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Dr Harsha Gunawardena runs the North Bristol Connective Tissue Disease and Vasculitis clinic. He runs a tertiary level service with three dedicated CTD Vasculitis clinics per week (seeing GP and secondary care referrals), including a rapid access clinic pathway for urgent patients. With the Bristol Interstitial Lung Disease Team, he runs CTD-ILD service.
He is Clinical Lead for the NBT Medical Day Care Unit.
He also runs a general rheumatology clinic at NBT.
Areas of interest
All forms of inflammatory arthritis;
Specific expertise in autoimmune connective tissue diseases (lupus, Sjogren's, myositis, scleroderma, antiphospholipid syndrome) and vasculitis;
Recognised national expert in autoimmune myositis.
Current NHS consultant posts held
North Bristol NHS Trust
University of Bristol
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Gunawardena has a clinical and academic interest in all aspects of Autoimmune CTD and vasculitis. His PhD was on the identification of novel autoantibody markers in inflammatory muscle and lung disease. He has published widely on immunological aspects of CTD as biomarkers of disease. He is currently involved in the following registry studies: European Scleroderma Observational Study, Scleroderma Digital Ulcer Register, UK MyoNet and UK ILD Genetics and Antibody studies. He was the scientific advisor to the UK Juvenile Myositis Research Group (2012-2015). He is on the steering committee of the UK Myositis Network. He is also a member of the UK Scleroderma Study Group. Dr Gunawardena advises a number of UK CTD patient support groups including Lupus UK and UK Myositis Group.
Dr Gunawardena has published over 20 journal publications, book chapters and presented keynote lectures at a number of international rheumatology meetings.
- PhD University of Bath 2010
- MRCP (UK) Royal College of Physicians 2001
- MBChB Univeristy of Bristol 1997
Reference number 4406459
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Steeing Committee UK Myositis Network 2015
- Scientific Advisor UK Juvenile Myositis Research Group 2014
Details of entry to specialist register
- Rheumatology and G(I)M, 2008
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians UK
British Society of Rheumatology
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Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.