Dr David O'Reilly

Consultant Rheumatologist


Year qualified:1980


Personal profile

David O’Reilly qualified at Cambridge University and works as a Consultant Rheumatologist at the West Suffolk Hospital. With 25 years of experience as consultant, he was awarded 'Distinguished Member' status by the British Society for Rheumatology in 2016 for his work in the specialty.

He specialises in the early diagnosis and treatment of inflammation based arthritis, such as Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Reactive arthritis. He also manages the full range of musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders on a daily basis, including back pain, neck pain, Osteoporosis and Polymyalgia.

David pioneered the local development and delivery of an innovative NHS "Early Arthritis" service for patients with RA and other forms of inflammatory arthritis. This provides early diagnosis and treatment with faster access to more advanced treatments where necessary. The outcomes of this service such as remission rates and symptom improvement are comparable with the best UK centres. Following its success in West Suffolk, this model has been adopted by numerous hospitals across England.

Remaining involved in clinical research, David is also an investigator in national and international studies in Rheumatoid, Psoriatic and Osteoarthritis.

Professional Memberships

  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • National Osteoporosis Society

Clinical Interests

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Polymyalgia
  • Giant cell arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dexa scanning
  • Back Pain
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain
  • Joint pain
  • Raynaud's Syndrome

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