Professor GEORGE D. KITAS, MD, PhD, FRCP
Director: Centre for the Investigation and Management of Rheumatic Diseases, “HYGEIA” Group of Hospitals, Athens, Greece
9, Erythrou Stavrou Str. & Kifissias, 151 23 Marousi, Attiki, Athens, Greece
Tel. +30 210 6867331 | Mob. +30 6951 797996 | Fax +30 210 6867331
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George Kitas MD, PhD, FRCP qualified from the Medical School of Athens in Greece in 1985. He pursued postgradu- ate doctoral studies in Birmingham, trained in medicine and rheumatology in several units in the UK and was appointed Consultant Rheumatologist at the Dudley Group NHS Foun- dation Trust (Teaching) in 1995, where he has been Head of Rheumatology, Clinical Director of Ambulatory Medicine, and Deputy Medical Director and still is Director of Research and Development. He is Honorary Professor of Clinical Rheumatology at the Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit - University of Manchester, Professor of Behavioural Rheuma- tology at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences - University of Birmingham, and Professor of Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal Health and Exercise at the Research Institute in Healthcare Sciences - University of Wolverhampton. From 2011 he is also Director of the Centre for the Investigation and Management of Rheumatic Diseases at “HYGEIA” Group of Hospitals in Athens, Greece. He has received Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Thessaly and Patras in Greece, a visiting Professorship at the Medical School of the University of Athens and was the 2013 “Boland” Visiting Professor of Rheumatology at the Mayo Clinic, USA, while he also held bronze and silver Clinical Excellence Awards in the UK. He is editorial board member of 6 international journals, acts as expert reviewer for more than 40 international jour- nals, and is an expert evaluator for funding bodies and the quality assessment agencies for higher education and research of several countries, including the UK, France, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Hong Kong and South Africa. He leads the “Rheumatoid Arthritis Co-morbidity Research Group”, has supervised more than 15 successful MD and PhD candidates and has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed original publications and book chapters, and over 350 published conference abstracts. He has several million pounds in re- search grants from multiple sources, including the Medical Research Council, Arthritis Research UK, British Heart Founda- tion and the pharmaceutical industry. He is Chief Investiga- tor of TRACE RA, thus far the largest Academically-led multicentre prospective RCT in Rheumatoid Arthritis in the World. He is founding member of the Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre, the only community-based resource centre for rheumatic diseases in Europe. He has been Chair- man of the West Midlands Rheumatology Services and Trai- ning Committee, Regional Specialty Advisor of the Royal College of Physicians, member of the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) Council, member and vice-chairman of the BSR Heberden Committee, and Associate International Director for European affairs of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He is convenor of the BSR Cardiovascular co-morbidity Special Interest Group and member of the Eu- ropean League against Rheumatism (EULAR) task force on cardiovascular risk management in rheumatic diseases. He is an international opinion leader particularly in rheumatoid arthritis and the vasculitides.
Investigation and management of all rheumatological co-nditions including:
Inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthropathies.
Systemic connective tissue diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, the vasculitides
Degenerative arthritis (osteoarthritis)
Soft tissue rheumatism
Metabolic bone diseases, particularly osteoporosis
Rehabilitation for chronic rheumatic diseases and chronic pain syndromes
Lifestyle modification for chronic rheumatic diseases and associated comorbidities
Patient education and counselling on self-management resources