Professor Nigel Arden

Consultant Rheumatologist

Qualifications: MB BS MSc FRCP MD
Year first qualified: 1986
GMC number: 3169629
Main NHS base: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Rheumatology treatments


Professor Nigel Arden specialises in osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis rheumatic disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, soft tissue and rheumatism gout. He has provided treatments and undertaken procedures regarding the drug treatment of most rheumatology diseases, joint infections and nerve blocks.

Training and background

Professor Nigel Arden trained at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, where he also completed four years research into the genetics of osteoporosis and gained an MSc in Epidemiology and an MD. In 1998 he spent six months as visiting assistant professor in epidemiology at the University of San Francisco. Followed by commencing his post as consultant rheumatologist at Southampton General Hospital two years later.

Research and teaching

Professor Arden is now a professor in rheumatic diseases at the University of Southampton, leading a large research programme into osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. He is also a professor of rheumatic diseases and director of musculoskeletal epidemiology at the University of Oxford and an honorary consultant in rheumatology at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford.

Professional memberships

Professor Arden serves on national and international committees: OARSI, Arthritis Research UK, the European League against Rheumatism and The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.

He is a scientific ambassador for the International Osteoporosis Foundation and is the civilian Rheumatology advisor to the Royal Navy.


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