Qasim Akram

QASIM AKRAM, BSc (Hons) MBChB FRCP (London) (Rheum) PGCertClinEd

Stepping Hill Hospital
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Dr. Akram is an experienced Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician. His NHS practice is based at Stepping Hill Hospital, Greater Manchester and he also has a busy private practice in the South Manchester and Cheshire region of the UK.

As well as diagnosing and treating the full range of general rheumatological diseases, his subspecialist interests are Early Inflammatory Arthritis, Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA)/Large Vessel Vasculitis (LVV) and MSK and Interventional Ultrasound.

He currently co-leads on the unique Stockport Early Inflammatory Arthritis “One Stop Shop’ Ultrasound Clinic. The aim of this clinic is to provide a rapid assessment and diagnosis, on the same day, of patients suspected of having an early inflammatory arthritis. Through this approach, as well as improving speed to diagnosis, early treatment can be initiated leading to better outcomes of potentially disabling musculo-skeletal diseases.

He also leads on the GCA Fast Track Ultrasound Clinic where patients suspected as having GCA, an irreversible sight-losing vasculitis, are seen and assessed using high frequency ultrasound within a few days of presentation so that accurate treatment can be started very early, a model has shown to reduce blindness and overall morbidity with the disease.

Dr. Akram is a EULAR Ultrasound Instructor and is regularly invited to speak at a local, regional, and national level. He is the Founder and Director of the ‘The Rheumatology Ultrasound Course-Manchester Workshop’, is a Lead Instructor for the North West Rheumatology Ultrasound Network and is a British Society of Rheumatology Trainer.

His main clinical research interests are focused on the use of ultrasound in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis/spondyloarthopathies, crystal arthritis and GCA/LVV.