• Pediatric Rheumatologist
Appointment

Chief Rheumatologist | DNB in Rheumatology, NP&PA PG in Rheumatology, M.D from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), M.B.B.S, Bangalore Medical College,

Professional Qualifications

  • DNB in Rheumatology under Dr A.N.Malaviya (The “Father” of Indian Rheumatology)
    Graduated in April 2013
  • Successfully completed the 2 year EULAR Certificate Course on Rheumatic Diseases
    in May 2010.
  • Graduate Certificate Course in Pediatric Rheumatology from The University of
    Western Australia. Awarded the International Wyeth Scholarship for 2009 for the
    same. One of only three scholarships available to applicants from all over the world.
    Graduated in March 2010
  • NP&PA PG in Rheumatology (Combined Adult and Pediatric Tracks) from the
    American College of Rheumatology completed in September 2009.
  • M.D from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),
    Graduated in July 2007
  • M.B.B.S, Bangalore Medical College, Rajiv Gandhi University, Graduated in May 2002

Appointments held

  • Chief Rheumatologist: Optima Arthritis And Rheumatology Clinic From June -2016 PRESENT
  • Consultant Rheumatologist: Columbia Asia Referral Hospital- Yeshwantpur AND Columbia Asia Hospital- Hebbal
  • May 2013 to PRESENT
    DNB Rheumatology trainee : ISIC hospital, Vasant Kunj New Delhi April 2010 to April 2013
  • Assistant Professor, and In charge of Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic: Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India. April 2008 to March 2010.
  • Lecturer: Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. August 2007 to April 2008
  • Junior Resident Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India June
    2004 to July 2007

Rheumatology Conferences/CME attended

  • 9 th National Auto antibody workshop held in SGPGI Lucknow in Sept 2012
  • 19 th EULAR Musculoskeletal ultrasound course in Berlin in June 2012
  • EULAR 2012 conference in Berlin in June 2012
  • 18 th EULAR musculoskeletal ultrasound course in Leeds UK in May 2011 (Awarded
    “EULAR bursary for young rheumatologist” to enable attendance of the same)
  • EULAR 2011 conference in London in May 2011 (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young
    rheumatologist” to enable attendance of the same)
  • 2nd European Pediatric Rheumatology Fellows Course conducted by PReS and EULAR
    in Antalaya Turkey from April – 2011 to April – 2011. (Awarded EULAR-PReS bursary
    for young rheumatologist to enable attendance of the same)
  • Indian National Rheumatology Conference IRACON 2010 at Bhuvaneshwar, India in Nov
    2010. (Awarded IRACON bursary for young rheumatologist to attend the same)
  • EULAR 6 th Course in Diagnostic Laboratory Testing in Conjuction with Autocure held in
    Berlin Germany in Sept 2010. (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young rheumatologist” to
    enable attendance of the same)
  • EULAR 4th Course on Capilloroscopy and Rheumatic Diseases at Genoa, Italy in Sept
    2010. (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young rheumatologist” to enable attendance of
    the same)
  • EULAR 2010, Rome, Italy in June 2010 (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young
    rheumatologist” to enable attendance of the same)
  • Successfully completed 16th EULAR Post graduate course in Rheumatology held in Naples Italy during Sept–Oct 2009. (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young rheumatologist” to enable attendance of the same)
  • 16th EULAR Ultrasonography course in Snekkersten, Denmark 2009 (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young rheumatologist” to enable attendance of the same)
  • EULAR 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009. (Awarded “EULAR bursary for young rheumatologist” to enable attendance of the same)
  • Combined Australia and New Zealand Rheumatology Conference 2009 ,Wellington, New Zealand in May 2009
  • Indian National Rheumatology Conference IRACON 2009 at Jaipur in Nov 2009
  • National Pediatric Rheumatology Conference, 2006, Chandigarh, India
  • National Pediatric Rheumatology Conference, 2008 , Mangalore, India
  • Workshop on Auto antibodies 2008 at NCPR 2008, Mangalore, India
  • First National CME of Indian Rheumatology Association, 2008, Vellore, India
  • Indian National Rheumatology Conference IRACON – Pune 2008, India

Publications in Rheumatology

  • Application of the Yamaguchi criteria for classification of “suspected” systemic
    juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA).
    A retrospective study presented in poster format at EULAR 2010 held in Rome Italy
    in June 2010. Abstract published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. Final publication
    in Pediatric Rheumatology journal, Pediatric Rheumatology 2012,10:40
    doi:10.1186/1546-0096-10-40 Published on 23 November 2012 (First author)
  • Systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis with macrophage activation syndrome
    misdiagnosed as Kawasaki disease: case report and literature review.
    A case report published in Rheumatology International 2010 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of
    print] (First author)
  • Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES/ RPLS) during pulse steroid
    therapy in macrophage activation syndrome.
    A case report published in Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2011 Aug;78(8):1002-4. Epub
    2011 Feb 12. (First author)
  • Case series of pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus from Kerala: comparison
    with other Indian series.
    Oral presentation in the National Indian Academy of Pediatrics Conference held in
    Bangalore, India in Jan 2009.

    Published in International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 2010 Oct;13(4):391-5.
    (First author)

  • Need for determining prevalence and incidence of JIA in developing countries:
    the Indian predicament.
    A letter to the editor published in Rheumatology (Oxford). 2010 Aug;49(8):1598-9.
    (First author)
  • Differential for neutrophilic leucocytosis
    A Case report of patient with systemic onset juvenile arthritis who developed
    extremely high neutrophilic leucocytosis after i.v. pulse steroids,
    Published as letter to editor in Indian Journal of Pediatrics Feb 2010;Voulme 77
    (Issue 2):219-21.(First author)
  • Prolonged Neurologic Course of Familial Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis.
    (The familial/genetic variant of macrophage activation syndrome)
    A case report published in Pediatric Neurology 2009; 4 1:207-2 10. (Third author)
  • Anasarca as the presenting manifestation of parvovirus B19 associated juvenile
    dermatomyositis.
    A case report published in Rheumatology International 2009 Mar;29(5):565-7.
    (Fourth author)

Publications other than in Rheumatology

  • Wolfram syndrome: important implications for pediatricians and pediatric
    endocrinologists
    A review article published in Pediatric Diabetes Volume 11, Issue 1, pages
    28–37, February 2010 (Sole author)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging findings in ophthalmoplegic migraine.
    A case report published in J Postgrad Med 2009;55:137-9 (third author)
  • Postnatal percentile growth charts for Indian appropriate for gestational age
    (AGA) very low birth weight babies.
    A prospective observational study on the growth pattern of very low birth weight
    babies published in Acta Paediatr. 2012 Sep;101(9):e422-5. (first author)
  • Dettol poisoning: clinical features and management.
    A review article on dettol poisoning published in Indian Journal of Forensic
    Medicine &Toxicology : 2008,2(2) 29- 31 (Sole author)
  • Juvenile recurrent parotitis: A case series and review.
    A case series published in Amrita Journal of Medicine.2009 July-December. Volume
    5, page 29-32(fifth author)

Presentations in Rheumatology

  • Association between hypermobility and chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults
    (HAMS study) NCT01032863 .
    Poster presentation at EULAR 2011 held in London, UK in May 2011. Abstract
    published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):349
    (First author)
  • Study of psychiatric co-morbidity in adults with hypermobility syndrome and
    chronic musculoskeletal pain: a post hoc analysis from the HAMS study
    (NCT01032863)

    Poster presentation at EULAR 2011 held in London, UK in May 2011. Abstract
    published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(Suppl3):347
    (Second author)

  • Retrospective review of 33 ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients demonstrating that
    continuous NSAID therapy leads to decrease in inflammatory markers in addition
    to reduction in symptoms
    Poster presentation at the Indian National Rheumatology Conference. IRACON 2010
    held in Bhuvaneshwar, India in Nov 2010 (First author)
  • Initial joint involvement in Indian patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and its
    relationship with response to drug treatment.
    Poster presentation at the Indian National Rheumatology Conference. IRACON 2010
    held in Bhuvaneshwar, India in Nov 2010 (First author)
  • Preliminary single center results of the MAS-D study comparing predictive ability
    of new candidate criteria in the diagnosis of MAS.
    Poster presentation at EULAR 2010 held in Rome, Italy in June 2010. Abstract
    published in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (First author). Data presented again as an
    oral presentation at the 2nd European Pediatric Rheumatology Fellow Course conducted by PReS and EULAR in Antalaya Turkey in April 2011.
  • A comparison of different criteria for the diagnosis of macrophage activation
    syndrome with proposal of some new criteria.
    Poster presentation at the Indian National Rheumatology Conference IRACON 2009
    held in Jaipur, India in Nov 2009. Abstract published in Indian Journal of
    Rheumatology.2009 November. Vol 4 Issue 3(suppl): Page S14 (First author)
  • Retrospective analysis of pediatric SLE in India: a case series and an overview
    Poster presentation at EULAR 2009 in Copenhagen. Abstract published in Annals of
    Rheumatic Diseases 2009;68(Suppl3):Page 714. (First author)
  • Kawasaki disease in a tertiary hospital: changing epidemiology
    Poster presented at the Combined Australian and New Zealand Rheumatology
    Associations’ Conference held in Wellington, New Zealand in 2009.
    Abstract published in Internal Medicine Journal 2009; 39 (suppl 2):Page A 64 (First
    author)
  • SoJIA, MAS & HLH: different names for the same disease?
    Oral presentation in Indian National Rheumatology Conference IRACON 2008 held in
    Pune, India in Nov 2008. Abstract published in Indian Journal of Rheumatology.2008
    November. Vol 3 Issue 3(suppl): Page S22 (First author)
  • Clinico- Laboratory profile of patients with Hemo-phagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
    in a Tertiary hospital in South India
    Poster presentation at the National Pediatric Rheumatology Conference
    Mangalore, India, 2008, of a retrospective study of 13 patients diagnosed in a 4 year
    period. (First author)

Ongoing research projects in Rheumatology

  • Assessment of utility of ankylosing spondylitis-disease activity score (ASDAS) in
    ankylosing spondylitis patients treated with continuous standard dose NSAIDs.
    (Principal investigator)

    A single center prospective comparison of ASDAS and BASDAI in ankylosing spondylitis
    patients on NSAIDs. Successfullly completed as part of the thesis which is a
    requirement for award of the degree DNB Rheumatology.