I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate study in general
medicine in India and came to the UK in 2000. I did my senior house
officer training post mainly around London and completed my MRCP in
my higher specialist
certificate of specialist training (CCST) in GIM and Rheumatology
from Oxford Deanery in 2008. I was appointed to
County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in November
I undertake five rheumatology clinics, one combined
clinic with orthopedic hand surgeon every three months and
supervise nurse led clinics. I report DEXA scans at UHND.
I have a special interest in early arthritis and am keen to
develop this service across the Trust. I have had two posters
at the international meeting on early arthritis. I have
experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound, which complements my
interest in early arthritis.
I am heavily involved in medical education. I have been awarded
an Associate of the Higher Education Academy by the Royal College
of Physicians in 2011. I am involved in teaching undergraduate and
postgraduate students, GPs and nurses, in addition to my
significant contribution for the MRCP examination board.
I have an active interest in research and am principal
investigator in three major multicentre clinical trials in the
NIHR portfolio, in addition to pharmaceutical sponsored clinical
I hope to make our early arthritis service one of the best in
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community