AS and SpA, in particular those that predict prognosis.
Deepak is Theme Lead for E-learning at the University of Cambridge Clinical School, delivering high quality online learning to year 4-6 medical student.
Consultant Rheumatologist & Hon Associate Professor, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Dr Arumugam Moorthy is a Senior consultant Rheumatologist and Head of Service for Rheumatology at one of the busy teaching hospitals Rheumatology unit at Leicester. Dr Moorthy is the regional specialty advisor for Rheumatology at Royal College of Physicians, London. He is very passionate about teaching and training both Undergraduate and postgraduate medical students nationally and internationally. Dr Moorthy is Honorary Associate Professor at College of Life sciences at the University of Leicester and Leicester Medical school. He is also Honorary Visiting Professor at Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University Chennai India. Recently appointed as Professor of Rheumatology at New Vision university Georgia.
Dr Moorthy trained in Manchester, Wrightington, Leicester and Northampton. He has over 20 years of clinical experience managing the complex spectrum of Rheumatology conditions including RA, SLE, Fibromyalgia and Spondyloarthropathy. Moorthy runs a dedicated Spondyloarthropathy clinic and Ultrasound Synovitis clinic at Leicester Hospitals. Received NASS Best Rheumatologist Award voted by patients at House of common in 2018.
Dr Moorthy is an Invited speaker for various national and international Rheumatology conferences. A senior MRCP clinical examiner and member of MRCP Rheumatology Board at the Royal College of Physicians.
He is actively involved in Research/clinical trials and has published extensively in peer reviewed journals covering many topics including COVID19 and Rheumatology. Dr Moorthy research interests include ethnic variation in rheumatic diseases, diet and rheumatology exercise and pregnancy in rheumatic diseases.
Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Leicester Royal Infirmary
Having had a peripatetic upbringing as an only child of two doctors based in the UK, and the middle east, he graduated in 1994 and undertook Basic Surgical training prior to ‘seeing the light’ and commenced radiology training in 1999 in Leicester. He completed a short term at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London prior to a competitive fellowship in Clinical Musculoskeletal Radiology at the University of Alberta. His interest in Spondyloarthropathy was initiated by working with Professor Rob Lambert and Walter Maksymowych, leading to publications, research and many enjoyable educational courses conducted across the world.
With a lifelong interest piqued in this disease, due to the importance of MRI and imaging in its diagnostic pathway and treatment plan, much of his collaborative
research has been on honing these pathways with the British and European Society of Skeletal Radiology.
Winston is currently Vice Chair of the Arthritis Subcommittee of the European Society of Skeletal Radiology. He has been invited as part of a UK Parliamentary
Subcommittee to discuss the inclusion of SpA in the European 2020 project. My work has led to my selection as a Co-opted Expert on Guideline Development on Spondyloarthropathy for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence- UK. He has been awarded a position as a Reader in Clinical Musculoskeletal Radiology by Loughborough University. Currently, Head of School for Foundation Doctors- LNR, Lead Foundation Training Programme Director UHL responsible for implementation of the Foundation School Curriculum and operational delivery in Leicester Northamptonshire and Rutland.
Advanced Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapist with Special Interest in Rheumatology
Chris graduated from the University of East Anglia’s pre-registration Physiotherapy Masters cohort after completing an undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He undertook his junior NHS Physiotherapy rotations in Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust and in Bath at the Royal United Hospital. He later took up a Senior Physiotherapist post in a specialist tertiary care Rheumatology setting at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath. Here, Chris honed his skills and found his love of Rheumatology. He worked with inpatient and outpatient Rheumatology patients and was a lead on their prestigious Axial Spondyloarthritis 2- week residential programme, working alongside the multi-disciplinary team. Chris now works as an Advanced Musculoskeletal First Contact Physiotherapist (FCP) in primary care in the South West of England and has a passion for health advocacy, leadership and policy. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA, http://arma.uk.net/), which is an umbrella body bringing together patient organisations and professional bodies representing the breadth of musculoskeletal health.
Chris has maintained a specialist interest in Rheumatology, particularly Spondyloarthritis, and has presented nationally on this topic as well as published in
this field. Chris has been an elected Executive Committee member on the British Society for Spondyloarthritis (BRITSpA, https://britspa.co.uk/) since 2019; a charity of healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and treatment of Spondyloarthritis, and his research interests lie within the non-pharmacological management of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs). Chris is keen to advance and contribute to research priorities within RMDs and he is an active member on Versus Arthritis’ Adult Inflammatory Arthritis Research Advisory Group