Dr Amit Saha – Consultant Rheumatologist

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Dr Amit Saha AKC, BSc, MBBS, MA, MSc, FRCP

Professional profile

Dr Amit Saha trained as an undergraduate at King’s College London and during this time completed his MBBS, BSc (Pharmacology) and was awarded the status of Associate of King’s College London. Dr Saha has had extensive training in all aspects of Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine. This has included training at the Professorial unit at King’s College Hospital and in the Louise Coote Lupus unit at St Thomas’. During this time, Dr Amit Saha was awarded an MSc in Rheumatology (Distinction), an MA in Education and won a Bursary for his research which was based on measuring disease activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Dr Amit Saha has GMC specialist accreditation in Rheumatology and General Internal Medicine and is a Consultant Rheumatologist (Clinical Lead) for both Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals. Dr Saha has developed a keen interest in education and was a London Deanery sponsored Fellow in Medical Education.

Clinical Interests

Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory joint diseases, Connective tissue diseases, Gout, Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Soft tissue rheumatology, Pain management and Back pain, Rheumatoid arthritis and Spondyloarthropathies (including Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic arthritis).

Private contact details

Private secretary carole.jack@nuffieldhealth.com
Private secretary telephone 01892 618977

Qualification and Professional Memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London).
British Society of Rheumatology.
Medical Protection Society.
British Medical Association.

Current NHS posts

Consultant Rheumatologist, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.

Research

Publications:

Saha A, Agarwal S and Gibson T. Septic ARTHRITIS: An Extensive Variety of Pathology. BMJ Case Reports. 2009 (DOI:10.1136/BCR.03.2009.1642).
Saha AK,Rachapalli S, Steer S, and Gordon P. Bilateral Partoid Gland Swelling in Wegener’s GRANULOMATOSIS. Annuals of Rhemantic Diseases. 68. 1233-1234.
Saha AK and D’Cruz D. New Potential Therapies For the treatment of Antiphospholipid Syndrome. Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents, 19(1) 13-22, 2009.

Abstracts:

1 G.H. Kingsley, A. Saha, E. H. Choy and D. L. Scott. Comparative Systemic Review of TNF-Inhibitors and Intensive Dmard Regimens in RA suggests Similar Efficacy. Rheumatology, I30, 46 (SUPP), April, 2007.
2 Amit K Saha, Satish Rachapalli and Patrick Gordon. Bilateral Parotid Gland Swelling in Wegener’s Granulomatosis. Rheumatology, II133, 47 (SUPP), April, 2008.
Amit K Saha, Sangita Agarwal and Terrence Gibson. Neisseria Elongata Glycolytica Septic Arthritis. Rheumatology, I117, 48 (SUPP) April, 2009.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the commonest musculoskeletal disorders that can affect adults resulting in widespread pain and suffering. This is due to how pain is processed in these patients (peripherally, i.e. in joints/muscle and centrally, i.e. the brain). This is very hard to confirm with tests and is why most fibromyalgic patients have negative test results which usually leads to a delay in making the diagnosis and a reluctance by the medical profession to accept this as a true illness. The ideal way to treat this condition is through time and input by a variety of experts, which most fibromyalgic patients do not get, leading to unnecessary suffering and impact on their day to day life.

For a fuller understanding of this disorder, please access: -

http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/conditions/fibromyalgia.aspx

The Tonbridge clinic is one of only a few fibromyalgic centres in Kent that has a multidisciplinary team set up to deal specifically with this condition. It is led by a

• Rheumatology Consultant who has over a decade experience in treating fibromyalgic patients. He works closely with
• Physiotherapists to help re-condition patients with chronic pain
• Psychologists who use cutting edge cognitive behavioral therapy to manage their pain
• Access to alternative therapies not routinely available on the NHS

This team will help rule out (and treat) conditions that can mimic fibromyalgia and if fibromyalgia is diagnosed, will use the most up to date treatment pathways to help lessen patients’ pain.

The diagnosis can be suggested by a simple scoring system which is show below. If you fulfil the criteria and would like this diagnosis to be confirmed and treated, please make an appointment with the Tonbridge fibromyalgic team.

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