UL Hospitals Group appoints new Consultant Rheumatologist and GP

Dr Alwin Sebastian.

AS part of its ongoing consultant recruitment efforts, UL Hospitals Group has announced the appointment of a new Consultant Rheumatologist and General Physician.

Dr Alwin Sebastian, originally from Sri Lanka, has been confirmed as the new consultant to take up the role that will see him run duties across University Hospital Limerick (UHL) and Ennis Hospital.

Dr Sebastian has been working in Ireland since 2011, having completed his dual-speciality training in General Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in the Mid West, Galway, Dublin, and the UK.

As part of his remit, Dr Sebastian will run general rheumatology clinics as UHL and Ennis Hospital, as well as providing general medical practice at UHL.

The Sri-Lankan native also specialises in diagnostic muscular-skeletal and vascular ultrasound and ultrasound-guided joint and soft tissue injections, and will be working at the rheumatology day ward at Croom Orthopaedic Hospital.

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He recently completed his research PhD in Giant Cell Arteritis (an inflammation of the lining of the temporal and large arteries) at the University of Sussex, where he developed and authored a pre-test probability-based algorithm for suspected Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) that is used across many medical centres internationally.

Dr Sebastian is currently leading an international prospective study in developing a quantitative ultrasound Halo Score for monitoring and assessing outcomes in GCA and large vessel vasculitis. His ambition is to develop a fast-track GCA and Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) service in the Mid West.

In his free time outside of the medical field, Dr Sebastian’s interests include cricket and soccer.