Dr Qasim Akram
Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physiocian, BSc (Hons.) MBChB MRCP (UK) MRCP (London) MRCP(Rheum) PGCert (Clin Ed)
Dr Qasim is a Consultant Rheumatologist and General (Internal Medicine) Physician based in Manchester, UK. He is an expert in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of various rheumatological diseases.
He completed a highly-specialised fellowship (Aug 2016) under the guidance of both a pioneer and international expert of musculoskeletal ultrasound, Dr Esperanza Naredo, in Madrid, Spain.
He learnt to accurately diagnose a wide variety of rheumatological disease pathology (in different anatomical areas including hands, wrists, ankles, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders and hips), monitor disease response to treatments and to help guide the accurate placement of joint, soft tissue and tendon injections. He holds European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) and European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) MSUS accreditation, and is an independent ultrasound practitioner within a select group of rheumatologists, in the UK, to carry out an international fellowship in this field.
During the fellowship, he carried out research which focused on the cause of shoulder pain, on ultrasound, in inflammatory arthritis patients treated with biologic therapies and in clinical disease remission. This has been submitted for publication. He has also recently written an editorial for Rheumatology journal about the benefits of doing an International Ultrasound Fellowship which is awaiting publication.
He uses ultrasound on a daily basis including dedicated clinics for the detection of early signs of inflammatory arthritis, soft tissue disorders, assess treatment responses and to help accurately guide steroid injections (for inflamed joint/tendons or soft tissues e.g. carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, tennis, golfer’s elbow or tendinopathy). He teaches ultrasound at a local and regional level, in the north-western deanery, to other rheumatology trainees and consultants and allied health professionals and organise regular meetings.