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Department of Rheumatology
The Department of Rheumatology, earlier functional as a Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology division under Department of Medicine was established as a separate super speciality department on 7 August 2015. Prof. (Dr.) Uma Kumar is the founder Head of this department. Currently, department has five faculty members including Prof. Uma Kumar, six senior residents, two junior residents (non-academic). The department is providing outpatient services, state of the art Rheumatology Day Care facility for intravenous infusions (biological agent, chemotherapeutic drugs & steroid pulse etc), interventions (joint injections, various biopsies) and musculoskeletal ultrasound. The department has a fully functional Clinical Immunology laboratory where investigations for immunological and rheumatological diseases are done. Approximately 50000 lab tests are performed each year.
The department has made significant progress since its inception. The department has provided high quality outpatient services to nearly 40000 patients in last one year. Patients with wide array of diseases ranging from various forms of inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, vasculitis, inflammatory myositis etc. attend outpatient clinic.
The department is actively involved in creation of public awareness about the rheumatological diseases. Various public health lectures, and audio/video programmes are conducted every year explaining to the patients about the diseases and its management. In addition, department frequently organizes CMEs, and Updates for physicians. Several awareness booklets on rheumatic disorders are also distributed to public and patients time to time.