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Professor Rebecca Grainger

Professor Rebecca GraingerMBChB (Dstn), BMedSc (Dstn), MInstD, FACHI, FRACP, PhD

Rebecca is an academic rheumatologist who is passionate about patient-focused care and medical education at all levels; undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development. She has active research interests in rheumatology (outcome measures, non-pharmacological management of musculoskeletal disease, use of information technology solutions to optimise care for people with chronic rheumatic diseases) and medical education (student engagement, technology in education and health system improvement and curriculum development).

A University of Otago medical graduate, Rebecca undertook postgraduate training in rheumatology in Melbourne. Her PhD at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and University of Otago examined inflammatory mechanisms in gout. Rebecca’s clinical work focuses on assessment and management of inflammatory arthritis and her particular clinical interests include inflammatory arthritis, gout and scleroderma.


  • Professor, Department of Medicine
  • Associate Dean Medical Education
  • Rheumatologist, Hutt Valley DHB
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics
  • Member of International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) Social media and Participatory health working group


Tel +64 4 806 1031

Research interests

  • Development and assessment of mobile health tools for clinical care for clinicians and self-care for people with chronic conditions.
  • Social media for participatory health and medical education
  • Enhancing engagement and active learning in medical education
  • Outcome measures in musculoskeletal and rheumatic disease
  • Gout including inflammatory mechanisms, pharmacological treatment and clinical assessment

Rebecca is interested in supervising postgraduate students in any of the research areas listed above. Please contact her directly.


Ngan Kee, R., Milne, V., Dalbeth, N., & Grainger, R. (2023). Patient participation in defining best-practice rheumatology service provision in Aotearoa New Zealand: A qualitative study with service consumers. BMC Rheumatology, 7(1). doi: 10.1186/s41927-022-00319-2

Conway, R., Nikiphorou, E., Demetriou, C. A., Low, C., Leamy, K., Ryan, J. G., … Grainger, R., … on behalf of the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance. (2023). Outcomes of COVID-19 in people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease in Ireland over the first 2 years of the pandemic. Irish Journal of Medical Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11845-022-03265-7

Overgaard Donskov, A., Mackie, S. L., Hauge, E. M., Toro-Gutiérrez, C. E., Hansen, I. T., Hemmig, A. K., … Grainger, R., … Keller, K. K. (2023). An international survey of current management practices for polymyalgia rheumatica by general practitioners and rheumatologists. Rheumatology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keac713

Ugarte-Gil, M. F., Alarcón, G. S., Seet, A. M., Izadi, Z., Montgomery, A. D., Duarte-García, A., … Grainger, R., … Yazdany, J. (2023). Association between race/ethnicity and COVID-19 outcomes in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients from the United States: Data from the COVID-19 Global Rheumatology Alliance. Arthritis Care & Research, 75(1), 53-60. doi: 10.1002/acr.25039

Machado, P. M., Verschueren, P., Grainger, R., Jones, H., Piercy, J., van Beneden, K., … Fautrel, B. (2022). Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the management of patients with RA: A survey of rheumatologists in six European countries. Rheumatology Advances in Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/rap/rkac108