Dr Constantino Pitzalis

Consultant Rheumatologist


Year qualified:1983


Personal profile

Professor Pitzalis qualified in medicine in 1983 in Italy. In 1985, following his early clinical training, he came to the UK as a Research Fellow to the Department of Rheumatology at Guy';s Hospital. Here he started his academic career carrying out research in rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis for four years that lead to a PhD at the University of London.

He then went back to full time clinical training in general medicine in the UK, gaining the MRCP in 1992. He returned to the Department of Rheumatology at Guy's in 1993 as the Arthritis Research Campaign Lecturer/Senior Registrar. In 1996, he was awarded a Senior Lectureship-Career Development Award by the Wellcome Trust and in 2000 he was conferred the Chair of Experimental Rheumatology at King';s College London School of Medicine.

In May 2007 Professor Pitzalis was recruited to Barts and The London School of Medicine to head the new Centre for Experimental Medicine and Rheumatology.  In July 2008 he was appointed Director of the Musculoskeletal Clinical Academic Unit by Barts and the London NHS Trust combining academic and clinical duties to integrate research into service delivery to improve patient care and in compliance with Department of Health policy: “best research for best health.

Teaching and Training. His main interest is in postgraduate education, significantly contributing to forming the next generation of rheumatologists by providing mentoring and support to Specialist Registrars in pursuing research/postgraduate qualifications. He is currently sponsoring six Clinical Fellows recipients of MRC, Wellcome Trust, ARC Fellowships. Current Supervisor of seven PhD Students (four clinical) enhancing NHS research capacity.

Research. Professor Pitzalis' major research interests focus on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammation and autoimmunity in chronic arthritis with particular emphasis on translational research. He leads a research team of approximately 30 researchers (clinicians and scientists) with over £6.5M research income. He has produced research of international standing with over 130 publications in the field of inflammation, immunity and arthritis.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)
  • Member Heberden Committee, British Society for Rheumatology (BSR)
  • Member Research Grant Committee:  Arthritis Research UK
  • Board Member Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN) Central & East London - National Institute Health Research (NIHR)
  • Member Academic Board William Harvey Research Institute
  • Member of R&D Clinical Research Board - Barts and The London School of Medicine & NHS Trust
  • Member of Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Executive Board Member of GRAPPA (Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis)
  • PhD Examiner University of London
  • Member of the British Society for Rheumatology
  • International Fellow of American College of Rheumatology
  • Member of the British Society of Immunology

Clinical Interests

In addition to general rheumatology, Professor Pitzalis has a special interest in

  • Immune/inflammatory rheumatic diseases including Connective Tissue Disorders (CTDs)
  • Rheumatoid
  • Psoriatic arthritis

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