Dr Richard Wakefield

Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Rheumatology, Institute Co-Director for Student Education

0113 392 4849

Summary: I am a clinical academic in rheumatology. My main research interest relates to the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in the field of inflammatory arthritis.

Location: Chapel Allerton Hospital

Teaching Commitments: Institute Co-Director for Student Education I am the 5th year rheumatology lead for undergraduate education


I qualified in Medicine from Southampton University in 1991. I joined the Department of Rheumatology in Leeds initially as a rheumatology research fellow in 1997 and later became a Lecturer (2001-2004) and Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in 2004.  I obtained my MD in 2006 which focussed on the validation of ultrasound in the management of patients with inflammatory arthritis.

My job responsibilities are divided between the NHS and University.  In addition to my NHS clinical sessions, I am the teaching co-lead for student education within my division and continue my research interests in the use of ultrasound for the management of musculoskeletal diseases.  I am the lead for ultrasound studies for the LMBRU.   I am involved in the teaching of musculoskeletal ultrasound at an international level being a regular teacher on American College of Rheumatology, European Society and British Societies of Rheumatology run courses. I am co-editor of the first EULAR sponsored Ultrasound textbook writer of imaging modules for EULAR on-line courses.  I have published > 120 imaging related papers and contributed to several books.

I have developed expertise in the validation and methodology for using of ultrasound in clinical research.  I was co-founder and co-chair of the OMERACT Ultrasound task Force (2004-2012) which is an international multi-disciplinary collaboration for improving the metric qualities of musculoskeletal ultrasound in relation to clinical trials.

My currently work supports a number of international and local clinical trials.  I supervise both PhD and MD students.