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Special interest in Rheumatology (GPSI) MBChB (Sheffield 1993) MRCP.
Since 1999 Dr Empson works as General Practitioner at Laurie Pike Health Centre and as a Clinical Assistant in rheumatology at University Hospital Birmingham.
He started his GPSI role in 2009 and has expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and management of patients with rheumatological disorders and is able to perform a range of soft tissue and joint injections.
Dr Empson has just qualified to do musculoskeletal ultrasounds.
Rheumatology Nurse Consultant
Registered General Nurse (1987);
MSc in rheumatology nursing (Keele 2004);
Orthopaedic Nursing Certificate Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (Birmingham 1991),
Registered Independent and Supplementary Prescriber (Birmingham 2004).
Honorary Lecturer Musculoskeletal Pathway Birmingham City University (2005-2010).
Dawn has worked in the field of rheumatology since 1991 and from 1997-2009 worked as a rheumatology nurse specialist and then nurse consultant at University Hospital Birmingham NHS foundation Trust.
She is an independent nurse practitioner able to provide nurse led care for rheumatology patients. This service comprises of assessment and ongoing care and offers referral to other members of the multidisciplinary team, prescribing and joint injections.
Chris Buckley obtained his first degree (BA) in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford (1985) with subsequent undergraduate training in Medicine MBBS at the Royal Free Hospital, London (1990). Postgraduate Medical training MRCP (1993) in General Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital, London (Mark Walport, Dorian Haskard), and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. DPhil (1996) arising from a Wellcome Training Fellowship with Professor J Bell and Dr D Simmons at the Institute Molecular Medicine, Oxford. In 1996, funded by a Wellcome Clinician Scientist Fellowship, he joined the Department of Rheumatology in Birmingham. In 2001 he was awarded an MRC Senior Clinical Fellowship and in October 2002 became ARUK Professor of Rheumatology, Division of Immunity and Infection in Birmingham.
Caroline Gordon was awarded the title of Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Birmingham in 2007.
Her research programme focuses on systemic lupus erythematosus but she has also contributed to research in to inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis, Sjogren’s syndrome and anti-phospholipid syndrome.
Caroline is a member of the British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG), the Systemic Lupus International Collaborating Clinics (SLICC), Co-Chair of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Task Force for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and has been a member of several American College of Rheumatology and Lupus Foundation of America committees for lupus research.
She is the lupus lead on the arthritic research campaign systemic autoimmune disease clinical study group. Much of her work has focused on disease assessment for clinical trials and outcome studies, particularly the development of the BILAG disease activity index and the epidemiology of lupus.
BA, PhD, FRCP
Professor of rheumatology at the MRC Centre for Immune Regulation at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Karim qualified from Oxford in 1993 and achieved Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1996. From 2000-2003 he worked as an arc
funded clinical training fellow studying the regulation of leukocyte apoptosis in early inflammatory arthritis.
Following the award of his PhD, he was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology in 2004. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Michael Mason Prize by the British Society for Rheumatology for excellence in clinical research.
Erica was the lead rheumatology nurse practitioner at Sandwell Hospital from 1995 - 2012 during which time she initiated and developed nurse led rheumatology services and the biologic service for rheumatology patients within Sandwell Hospital.
Erica is an independent nurse
practitioner able to provide nurse led care for rheumatology patients. This service comprises of assessment and ongoing care and offers referral to other members of the multidisciplinary team, prescribing and joint injections.
Erica joined the Community Rheumatology Service in May 2012 due to plans to continue to develop the current service and expand the service to the Sandwell area.