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Professor John Axford

Professor John Axford

Consultant Rheumatologist
DSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPCH

"Spire St Anthony's Hospital offers excellent all-round clinical care for paediatric and adult patients with musculoskeletal disorders."

Practising at

Spire St Anthony's Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor John Axford at Spire include:

Rheumatology at Spire St Anthony's Hospital

Paediatrics at Spire St Anthony's Hospital

Other treatments

Professor John Axford specialises in all aspects of musculoskeletal disease in adults and children. This includes disorders ranging from joint and back pain to autoimmune inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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Professional profile

Professor Axford has worked for over thirty years within the NHS and one of his visions was to develop an integrated musculoskeletal service. He achieved this with the opening of the Hotung Centre at St George's Hospital in 2002. This is now an internationally acknowledged centre of clinical excellence.

Professor Axford is the founding director of the London Rheumatology Clinic, whose aim is the provision of holistic individualised clinical care in a co-ordinated and integrated manner.

Prof Axford practises holistic care for his paediatric and adult patients with musculoskeletal disorders. In particular he has special interests in juvenile idiopathic arthritis, adult inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, bone disorders such as osteoporosis and degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis.

Prof Axford is Director of the London Rheumatology Clinic. This is a holistic rheumatology service comprising eight clinicians who are all focused upon care excellence.

Prof Axford is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Rheumatology at St George's University of London.

Clinical Interests

Paediatric rheumatology
Rheumatology
Back pain
Connective tissue disease
Sports injury
Soft tissue rheumatism
Pain management
Paediatric rheumatology
Osteoporosis
Osteoarthritis
Metabolic bone diseases
Lumbar spine disorders
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Soft tissue injury

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Media Coverage

"My anorexia was so deeply embedded, I could not tell where it ended and I began"
March 2015

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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / University College London / 1981
Bachelor of Medicine
Professional degree in medicine awarded upon graduation from medical school


Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians
Royal Society of Medicine
Worshipful Society of Apothecaries
RSM Council
British Society of Rheumatology
American College of Rheumatology


Professional leadership

Director of London Rheumatology Clinic
Royal Society of Medicine Council Member

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Current NHS posts

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Rheumatology
St George's NHS Trust

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Personal Profile

Professor Axford continues to enjoy lecturing to other clinicians, travelling the globe with his wife, and actively being part of a family that continues to grow and become more demanding each month.

In addition, Professor Axford is persevering with golf and his desire to reach the 19th hole in as short a period of time as possible.

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Financial Interests

I have no financial interests within Spire St Anthony's Hospital

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Private contact details

Website http://www.londonrheumatology.co.uk/

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