Dr Deborah Bax


Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Deborah has been a consultant physician and honorary senior clinical lecturer in Rheumatology in Sheffield since 1989. She undertook research investigating the effect of sulfasalazine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis which was the basis of her MD. Currently her research interests include steroid-induced osteoporosis, inflammatory joint disease and the genetics of rheumatoid arthritis which she undertakes with colleagues in the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She helped to establish the Metabolic Bone Centre in Sheffield.

She is the Clinical Director of Specialised Medicine within the Trust, Chair of the Specialist Advisory Committee of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, which is responsible for leading on the training of doctors in rheumatology throughout the UK and a member of the European Union of Medical Specialities for Rheumatology. This latter group is helping to define standards of care for patients with rheumatological diseases and also the standards of training for doctors who will be caring for them across Europe.

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