Dr Muhammad Nisar

Consultant Rheumatologist & Physician

MBBS, FRCP


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Languages spoken

Urdu

I am a Consultant Rheumatologist and Physician at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust having completed my dual speciality training in the East of England. I obtained MRCP in 2007 and commenced my rheumatology training in 2008 before joining Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to pursue clinical research in 2010. The same year, I achieved MRCP in rheumatology as well. I finished research in 2012 and joined Luton University Hospital as a final year registrar until I was employed as a consultant in December 2013. In May 2019 I was appointed Director of Research and Development of the organisation.

I am the lead clinician for award winning early arthritis service, research on biologic therapies and inflammatory arthritis associated lung diseases MDT service. I have been involved in more than 60 clinical trials utilising biological therapies for autoimmune conditions. My other main interests are early inflammatory arthritis including Ultrasound use and metabolic bone health. Over the past five years, I have authored over 75 abstracts, presented at international conferences and published more than 25 papers in peer reviewed journals.

I am the department lead for GP education, I have organised bi-annual sessions for primary care physicians and regularly lecture for CCG and medicine optimisation teams. I am the lead for early arthritis service and won the national best practice commendation award in 2018 for cost effective achievement of disease targets, while reducing biologic use.

I am a mentor for professionals' postgraduate training including extended scope physiotherapists, general practitioner and specialist nurses. I am a reviewer for sixteen journals including BMJ, PLos, One, BMJ Case reports, BMJ Postgraduate Medical Journal and various rheumatology journals. I am also a member of various rheumatology research panels and advisory boards worldwide.

Awards won:

  • British Society of Rheumatology Commendation prize at National Best Practice Awards 2018
  • Luton Clinical Excellence Award Level 4 2017
  • EULAR Bursary award for oral presentation 2017
  • RCP John Glyn Bursary for service to research 2016
  • BSR EULAR congress bursary for poster presentation 2015
  • Luton Clinical Excellence Award Level 1 2015
  • IOF Conference bursary for abstract presentation 2014
  • CRN Research Nurse funding award 2013 (ongoing) 
  • Luton Runner up for community health provision award
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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Muhammad Nisar at Spire include:

Rheumatology

Physicians

Other treatments

  • Inflammatory arthritides including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and spondyloarthropathy
  • Connective tissue diseases including complex disorders overlap with interstitial lung diseases, metabolic bone diseases including osteoporosis, soft tissue disorders, back pain

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Connective tissue disease
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Lung disease
Metabolic bone diseases
Osteoporosis
Rheumatoid arthritis

Special clinical interests: Inflammatory arthritis, complex multi system connective tissue diseases and osteoporosis.

Qualification and professional memberships

FRCP / London / 2018
Royal College of Physicians

MRCP Rheumatology / London / 2013
Royal College of Physicians

MRCP / London / 2007
Royal Colleges of Physicians

MBBS / Pakistan / 2003
Bahauddin Zakariya University


Professional memberships

Royal College of Physicians Fellowship

British Society of Rheumatology


Professional leadership

Department lead for GP Education
Lead for early arthritis service
Lead for metabolic bone disease and DXA reporting service
Lead for Interstitial lung disease service
Clinical chair to national 'Learn Rheum' initiative
Director of Research and Development
British Society Rheumatology - Elected Member of Registers Committee

Research and publications

Established rheumatology research facility at Luton hospital with focus on phase III and IV studies (eight completed trials and six ongoing studies).

  • Contributed extensively to clinical research including multinational biologic clinical trials (primary or co-investigator for over 60trials)
  • Primary investigator for BSR Biologics register and various long term observational studies
  • Successfully obtained over £90,000 research grants since 2014
  • Developed an in-depth understanding of clinical trials application process
  • Undertaken the step by step process from conception of a research idea, development of study protocol, negotiating with interested parties, applying via IRAS, presentation to REC, employing recruitment strategies, day to day logistics, gathering of data and presenting at national and international meetings
  • Managed wide range of complex patients in trials whilst duly collaborating with sponsors, CROs and Trust’s R&D department
  • Elected member of registers committee for the British Society Rheumatology


Articles

Please see Dr Nisar's publications here

Please see Dr Nisar's lectures here

Current NHS posts

Consultant Rheumatologist and Physician at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

Director of Research and Development at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. 

Personal profile

I live locally with my wife and two daughters. I love travelling with them as I enjoy learning different cultures and seeing different places through my children’s eyes. I feel travelling not only widens ones perspective and mind; it also encourages independence and ability to fit in. In my free time, I work in the local community with charities. I voluntarily provide career guidance to local youth and health education to elders. I love watching various quiz programmes and have won several medical quiz shows over the years!

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