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Last updated: 2 Jul 2020
I have been a Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at The Lister Hospital, Stevenage since July 2001 and at Pinehill Hospital since 2002.
My current practice includes General Rheumatology Clinic in addition to an Early Arthritis Clinic and a Multi-system Autoimmune Rheumatic Disease Clinic.
I manage my inflammatory arthritis patients according to NICE recommendations and all relevant patients have disease activity scores monitored to guide treatment escalation.
I trained at St. George's Hospital, Tooting and qualified in 1981. My Specialty training took place in the North East Thames area between 1996 and 2001. During that time i developed a particular interest in multi-system rheumatic disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis.
I have experience in a wide range of rheumatic disease and general medical problems.
I am involved closely in medical eduction at all levels and hold the position of Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in affiliation with The Royal Free/UCL Medical School. I am the Training Programme Director for Rheumatology in the East of England and an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians.
Areas of interest
Vasculitis; Lupus; Rheumatoid arthritis; Sjogren's syndrome; Back pain; Inflammatory joint disorders; Osteoporosis; Vascular system; Arthritis; Plantar fasciitis; Joint pain; Tendonitis; Tennis elbow; Rheumatoid disorders; Joint hypermobility; Neck pain; Joint disorders; Lower back pain; Sarcoidosis; Joint injection; Ankylosing spondylitis; Frozen shoulder; Gout; giant cell arteritis; osteoarthritis; knee pain; carpal tunnel syndrome; psoriatic arthritis; Raynaud’s phenomenon; complex regional pain syndrome; reactive arthritis; antiphospholipid syndrome; Wegener's; osteonecrosis' Paget's disease of the bone; polymyalgia rheumatica; pseudogout; tendinitis; bursitis; scleroderma; spondylarthritis; spinal stenosis; Chronic fatigue syndrome (previously ME); Fibromyalgia;
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at The Lister Hospital, East & North Herts NHS Trust, Stevenage.
Clinical Director for Rheumatology, Neurology and Dermatology, East & North Herts NHS Trust.
Training Programme Director, Rheumatology, Health Education East of England.
Authors' reply to Nelson-Piercy and colleagues,Ellis S, Binder A.
BMJ. 2013 Dec 23;347:f7492. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f7492.
When to order an antinuclear antibody test, Binder A, Ellis S,
BMJ. 2013 Aug 21;347:f5060. doi: 10.1136/bmj.f5060.
Poster BSR April 2011 “Vitamin D levels in patients with different rheumatic diseases and associated musculoskeletal pains”
C. Cuirtan, M. Cojocaru, M. Tripathi, A. Binder, J. Axon, S. Ellis
Abstract, European Society of Endocrinology, May 2012, A case of refractory hypoglycaemia, J. Wang, D. Singh, S. Ellis, F. Kaplan
Subcutaneous fat calcinosis in adult-onset dermatomyositis, Raj Shah, Spencer Ellis; BMJ Case Reports 2011; doi:10.1136/bcr.05.2011.4268
Investigating symmetrical polyarthritis of recent origin.
Binder A, Ellis S. BMJ. 2010 Jun 30;340:c3110. doi: 10.1136/bmj.c3110.
"Benign" hypergammaglobulinemic purpura is not benign in pregnancy.
Jolly EC, Hunt BJ, Ellis S, Griffiths M, Farrington K; Clin Rheumatol. 2009 Jun;28 Suppl 1:S11-5. Epub 2008 Dec 5.
Review article “Crystal Arthropathies” for “ Medicine” published March 2010,
Courses offered to GPs
Afternoon workshop for VTS trainees.
Joint Injection Training on behalf of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Teaching for North London GP group on Management of CTDs
Lecture to National Crohn’s Patient Group “Enteropathic arthritis”
Rheumatology Workshop for GPs
A case of leprosy.
Musculoskeletal Joint Injection workshop
‘Rheumatoid Arthritis – A Shifting Landscape
Workshop on Connective Tissue Diseases,
Reference number 3592041
Details of entry to specialist register
- General Medicine/Rheumatology, 2001
Affiliations / memberships
British Society for Rheumatology
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
- One Hatfield Hospital
- 14:00 - 17:00
- 01707 443333
- Pinehill Hospital, SG4 9QZ
- 13:30 - 17:00
- 01462 422822
- Pinehill Hospital, SG4 9QZ
- 08:00 - 12:00
- 01462 422822
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.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Dr Spencer Ellis
0208 207 2618