Research and Publications and Media

Dr Akram has published extensively with over 100 citations of his work to date and has presented his work at international and national levels. He is active on Social Media and posts regularly on topics relating to Rheumatology, Ultrasound, General Medicine and Healthcare.


Recently he has edited and authored a book on ‘Ultrasound in Rheumatology: A Practical Guide to Diagnosis’, published by Springer Publishing Group. His pioneering work involving the Stockport ‘One Stop Shop’ Early Inflammatory Arthritis Clinic and GCA Fast Track Ultrasound Pathway has been featured in the Stockport Edition of the Manchester Evening News.

His other publications have been featured in leading high impact international peer reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal and Rheumatology Journal to name a few building up an impressive academic portfolio.



  • Akram Q, Basu S. Ultrasound in Rheumatology: A Practical Guide for Diagnosis. Springer 2021.

 Original research-

  • Vilches A, Paling D, Akram Q, Atkinson O, Staniland J, Paredes Galan E, Rodrigues-Pascal C, Perez Jara J. Midodrine hydrochloride in the management of older adults with neurocardiogenic syncope and orthostatic hypotension: a prospective observational study. European Geriatric Medicine 2012:3:295-298.
  • Paling D, Vilches A, Akram Q, Atkinson O, Staniland J, Paredes E. ‘Carotid sinus syndrome is common in the very elderly undergoing tilt table testing and carotid sinus massage because of syncope or unexplained falls’. Ageing Clinical and Experimental Research. 2011: 23(4):304-308.
  • Paling D, Vilches A, Akram Q, Atkinson O, Staniland J. ‘Midodrine is safe and effective in the elderly presenting with neurocardiogenic syncope’. Journal of American Geriatric Society 2010:58:2026-2027.


  • Akram Q. Training issues in Ultrasound and the benefits of doing an International Ultrasound Fellowship. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2017: May 14. DOI:10.1093/rheumatology/kex192 (Epub ahead of print).
  • Hughes M, Akram Q, Rees D, Jones A. Haemoglobinopathies and the Rheumatologist. Rheumatology (Oxford) 2016:55:2109-2118.
  • Akram Q, Hughes M. How about a career in rheumatology? British Medical Journal. 2016:353:292.
  • Sharp C, Akram Q, Hughes M, Muir L, Herrick AL. Differential diagnosis of critical digital ischaemia in systemic sclerosis: report of 5 cases and review of the literature. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 2016: 46:209-16.

Case reports-

  • Akram Q, Hughes M, Muir L. Co-existent digital gouty and flexor tenosynovitis. BMJ Case Reports 2016: DOI:
  • Akram Q, Roberts M, Oddis C, Herrick AL, Chinoy H. Rituximab induced neutropenia in a patient with inflammatory myopathy and systemic sclerosis overlap disease. Rheumatologica (Rheumatology) 2016: 54, 1: 35-37.
  • Akram Q, Hughes M, Basu S. A case of severe knee enthesitis on MRI as an initial presentation of enteropathic arthritis. Indian Journal of Rheumatology 2016:11(2):106-107.
  • Akram Q, Chinoy H. Scalp necrosis associated with Giant Cell Arteritis. New England Journal of Medicine 2016:374: e6.
  • Akram Q, Knight S, Saravanan R. Bilateral scalp necrosis in a patient with temporal arteritis. Clinical Rheumatology 2015:34:185-187.
  • Akram Q, Saravanan D, Levy R. Valvuloplasty for tricuspid stenosis caused by a VA shunt’. Catheterisation and Cardiovascular Interventions Journal 2011:77:722-725.
  • Akram Q, Macphie L, Benitha R. Test your rheumatology ‘a case of Wegener’s Granulomatosis’. Student BMJ 2009: 17: 29-30.


Throughout specialist training, on the Rheumatology specialty programme, he has received several significant prizes for outstanding regional presentations. Dr Akram has received a much sought-after European Society of Rheumatology (EULAR) scientific bursary and the prestigious Royal College of Physicians John Glyn bursary, for his overseas fellowship (and research) into ultrasound.

His main research interest, at present, is in the use of ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory arthritis, large vessel vasculitis and improving ultrasound services and seeing wider dissemination of this invaluable clinical tool within the rheumatology community in the UK.