Dr Ellis has been a consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust since July 2001. He is responsible for inpatients with a wide variety of medical disorders as well as running regular rheumatology outpatient clinics and a specialist auto-immune Connective Tissue Disease / Complex Disease clinic.
Dr Ellis trained at St. Georges Hospital, Tooting and qualified in 1991. He undertook his speciality training in North East Thames between 1996 and 2001. Dr Ellis has particular interests in multi system rheumatic disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus and vasculitis. He also has an interest in the association of such conditions with other medical problems, including heart disease.
Dr Ellis is a member of the Regional Rare Disease Network Group (ENRAD) and is part of the steering group which helps to support the use of high cost treatments in complex and severe rheumatic disease.
Dr Ellis is involved closely in medical education at all levels and holds the positions of honorary senior clinical lecturer in affiliation with the Royal Free/UCL Medical School and Clinical Tutor for Cambridge Medical School. He has received recognition for teaching and training locally and regionally including an Excellence in Medical Education Award from UCL in 2019. He has served as Training Programme Director for Rheumatology in the East of England and on the Royal College of Physicians Standing Advisory Committee for Rheumatology Training as Quality Management Lead. He is currently a member of the British Society for Rheumatology Educational committee and has been involved in the establishment of Allied Health Professional training courses in Rheumatology, as well as contributing to other BSR educational activities. He is an active examiner for the Membership exam of the Royal College of Physicians and co-hosts the PACES clinical exam at the Lister hospital site once a year.
Dr Ellis has supported the improvement and development of patient care within the Hospital and of our local rheumatology services. This has included initiatives such as patient education sessions for arthritis.
Dr Ellis has published multiple case reports and contributed to rheumatology chapters in textbooks. He has co-written two articles on rational testing in rheumatology which have been published in the BMJ, including on the use of anti-nuclear antibody in clinical practice.
Dr Ellis has held senior management positions in the Trust including the role of Clinical Director for Rheumatology, Dermatology and Neurology, which he gave up in 2018.