Dr Andrew Cairns

Dr Andrew Cairns

Dr Andrew Cairns


Dr Andrew Cairns is a Consultant Rheumatologist in the Belfast HSC Trust based at Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast where he was appointed in 2004. Dr Cairns also provides rheumatology clinics in Belfast City Hospital. He qualified in Medicine from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995, trained in Belfast and Edinburgh and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is on the GMC Specialist Register for Rheumatology.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

He is a member of the British Society for Rheumatology and is a member of the Board of the Irish Society for Rheumatology.

He also holds an MSc degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine. He is a musculoskeletal ultrasound tutor and has published in a wide range of rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, SLE, and in the use of biologic drugs and musculoskeletal ultrasound.



A severe case of adult onset stills disease with myopericarditis, resistant to treatment with tocilizumab but responsive to anakinra.

Waghmare S, Valecka B, Cairns AP.

Ulster Med J. 2015 May;84(2):130-2.

Does rheumatoid arthritis disease activity correlate with weather conditions?

Savage EM, McCormick D, McDonald S, Moore O, Stevenson M, Cairns AP.

Rheumatol Int. 2014 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print]
A systematic review of the effects of dynamic exercise in rheumatoid arthritis.

Cairns AP, McVeigh JG.

Rheumatol Int. 2009 Dec;30(2):147-58. doi: 10.1007/s00296-009-1090-5. Review.
An unusual “gouty” case of back pain and fever.

Riddell CM, Elliott M, Cairns AP.

J Rheumatol. 2008 Oct;35(10):2076-7.

TNF inhibitors for ankylosing spondylitis in the real world.

McVeigh CM, Bell AL, Cairns AP.

Rheumatol Int. 2007 Dec;28(2):199-200. Epub 2007 Jun 30.

Diagnosis and management of ankylosing spondylitis.

McVeigh CM, Cairns AP.

British Medical Journal. 2006 Sep 16;333(7568):581-5. Review.

An electronic logbook for rheumatologists performing musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Cairns AP, Filippucci E, McVeigh CM, Grassi W.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Aug;45(8):1042. Epub 2006 Apr 25.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound training in rheumatology: the Belfast experience.

Taggart A, Filippucci E, Wright G, Bell A, Cairns A, Meenagh G, Pendleton A, Rooney M, Wright S, Grey A, Grassi W.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2006 Jan;45(1):102-5. Epub 2005 Nov 1.

An open study of pulse pamidronate treatment in severe ankylosing spondylitis, and its effect on biochemical markers of bone turnover.

Cairns AP, Wright SA, Taggart AJ, Coward SM, Wright GD.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 Feb;64(2):338-9. Epub 2004 Apr 19.

A randomised study of two training programmes for general practitioners in the techniques of shoulder injection.

Gormley GJ, Steele WK, Stevenson M, McKane R, Ryans I, Cairns AP, Pendleton A, Wright GD, Taggart AJ.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2003 Oct;62(10):1006-9.
“Monarthritis” in a young man.

Cairns AP, Borthwick EM, Murtagh HB, Wright GD.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2003 Oct;62(10):920-1.

Interleukin-10 receptor expression in systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Cairns AP, Crockard AD, Bell AL.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2003 Jan-Feb;21(1):83-6.
Complement receptor expression of relevance to apoptotic cell clearance in SLE.

Cairns AP, Crockard AD, Bell AL.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003 Mar;42(3):487-8.

Antinucleosome antibodies in the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus.

Cairns AP, McMillan SA, Crockard AD, Meenagh GK, Duffy EM, Armstrong DJ, Bell AL.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2003 Mar;62(3):272-3.

Anti-tumour necrosis factor therapy for severe inflammatory arthritis: two years of experience in Northern Ireland.

Cairns AP, Taggart AJ.

Ulster Med J. 2002 Nov;71(2):101-5.

Tumour necrosis factor inhibitors: maximizing patient safety.

Cairns AP, Taggart AJ.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2003 Jan;42(1):188-9.

Neutrophils from systemic lupus erythematosus patients demonstrate increased nuclear DNA damage.

McConnell JR, Crockard AD, Cairns AP, Bell AL.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2002 Sep-Oct;20(5):653-60.

New onset systemic lupus erythematosus in a patient receiving etanercept for rheumatoid arthritis.

Cairns AP, Duncan MK, Hinder AE, Taggart AJ.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2002 Nov;61(11):1031-2.

The CD14+ CD16+ monocyte subset in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Cairns AP, Crockard AD, Bell AL.

Rheumatol Int. 2002 Mar;21(5):189-92.

Rheumatology day care and the impact of biological therapies-the Belfast experience.

Cairns AP, Wright SA, Patton JD, Campalani E, Taggart AJ.

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2002 Mar;41(3):356-7.

CD36-mediated apoptotic cell clearance in SLE.

Cairns AP, Crockard AD, Bell AL.

Lupus. 2001;10(9):656-7.

Reduced expression of CD44 on monocytes and neutrophils in systemic lupus erythematosus: relations with apoptotic neutrophils and disease activity.

Cairns AP, Crockard AD, McConnell JR, Courtney PA, Bell AL.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2001 Oct;60(10):950-5.
Apoptotic neutrophils and anticardiolipin antibodies.

Courtney PA, Crockard AD, McMillan SA, Cairns AP, Bell AL.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2001 Jul-Aug;19(4):476.
Very-long-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase deficiency–a new cause of myoglobinuric acute renal failure.

Cairns AP, O’Donoghue PM, Patterson VH, Brown JH.

Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2000 Aug;15(8):1232-4.

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