Dr Gerald Coakley graduated from the Royal London Hospital Medical School in 1989. After training in Nottinghamshire and London, he was awarded an Arthritis Research Campaign Fellowship, allowing him to carry out research in immunology and immunogenetics relating to Rheumatoid Arthritis and Felty's syndrome at Guy's Hospital, part of King's College School of Medicine. This led to his PhD in 2000.
He has worked as a consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich since 2000, and has continued to work there since it merged with the other two sites that make up South London Healthcare Trust in 2009. He has continued to develop his interests in rheumatoid and other forms of inflammatory arthritis, but is also interested in the full range of musculoskeletal pain disorders, including fibromyalgia.
Since 2001, he has been involved in the private sector care of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME), and now runs a weekly private Fatigue Clinic at Keats House, St Thomas Street, London SE1.
In addition to these interests, he also has an interest in the evidence based management of septic arthritis, in which capacity he has chaired a national guideline group and published numerous papers, including in the BMJ and The Lancet.