Dr Rizwan Rajak

Consultant Rheumatologist

MBBCh (Hons), MRCP, MRCP(Rheum), LLM

Year qualified:2005


Personal profile

I graduated with honours at Cardiff Medical School in 2005 and subsequently undertook my specialist training in the University Hospital of Wales. This involved training in specialist clinics including osteoporosis, biological therapies, connective tissue disease/lupus, soft tissue rheumatism, and ankylosing spondylitis. Subsequently, I worked as a consultant at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, where I undertook training in musculoskeletal ultrasound and specialist clinics in metabolic bone disease.

I am currently the clinical lead for Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Croydon Health Service NHS Trust. With the former I am developing a local integrated bone health service with colleagues from multiple medical/surgical specialties. With the latter I have developed a local diagnostic service and also set up a regional network with other centres in standardising scanning practice and training. Furthermore, I have led on the development of an Early Inflammatory Arthritis service with the chief objective being to diagnose and treat inflammatory arthritis early, to preserve joint health and prevent long term damage, as per national best practice.

I have an extensive background in teaching, having been the Lead Clinical Tutor for Rheumatology at the University Hospital of Wales, and an Honorary Clinical Teacher at Cardiff University. For this I received an award in teaching excellence. I have also published and given lectures on all aspects of rheumatology in regional and national conferences.

To expand my skill base I undertook a Masters in Medical Law at Cardiff law school. Also, I am the Chair for the Medicines Management Committee at Croydon Health Services.

Professional Membership

  • General Medical Council
  • British Society of Rheumatology
  • Medical Protection Society
  • British Medical Association

Clinical Interests

  • Osteoporosis & Metabolic Bone Disease 
  • Early Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Connective Tissue Disease (e.g. Lupus)

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