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Dr. Bhavna Khan

Consultant Rheumatologist

Languages : English, Urdu, Hindi

Specialty: Rheumatology

Profile :

Dr Bhavna Khan is a Consultant Rheumatologist with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of rheumatology. After her basic medical training in India, she underwent post graduate training Internal Medicine in the UK and Specialist training in Rheumatology from the prestigious University of Manchester Rheumatic Diseases Centre, Salford Royal Hospitals and Mersey Deanery Liverpool. She was granted Wellcome Trust funding for a pioneer research project on evaluating neural mechanisms of arthritic pain using functional neuroimaging techniques in collaboration with University College of London. She was awarded PhD for this research project by The University of Manchester.

She then pursued her clinical career in Rheumatology and worked as a Consultant Rheumatologist in NHS hospitals in the UK. Since moving to Dubai in 2009, she has worked as Consultant Rheumatologist in a number of leading hospitals including American hospital, Mediclinic hospitals, Burjeel hospital and King’s College hospital Dubai.

Dr Khan has established herself to be a dedicated clinician with a very patient-centric approach in treating various rheumatological conditions.

Her expertise is not only limited to common conditions such as Rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, Psoriatic arthritis, Gout, Ankylosing spondylitis and other autoimmune rheumatic diseases but has a special interest in newer techniques involved in managing above conditions including MRI and Ultrasound. She has initiated training workshops for MRI in Rheumatology for rheumatologists and radiologists in UAE while collaborating with experts from Denmark, Germany and Canada.

She has had an active role in research since her early training days and has worked as a Clinical Research Fellow in Neuroscience, University of Manchester and during her PhD program. This has led to a number of publications in peer reviewed international journals.

She has been a passionate teacher and had a formal appointment as a Lecturer in the University of Manchester. She has mentored and taught medical students in her University and NHS positions. She has participated in several Nurse education programs in UAE. She has been a speaker and a chairperson in a number of educational events and conferences

Special Interests

Inflammatory arthritis Connective tissue diseases Osteoporosis Systemic sclerosis Inflammatory muscle disorders Metabolic bone disease Chronic musculoskeletal pain disorders Biologic therapy

Qualifications and Credentials

  • MBBS India, MRCP,uk UK, PhD UK Functional Neuroimaging Arthritic pain.
  • British society of rheumatology and EULAR ultrasound course
    Musculoskeletal, MRI workshops Denmark, and California.
  • Fellowship in neuroscience and neural imaging

Scientific Publications

Published papers and conference proceedings

(Please note that some my publications are in my maiden surname ‘Kulkarni’)

1) Khan B, Harifi G, Kirubakaran R, Badsha H
Factors associated with diagnostic delay in Spondyloarthritis: UAE study
Int J Rheum Dis. 2020;23(Suppl. 1): 290
2) Khan B, Harifi G, Kirubakaran R, Badsha H
Correlation between diagnostic delay and switching Biological DMARDs in patients with SpA (Spondyloarthritis): A study from United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Int J Rheum Dis. 2020;23 (Suppl. 1):289
3) Harifi G, Khan B, Kirubakaran R, Badsha H
Correlation between DAS 28 and CDAI for disease activity assessment in a cohort of RA patients in Dubai
Int J Rheum Dis. 2020;23(Suppl. 1): 229
4) Badsha H, Harifi G, Kirubakaran R, Khan B
Low disease activity and remission among Psoriatic arthritis patients in The UAE
Int J Rheum Dis. 2020; 23 (Suppl. 1): 202
5) Badsha H, Harifi G, Kirubakaran R, Khan B
AB0367 Reasons for discontinuation of Biological drugs and targeted synthetic drugs among patients with inflammatory arthritis in the United arab Emirates (UAE)
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases 2019; 78:1642-1643.
6) Quraishi MK, Badsha H, Khan B, Shahzeb M, Hegde S, Mofti A, Ooi KK
Interethnic Variations and Clinical Features of Spondyloarthropathies in a Middle Eastern Country. Open Rheumatol J. 2018 Jan 31;12:10-1
7) Development of an Educational Video for Self-Assessment of Patients
with RA: Steps, Challenges, and Responses
Nelly Ziade, Thurayya Arayssi, Bassel Elzorkany, Amani Daher, Ghada Abi
Karam, Mohammad Abu Jbara, Alla Aiko, Elie Alam, Samar Al Emadi, Manal
Al Mashaleh, Humeira Badsha, Lina El Kibbi, Hussein Halabi, Ghita Harifi,
Bhavna Khan, Abdel Fattah Masri, Jeanine Menassa, Mira Merashli,
Georges Merheb, Jamil Messaykeh, Kamel Mroue’, Sahar Saad, Nelly
Salloum, Imad Uthman, Basel Masri
Mediterr J Rheumatol. 2021 Mar; 32(1): 66–73.
8) Al-Emadi S1, Abutiban F, El Zorkany B, Ziade N, Al-Herz A, Al-Maini M, Khan B, Ghanem A, Al Rayes H, Al Saleh J, Al-Osaimi H, Østensen M.
Enhancing the care of women with rheumatic diseases during pregnancy: challenges and unmet needs in the Middle East. Clin Rheumatol. 2015 Aug 25
9) B Kulkarni, D E Bentley, R Elliott, P Julyan, E Boger, A Watson, W El-Deredy, AKP Jones. ‘Arthritic pain is processed in brain areas concerned with emotions and fear’. Arthritis and Rheumatism 2007, 56(4), 1345-1354)
10) B Kulkarni, D E Bentley, R Elliott, P Youell, A Watson, S W G. Derbyshire, R S J Frackowiak, K J Friston, A K P Jones. Attention to pain localisation and unpleasantness discriminates the functions of the medial and lateral pain systems. European Journal of Neuroscience, 2005; 21(11):3133-3142
11) DE Bentley, U Baumgärtner, A Watson, G Barrett, B Kulkarni, PD Youell, T Schlereth, AKP Jones, and R-D Treede. The time-course of sensory and affective pain processing: evidence from laser-evoked potentials. Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Pain, Editors: Herta Flor, Eija Kalso and Jonathan Dostrovsky, 2006, IASP Press (Seattle).
12) D E Bentley, U Baumgaertner, A Watson, G Barrett, B Kulkarni., P.D Youell, A.K.P Jones, Treede, R-D. Early involvement of ipsilateral operculo-insular cortex in processing pain unpleasantness: evidence from laser evoked potentials. 13th German EEG/EP Mapping Meeting, Brain Topography, 2005, 17:3.
13) C Brown, D Bentley, Y Boyle, A Watson, B Kulkarni, E Boger, A Jones. The expectancy of pain in fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and healthy volunteers. Journal of Psychophysiology 2005; 19(1): 67.
14) M L Harris, P J Julyan, B Kulkarni, D Gow, A Hobson, D L Hastings, J Zweit & S Hamdy. Mapping metabolic brain activation during human volitional swallowing; a positron emission topography (PET) study using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 2005, 25(4), 520-6.
15) D E Bentley, A Watson, R D Treede, G Barrett, P Youell, B Kulkarni and A K P Jones, Differential effects on the laser evoked potential of selectively attending to pain localisation versus pain unpleasantness. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2004, 115, 1846-1856
16) A K P Jones, B Kulkarni, S W G Derbyshire. Pain Mechanisms and their Disorders. British Medical Bulletin. Eds. Richard Frackowiak, Terry Jones. Oxford University Press, 2003; 65: 83-93.
17) A K P. Jones, B Kulkarni, S W G Derbyshire. Functional imaging of pain perception. Current Rheumatology Reports, 2002, 4:329 – 333.
18) Anthony K. P. Jones and Bhavna Kulkarni. The Role of Cingulate Cortex in Central Neuropathic Pain: Functional Imaging and Cortical Model of Allodynia. (Text book) Chapter 19
19) I M Anderson, L Clark, R Elliott, B Kulkarni, S R William, J F W Deakin. 5HT2C by m-Chlorophenylpiperezine (mcpp) detected in humans with functional magnetic resonance imaging. Neuroreport, 2002 Aug 27; 13(12):1547-51.
20) Jones, AKP., Watson, A., Morais, S., Bentley, D., Boger, E., Boyle, Y., & Kulkarni, B. (2009). Behavioural study of distraction and attention to a painful laser stimulus in fibromyalgia, arthritis and healthy volunteers. Poster session presented at BSR Conference 2009
21) B Kulkarni, E Boger, A Watson, P Julyan, R Elliott, D Hastings, AKP Jones
Cortical processing of chronic arthritic pain versus acute experimental pain using 18 flurodeoxyglucose (FDG) Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Rheumatology, (2005), 44(suppl 1): 94.
Oral presentation in the British Society of Rheumatology Annual meeting 2005, Birmingham, UK.
B Kulkarni, AKP Jones, W El-Deredy, D Bentley, R Elliott, A Watson, E Boger, Y Boyle, R Frackowiak, K Friston. It always hurts: Fibromyalgia patients cannot dissociate sensory and emotional aspects of acute pain.
Oral presentation at poster session presented at BSR Conference 2009.
22) B Kulkarni, E Boger, A Watson, R Elliott, D E Bentley, V Nadeu, S W G Derbyshire, R S J Frackowiak, A K P Jones. Attentional dysfunction in Fibromyalgia syndrome. Rheumatology, (2005), 44(suppl 1): 94.
23) B Kulkarni, A K P Jones, R Elliott, D E Bentley, S W G Derbyshire, P Youell, A Watson, R Frackowiak. Cortical processing of affective versus sensory-discriminative aspect of pain – a PET study. Proceedings of the 10th World Congress on Pain by IASP (International Association for the Study of Pain), (2002), 378
24) Clark L, Elliott R, Kulkarni B, Deakin JFW, Anderson I M. 5HT modulation of behavioural inhibition revealed by fMRI. Oral presentation in Human Brain Mapping meeting, 10 – 15 June 2001, Bristol UK.
25) S Kalke, B Kulkarni, C Balakrishnan, G Mangat, S R Karve, R B Deshpande, V R Joshi. Cytomegalovirus pneumonia in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis on low dose methotrexate. Journal of Association of Physicians in India, 1998
26) P G Shetty, M M Shroff, S S, Karmarkar, B Kulkarni. High Resolution Computed Tomography of the Lungs. J of Assoc Physicians of India 1996, 44: 9.
27) Z F Udwadia, B Kulkarni “Pulmonary Fibrosis secondary to Occult Gastrooesophegeal Reflux”. J of Assoc Physicians of India 1997, 45