Dr Alastair Hepburn

Consultant Rheumatologist

BSc(Hons), MB BS, PhD, FRCP

Professional Membership

  • Royal College of Physician of London

  • British Society for Rheumatology

  • British Association

  • Society for Acute Medicine

  • British Medical Association

Clinical Interests

  • general rheumatology
  • early inflammatory arthritis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • osteoarthritis
  • gout
  • polymyalgia rheumatica
  • temporal arthritis
  • vasculitis
  • lupus
  • antiphospholipid syndrome
  • scleroderma
  • fibromyalgia
  • joint hypermobility & Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • osteoporosis
  • osteomalacia & vitamin D deficiency
  • back pain
  • sciatica
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • elbow pain
  • hip pain
  • knee pain
  • foot pain
  • carpal tunnel syndrome


Personal profile

Dr Hepburn qualified at The London Hospital Medical College (University of London) in 1993. He trained in General (Internal) Medicine and Rheumatology on the North West Thames training programme in London.

He was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist in Worthing in 2007. He also practices Acute Medicine at Worthing Hospital where he is the lead for Clinical Audit in the Division of Medicine. He has previously sat on the therapeutics and guidelines committees and authored numerous protocols and local guidelines for the management of rheumatic disease.  

His research into lupus was carried out at the Hammersmith Hospital, part of Imperial College London. Dr Hepburn has a particular interest in the management of lupus (SLE) and related autoimmune connective tissue diseases, as well as other complex multisystem disorders such as vasculitis, sarcoidosis, Behcet’s syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. He has also undertaken clinical research in the management of gout and is a Trustee of the UK Gout Society charity. He has an interest in the use of biologic drugs in inflammatory arthritis, vasculitis and connective tissue disease and has run specialist biologics clinics, as well as actively participating in clinical trials.

In addition to several nominations, Dr Hepburn has previously received prizes and patient care awards from Arthritis Research (UK) and National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) charities and the Royal Society of Medicine.  

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