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Dr Robert Marshall


First name(s):


Medical qualifications:




BSc (Hons)





Current post:

Consultant Rheumatologist and Clinical Lead for Rheumatology


Secretary's name:

Lesley Austins



Adult Rheumatology


Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London

Member, British Society for Rheumatology

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member, British Medical Association


Special clinical interests:

General Rheumatology

Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, gout, polymyalgia rheumatica, giant-cell arteritis, lupus and autoimmune connective tissue diseases


Date of registration:

Full GMC Registration 1997

CCT 2005


Professional profile/background:

Dr Robert Marshall gained an academic scholarship to Canford School in Dorset, and qualified from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals in London in 1996, gaining a First Class intercalated BSc in the History of Medicine along the way.

After surgical house jobs at Guy's and Lewisham Hospitals, he completed his medical house job and a year as a senior house officer in Kingston, before leaving London to undertake a medical rotation in Plymouth. Interest in rheumatology developed during that time, and after completing the Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in 2000, he embarked on higher specialist training in Rheumatology the following year.

An initial post as a Specialist Registrar at the Bristol Royal Infirmary led to an interest in teaching, and in 2002-3 he undertook a post as a Clinical Fellow in Musculoskeletal Medical Education at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, and the University of Bristol. He subsequently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education, and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2006. He currently has major involvement in undergraduate medical education, and is Deputy Academy Dean for the South Bristol Academy of the University of Bristol Medical School.

After completing rheumatology training in Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Poole, he worked as a Locum Consultant in Portsmouth before taking up his post as Consultant Rheumatologist at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 2006. In 2014 he took over the role of Clinical Lead for Rheumatology at University Hospitals Bristol.

He helped to develop a Care Pathway for patients with newly-diagnosed rheumatoid arthritis, which received a Best Practice Award from the British Society for Rheumatology on 2013.

In 2008 he became an inaugural member of Arthritis Research UK USER Committee, which brings the patient's voice to the allocation of research funding in musculoskeletal diseases. He took over the Chair in 2011.


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