RHEUMATOLOGY

Rheumatologists have experience treating people with more than 100 types of arthritis and conditions that affect the body's connective tissue. Rheumatology division provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases that primarily affect the body's musculoskeletal system — joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments. Rheumatologic disorders may also affect the blood vessels, skin, nerves, and most internal organs. These conditions are known collectively as systemic rheumatic diseases.

Scope of services:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis / Rheumatism (arthritis of small joints, usually of the hands and feet), Palindromic Rheumatism (arthritis that quickly comes and goes away).
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine).
  • Psoriatic arthritis (arthritis in patients with the skin condition Psoriasis).
  • Enteropathic arthritis (arthritis in patients with Ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease).
  • Reactive arthritis (arthritis related to infection in another part of body).
  • HLA B-27 related recurrent uveitis.
  • Inflammatory muscle diseases (i.e., Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis).
  • Lupus (a chronic inflammatory disease).
  • Other connective tissue diseases including unspecified and mixed connective diseases.
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome (a condition that leads to arthritis, dry mouth, and eyes).
  • Systemic Sclerosis (a disease of the connective tissues).
  • Behcet’s Disease (inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body).
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome (a condition resulting in reduced blood flow).
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) including Temporal or Giant Cell Arteritis, Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (formerly Wegener’s Granulomatosis; a disease of the blood vessels affecting the sinuses, lungs, and kidneys), and other vasculitides.
  • Gout (a form of arthritis resulting in sudden severe pain, redness or swelling of a joint due to uric acid deposits).
  • Pseudogout (can resemble gout but it is due to calcium deposits).
  • Osteoporosis (brittle bones, weak bones, and increased risk of broken bones).
  • Osteoarthritis (wearing down of cartilage).

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Dr. Gianina Statache

Rheumatology Specialist

Dr Gianina has worked as Consultant Rheumatologist in the UK before moving to UAE. She has completed 2 fellowships in Rheumatology at the Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam and University of Glasgow , United Kingdom. She is currently part of the Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health Task force, that recently published the first UAE guidelines in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Dr Gianina is also a lecturer at Khalifa University School of Medicine. Out of clinic time, Dr. Gianina is hosting patient education groups trying to raise awareness on autoimmune disorder and improve patient knowledge on their disease.

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Dr. Iman Hussein Hobeldin

Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr Iman Hussein earned her Medical Degree and then completed her residency training and her Rheumatology Fellowship at Ain Shams University, Cairo. Egypt. She obtained her Master Degree of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation in 1988 and Doctorate degree on 1994 respectively She has been a professor of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation in Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, since 2010. Dr. Iman holds the experience in teaching under and post graduate medical students. Dr Hussein was appointed in Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, in 2003 where she participated in starting and developing the division of rheumatology and she provided high quality patients’ care for over a decade before she was recruited by VPS group where she was practicing for over 7 years. Unsurprisingly & because of her excellent clinical skills and devotion to her patients’ care many of her patients followed her. Recently, Dr Iman joined the Yas Clinic Group, Rheumatology Department, to contribute her vast experience in managing rheumatological disorders and in providing high quality health care. She is a member of many esteemed societies locally and internationally.

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Dr. Tahir Khan

Rheumatology Consultant

Dr. Tahir Khan is a fellowship trained rheumatologist with dual US board certifications of Diplomate American Board of Internal medicine and Diplomate American Board of Rheumatology. He has strong clinical experience as consultant rheumatologist for over 13 years. During his prior work experiences at Sheikh Shakhbout medical City (SSMC) and Mafraq hospital, Dr. Tahir established and was the program director for the first ever rheumatology fellowship program in UAE. He is actively involved in the teaching of medical students, interns, and residents from other disciplines. Since 2013, Dr. Tahir holds a teaching appointment as an adjunct clinical associate professor of medicine at Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE. He has publications in peer-reviewed journals and have done oral presentations in national & international conferences. Dr. Tahir has received certificate of appreciation for outstanding performance from Abu Dhabi health Services Co. (SEHA), certificate of achievement from Congress of Clinical Rheumatology (CCR) and a Rheumatology scholar award from American Federation of Medical Research (AFMR).

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