One of the premier University rheumatology units in Malaysia that has been in existence since 1990. It started out as a unit that was staffed by trainees and consultants in other fields of medicine, such as Nephrology, Haematology and Geriatric Medicine, due to its wide ranging nature.
Over the years, especially after 2007, the unit became more established and has firmly rooted itself as a center for Rheumatology Clinical Services catering to about 50,000 people in the Klang Valley and surrounding areas. The unit's primary focus, apart from clinical service is teaching and it is now an established training center for rheumatology candidates from Malaysia and South East Asia. The unit is an active participant in all the major Rheumatology conferences around the world and its doctors take part in both national and international speaking engagements for universities and corporate bodies. The unit has close links to the Arthritis Foundation of Malaysia and The Lupus Association of Malaysia.
The unit has 2 clinics per week. Wednesday morning sessions that deal mostly with Lupus and other connective tissue diseases, the vasculitides and cases which are difficult to diagnose. Thursday afternoon clinics are for the inflammatory arthropathies such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Gout. Along with this the unit manages Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis and Soft Tissue Rheumatism.
The unit has an active inpatient management unit that serves as its main teaching platform, with a capacity to manage 5 to 7 cases at any given time. The number is limited due to the complexity of the cases and their multi-disciplinary nature. The unit also has access to Intensive care facilities.
The unit hopes to train two nurses as Rheumatology Specialty Nurses to assist in patient education and other specialized care of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and other rheumatological diseases.
The unit also has clinical fellows and advanced trainees in Rheumatology sponsored by the APLAR. Trainee rheumatologists who have received due approval from the Malaysian Medical Council and University Malaya Medical Centre's Credentialing and Privileging Committee are welcome to train with the unit.
The unit is involved in a number of research projects, both with the pharmaceutical industry and its own investigator initiated research projects. There are a number of collaborations such as the Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration.
On average the unit generates 2 to 3 publications in ISI peer reviewed journals. Here are some of the recent publications :