Name and Position

Professor Karl Gaffney

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number:01603 288678


Consultant Rheumatologist and Research Lead, NNUH

Honorary Professor, Norwich Medical School

Chair, British Society for Spondyloarthritis

Associate Editor, Rheumatology

Department page: Rheumatology

Professional Profiles: Karl Gaffney (MB, BCh, BAO Hons, FRCPI, FRCP) has been a Consultant Rheumatologist in Norwich since 1995 where he is service lead for axial spondyloarthritis and adolescent/transition rheumatology. He is an Honorary Professor at Norwich Medical School, Chair BRITSpA (, Chair  British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) axial SpA Targeted Therapy Guidelines Committee, member of the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Project Working Group, invited member of the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society former chair of the NASS medical advisory board and associated editor Rheumatology. He has also represented the BSR and NASS at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) appraisal of targeted therapies since 2007. He was Rheumatology Service Director from 2008 until 2016, Director of Postgraduate Education in Norwich between 1999 and 2005, Director of Rheumatology Training, Eastern Deanery between 2001 and 2007 and Chair of the NASS Medical Advisory Board (2010-1022).

With NASS he has co-developed multiple primary and secondary care educational programmes for healthcare professionals including Back Pain Seminars, Meeting in a Box ,RCGP elearning modules, NASS Allies and Back Pain Plus. These initiatives have been awarded national and International awards for excellence in healthcare communication. He is co-lead clinician of the NASS National Gold Standard Delay to Diagnosis project, launched in June 2021

His research interests include epidemiology, dose optimisation and extra-articular manifestations of axial SpA. He oversees a large clinical trials programme and has published over 200 original papers. He is frequently an invited speaker at national and international meetings.

A full list of publications can be viewed on

GMC Number: 3622210

Secretary: Gillian Cobb