Dr Gavin Clunie

Dr Gavin Clunie

Consultant Rheumatologist and Metabolic Bone Physician

"Spire Cambridge Lea offers efficient and friendly services. Support for clinicians is extremely good; for doctors who specialise in musculoskeletal problems, this is an important aspect of their service to patients."

Practising at

Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Gavin Clunie at Spire include:

Other treatments

Treatments include joint, jendon and bursa injections and medication advice / supervision of treatments for arthritis, autoimmune disease and osteoporosis

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Professional profile

Dr Clunie has been qualified as a Rheumatologist since 1998. His thesis (MD) at University of London (awarded 1996) was in the field of Nuclear Medicine, MRI and Imaging as applied to inflammatory joint disease. He won regional Doctor of the Year award in for his work in establishing Fracture Liaison Services (see below). Dr Clunie is Clinical Lead for the NHSE Regional Rare Bone Disease Network.

Dr Clunie is a general Rheumatologt specialising in two distinct areas - bone disease (eg osteoporosis) and Spondyloarthritis conditions. He has led, and developed services in DXA in London (UCLH) and Ipswich Hospital (2003-12) and developed the need for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS; 2003-12) within The NHS, establishing the first English and second global FLS, a service which is now commonplace at every hospital (FLSs systematically identify people >50y at high risk of osteoporotic fractures for preventative treatment). Also, Dr Clunie has maintained a specialist clinical and research-active interest in the Spondyloarthritis (SpA) conditions (axial-SpA, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, Inflammatory bowel related SpA). He set up the first dedicated SpA clinic at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 2017, having previously set up the first psoriatic arthritis clinic there in 2016.

Dr Clunie has run DXA units in three different hospitals and has set up one DXA unit from scratch (Ipswich 2003) and has reported thousands of DXA scans over the last 20 years. He has also - given his long experience in Rheumatology and general Musculoskeletal care- undertaken over 1000 injections of joints, tendons, bursae and entheses.

Dr Clunie is a trustee of The British Society of Rheumatology, is clinical lead for Rheumatology Governance at Addenbrooke's and is clinical lead for audit there across the whole Orthopaedic/Rheumatology and pain management departments. His previous roles include chair of the regional Rhuematology Training Committee, Regional Training Programme Director, Chair of BSR External Strategy Committee. He has worked as advisor to a number of charities including: The National Osteoporosis Society, ARMA, Bone Research Society.

Dr Clunie is active in clinical research and is author-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Rheumatology - now in its 4th edition with previous editions being translated into many different languages. He was lead editor and author of the successful Textbook 'Osteoporosis', now in its 2nd edition. He has written chapters for major medical textbooks including: Davidson's and The Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

Clinical Interests

Back pain
Connective tissue disease
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Lumbar spine disorders
Metabolic bone diseases
Muscle disease
Neck pain
Orthopaedic medicine
Paediatric rheumatology
Pain management
Parathyroid disease
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sports and exercise medicine
Sports injury
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue rheumatism

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Media Coverage

Information on rheumatology and bone conditions and their treatments
Jan 2015

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / University College London / 1988
Bachelor of Medicine

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Physicians
Member, Bone Research Society
Member, American Society of Bone Mineral Research
Trustee of British Society of Rheumatology

Professional leadership

Audit Lead, Musculoskeletal Directorate at Addenbrooke's (Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, Pain Medicine)
Trustee of British Society of Rheumatology
Governance Lead Rheumatology Dept, Addenbrooke's Hospital
Clinical lead DXA Unit, Addenbrooke's Hospital
Ex: Chair East Anglia Rheumatology Training Committee

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Rheumatologist and Metabolic Bone Physician at Addenbrooke's Hospital (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

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Personal Profile

Dr Clunie had a short career before medicine in professional tennis. He has active interests in many different sports and is a frustrated but persevering musician. He has two children. 

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Private contact details

Telephone 01223 266990
Private secretary Wendy Dixon
Private secretary telephone 01223 516600
Private secretary email

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