Dr Houssien

  • Back pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Dr Dhiya Houssien

GMC: 4489128

Dr Dhiya Houssien is an expert consultant rheumatologist, with over 20 years of experience in the treatment of pain. Dr Houssien treats his patients using a combination of both traditional and alternative medicine. He studied medicine at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, followed by a Master's degree in rheumatology at Birmingham University and a clinical PhD in rheumatology at King's College.

Dr Houssein's specialist interests include the management of knee, back and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Houssien has published extensively, with papers in both peer-reviewed journals and over 50 published abstracts, and he regularly presents at conferences on a national and international level. More recently, he has developed a non-drug based treatment of laser acupuncture for the management of back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, which has been presented at several international conferences. 

  • Professional experience

    • Consultant Rheumatologist, 10 Harley Street (present)
    • Consultant Rheumatologist, Frater Clinic, Harley Street (present)
    • Consultant Rheumatologist, Dr Dhiya Centre for Rheumatism & Acupuncture and Physiotherapy, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (present)
    • Honorary Senior Registrar, King's College London (1996 - 1998)
    • Specialist in rheumatology at King Fahed Hospital and Saudi German Hospital, Jeddah
  • Public positions

    • Reviewer of the Annals of Saudi Medicine‏ since 2014
  • Education

    • PhD, Rheumatology, King's College London (1993 - 1998)
    • Master's degree, Rheumatology, Birmingham University (1990 - 1992)
    • Medicine, King Abdullaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    • The American Board of Low Level Laser certificate from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery in California (2016)
    • Diploma Course in Herbology and Herbal Medicine with The British Institute of Homeopathy (May 2005)
    • 120 Hour training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Jeddah SA (May 2003)
    • Training in the theory, practice and safe use of Omega Low Power Laser applications, Omega Laser Systems LTD, West Sussex, UK (Nov 2002)
    • The Comprehensive Nutrition Program, College of Nutrition, American Academy of Nutrition, Knoxville, USA (May 2001 - Sep 2002)
  • Professional membership

    • International Fellow of American College of Rheumatology
    • Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine
    • Member of The British Society of Rheumatology
    • Member of The British Medical Acupuncture Society
    • Active Member in The American Society For Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS)
    • Bronze Member of International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine ICNM
  • Publications and conferences

    • Frequently lectures at national and international conferences, and has presented public lectures on the topics of about rheumatic diseases, food and mood, and osteoporosis
    • 1. Scott DL, Houssein DA, Laasonen L. Proposed modification to Larsen's scoring methods for hand and wrist radiographs. British Journal of Rheumatology 1995; 34: 56.
    • 2. Houssien DA, McKenna S, Scott DL The Nottingham Health Profile as a measure of disease activity and outcome in RA. British Journal of Rheumatology 1997; 36: 69-73.
    • 3. Houssien DA, Jonsson T, E Davies, Scott DL. Clinical significance of IgA rheumatoid factor subclasses in rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology 1997; 24 : 2119-22
    • 4. Houssien DA, Jonsson T, E Davies, Scott DL. Rheumatoid factor isotypes, disease activity and the outcome of rheumatoid arthritis: comparative effects of different antigens. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 1998; 27:46-53
    • 5. Lassere M, Houssein D, Scott DL, Edmonds J. Reference curves radiological damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: application of quintile regression and fractional polynomials. Journal of Rheumatology 1997; 24 (7): 1288-94.
    • 6. Houssien DA, Scott DL.Early referral and outcome in rheumatoid arthritis. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 1998; 27(4): 300
    • 7. Houssien DA, Jonsson T, Scott DL. Smoking, rheumatoid factors and rheumatoid arthritis. Annals of Rheumatic Disease 1998; 57: 175-176
    • 8. Scott DL, Houssein DA. Joint assessment in rheumatoid arthritis. British Journal of Rheumatology 1996; 35(suppl. 2): 14-18.
    • 9. Scott DL, Houssein DA. Clinical and laboratory assessments in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. British Journal of Rheumatology 1996; 35 suppl. 3: 6-9.
    • 10. Scott DL, Laasonen L, Priolo F, Houssein DA, Cerase A, Bacarini, Cammisa M. The radiological assessment of rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 1997; 15 (suppl 17): S53-S62.
    • 11. Houssien DA, Carr AJ. Techniques for health status measurement in the management of RA. BioDrugs. 1999; 11: 21-30.
    • 12. Sangha O, Houssien D, Stucki G. Standardized assessment of health status with self-administered patient questionnaires in rheumatic diseases. EULAR 1998; 27/1:21-24
    • 13. Houssien DA, Stucki G, Scott DL patient-derived disease activity score can substitute for a physician-derived disease activity score in clinical research. Rheumatology (Oxford). 1999; 38(1):48-52.
    • 14. Houssien DA, Stucki G, Scott DL Possibilita di sostituire un indice di attivita pathologica ricavato dal medico con uno ricavato dal paziente nella ricerca clinica (Italy). Rheumatology (Oxford). 1999; 3(2):13-18.
    • 15. Chung YL, Mitchell HL, Houssien DA, Al-Mahrouki H, Carr AJ, Scott DL A comparative study of outcome in myositis and other musculoskeletal disorders assessed using the Nottingham health profile. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2001; 19(4):447-50
    • 16. Steer S, Ibrahim F, Abozaid H, Pollard L, Khoshaba B, Houssien D, Lempp H, Scott DL The effects of ethnicity on disease activity and disability in rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Rheumatol 2010.
    • 17. Safi MA, Houssien DA, Scott DL Disease Activity and Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (Anti-CCP) Antibody in Saudi RF Negative RA Patients. Journal King Abdul-Aziz University: Med Sci 2012.; 19(3):3-20
    • 18.Houssein DA, Houssien AD. Proceedings of the 7th world congress of the international society of physical and rehabilitation medicine (ISPRM, Beijing, China, June 16-20, 2013: 163-165
    • 19. Safi MA, Houssien DA, Scott DL, Safi O. The clinical association of Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (Anti-CCP) Antibody in Patients with rheumatoid arthritis in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Autoimmunity 2014. 48-49:1-152.
    • 20. Mohammad-Ayman A Safi, Dhiya A Houssien. Serological Association with Extra-articular conditions in Saudi Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Medical Science, 2015, 16(65), 29-37.
    • In addition to the 20 original papers in peer reviewed journals, he has published 50 abstracts in peer reviewed journals and presented them at 40 international meetings & conferences
    • Over 50 publications on the subject of rheumatism in different Arabic newspapers and magazines in several countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, UK)
  • Prizes and awards

    • Hunt Memorial Prize from King's College, London for the best artistic display at the Postgraduate Poster Day (July 1992)
    • Poster session Award from American College of Rheumatology as one of the top rated abstracts accepted for poster sessions (October 1997)

 Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Elbow Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip
  • Osteoarthritis of the spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain treatment
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

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  • London Osteoporosis Clinic (Harley Street)
    10 Harley Street, Marylebone W1G 9PF - London (Central London)
    (+44) 02084347999
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    10 Harley Street W1G 9PF - London (Central London)
    (+44) 02038784824


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