Rheumatology

 

Rheumatology


Dr Adrian Pendleton

Dr Adrian Pendleton is a Consultant Rheumatologist and currently the Clinical Lead for Rheumatology in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust with clinics in the Royal Victoria Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital.

Dr Adrian Pendleton trained in both Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine in Belfast and Nottingham and he is on the GMC Specialist Register with Dual Certification in both Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine. He was first appointed as a consultant Rheumatologist at the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals before returning to the Belfast.

Dr Pendleton is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a Fellow of the British Society for Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASM). He is currently the Regional Specialty Advisor for Rheumatology with the Joint Royal College Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) and Regional Rheumatology representative for the British Society for Rheumatology.

Dr Pendleton provides acute and chronic care for all Rheumatological conditions including inflammatory arthritis (Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout and Pseudogout), Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis and Autoimmune and Connective Tissue Diseases including Systemic Lupus Erythematosis and Vasculitis. He is a trainer in the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology.

Dr Pendleton has many research interests which include Early diagnosis and management of inflammatory arthritis, use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in Inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis and soft tissue injury. He is currently the Principal investigator in several trials including the TABUL study linked with Oxford University on the use of Ultrasound in the diagnosis of Temporal Arteritis and the use of Ultrasound in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Dr Pendleton is available for Private consultation at The Belfast Rheumatology Clinic at Medical Associates Derryvolgie Avenue and Ulster Independent Clinic. He is registered with all local and national medical Insurance Companies and also welcomes enquires from patients without medical insurance.



Dr Gary D Wright BSc (Hons) MD FRCP FRCPI FRCPE
Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Gary Wright is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast and Musgrave Park Hospital Belfast. He trained in Belfast and Nottingham and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Queens University Belfast. Dr Wright is immediate past President of the Irish Society For Rheumatology.

His research interests include the genetics of rheumatic disease, osteoarthritis, early diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthritis, biological therapies for rheumatic disease and musculoskeletal ultrasound in rheumatic disorders.

Dr Wright provides a diagnostic and management service for all acute and chronic rheumatology conditions including joint pain and soft tissue problems, all forms of inflammatory arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, gout and crystal disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and connective tissue diseases such as lupus. He also provides a diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound service for rheumatology patients. He has more 50 publications in peer reviewed journals relating to all aspects of rheumatic disorders..

Dr Wright provides a full musculoskeletal and rheumatology service including:

  • A diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound service for inflammatory arthritis,
    osteoarthritis, gout and soft tissue rheumatic disorders
  • Joint and soft tissue ultrasound guided injection clinic.
  • Early inflammatory arthritis clinic.

Dr Wright provides continuing care, education and monitoring for patients with chronic or long term rheumatic disorders assisted by Rheumatology Nurse Specialist Anne Quinn RGN BSc(Hons).

Dr Wright is frequently instructed by solicitors and agencies in medico-legal cases to act as expert witness to The Court for defendant (40%) and claimant (60%). Most of this work relates to trauma, occupation-induced musculoskeletal problems and chronic pain disorders, including Fibromyalgia.

For more information please visit www.arthritisnorth.com.



Dr Andrew P Cairns, MD, MSc, FRCP, FRCP Edin, FRCPI

Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Andrew Cairns is a Consultant Rheumatologist based at Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was appointed in 2004. Dr Cairns also provides NHS rheumatology clinics in Belfast City Hospital and Lagan Valley Hospital Lisburn. He trained in Belfast and Edinburgh and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Queen's University, Belfast.

Dr Cairns treats adult patients with rheumatological conditions, including all forms of arthritis and joint pain, autoimmune and connective tissue diseases, and soft tissue problems (such as shoulder pain, tendon and muscle disorders). He has special interests in musculoskeletal ultrasound, joint injection, and in the management of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory arthritides, gout, osteoarthritis and sport and occupation-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr Cairns is a member of the British Society for Rheumatology and the Irish Society for Rheumatology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He holds an MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine. Dr Cairns provides the full range of rheumatology services assisted by Rheumatology Sister Joyce Patton RGN.

For further information please visit www.drandrewcairns.com



Professor M B Finch MD, FRCP, FRCPI

Professor Finch is a Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast. He is visiting Professor to the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at the University of Ulster and Academic Sub-dean (Ireland) for the Royal Society of Medicine (London) He is hospital Dean of examinations for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is an accredited Rheumatologist on the General Medical Council Register and a member of the British Society for Rheumatology and Irish Society for Rheumatology.

His research interests include cardiovascular risk in rheumatic diseases, evidence base for physiotherapeutic management, osteoporosis and secondary fracture prevention.

Prof Finch is a member of the Northern Ireland regional advisory board on osteoporosis, Northern Ireland Chair for the Irish Osteoporosis Network and a member of the examination committee, Royal College of Physicians Ireland.

He provides a service for the diagnosis and management of rheumatic disorders (any form of arthritis, joint pain or muscle pain) including joint injections.

He provides a diagnostic and management service for bone health, including osteoporosis.

He has a particular interest in orthopaedic medicine problems (back, shoulder and neck conditions).