Consultant Profile

Dr Bela Szebenyi

Dr Bela Szebenyi MD, FRCP
Practicing at:
Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital
  • Rheumatology
    • Connective Tissue Disease
    • Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Soft tissue rheumatism
Special clinical interests:

Vasculitis (Giant cell arteries)
Autoimmune diseases (Lupus)
Crystal-induced arthropathies (Gout)
Widespread pain syndromes (Fibromyalgia)
Diagnostic ultrasound
Nailfold capillaroscopy
Crystal analysis

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Rheumatologist, Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Foundation Trust

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

Royal College of Physicians
British Society for Rheumatology
British Medical Association
Medical Protection Society

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01482 672 444
Private secretary telephone number:
01482 628 202
Wed PM
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I am a medical doctor and specialist in rheumatology.
I hold a substantive consultant position at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundations Trust, looking after patients in Grimsby, Scunthorpe and Goole hospitals. My private practice is conducted at St.Hughes Hospital in Grimsby and the Spire Hospital in Hull. I am a recognised consultant by private insurance companies, such as AVIVA, AXA-PPP, BUPA, Simply Health, Vitality Health and WPA.
I have been qualified as a medical doctor in 1980 at the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. I managed my postgraduate training in rheumatology and in general (internal) medicine and had 25 years experience of practice at my university teaching hospital in Budapest. Since 2005, I have worked as a full-time NHS consultant in the United Kingdom.
I have educational and research links with the University of Bristol, where I conducted studies with Professor Paul Dieppe and Professor John Kirwan on osteoarthritis and with Professor Anthony Hollander on autologous chondrocyte implantation. Presently I developed collaborative works with the University of Manchester with Professor Ariane Herrick on nailfold capillar microscopy and the Southend University Hospital with Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta on giant cell arteritis. I have an interest in medical history and published papers on Richard Bright and Philip Hench.
I am an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, member of the British Medical Association and the British Society for Rheumatology and registered to the Medical Protection Society. The General Medical Council (GMC) provided a Licence to Practise for me in 2009. I have annual professional appraisals and the GMC have recently revalidated me until 2020.

Presently I teach trainee doctors and GP colleagues for rheumatology on a daily base. This activity is conducted  through clinics, ward rounds, MDT meetings as well as regular lectures for GPs on actual problems in rheumatology, such as DMARDs and biologicals, local injection therapy, etc.
 I also teach medical students from Sheffiled and Hull & York Universities during clinical sessions in Scunthorpe General Hospital.
I regularly conduct postgraduate lectures in our Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby. My recent annual Grand Round lecture topic in October 2015 was gender differences in rheumatology, presenting and discussing patients with male lupus, female gout and female ankylosing spondylitis.
Another educational activity is conducted at the bi-monthly Audit meetings in the form of ‘Consultant Update’-type lectures. The last such presentation was held in January 2015 on Scleroderma and related Overlap Syndromes.
I regularly take part at the Quality and Safety Meetings.

Personal profile:

I have a wide range of interest in ’materia non-medica’, such as literature,  art and languages. I read Latin and apart from my native Hungarian, I speak English, German and Russian languages. I am a classical music lover and play on the piano and classical guitar at an amateur level.

I like sports such as cycling and swimming and am a keen badminton and snooker player.

I have two adult children and live with my wife Andrea in Lincolnshire.

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Dr Bela Szebenyi

Dr Bela Szebenyi Rheumatology Consultant, Hull, East Yorkshire, private hospital specialist.

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