Dr Rizwan Rajak

Consultant Rheumatologist

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

Personal profile

Dr Rajak is a consultant rheumatologist working at BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital, offering private appointments for a range of musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions.

Dr Rajak graduated with honours at Cardiff Medical School in 2005 and subsequently undertook his 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, he worked as a consultant at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, where he undertook further specialization in musculoskeletal ultrasound and metabolic bone disease.

Dr Rajak is currently the clinical lead for Osteoporosis & Bone Health and Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in the Croydon Health Service NHS Trust. With the former he is developing a local integrated bone health service with colleagues from multiple medical and surgical specialites.

With the latter Dr Rajak has developed a local diagnostic service and also set up a regional network with other centres in standardizing scanning practice and training. As part of this service he provides US guided musculoskeletal injections and has been training other doctors in the use of MSK US for several years.

 Furthermore, Dr Rajak is Co-lead 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. 

Dr Rajak has 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 he received an award in teaching excellence.

He is currently the Course Director for Rheumatology and the University of South Wales and has overseen the educational and examination material of the diploma and masters courses. Dr Rajak has also tutored on the degrees and found the MSc dissertation development with the students particularly rewarding.

Dr Rajak is now also a Board member of the British Society of Rheumatology Education Committee. He is the SCE editor for rheumatology for Study PRN which is the principle question bank for trainees undertaking the exit exam for completion of their specialist training.

On an annual basis he chairs, organises and facilitates an annual MSK ultrasound training day and postgraduate GP education evening. He provides about 20 – 30 lectures, seminars and workshops a year to doctors, allied health professionals and patients.

Dr Rajak has also published and given lectures on all aspects of rheumatology in regional and national conferences.

To expand his skills base Dr Rajak undertook a Masters in Medical Law at Cardiff law school and write medico-legal reports on a regular basis following this training. He haa been Medicines Management Chair and Medicines Safety Group Chair at Croydon Health services for five years, overseeing the governance of medicines use in the trust. He is also an Appraiser of other doctors and work as a Medical Examiner for Croydon Health services reviewing cases of mortality and advising accordingly.

Clinical Interests

All aspects of Rheumatology

  • Inflammatory Rheumatic Disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crystal arthropathies) 
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue rheumatism (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger)
  • All peripheral joint & soft tissue injections

Special clinical interests:

  • Early inflammatory arthritis
  • Osteoporosis & metabolic bone disease
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasonography
  • Connective tissue disease (lupus, vasculitis, myositis, scleroderma)
  • Medical law

Professional Memberships

  • British Society of Rheumatology
  • Medical Protection Society
  • Royal College of Physicians (London)

Research Interests

  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Osteoporosis
  • Autoantibody markers in rheumatoid arthritis
  • Safety of biological therapies

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