Consultant Profile

Dr Helen Harris

Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals
  • Rheumatology
    • Back pain
    • Connective Tissue Disease
    • Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
    • Lumbar spine disorders
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Pain management
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Soft tissue rheumatism
Special clinical interests:

Dr Harris runs Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinics using Ultrasound to assess the joints . Ultrasound guided injections are used to treat both inflammatory  arthritis (corticosteroid) and Osteoarthritis (Hyaluronate).  Dr Harris runs clinics for patients with SLE, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Myositis, Scleroderma, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and other autoimmune conditions.  Dr Harris also has an interest in diagnosing and managing patients with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Hypermobility Syndrome and Osteoporosis. Dr Harris is an expert in the diagnosis and management of Gout. Dr Harris sees patients from 16 years old upwards. 

Research interests:

Dr Harris has presented her work on the use of vaccinations to reduce the incidence of infection in Rheumatology patients at the British Society of Rheumatology meeting in Manchester 2015. 

Dr Harris has taken a lead on raising awareness of the role of tobacco smoking in causing Rheumatoid Arthritis and other conditions and presented her work at the European League Against Rheumatism meeting in Madrid in 2013.

Dr Harris has developed, the first website for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis to score their own disease activity and is the Rheumatology lead for NHS IT innovation.

Dr Harris leads on the development of an online cohort of Scottish patients with SLE and has undertaken research on Gout and Sjogren’s Syndrome in NHS Fife.

Dr Harris regularly presents her work at the biannual meetings of the Scottish Society of Rheumatology. 

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Rheumatologist NHS Fife
Honorary Senior Lecturer St Andrew’s University

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Member of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland
Member of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
Member of the Scottish Society of Rheumatology
Member of the British Society of Rheumatology

Contact Details 
Personal email address:
Murrayfield: Wednesday 13.30 – 15.30
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Harris graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1989 and undertook medical training in Ireland before being accepted as a Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Dr Harris was mentored by Prof. Joan Bathon, was awarded the Sir John Banks medal for research and conferred with a MD in 2000. Dr Harris undertook clinical training in SLE with Prof Michelle Petrie and in Scleroderma with Prof F. Wigley during her 3 year Fellowship. Dr Harris then worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology in Edinburgh for 4 years before being appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist for NHS Fife in 2001. Dr Harris sees patients from 16 years old upwards. Dr Harris uses internationally agreed diagnostic criteria and treatment pathways to manage all Rheumatology conditions.

Dr Harris is the Chairperson of Scottish Lupus Exchange and is the Treasurer and a Tutor of the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group. 

Personal profile:

Dr Harris enjoys playing the piano, yoga, learning Italian and reading in her spare time.

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Dr Helen Harris

Dr Helen Harris Rheumatology Consultant, Edinburgh, private hospital specialist.

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