Dr. Joel David – Consultant Rheumatologist

Dr. Joel David is a consultant rheumatologist at The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. He specialises in diagnosing and treating inflammatory diseases that affect joints, muscles and blood vessels in both teenagers and adults. Private appointments available in Oxford.

Clinics in Summertown, Oxford.

Dr David is available for both telephone and Video Consultations.


Dr. Joel David FRCP – Biography

Dr. Joel David qualified in 1981 from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa MB, BCh with distinction. Following his house jobs (internship) in Johannesburg, he moved to London. He worked at The Royal Free Hospital in general medical specialities before transferring to the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate medical school to specialise in Rheumatology.

He gained the degree Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1984. His research as a fellow in the Acute Phase Protein Laboratory at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, focused on inflammation. He was a Senior Registrar at Charing Cross, Northwick Park and Great Ormond Street Hospitals.

In 1992, Dr. David took up position as Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at The Royal Berkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Reading. He worked in Reading until 2000.

Dr. David became fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 1996.

Dr. Joel David is currently Consultant Rheumatologist at The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford and is Senior Lecturer at The University of Oxford. He took up this position in 2001.

He was Clinical Director of Medicine 2002-2007 and Clinical Lead in Medicine from 2008. He is the Regional Specialty Advisor for Rheumatology for the Oxford Region.

Dr. David has been instrumental in creating close liaison with Primary and Secondary Care in Oxford. He set up OxPARC (Oxford Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology Centre) and oxsport@noc, a state of the art Sport and & Exercise Medicine Department in Oxfordshire. He has also set up a national referral centre for Autoimmune Thyroid Eye disease in conjunction with colleagues in Ophthalmology and Endocrinology. In addition, Dr David works in close collaboration with colleagues in Respiratory Medicine and Haematology running multi-disciplinary joint clinics in complex auto-immune disease.

Dr. David has maintained a strong interest in medical education and is senior Rheumatology tutor for the Oxford Region and tutor in general medicine. He is also examiner for The Royal College of Physicians, London.

Dr. David’s specialist interests are:

  • Adult inflammatory joint disease including Rheumatoid and Psoriatic arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Autoimmune inflammatory disease including Lupus (SLE), Sjogren’s syndrome, Myositis and Scleroderma

  • Childhood Rheumatic disease

  • Soft tissue injury and pain

What is a Rheumatologist

A rheumatologist is a physician who is qualified in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones.

What do Rheumatologists treat?

Rheumatologists treat arthritis, certain autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal pain disorders and osteoporosis. There are a very large number of these diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, lupus, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis. Some of these conditions may be serious diseases that can be difficult to diagnose and the treatments may be complex.

Paediatric Rheumatologists treat people less than 16 years of age with these disorders.
 There are some rheumatic diseases which are especially prevalent in childhood.

When should you see a Rheumatologist?

If musculoskeletal pains are not severe or disabling and last just a few days, it would make sense to give the problem a reasonable chance to resolve. Sometimes, pain in the joints, muscles or bones is severe or persists for more than a few days. At that point, you should see your general practitioner. A referral to a Rheumatologist may be deemed necessary. Many types of rheumatic diseases are not easily identified in the early stages. Rheumatologists are trained to do the detective work necessary to discover the cause of swelling and pain. It’s important to determine a correct diagnosis early so that appropriate treatment can begin early. Some musculoskeletal disorders respond best to treatment in the early stages of the disease such as rheumatoid arthritis. Some diseases change over time. Rheumatologists work closely with patients to identify the problem and design an individualised treatment programme.

How does the Rheumatologist work with other Health Care Professionals?

It is important that there is close liaison with the GP. Typically the rheumatologist works with other clinicians, sometimes acting as a consultant to advise about a specific diagnosis and treatment plan. In other situations, the rheumatologist acts as a manager, relying upon the help of many skilled professionals including nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists and psychologists. Team work is important. Health care professionals can help people with musculoskeletal diseases and their families cope with the changes the diseases cause in their lives.


A schedule of fees will be available when the appointment is booked. The cost for a new patient appointment is more than a follow-up consultation. Joint or soft tissue injections and blood tests are charged separately.


The Annexe is a fee-assured provider. However, different insurance companies have varying levels of reimbursement. If the policy does not meet the full costs of treatment it is the responsibility of the patient to make up the difference.

It is important to contact your insurer before treatment to clarify the cover.

It may be helpful to know that some patients have reported that their insurance company’s call centre has attempted to divert their care toward another doctor. The phrase that tends to be used is “Dr X does not stick to our fees or, he is not on our list”. Invariably, the explanation for this is that there is a discrepancy between the fees and the proportion the insurer will reimburse; some insurers having radically reduced their reimbursement fees. Furthermore, the alternative practitioner suggested often may not specialise in a specific area of Rheumatology or works well outside Oxfordshire.

Medical insurance companies are not regulatory bodies. The term “recognised” by an insurance company or being a “partner” simply means the doctor has signed up to the financial terms of the insurer. It is not indicative of a quality assessment.


If you are insured with a private insurance company, the invoicing can be made directly to the company. An authorisation number will be required for this. Otherwise, please make payment by clicking the ‘Book now’ button. This will take you to our booking provider, Hero Health, and should all be self-explanatory. Otherwise, please contact Sally Greenaway our practice manager with any questions.


Many thanks for your excellent care. I have stopped worrying about my aches and gone back to digging my allotment.


Thank you for seeing D… and taking such good care of him.


Thank you for seeing J… last week. She felt very supported and less stressed about the diagnosis.

Mrs JL

Thank you for being so generous with your time and expertise.


Thank you for your excellent consultation. I feel in very good hands.

Mrs RD

I went to see Dr David after suffering joint pain which became extremely debilitating. He listened very carefully, gave me a thorough examination and diagnosed the problem immediately. He took time to talk me through the treatment options, which I greatly appreciated.


Many thanks for the time that you gave my dad today – very much appreciated by all.


Thank you for the ongoing superb care of my mother. You have truly changed the quality of her life.