His clinical interests encompass general rheumatology with a focus on immune/inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis as well as other autoimmune rheumatic conditions (CTDs & Sjogren’s Syndrome) and osteoarthritis.
He has personally led the development from scratch of the Barts Inflammatory Arthritis Centre supported by 5 Academic Consultants, 4 Clinical Fellows, 3 Research Nurses, 1 Bioinformatician, 1 Biostatistician, 1 IT & 1 Clinical Trials Manager and state-of-the-art 3D ultrasound technology.
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 5 Clinical Fellows recipients of Versus Arthritis and NIHR Fellowships and supervisor of 12 PhD Students (6 clinical) enhancing NHS research capacity. In the past he has supervised 23 PhDs to success.
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 50 researchers (clinicians and scientists). He has produced research of international standing with over 240 publications in the field of inflammation, immunity and arthritis.