Dr Richard Rees was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist at St Mary’s Hospital in 1992. He has been head of the Rheumatology service there (now part of ICHNT) for the last 10 years.
Following training in General Medicine he was awarded a 2 year ARC research fellowship investigating neurogenic influences on arthritis in the Departments of Rheumatology and Neuroendocrinology at Westminster Hospital.
He has published and presented many papers on the interaction between the nervous system, neuropeptides and stress on the rheumatic diseases. He has established specialist services and clinics for complex upper limb pains, inflammatory back pain, severe inflammatory arthritis and a fast track service for patients with acute reactive arthritis.
He is Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine. He leads a research programme studying the role of Chlamydia and other triggering infections in reactive arthritis, the spondyloarthropathies and undefined oligoarthritis.
Dr Rees is a Council Member of the British Society for Rheumatology. He is Vice Chair of the Clinical Affairs Committee of the Society working with BHPR, ARMA and other agencies to promote best clinical practice and highest quality of care for patients with musculoskeletal diseases.