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Sundeept Bhalara qualified in medicine at University College, London in 1991. After broad general medical training in London teaching hospitals including St Bartholemew’s, he obtained higher specialist rheumatology training at Charing Cross and the Hammersmith Hospitals, and the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, London. Dr Bhalara gained specialist recognition in rheumatology and general medicine in 2002 and has been working as Consultant Rheumatologist in West Hertfordshire (Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Alban’s hospitals) and Charing Cross Hospital since then. He has also gained considerable experience in most aspects of general rheumatology but has a particular interest in arthritis and multisystem disease. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physician’s in May 2007.
He was awarded a Master's degree (with Distinction) in Immunology by the University of London in 1995. He retains an academic interest in the Immunology of Rheumatic diseases and has undertaken considerable research in this area. He was awarded an MD degree following research and publication of a Doctoral thesis on the assessment and management of Early Arthritis and has run a tertiary centre highly specialised Early Arthritis service using state of the art diagnostic and treatment modalities. He is currently Clinical Lead of Rheumatology services and Clinical Director of Medicine at West Hertfordshire NHS Trust .
He practices privately at Spire Bushey and Harpenden Hospitals and the Bishopswood Hospital, Northwood.
Areas of interest
Inflammatory joint disorders; Soft tissue rheumatism; Osteoporosis; Gout; Arthritis; Sports injuries; Osteoarthitis; Connective tissue disorders; Back pain
Current NHS consultant posts held
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
(Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Alban’s hospitals)
Dr Bhalara has a doctoral thesis on the assessment of early inflammatory arthritis and novel therapy following research in the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology. He has published on these and related topics and is involved with early clinical trials of new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. He has a Master’s degree in immunology (awarded with distinction) and retains an academic interest in the immunology of rheumatic disease.
Tennis, Skiing, horse riding and driving fast cars!
Fellow Royal College of Physicians May 2007
European League against Rheumatism Young Investigator’s Award Feb 1999
Distinction Master of Science Degree - University of London Feb 1995
Sundeept Bhalara: Anti-inflammatory agents: new therapeutic developments in Rheumatology.
Postgraduate Doctor 1998. 21: 3; 104-112#
S.C. Bhalara, Q.H. Siraj, R.N. Maini, P.J.W. Venables
Sustained response to doxycycline therapy in two patients with SAPHO syndrome. Arthritis and Rheumatism 1999. 42: 4; 819-821
RN Maini, PC Taylor, E Paleolog, P Charles, S Bhalara, FM Brennan, M Feldmann. Anti-Tumour necrosis factor- specific antibody (Infliximab) treatment provides insights into the pathophysiology of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 1999. 58: suppl 1; 156-160
Sundeept Bhalara, Jadwiga M. Miotla and Ewa M. Paleolog. Cardiovascular pathology in the year 2000: New vessels, new approaches: angiogenesis as a therapeutic target in musculoskeletal disorders
International Journal of Experimental Pathology 1999. 80: 235-250
Maini RN, Taylor PC, Paleolog E, Charles P, Bhalara S, Brennan F, Feldmann M. Insights into the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis from application of anti-TNF therapy. Nihoh Rinsho Meneki Gakkai Kaishi 2000. 23: 6; 487-9
Sundeept Bhalara, Peter C. Taylor, Petra Reusch, Dieter Marmé, Marc Feldmann, Ravinder N. Maini and Ewa M. Paleolog Raised serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor levels are associated with destructive change in inflammatory arthritis Arthritis and Rheumatism 2001. 44: 9; 2055-2064
Fisher BA, Bhalara S. False positive result provided by rapid heterophile antibody test in a case of acute infection with hepatitis e virus. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2004. 42: 9; 4411
Newspaper articles :-
Daily Mirror - Are your bones older than you? Thurs 23.05.2013
Mail on Sunday july 7th 2013 - Patients flex the Mussels for pain relief
Daily Mail March 11th 2014 - Taking ibuprofen before exercise - the effects of drugs and exercise
Vitamin D deficiency - Gujarat Samachar 2012
Inspire Magazine Winter 2013 - Does arthritis cause Memory problems?
Yours magazine may 2014 (issue 193) - Keeping your joints moving
Courses offered to GPs
GP seminars given on Inflammatory arthritis, Connective tissue diseases, Osteoporosis, Muscle disorders, autoantibodies and their interpretation and General updates in New Developments in Rheumatology.
- MB BS University College London 1991
- MD (Doctorate of Medicine) University of London 2002
- MSC (Master of Science) Royal Postgraduate Medical school London 1995
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 1996
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London 2002
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Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Clinical Lead for Rheumatology West Herts NHS Trust 2012
- Clinical Director Medicine West Herts NHS Trust 2018
Affiliations / memberships
British Society for Rheumatology
Royal Society of Medicine
Royal College of Physicians
- BMI Bishops Wood Hospital, HA6 2JW
- 08:30 - 11:00
- 01923 835814
- Spire Bushey Hospital Diagnostic Centre, 290...
- 14:30 - 17:00
- 020 8950 9090
- Spire Bushey Hospital Diagnostic Centre,290...
- 09:00 - 13:00
- 020 8950 9090
- Spire Harpenden Hospital
- 14:30 - 19:30
- 01582 763191
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