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Professor Deborah Symmons (MD FFPH FRCP) - personal details

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Professor Deborah Symmons

Role: Professor of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5044


Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology
Centre for Musculoskeletal Research
Institute of Inflammation and Repair
The University of Manchester
Manchester Academic Health Science Centre
Room 2.607 Stopford Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PT

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I completed my undergraduate medical training at the University of Birmingham Medical School. My pre-registration and general medical training were undertaken in the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. I trained in rheumatology at the Hammersmith Hospital, London; Guys Hospital, London and the teaching hospitals of Birmingham. My name was placed on the specialist register for rheumatology in 1986. I trained in Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham and at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I joined the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit in 1989. I was promoted to the Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology in 2001.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

  • American College of Rheumatology
  • Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • British Society of Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • Royal College of Physicians of London
  • British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register Steering Committee
  • National Musculoskeletal Specialty Lead for the NHS NIHR
  • Member Arthritis Research UK Adult Inflammatory Arthritis Clinical Studies Group


  • MB ChB (Birm) 1977
  • MD (Birm) 1987
  • FRCP 1994
  • FFPH 2006