Professor Karl Gaffney MB, BCh, BAO (Hons), FRCPI, FRCP
Rheumatology is a specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and management of conditions which affect the bones, joints, muscles and connective (supporting) tissues. This ranges from simples soft-tissue problems to complex multisystem connective tissue disorders and systemic vasculitis.
Karl Gaffney has been a Consultant Rheumatologist at Spire Norwich Hospital and The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust since 1996. He is honorary professor at Norwich Medical School University of East Anglia, Chief Medical Advisor and Trustee of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society, Founder member and Treasurer of the British Society for Spondyloarthritis, an invited member of the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society, vice-chair of the Heberden Committee, British Society for Rheumatology and associate editor, Rheumatology.
As well as providing high quality medical care, Professor Gaffney works as part of a highly experienced multidisciplinary team incorporating dedicated musculoskeletal radiologists, neurophysiologists, specialist physiotherapists, nurse specialists and occupational therapists. He works closely with expert orthopaedic surgery colleagues and specialists in other areas allied to rheumatology.
He provides a full range of rheumatology services including intra-articular (joint) and soft-tissue injections, epidural injections, intra-venous therapies, immunosuppressive treatments, disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and biological therapies. He has on-site access to all specialist laboratory and imaging modalities including MRI, CT, ultrasound and DEXA (Bone Densitometry).
Professor Gaffney has particular expertise and research interest in the management of axial spondyloarthritis (including ankylosing spondylitis), rheumatoid arthritis, adolescent rheumatology and osteoporosis.