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London Lupus Centre - The Team
Professor Graham Hughes
Graham Hughes trained in London, then New York, where he was a pupil of Dr Charles Christian. In 1971 he set up a lupus clinic and lupus pregnancy clinic at Hammersmith Hospital in London.
In 1985 he moved with his team to St Thomas' Hospital, London, where he established the Louise Coote Lupus Unit, Europe's first 'dedicated' lupus clinic.
Professor Hughes has an international reputation both as a clinician and as a teacher, but also for his research work in lupus, with over 900 published papers and several textbooks. In 1983 Graham Hughes described the 'antiphospholipid syndrome' - now known as Hughes syndrome. In 1992, Professor Hughes and his team received the highest award in international rheumatology, the ILAR prize (International League Against Rheumatism) for their work in this field.
Professor Hughes is Founder and Editor of the international journal 'LUPUS' and is on the Editorial Board of over 30 Medical Journals. He is a member of the American Lupus Hall of Fame, and is Life President of the lupus patients' charity Lupus UK.
In 2001, Professor Hughes was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa in the University of Marseille, and in 2004 he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa, in the University of Barcelona.
Professor Hughes and his team have over the years contributed to changing lupus from a dreaded, often fatal and little understood disease to one where patients can look forward to leading a normal life.
In addition to Professor Graham Hughes, there are seven consultant physicians, all trained in the St. Thomas' Lupus Clinic under Professor Hughes and specialised in Lupus.
Professor David D'Cruz
Professor David D'Cruz is a Consultant Rheumatologist in the Louise Coote Lupus Unit at St Thomas' Hospital. His major clinical and research interests are systemic lupus erythematosus, the antiphospholipid syndrome and systemic vasculitis.
He trained at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London. Senior House Officer and Registrar rotations at University College and the Royal London Hospital were followed by a clinical registrar post and then an ARC Clinical Research Fellowship at St Thomas' Hospital leading to an MD degree.
He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology at St Bartholomew's and The Royal London Hospitals following a Senior Registrar post there. Professor D'Cruz has published 110 peer reviewed papers, 25 editorials and reviews and 15 book chapters. He is one of the Managing Editors of the journal Lupus and is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Autoimmune Diseases.
Professor Christopher Edwards
Professor Edwards is a Consultant Physician and Senior Lecturer at Southampton University Hospital where he runs the Southampton Lupus Clinic. Professor Edwards trained under Professor Hughes at St Thomas' Hospital, and at the Hammersmith Hospital and the Kennedy Institute in London. He also spent a year treating lupus patients at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore.
Professor Edwards' particular research interests are the effects of the environment on lupus and new biologic therapies for the treatment of lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr Patrick Gordon
Dr. Patrick Gordon is a Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at King's College Hospital, an internationally renowned London teaching hospital.
He runs the lupus service there and has a special interest in mixed connective tissue disease and lung disease in lupus and myositis. He trained in London and worked for 4 years in the Lupus Unit at St Thomas' Hospital where he obtained his PhD fellowship. He has published extensively and continues to research in the field of lupus and myositis.
Dr Arvind Kaul
Arvind Kaul currently works as a Consultant in Rheumatology and Acute Medicine at The Royal Free Hospital. He studied Medicine at St. Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospitals and obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of London investigating inflammation and vascular biology. He has had extensive experience as a Rheumatologist at several centres in London including the Lupus Unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital. Dr. Kaul has a strong interest in lupus and other connective tissue diseases particularly their effect on cardiovascular disease as well as the immunological links between skin and joint disorders.
Dr Giovanni Sanna
Dr Sanna was appointed a Consultant Rheumatologist at The Lupus Unit, St Thomas' Hospital in 2008 and has a Special Interest Lupus Clinic.
Having previously trained in the lupus unit at St Thomas', he has a special interest in connective tissue diseases, in particular SLE and related disorders. His research and publications are clinical manifestations and management of neurologic disease in lupus and antiphospholipid syndrome.
Dr Colin Tench
Dr Colin Tench is working as a Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at St Mary's Hospital. He qualified at Cambridge University and at the Royal London Hospital, University College London Hospitals and the Hammersmith Hospital.
Dr Tench specialises in the treatment of lupus and runs a weekly lupus outpatient clinic at St Mary's Hospital. His research interests include an investigation into the effects of aerobic exercise on fatigue and sleep quality in Lupus.
He is also interested in postgraduate medical education and is Royal College of Physicians Tutor and Programme Director for Foundation Training at St Mary's Hospital.
Dr John Lanham
Dr Lanham has been a consultant rheumatologist and physician at Whipps Cross Univeristy Hospital for thirty years. He trained at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School with Professor Hughes before being appointed as a consultant in 1985. He established a Connective Tissue Disease Clinic at St Bartholomew's Hospital and has had a special interest in lupus and associated conditions throughout his career. In addition he has had a very busy general rheumatology practice. He has always played an active role in medical education and taught generations of junior doctors and medical students. Throughout his career he has lectured and engaged in clinical research and has published many papers on a diverse range of subjects.
Dr Natasha Jordan
Dr Natasha Jordan is a Consultant Rheumatologist at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridge. Her major clinical and research interests are systemic lupus erythematosus, the antiphospholipid syndrome and systemic vasculitis. She studied Medicine at University College Dublin followed by higher specialist training in General Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She subsequently worked for 5 years at the Louise Coote Lupus Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, initially as a clinical research fellow and then as an honorary consultant. Dr Jordan has been the recipient of an Arthritis Research UK Fellowship and the prestigious Graham Hughes Clinical Research Fellowship allowing her to undertake research in the areas of SLE and vasculitis. She obtained her PhD from King’s College London investigating the genetics of lupus nephritis.