Professor John Axford

Professor John Axford



41 years of experience
26 years as a specialist

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“My mother is privileged to be under the care of Professor Axford. We have total trust in him. He is very caring, vastly experienced and knowledgeable in his field. We are immensely grateful to Professor Axford for his outstanding care. “
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  • Paediatric (Pediatric) Rheumatology
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 2731634
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    Practices worked at

    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road, London, United Kingdom, SW3 5AW
    316 reviews

    The Physicians' Clinic

    13-14 Devonshire Street, London, United Kingdom, W1G 7AE
    142 reviews


    Professor John Axford is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Emeritus Professor of Clinical Rheumatology at St George's University Hospitals. He specialises in musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoarthritis, and autoimmune rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and Lupus. He also has a clinical interest in paediatric arthritis and back pain.

    He established the The Hotung Centre at St Geroge’s in 2002 and was the first director. The centre integrates all facets of musculoskeletal clinical care and research and is now an internationally acknowledged centre of clinical excellence. He is also the founding director of the London Rheumatology Clinic, which aims to provide holistic individualised clinical care by specified leading clinicians in a coordinated and integrated manner.

    Professor Axford has an active research interest in rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and lupus, and has authored over 80 peer reviewed paper and 20 books. He is often invited to speak at conferenced both nationally and internationally.

    He has received a number of awards including BMA book of the year award, the Doris Hillier Award for Rheumatology, four NHS/ACCEA merit awards and honorary membership of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is an Honorary member of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Vice Chair of the Education and Training Committee for the British Society of Rheumatology. 

    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments
    • Joint Injection
    • Soft Tissue Injection
    • Osteoarthritis,
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Lupus


    • Rheumatology
    • Joint Injection
    • Medical Report
    • Soft Tissue Injection
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    Special interests

    • Arthritis
    • Back Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Osteoporosis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
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    • BSc Biochemistry & Immunology University College London 1975
    • MB BS University College London 1981
    • MD University College London 1990
    • DSc (Medicine) University of London 2003
    • MRCP Royal College of Physicians 1985
    • Specialist Accreditation: Rheumatology & Immunology Royal College of Physicians 1991
    • FRCP Royal College of Physicians 1995
    • FRCPCH Royal College of Physicians 2009
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