Dr Zoe McLaren

Dr Zoe McLaren

Consultant Rheumatologist

MBChB (Hons), FRCP(London), CCT Rheumatology

I am a Consultant Rheumatologist with a particular interest in systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s disease. My overall approach is thorough and holistic. I have an interest in lifestyle medicine and how factors such as diet and exercise can impact medical diseases, mental health and wellbeing. I have also published on how the menopause and perimenopause can impact the musculoskeletal system in women and how this is often under recognised and mislabelled.

I am pleased to offer a range of consultation options including telephone consultation, video consultation and face to face assessment depending on what suits the individual patient.

I started training in Rheumatology in Merseyside in 2003 as part of my general medical training. I then completed my specialist training in rheumatology as part of the Mersey rotation between 2005 and 2012. During this time I completed a prestigious Arthritis Research UK fellowship researching childhood SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) in the Institute of Child Health in The Royal Liverpool Children’s’ Hospital.

I was appointed as a consultant rheumatologist in the Wrexham Maelor Hospital, North Wales in January 2012 where I worked as a general rheumatologist until November 2019. During the same period, I offered private rheumatology care in Spire Yale Wrexham.

After completing my tenure as The Welsh Devolved Nation Chair to the British Society of Rheumatology, I took my current post in Liverpool where my specific task has been to consolidate specialised services for SLE and Sjogren’s syndrome in the newly merged Trust.

I was also recently appointed to the position of Trust Audit lead, and I am Chair of the British Society of Rheumatology Clinical Affairs committee as well as serving on the Royal College of Physicians Patient Safety Council.

I currently work as a consultant rheumatologist in the newly merged Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust across three major hospitals – Broadgreen, Aintree and the Royal Liverpool. In my NHS practise I treat the full range of rheumatological conditions, and I have particular expertise in diagnosing and managing systemic lupus erythematosus, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and adults with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Like most rheumatologists I am especially interested in early diagnosis of inflammatory conditions to prevent damage to joints and maintain health.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Zoe McLaren at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Back pain
  • Connective tissue disease
  • Fibromyalgia diagnosis
  • Gout
  • Hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos diagnosis
  • Inflammatory rheumatic disorders lumbar spine disorders
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rheumatology - diagnosis and management of the full spectrum of inflammatory rheumatological diseases
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus SLE
  • Sjogren’s syndrome

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Additional information

Connective tissue disease
Inflammatory rheumatic disorders
Lumbar spine disorders
Rheumatoid arthritis
Soft tissue rheumatism

Special clinical interests: Spondyloarthropathies (ankylosing spondylitis non-radiographic axial spondyloarthropathy and psoriatic arthritis) Early inflammatory arthritis SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus). Gout

MB ChB (hons) / University of Liverpool / 2001
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

Medical Defense Union

General Medical Council (GMC)

British Medical Association (BMA)

Consultant Rheumatologist, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Outside work I enjoy walking, skiing, gardening, cycling and camping holidays with my GP husband, two daughters and our golden retriever Lucy.

Telephone 0151 522 1860
Private secretary Clare Van de Waal
Private secretary telephone 0151 522 1860
Private secretary email clare.vandewaal@spirehealthcare.com