Dr Paola de Pablo


Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology

School of Immunity and Infection

Contact details

Centre for Translational Inflammation Research
Rheumatology Research Group
School of Immunity & Infection
College of Medical & Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


After completing Specialist Training in Rheumatology in 2001, Paola de Pablo pursued a Masters Degree in Public Health at Harvard University, with a focus on Clinical Effectiveness. She obtained a Pan-American Fellowship from the Fogarty International Center-National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Conacyt and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Arthritis Foundation (USA) to undertake training in clinical research methods and epidemiology at the Department of Rheumatology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship she was appointed an Assistant Professor in Medicine at the Tufts University Medical School, Tufts Medical Center, where she worked until she moved to the UK to join the Rheumatology Research Group at the University of Birmingham in 2008.


Rheumatology to 4th year Medical Students, weekly teaching sessions
Department of Rheumatology, University Hospitals Birmingham, University of Birmingham, UK
June 2008-ongoing

Rheumatology to 4th year Medical Students, weekly sessions in clinic
Department of Rheumatology, University Hospitals Birmingham, University of Birmingham, UK
June 2008-ongoing

Rheumatology Lecture to 4rd year Medical Students
College of Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Rheumatology Lecture to 3rd year Dental Students
College of Medical & Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK


Her research is in the epidemiology of the rheumatic diseases including biomarkers and outcomes research and clinical trials, with a focus in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. She has a particular interest in the comorbidities of the autoimmune chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases, including periodontal disease, accelerated atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, and bone loss.

Other activities

Clinical lecturer in Rheumatology
Department of Rheumatology
City Hospital, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals (SWBH) NHS trust
Birmingham, UK


Clinical lecturer in Rheumatology
Department of Rheumatology
University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB), NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham, UK


de Pablo P, Cooper MS, Buckley CD. Association between bone mineral density and C-reactive protein in a large population-based sample. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Apr 5. doi: 10.1002/art.34474. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22487938.

Cader MZ, Filer A, Hazlehurst J, de Pablo P, Buckley CD, Raza K. Performance of the 2010 ACR / EULAR criteria for rheumatoid arthritis: comparison to 1987 ACR criteria in a very early synovitis cohort. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70(6):949-55.

Filer A, de Pablo P, Allen G, Nightingale P, Jordan A, Jobanputra P, Bowman S, Buckley CD, Raza K. Utility of ultrasound joint counts in the prediction of rheumatoid arthritis in patients with very early synovitis. Ann Rheum Dis 2011; 70(3):500-7.

Neumann G, de Pablo P, Finckh A, Chibnik LB, Wolfe F, Duryea J. Patient Repositioning Reproducibility of Joint Space Width Measurements on Hand Radiographs. Arthritis Rheum 2011;63(2):203-7.

Wood AM, de Pablo P, Buckley CD, Ahmad A, Stockley RA. Smoke exposure as a determinant of auto-antibody titre in AATD and COPD. Eur Respir J. 2010;37(1):32-8.

de Pablo P, Chapple ILC, Buckley CD, Dietrich T. Periodontitis in Systemic Rheumatic Diseases. Nature Rev Rheumatol. 2009;5(4):218-24.
de Pablo P, Dietrich T, McAlindon T. Association of Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the U.S. Population. J Rheumatol. 2008;35(1):70-6.

de Pablo P, Dietrich T, Karlson EW. Antioxidants and Other Novel Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Rheumatoid Arthritis in a Large Population Sample. Arthritis Rheum. 2007;57(6):953-962.

Finckh A, Liang MH, van Herckenrode CM, de Pablo P. Long-Term Impact of Early Treatment on Radiographic Progression in Rheumatoid Arthritis. A Meta-Analysis. Arthritis Rheum. 2006;55(6):864-72.

de Pablo P, Losina E, Mahomed N, Wright J, Fossel AH, Katz JN. Extent of Follow-up Care after Elective Total Hip Replacement. J Rheumatol. 2006;33(6):1159-66.

Finckh A, de Pablo P, Katz JN, Neumann G, Lu Y, Wolfe F, Duryea J. Performance of an automated computer-based scoring method to assess joint space narrowing in rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2006;54(5):1444-50.

de Pablo P, Liang MH. Finding clinical endpoints & biosurrogates in preclinical knee osteoarthritis. J Rheumatol 2005;32(6):1152-4.

Costenbader K, Karlson EW, Gall V, de Pablo P, Finckh A, Lynch M, Bermas B, Schur PH Liang MH. Barriers to a trial of atherosclerosis prevention in systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2005;53(5):718-23.

de Pablo P, Losina E, Phillips CB, Fossel AH, Mahomed N, Lingard EA, Katz JN. Determinants of Discharge Destination Following Elective Total Hip Replacement. Arthritis Rheum 2004;51(6):1009-1017.

ACR Ad Hoc Committee on SLE Response criteria: The American College of Rheumatology Response Criteria for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Clinical Trials: Measures of Overall Disease Activity. Arthritis Rheum 2004;50(11):3418-26.

Nived O, Sturfelt G, Liang MH, De Pablo P. The ACR Nomenclature for CNS Lupus Revisited. Lupus. 2003;12(12):872-6.

Cantu C, Pineda C, Barinagarrementeria F, Salgado P, Gurza A, de Pablo P, Espinosa R, Martinez-Lavin M. Noninvasive Cerebrovascular Assessment of Takayasu´s Arteritis. Stroke 2000;31(9):2197-202.

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