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Professor Kevin Davies

Prof Kevin Davies

Professor Kevin Davies (MB BS, MA, MD, FRCP)

Course Principal Internal Medicine

Areas of expertise: Rheumatology; immunopathology and clinical management of systemic lupus erythematosus and related autoimmune diseases

Research areas: Rheumatology; immunology and auto-immunity


  • Foundation Professor of Medicine, BSMS, 2002-present
  • Honorary Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist, Associate Medical Director, Head of Research and Development, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust 2004-present
  • Division 5 Lead (Primary Care, Public Health, Community Pharmacy and Oral & Dental Health, Musculoskeletal disorders, Dermatology, Ageing, Health Services Research, Public Health) NIHR Clinical Research Network Kent, Surrey and Sussex 
  • Director of Research, BSMS, 2008-2014
  • Member National ACCEA, 2015-present
  • Trustee, Arthritis Research UK, 2004-2012
  • Associate International Director (Europe), Royal College of Physicians, 2008-present
  • Senior Lecturer and Reader in Rheumatology, Imperial College School of Medicine, 2000-2002
  • Clinical Director of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, 1998-2000


  • FRCP, 1997
  • MD (London), 1994
  • MRCP (UK), 1986
  • MA (Cantab). 1984
  • MB BS (London). Distinction, 1983
  • Medical Education Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1980
  • St Thomas's Hospital, 1983
  • BA (Cantab), 1980

In the summer of 2009-10 Prof Kevin Davies worked for 18 months as Chief of Medicine for University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and combined his academic work with the responsibility for leading the clinical service within University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. In addition he is an Associate International Director for Europe for the Royal College of Physicians and is actively engaged in developing closer links with European medicine, both clinically and academically.

Kevin helped to set up Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2002.


Rheumatology and auto-immune disease - both in immunopathogenesis and in clinical aspects, particularly the use of imaging to characterise rheumatic diseases.


Immunology, Rheumatology and Clinical Medicine

Teaching responsibilities

Module leader for Medicine and SBM

Selected publications

Haynes B, Bunce D, Davies K, Rusted J. Increased Intraindividual Reaction Time Variability in Persons with Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. 2015;30(3):271-279.

Nicholson A, Ford E, Davies K, Smith H, Rait G, Tate A et al. Optimising Use of Electronic Health Records to Describe the Presentation of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Primary Care: A Strategy for Developing Code Lists. PLoS ONE. 2013;8(2):e54878.

Otter S, Lucas K, Springett K, Moore A, Davies K, Young A et al. Comparison of foot pain and foot care among rheumatoid arthritis patients taking and not taking anti-TNFα therapy: an epidemiological study. Rheumatol Int. 2010;31(11):1515-1519.

Karassa F, Bijl M, Davies K, Kallenberg C, Khamashta M, Manger K et al. Role of the Fc? receptor IIA polymorphism in the antiphospholipid syndrome: An international meta-analysis. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2003;48(7):1930-1938.

Davies K, Robson M, Peters A, Norsworthy P, Nash J, Walport M. Defective Fc-dependent processing of immune complexes in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis & Rheumatism. 2002;46(4):1028-1038.

Robson M, Cook H, Botto M, Taylor P, Busso N, Salvi R et al. Accelerated Nephrotoxic Nephritis Is Exacerbated in C1q-Deficient Mice. The Journal of Immunology. 2001;166(11):6820-6828.

Conference or Workshop Item

Davies K, Nicholson A, Smith H, Rait G, Tate R, Cassell J. The early presentation and management of rheumatoid arthritis cases in primary care. 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC’11). Bristol; 2011.

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