About – Dr Taha Akhtar

Welcome to MSK Clinic


MSK Clinic in Blue area Islamabad, We offers you quality care in diagnosing and treating rheumatological conditions.

Once the diagnosis is made treatment may involve medications, physiotherapy and lifestyle changes.

Dr Taha Akhtar has trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in both US and UK. She is a diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine, has MRCP UK in both medicine and rheumatology. As a result of which she adopts a holistic approach in managing your musculoskeletal problems keeping in mind any other medical conditions that you may have.

She has more than 15 years of experience in managing common medical conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Her main areas of expertise in rheumatology are inflammatory conditions of joints including Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, Connective tissue disease including SLE, Systemic Sclerosis and Sjogren’s Disease. She is proficient in joint injections for conditions like trigger finger, frozen shoulder and knee osteoarthritis. She is one of the few rheumatologists in Pakistan who is proficient in the use of ultrasound to look for inflammation in the joints.

Special Interests

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Connective tissue diseases (Sjogren’s disease, Systemic Sclerosis, SLE etc)
Temoral or Giant Cell Arteritis
Osteoarthritis of knee
Hypermobility Syndromes
Back, shoulder and neck pain disorders
Spine problems
Ankylosing spondylitis

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Intraarticular steroid Injections
Platelet rich plasma Injections

Medical Degree:
MBBS, The Aga Khan University
Diplomate of American Board of Internal Medicine (USA)

MRCP (UK) Medicine
MRCP (UK) Rheumatology
Certification in Health Care Quality and Health Management by American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physician.

Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCT) UK:
General Internal Medicine & Rheumatology, October 2017 (Medical Specialist & Rheumatologist)

Postgraduate Qualifications/Exams  
Certificate of Clinical Education2018University of Dundee, RCPS, Glasgow
Synovitis Sonography Course2017Glasgow Caledonian University
CCT (UK)2017General Medical Council UK
MRCP (UK) (Rheumatology)2017Royal College of Physicians UK
Online Ultrasound Course2016EULAR
DABIM (USA)2016American Board of Internal Medicine Recertification
Rheumatology SCE (UK)2015American Board of Internal Medicine Recertification
MRCP(UK) Medicine2011Royal College of Physicians
DABIM (USA)2006American Board of Internal Medicine
Certification (USA)
US Medical Licensing Exams2003ECFMG
MBBS2001The Aga Khan University Medical College

Work Experience/Medical Training

Consultant Rheumatologist Shifa International Hospital (H8 & F11)
Oct 2019 to date

Consultant Rheumatologist Royal Alexandria Hospital
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, UK,
Oct 2017- Sept 2019

Specialty Trainee(ST3-ST7) West of Scotland Deanery, Glasgow, UK
in GIM/Rheumatology Aug 2010 – Oct 2017

Specialist Registrar in GIM Yorkshire and Wales Deanery
Jan 2008 – July 2010

Residency in Internal Medicine North Carolina Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest University, NC, USA
July 2004 – August 2006

Internship in Internal Medicine Evanston Hospital
Northwestern University, IL, USA
July 03- July 04

British Society of Rheumatology (BSR)
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow (RCPS)
Scottish Society for Rheumatology (SSR)
American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
American College of Physicians (Inactive)