Dr Sonya Abraham is a Consultant Research Physician, specialising in rheumatology, general internal medicine and early phase clinical studies at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She sees patients privately at a number of locations, including The Lister Hospital, Chelsea Outpatient Centre, Sydney Street Outpatients and Diagnostic Centre and Chiswick Medical Centre.
She was lead for clinical trials in inflammatory arthritis and north-west London CLRN Rheumatology lead and nationally, is the CCRN musculoskeletal industry liaison lead.
Dr Abraham’s clinical and educational research interests include the development of biomarkers in immune-mediated inflammatory disease, understanding the effects of steroids on intracellular pro-inflammatory signalling pathways, imaging in inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis) and understanding the impact of inflammatory disease on the patient and their family and she holds a number of research grants related to these areas.
Her undergraduate training was at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School and she undertook postgraduate training was in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Her PhD is from the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, and as a Wellcome Clinical Training Fellow, she examined the effect of glucocorticoids on pro-inflammatory intracellular signalling.
Dr Abraham is President of the Rheumatology and Rehabilitation section of the Royal Society of Medicine, chair of the British Psoriatic Arthritis Consortium and north west London LCRN musculoskeletal and division 5 lead and she is an Arthritis Research UK medical student mentor. She speaks regularly at international conferences and has a strong commitment to teaching, regularly lecturing medical students, GPs and nurses on topics related to clinical rheumatology and immunology. Dr Abraham has also authored and co-authored numerous clinical papers, as well as several book chapters on inflammation and rheumatology-related topics.