Dr Gary D Wright

Dr Gary D Wright

Dr Gary D Wright

BSc (Hons) MD FRCP (Lon) FRCP (Edin) FRCPI

Dr Gary D Wright qualified in Medicine from Queens University Belfast in 1987. His postgraduate training in Rheumatology was in Belfast and Nottingham UK. He is on the GMC Specialist Register for Rheumatology. He holds an NHS Consultant post at the Royal Victoria and Musgrave Park Hospitals in Belfast. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Queens University Belfast.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Edinburgh and Ireland and is a member of the British Society for Rheumatology. He is past President of the Irish Society for Rheumatology 2012-2014. He was the Royal College of Physicians of London Regional Advisor for Northern Ireland from 2008-12

He has EFSUMB certification in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and is a tutor for The British Society and Irish Society for rheumatology basic and advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound courses. His research interests include the genetics of rheumatic disease, osteoarthritis, early diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory arthritis and musculoskeletal ultrasound. He has more than 50 publications in peer reviewed journals relating to all aspects of rheumatic disorders.


Wright GD, Thornton C, Keegan DAJ, Bell AL.
Eosinophilic fasciitis presenting as psoriatic arthropathy.
Ulster Med J 1992; 61: 112-115.


Wright GD, Hughes AE, Larkin KA, Doherty CC, Nevin NC.
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease with minimal clinical expression unlinked to the PKD1 locus.
Nephrol Dial Transplant 1993 8: 491-494

Wright GD, Hughes AE, Larkin KA, Doherty CC, Nevin NC.
Genetic linkage analysis, clinical features and prognosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease in Northern Ireland.
Q J Med 1993; 86: 459-463.

Wright GD, Hughes AE, Larkin KA, Doherty CC, Nevin NC.
Exclusion of a second gene for ADPKD from 20% of the Human Genome.
Irish J of Med Sc 1994, 163; 5: 255.

Wright GD, Wilson C, Bell AL.
D-penicillamine induced polymyositis causing complete heart block.
Clin Rheumatol 1994; 13, No. 1: 80-82.

Wright GD, Hughes AE, Larkin KA, Doherty CC, Nevin NC.
Linkage disequilibrium between the microsatellite D16S283 and PKD1.?
J. Am Soc Nephrol 1994; 5: 1-3.

McCarron MO, Wright GD, Roberts SD.
Water intoxication after low dose bolus IV cyclophosphamide in SLE.
Br Med J 1995; 301: 292.


Wright GD,Yoon LL, Lee RJE, Roberts SD.
Manubrio-sternal joint sepis in Rheumatoid arthritis.
Postgrad Med J 1995; 71: 443-444.


Wright GD, Hughes AE, Regan M, Doherty M.
Association of two loci on chromosome 2q. with nodal osteoarthritis (NOA).
Ann Rheum Dis 1996; 55: 317-319.


Browne G, Jefferson JA, Wright GD, Hughes A, Doherty CC, Nevin NC, Keogh J.
Von Hippel-Lindau disease: an important differential diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease.
Nephrol Dial Transplant 1997; 12: 1132-36.


Wright GD, McCullagh C, Walsh I, Roberts SD.
Digital necrosis and “Ogilvie’s syndrome”.
Ann Rheum Dis 1997; 56: 224-225.


Wright GD, Roberts SD, Finch MB, Martin B
Long-term follow up of small airways obstruction in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 1998 Apr;57(4):258


Lillicrap MS, Wright G, Jones AC
Symptomatic antiphospholipid syndrome induced by chlorpromazine. Br J Rheumatol. 1998 Mar;37(3):346-7.


Courtney PA, Wright GD, Finch MB.
Rheumatoid nodules and lymphoma
Ann Rheum Dis 1998; 57: 578-580.


Wright GD, Regan M, Deighton CM, Wallis G, Doherty M.
Evidence for genetic anticipation in nodal OA
Ann Rheum Dis 1998; 57: 524-527.


Wright GD, Doherty M.
Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystal associated arthropathy.
Arthritis Research Campaign: Reports on Rheumatic Diseases 1998; 14.


Windrum P, Wright GD, Finch MB
An unusual cause of atlanto-axial subluxation.
Ann Rheum Dis 1999; 58(11):679-81


A Pendleton, GD Wright, M Doherty, R Shiang and AE Hughes.
Construction of a physical map and identification of candidate genes for familial chondrocalcinosis at chromosome 5p15
Br J Rheumatol 2000; 40 S:87:243


A Pendleton, GD Wright, M Doherty, R Shiang and AE Hughes.
Assessment of TRIO as the candidate gene for familial chondrocalcinosis CCAL2.
Ann Rheum Dis 2001 60 S:203.


Gormley G,Steele K,Gilliland D, Stevenson M, O’reilly D, McKane R, Wright G, Bell AL, Matthews C, Meenagh G, Taggart AJ.
Can rheumatologists agree on a diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis at an Early Synovitis Clinic.
Ann Rheum Dis 2001 60 (6): 638-9


Meenagh GK, Wright GD.
Debilitating knee pain in a patient with “normal” radiographs.
Ann Rheum Dis 2001 60 (7):650-2.


Courtney PA, Wright GD
Referrals to an early arthritis clinic: are they appropriate
Ann Rheum Dis 2001 61 (7) 276-78).


Wilson D, McCluggage WG, Wright GD
Urticarial vasculitis: a paraneoplastic presentation of B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2002 Apr;41(4):476-7.


Wilson D, McCluggage, Wright GD
Urticarial vasculitis as a paraneoplastic syndrome
Br J Rheumatol 2002 41(4) 476-7


Pendleton A, Johnston M, Hughes AE ,Ho A, Gurley K, Dixey J, Doherty M, Gillet P, Loeuille D, McGrath R, ReginatoA, Shiang R, Wright GD, Netter P, Williams C, Kingsley D
Mutations in ANKH cause chondrocalcinosis
Am J Hum Genet. 2002 71(4):933-40.


Gormley G, Steele K,Gilliland D, Legget P, Matthews C, Meenagh G Taggart AJ Wright G, Bell A, Mulligan R, Wylie E, Stevenson M, McKane R, O’reilly D.
Can diagnostic triage by general practioners or rheumatology nurses improve the positive predictive value of referrals to early arthritis clinic.
Rheumatology 2003 42 (6):763-8


McHenry M, Meenagh G, Wright GD.
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura associated with cerebral SLE
Ulster Med J. 2003 72(1) 52-4


Cairns AP, Borthwick EM, Murtagh HB, Wright GD.
“Monoarthritis” in a young man.
Ann Rheum Dis 2003 62 (10): 920-1


Gormley GJ, Steele WK, Stevenson M, Mckane R, Ryans I, Cairns AP, Pendleton A, Wright GD, Taggart AJ.
A randomised study of two training programmes for general practitioners in the techniques of shoulder injection.
Ann Rheum Dis 2003 62(10):1006-9


Cairns AP, Wright SA, Taggart AJ, Coward SM, Wright GD.
An open study of pulse pamidronate therapy in severe ankylosing spondylitis and its effect on biochemical markers of bone turnover.
Ann Rheum Dis 2004;64:338-339


Neame R, Zhiang W, Deighton C, Doherty M, Doherty S, Lanyon P, Wright GD
Distribution of radiographic osteoarthritis between the right and left hands, hips and knees.
Arthritis Rheum 2004 50(5): 1487-94


Meenagh GK, Patton J, Kynes C, Wright GD
A randomised controlled trial of intra-articular corticosteroid injection of the carpo-metacarpal joint of the thumb in osteoarthritis
Ann Rheum Dis 2004 63 (10) 1260-63


Thaper A, Zhang W, Wright GD, Doherty M.
The relationship between Heberden’s nodes and underlying radiographic changes of osteoarthritis
Ann Rheum Dis 2005:64:1214-1216


Meenagh GK, McKibbon, Nixon J, Wright GD, Doherty M, Hughes AE.
Lack of support for the prescence of an osteoarthritis susceptibility locus on chromosome 6p
Arthritis Rheum 2005 52(7) 2040-2043


Gardiner PV, Bell AL, Taggart AJ, Wright GD, Kee F, Smyth A, Mckane R, LeeJ, Rooney ME, Whitehead E
A potential pitfall in the use of the Disaese Activity Score(DAS28) as the main respons criterion in treatment guidelines for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Ann Rheum Dis 2005 64 (3): 506-7


Armstrong DJ, McCarron MT, Wright GD
Successful treatment of rheumatoid vasculitis-associated foot-drop with infliximab
J Rheumatol 2005 32 (4) 759-60


Armstrong DJ, McCausland MA, Wright GD
The impact of ant-TNF therapy on the nature of service provision.
Rheumatology 2006 45(1):112


Taggart AJ, Filippucci E, Wright GD, Bell AL,Cairns A, Meenagh G, Pendleton A, Rooney M, Wright S, Grey A, Grassi W.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound training in rheumatology: the Belfast experience.
Rheumatology 2006 45(1):102-5.


Armstrong DJ, McCarron MT, Wright GD
SLE-associated transverse myelitis successfully treated with Rituximab (anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody)
Rheumatol Int.2006 26(8):771-2


Armstrong DJ, McCausland EM, Quinn AD, Wright GD
Obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatology. 2006;45(6):782


Armstrong DJ, McCausland EM, Quinn AD, Wright GD
Hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy (HPOA) (Pierre Marie-Bamberger syndrome): two cases presenting as acute inflammatory arthritis. Description and review of literature.
Rheumatol Int. 2006 [epub ahead of print]


Wright SA, Filippucci E, Mcveigh C, Grey A, McCarron M, Grassi W, Wright GD, Taggart AJ.
High resolution ultrasonography of the 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint in gout: A controlled study.
Ann Rheum Dis 2007 66(7):859-64


ArmstrongDJ, Quinn AD, McCausland EM, Wright GD, Finch MB
Does cardiovascular risk factor profile influence prescribing of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in a rheumatoid population?
Rheumatology 2007 46(7):1209


Middleton D, Meenagh A, Wright GD
No association in frequency of KIR receptors in patients with rheumatoid arthritis from Northern Ireland
Tissue Antigens 2007 69(6):577-82


Armstrong DJ,Quinn AD, McCausland EM, Finch MB,Wright GD
Relationship between homocysteine and body mass index in rheumatoid arthritis
Scand J Rheumatol 2007 36(3):243


Wray M Wright GD
Specialist Interventions at the rheumatology outpatient clinic
Rheumatology 2007 46(12)1859-60


Robinson AJ, Taylor DH, Wright GD
Infliximab therapy reduces periodontoid rheumatoid formation
Rheumatology 2008 47(2)224-6

Pendleton A, Millar A, O’Kane D, Wright GD, Taggart AJ.

Can sonography be used to predict the response to intra-articular corticosteroid
injection in primary osteoarthritis of the knee?

Scan J
2008 37(5):395-7

Lisa A Devlin, Wright GD, J David M Edgar.
A rare cause of a common symptom, Anakinra is effective in the urticaria of
Schnitzler Syndrome: a case report

Cases Journal 2008, 1:348

Combe B, Codreanu C, Fiocco U, Gaubitz M, Geusens PP, Kvien TK,Pavelka K, Sambrook PN,
Smolen JS, Khandker R, Singh A, Wajdula J, Fatenejad S Dougados M, Dehais J, Goupille P,
Miossec P, Gräsler A, Ambanelli U, Todesco S, Capell H, Griffiths I, Hull R, Kitas G,
Moots R, Scott DG, Scott DL, Sheldon P, Williams B, Wright GDJobanputra P, Mikkelsen K, Bjorneboe O, Vitek P, Bortlik L, Sedlackova M,
Augustinova S, Nash P, Hall S, Radulescu F, Tanasescu C, Bolosiu H.
Efficacy, safety and patient-reported outcomes of combination etanercept and sulfasalazine versus etanercept alone in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a double-blind randomised 2-year study.
Ann Rheum Dis. 2009 Jul;68(7):1146-52.


Taggart AJ, Wright SA, Ball E, Kane D, Wright GD
The Belfast musculoskeletal ultrasound course.
Rheumatology (Oxford).2009 Sep;48(9):1073-6.


McGeough CM, Berrar D, Wright G, Mathews C, Gilmore P, Cunningham RT, Bjourson AJ,

Killer immunoglobulin-like receptor and human leukocyte antigen-C genotypes in rheumatoid arthritis primary responders and non-responders to anti-TNF-therapy.
Rheumatol Int Rheumatol Int. 2012 Jun;32(6):1647-53.


Ball EM, McKeeman HM, Patterson C, Burns J, Yau WH, Moore OA, Benson C, Foo J, Wright GD, Taggart AJ.
Steroid injection for inferior heel pain: a randomised controlled trial.

Ann Rheum Dis. 2012 Jun 27. [Epub ahead of print]


Fulminant myocarditis and macrophage activation syndrome secondary to adult-onset Still’s disease successfully treated with tocilizumab. Savage E1, Wazir T, Drake M, Cuthbert R, Wright G. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014 Mar 7. [Epub ahead of print]


Malaviya AP, Ledingham J, Bloxham J, Bosworth A, Buch M, Choy E, Cope A, Isaacs J, Marshall D, Wright G, Ostör AJ; BSR Clinical Affairs Committee & Standards, Audit and Guidelines Working Group; BHPR. The 2013 BSR and BHPR guideline for the use of intravenous tocilizumab in the treatment of adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2014 Jul;53(7):1344-6.
Microscopic polyangiitis secondary to Mycobacterium abscessus in a patient with bronchiectasis: a case report C. Addy1 , G. Doran, A. L. Jones, G. Wright, S. Caskey and D. G. Downey. BMC Pulmonary Medicine (2018) 18:170
David S Gibson, Cathy M McGeough , Steven Watterson, Jaine Blayney, Gary D Wright, Adrian Pendleton, Philip Gardiner, Dawn Small, Tahanver Ahmed , Helena A Murray , Mark J Latten , Martin A Crockard, John V Lamont, Shu-Dong Zhang , Anthony J Bjourson Anti-tumour necrosis factor-alpha response associated with combined CD226 and HLA-DRB1[*]0404 haplotype in rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol Mar-Apr 2021;39(2):385-392.

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