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Rheumatology team

Diagnosing and treating joint, bone and connective tissue diseases

Clinical director: Dr Toby Garrood

Clinical lead: Dr Nora Ng

Service manager: Mandy Thrower


  • Dr Sangita Agarwal
  • Dr Rachel Byng-Maddick
  • Professor Matthew Brown
  • Professor Andrew Cope
  • Professor David D'Cruz
  • Professor Emma Duncan
  • Dr Michelle Fernando
  • Dr Toby Garrood
  • Dr Geeta Hampson
  • Professor Bruce Kirkham
  • Dr Begona Lopez
  • Dr Bina Menon
  • Dr Nora Ng
  • Dr Giovanni Sanna
  • Dr Sujith Subesinghe
  • Professor Tim Vyse
  • Professor Frances Williams

Rheumatology nurses

  • Kay Blackhall, clinical nurse specialist
  • Laura Blackler, advanced nurse practitioner
  • Vitor Goncalves, clinical nurse specialist
  • Zoe McKee, advanced nurse practitioner
  • Zakari Akaribire, senior charge nurse
  • Frances Agyekum-Asare, infusion suite nurse
  • Agnes Lebby, infusion suite nurse
  • Digna Ibeh, infusion suite nurse
  • Anurika Okanu

Nursing assistants and phlebotomists

  • Therese Kayembe, nursing assistant/phlebotomist
  • Helen Ademiluyi nursing assistant/phlebotomist
  • Halina McDonald, nursing assistant/phlebotomist

Nursing support team

  • Emily Smith, digital pathway coordinator
  • Ania Wasylow-Fowkes 
  • Stephen Moylan
  • Rogers Gambiza

Allied Health Professionals

  • Tess Golding, advanced physiotherapy practitioner
  • Dr Lorraine Maher-Edwards, specialist psychologist


  • Scott Mercer, principal pharmacist
  • Karen Topping, highly specialist pharmacist
  • Lydia Marsh, highly specialist pharmacist

Rheumatology research team

  • Cristina BlancoGil, senior research nurse
  • Maria Opena, research nurse
  • Nadia Ladha Hassan, clinical trials associate
  • Samana Schwank, clinical trials manager
  • Ekwujuru Ejibe, clinical trial co-ordinator
  • Louise Nel, senior research nurse

Rheumatology administration support team

  • Sonia Boadi, medical secretary
  • Patricia Estick, medical secretary
  • Rosemary Jones, medical secretary
  • Charmyne Lynch-Corrodus, medical secretary
  • Jane Williams, medical secretary
  • Samuel Lowell, medical secretary
  • Melissa Obro-Mitcham, medical secretary
  • Mona Yeow, medical secretary
  • Will Westwood, medical secretary