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Last updated: 18 Jun 2020
Dr Harsha Gunawardena runs the North Bristol Connective Tissue Disease and Vasculitis service. 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 Rheumatology Clinical Lead.
He main areas of interest | expertise are the autoimmune connective tissue diseases (e.g. myositis, lupus, antiphospholipid syndrome, scleroderma) and vasculitis.
He does not see paediatric or adolescent rheumatology patients.
He does not see the heridatable connective tissues disorders e.g. hypermoblity, Marfans, Ehlers Danlos.
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 | regioanal expert in autoimmune myositis, CTD-ILD and scleroderma.
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 ia number of CTD registry and observational studies:. He is on the steering committee of the UK Myositis Network. He is also a member of the UK Scleroderma Study Group. He is on the British Society of Rheumatology Heberden Committe.
Dr Gunawardena has published over 30 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
- BSR Heberden Committe British Society of Rheumatology 2019
Details of entry to specialist register
- Rheumatology and G(I)M, 2008
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Physicians UK
British Society of Rheumatology
- Spire Bristol Hospital Redland Hill Redland...
- 08:30 - 11:30
- 0117 970 4080
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