Kitas Georgios

Kitas Georgios Rheumatologist

Director, Rheumatology Department HYGEIA Hospital

Education & Academic Qualifications

Qualifications (Subject, Class, University and Date)

  • MD (merit) University of Athens, Greece (1985)
  • PhD University of Birmingham, UK (1989)
  • MRCP Royal College of Physicians, London, UK (1993)
  • FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London, UK (1999)

Medical Registration:

  • 1985: Prefecture of Ioannina, Greece (Reg. No. KY 13157)
  • 1986: General Medical Council, U.K. (Reg. No. 3143519)
  • 1996: General Medical Council Specialist Register (Rheumatology)
  • 2013: Greek Specialist Register (Rheumatology), Public Health Directorate, Prefec ture of Attika, Greece
  • 2011: Athens Medical Association (Rheumatologist) – (Reg. No. 071762)

Academic Affiliations:

  • 2007-present: Professor of Clinical Rheumatology, Arthritis Research UK Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2007-present: Professor of Behavioural Rheumatology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2006-present: Professor of Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal Health and Exercise, Research Institute in Healthcare Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • 2011: Visiting Professor of Rheumatology, University of Athens, Greece
  • 2013: “Boland” Professor of Rheumatology, Mayo Clinic Medical School, Roches-ter, USA

Education and Training posts:

  • 01/02/94-21/12/94: Senior Registrar/Honorary Lecturer in Rheumatology West Midlands Regional Health Authority
  • 01/02/93-31/01/94: Research Fellow, Clinical Research Registrar Department of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham
  • 01/08/89-31/01/93: SHO/Deputy Clinical Registrar rotations Dudley Road and Dudley Group of Hospitals, West Mid-lands
  • 01/02/86-31/07/89: Research Fellow, Clinical Research Registrar Department of Rheumatology, University of Birmingham
  • 01/01/84-31/12/85: PRHO/SHO rotations Various Hospitals, Athens, Greece
  • 01/06/83-31/08/83: Visiting Research Fellow National Institutes of Health, NIOR, Bethesda, Maryland


Doctoral thesis

  • 1989: “T cell functional defects in Rheumatoid Arthritis”  PhD, University of Birmingham UK

Fellowship in Societies, Membership in Journal Editorial Committees

  • 1986-present: British Society of Immunology

  • 1986-present: British Society for Rheumatology

  • 1987-present: Midlands Rheumatology Society

  • 1987-present: Hellenic Medical Society

  • 1988-present: European League Against Rheumatism

  • 1993-present: Royal College of Physicians, London

  • 1995-present: West Midlands Rheumatology Forum

  • 1997-present: West Midlands Physicians Association

  • 2011-present: Greek Rheumatology Society


Editorial board member:

  • “Rheumatology”

  • “Rheumatology in Practice”

  • “Clinical Medicine Insights: Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders”

  • “Hospital Chronicles”

Associate editor:

  • “Arthritis”

  • “Immunology, Endocrine and Metabolic Agents in Medicinal Chemistry” (IE-MAMC)

  • Frontiers in Rheumatology


  • Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology

AD-HOC REVIEWER for peer-reviewed international journals

  • Rheumatology

  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

  • Journal of Rheumatology

  • Arthritis and Rheumatism

  • Arthritis Care and Research

  • Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology

  • Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology

  • Scandinavian Journal of Immunology

  • Drugs

  • Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

  • Clinical Science

  • Diversity in Health and Social Care

  • Nature Clinical Practice Rheumatology

  • Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

  • Heart

  • Journal of Human Hypertension

  • Hospital Chronicles

  • Future Rheumatology

  • The Lancet

  • Arthritis Research and Therapy

  • Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism

  • Journal of Rheumatology

  • Clinical Rheumatology

  • Clinical Medicine

  • European Journal of Clinical Investigation

  • McMaster University Online Rating (MORE)

  • Nutrition

  • Human Immunology

  • European Journal for Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation


Work Experience

  • 1995-2012: Consultant Rheumatologist, Dudley Group NHS FT, UK

  • 1999-2012: Head, Dept. of Rheumatology, Dudley Group NHS FT

  • 1999-2014: R&D Director, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 2005-2011: Clinical Director, Ambulatory Medicine Division, Dudley Group of Hospitals

  • 2006-2011: Deputy Associate Medical Director, Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust

  • 2015-present: Head of R&D Academic Affairs, Dudley Group Of Hospitals NHS FT

  • 2011-present: Consultant Rheumatologist and Director, Centre for the Investigation and Manage-ment of Rheumatic Diseases, Hygeia Hospital, Athens, GR

Education Experience:

  • Multidisciplinary education for health professionals

  • Interplay between educational needs and service delivery in the NHS

  • Patient education in the community setting


Clinical & Research Interest

Clinical Interests:

  • Investigation and management of all rheumatological conditions including: inflammatory conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies), systemic connective tissue diseases (e.g. systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren’s syndrome, vasculitis), degenerative arthritis, soft tissue rheumatism, metabolic bone diseases (particularly osteoporosis)

  • Rehabilitation for chronic rheumatic diseases and chronic pain syndromes

  • Lifestyle modification for chronic rheumatic diseases and associated comorbidities

  • Patient education and counselling on self-management resources

Special Interests:

  • Diagnosis, treatment and comorbidity of chronic inflammatory arthritis (special in-terest in cardiovascular and psychosocial comorbidity) – Systemic necrotising vascu-litis


Research Interest: 

  • Director of RA comorbidity research group – supervised >15 MD/PhD degrees; Convenor of BSR cardiovascular comorbidity special interest group – Member of EULAR task force for cardiovascular risk management in rheumatic diseases; Chief investigator of TRACE RA, the largest academically-led multicentre RA RCT in the world; Chief Investigator or Principal Investigator in multiple commercial and non-commercial clinical trials; 340 peer reviewed publications listed on PubMed; >11000 citations; current h factor 57; >£15M research grants 


Honors & Awards

  • 2013: Honorary Doctorate, University of Patras, Greece

  • 2012: “Boland” Visiting Professor, Mayo Clinic Medical School, USA

  • 2011: Honorary Doctorate, University of Thessaly, Greece

  • 2011: Visiting Professor, University of Athens, Greece

  • 2010: Silver National Clinical Excellence Award

  • 2006: Bronze National Clinical Excellence Award

  • 1998-2005: Local Discretionary point Awards