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The St Vincent’s Clinic Department of Rheumatology provides a full range of diagnostic and management services.

Rheumatology is a medical speciality encompassing the full range of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders. This includes inflammatory arthritides such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis, as well as common diseases such as osteoarthritis, and gout. Other diseases covered include autoimmune conditions such as lupus and scleroderma.

The Rheumatology Department at St Vincent’s Public Hospital includes highly trained specialists who meet the challenges in diagnosis and management of these disorders. In addition to providing clinical service they are also engaged in teaching and research in some of the rheumatic disorders and therapeutic clinical trials.

The Department works closely with other medical and surgical departments of the hospital, as well as allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The Rheumatology Department over the years has conducted clinical trials of new therapies in rheumatoid arthritis and in gout with collaboration of Professor Ric Day who is also Director of Clinical Pharmacology.

Patients who wish to consult any member of the Rheumatology Department require a referral from their general practitioner.


Prof Milton Cohen (Senior Staff Specialist) has an interest in ongoing chronic pain syndromes and spinal pain disorders through his services in the Chronic Pain Clinic. He is on long service leave Feb – Jun 2016.

Dr Laila Girgis (Senior Staff Specialist) currently runs the general rheumatology outpatients clinic.

Dr Raj Anand (temporary Staff Specialist, locum for Prof Cohen) is attending the Pain Clinic.

Dr Christopher Browne (Honorary Medical Officer)

Dr Malcolm Handel (Honorary Medical Officer)

Referrals to the ambulatory care department (outpatients)

GP referrals should be addressed to the requested physician, and can be

Faxed to:         02  8382 3111

Or posted to:  Outpatients Department, Lv 3, Xavier Building, St Vincent’s Public Hospital, Victoria St, Darlinghurst 2010.