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Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore.
Dr Richard Keen graduated from St Mary’s Hospital, London, UK. He trained in general rheumatology, but developed his specialised interest in osteoporosis whilst working at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. During this time he gained his PhD studying the genetic regulation of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Currently, Dr Keen is the Director of the Metabolic Bone Disease Unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He also holds a senior lecturer appointment in rheumatology and metabolic bone diseases at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University College London. Dr Keen runs a specialist clinic for patients with osteoporosis in the Bone Health Centre. He works closely with the orthopaedic surgeons and radiologists, and believes that this integrated approach to care will ensure patients receive rapid access to the most appropriate management for their osteoporosis. He also sees patients with rarer metabolic bone diseases such as Paget’s disease, rickets, hyperparathyroidism, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), and fibrous dysplasia
Dr Rod Hughes is a Rheumatology consultant and general physician at St. Peter’s hospital Chertsey where he has been since 1993. He has a private practice at the Runnymede hospital in Chertsey.
He has significant experience in a wide range of rheumatological diseases and has been instrumental in setting up osteoporosis services in west Surrey. He is a member of the Regional Advisory Board in Osteoporosis and medical advisor to the West Surrey National Osteoporosis group and has run specialist osteoporosis services at the trust since he arrived. He regularly speaks to audiences of GPs and patients about osteoporosis developments.
He has been President of the Section of Rheumatology at the Royal Society of Medicine and on the executive committee of the British Society for Rheumatology as Chair of the External relations committee. He is an accredited educator at the Royal College of Physicians London and facilitates courses there on a regular basis.
He is actively engaged in research into therapeutics in RA, osteoporosis and health service provision in rheumatology. He has an academic interest particularly in Compliance and Adherence to medication and the perception of patients about their diseases and has written and published many recent journal papers. He is one of only 15% rheumatologists engaged in clinical general medicine and has been clinical director of medicine at his trust and is now a member of the Research and Development committee and primary investigator on a number of studies.
He was a rugby blue at Oxford and is a keen fly fisherman.
He lives in Churt with his wife Alison, who is an epidemiologist working in the area of drug safety, and two young sons. He is not popular with his mother, as he has recently found she has significant osteoporosis and persuaded her to start treatment with forsteo.
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