Dr Helen Harris

Dr Helen Harris

Consultant Rheumatologist


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I 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. I was mentored by Prof Joan Bathon, and was awarded the Sir John Banks medal for research and conferred with a MD in 2000. I undertook clinical training in SLE with Prof Michelle Petrie and in Scleroderma with Prof F. Wigley during my three year Fellowship.

I then worked as a Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology in Edinburgh for four years before being appointed as a Consultant Rheumatologist for NHS Fife in 2001. I use internationally agreed diagnostic criteria and treatment pathways to manage all rheumatology conditions.

I am the Chairperson of Scottish Lupus Exchange and am the treasurer and a tutor of the Scottish Rheumatology Ultrasound Group.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Helen Harris at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Rheumatology 
  • Ultrasound guided corticosteroid joint injections
  • Ultrasound guided hyaluronic acid joint injections
  • Hyaluronic acid joint injections without ultrasound guidance (knee only)

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Additional information

Back pain
Connective tissue disease
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Lumbar spine disorders
Pain management
Rheumatoid arthritis
Soft tissue rheumatism

Special Clinical Interests: Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinics using Ultrasound to assess the joints; Ultrasound guided injections are used to treat both inflammatory arthritis (corticosteroid) and Osteoarthritis (Hyaluronate); Clinics for patients with SLE, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Myositis, Scleroderma, Antiphospholipid Syndrome and other autoimmune conditions. I also have an interest in diagnosing and managing patients with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Hypermobility Syndrome and Osteoporosis. I am expert in the diagnosis and management of Gout. I see patients from 16 years old upwards. All patients are offered a copy of their clinic letter that will be sent to the GP. The letter summarises diagnosis, further investigations, treatment and care pathway.

Professional memberships

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

I have presented my 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. 

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

I have developed www.capri.scot.nhs.uk, the first website for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis to score their own disease activity and is the Rheumatology lead for NHS IT innovation.

I lead 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.

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

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

I enjoy playing the piano, yoga, learning Italian and reading in my spare time.