د. هميرا بادشا

Languages English Urdu/ Hindi Tamil

Dr. Humeira Badsha is Founder, Consultant Rheumatologist, and Medical Director at Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center in Dubai, an Emirates Healthcare Company.

She trained at the University of California Los Angeles, is American Board-Certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, and Certified in Musculoskeletal ultrasound by the American College of Rheumatology. She has almost three decades of experience as a Rheumatologist across three countries – the USA, Singapore and UAE.

She has worked and taught medical students and doctors at various schools and hospitals including HarvardTufts and National University of Singapore. She has conducted multiple clinical studies and published more than 50 papers in major peer-reviewed journals and 2 chapters in textbooks. She has chaired the IIRME Arab Health Rheumatology conference for 5 years and a yearly Women’s health conference, in addition to organizing and chairing various international conferences.
She is co-chair of International Affairs for the Asia Pacific League for Rheumatology (APLAR). She was the Secretary (2008-2010) and Founding Member of the Emirates Society of Rheumatology.

Areas of Expertise

Qualifications and Credentials
Current Research
  • Study of Genetics of Rheumatoid arthritis in Arab Ancestry individuals – multicentre trial funded by Qatar National Research Foundation, approved by Dubai Health Authority (Ongoing).
  • Study of Genetics of Lupus in collaboration with UCLA (completed).
  • Humeira Badsha (Principal Investigator) Ataciecept in RA study Dubai Phase II trial. 2008 (Complete).
  • Study of association between Vitamin D deficiency and Rheumatoid Arthritis disease activity – approved by Dubai Health Authority (Ongoing).
  • Study of Spondyloarthritis in UAE (Ongoing).
  • Humeira Badsha (PI) Study of Toclizumab in RA – Phase IV Trial, Dubai UAE (Closed).
  • Study of various biomarkers and disease activity markers with TTSH Singapore (completed)
Scientific Publications

View all the publications in PubMed

PMID

Title

Journal/Book

Publication Year

34386703

Development of an Educational Video for Self-Assessment of Patients with RA: Steps, Challenges, and Responses

Mediterr J Rheumatol

2021

33547917

Perceptions of patients with rheumatoid arthritis about self-assessment of disease activity after watching an educational video: a qualitative pilot study from the AUTO-DAS in Middle Eastern Arab countries project

Rheumatol Int

2021

33226566

A Review of the Prevalence and Unmet Needs in the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Africa and the Middle East

Rheumatol Ther

2021

32218440

Dimensionality reduction reveals fine-scale structure in the Japanese population with consequences for polygenic risk prediction

Nat Commun

2020

32082684

Platelet Rich Plasma for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Case Series and Review of Literature

Case Rep Rheumatol

2020

30883600

Correction: Epidemiology and treatment patterns of rheumatoid arthritis in a large cohort of Arab patients

PLoS One

2019

29456775

Interethnic Variations and Clinical Features of Spondyloarthropathies in a Middle Eastern Country

Open Rheumatol J

2018

30191420

Correction to: Recommendations for the management of rheumatoid arthritis in the Eastern Mediterranean region: an adolopment of the 2015 American College of Rheumatology guidelines

Clin Rheumatol

2018

29515679

Role of Diet in Influencing Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease Activity

Open Rheumatol J

2018

30097896

Recommendations for the management of rheumatoid arthritis in the Eastern Mediterranean region: an adolopment of the 2015 American College of Rheumatology guidelines

Clin Rheumatol

2018

30566451

Epidemiology and treatment patterns of rheumatoid arthritis in a large cohort of Arab patients

PLoS One

2018

28118524

A Multinational Arab Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies New Genetic Associations for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis Rheumatol

2017

29073913

Correction to: Adaptation of the 2015 American College of Rheumatology treatment guideline for rheumatoid arthritis for the Eastern Mediterranean Region: an exemplar of the GRADE Adolopment

Health Qual Life Outcomes

2017

28934978

Adaptation of the 2015 American College of Rheumatology treatment guideline for rheumatoid arthritis for the Eastern Mediterranean Region: an exemplar of the GRADE Adolopment

Health Qual Life Outcomes

2017

28831053

Large Scale Metabolic Profiling identifies Novel Steroids linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Sci Rep

2017

24261616

Rheumatoid arthritis disease activity and vitamin D deficiency in an Asian resident population

Int J Rheum Dis

2016

25315703

Barriers to achieving controlled rheumatoid arthritis in the United Arab Emirates: a cross-sectional study

Rheumatol Int

2015

24620997

Challenges and opportunities in the early diagnosis and optimal management of rheumatoid arthritis in Africa and the Middle East

Int J Rheum Dis

2015

25864660

Regenerative treatments to enhance orthopedic surgical outcome

PM R

2015

25327997

The association of fatigue, comorbidity burden, disease activity, disability and gross domestic product in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Results from 34 countries participating in the Quest-RA program

Clin Exp Rheumatol

2014

22955475

Efforts to increase public awareness may result in more timely diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis

J Clin Rheumatol

2012

20226018

Work disability remains a major problem in rheumatoid arthritis in the 2000s: data from 32 countries in the QUEST-RA study

Arthritis Res Ther

2010

20536606

Live polio vaccine exposure while receiving anti-TNF therapy for reactive arthritis

Int J Rheum Dis

2010

19880553

Discordant assessment of lupus activity between patients and their physicians: the Singapore experience

Lupus

2010

21205460

Smokers and non smokers with rheumatoid arthritis have similar clinical status: data from the multinational QUEST-RA database

Clin Exp Rheumatol

2010

20810033

Gender, body mass index and rheumatoid arthritis disease activity: results from the QUEST-RA Study

Clin Exp Rheumatol

2010

19277814

Myalgias or non-specific muscle pain in Arab or Indo-Pakistani patients may indicate vitamin D deficiency

Clin Rheumatol

2009

19184028

The benefits of yoga for rheumatoid arthritis: results of a preliminary, structured 8-week program

Rheumatol Int

2009

19643759

Disparities in rheumatoid arthritis disease activity according to gross domestic product in 25 countries in the QUEST-RA database

Ann Rheum Dis

2009

19144159

Women, men, and rheumatoid arthritis: analyses of disease activity, disease characteristics, and treatments in the QUEST-RA study

Arthritis Res Ther

2009

17973153

Rheumatoid arthritis in the United Arab Emirates

Clin Rheumatol

2008

18324379

Can Islamic prayers benefit spondyloarthritides? Case report of a patient with ankylosing spondylitis and increased spinal mobility after an intensive regimen of Islamic prayer

Rheumatol Int

2008

18431093

Atypical arthritis due to combined hereditary hemochromatosis and active hepatitis C

J Clin Rheumatol

2008

18759292

Remission and rheumatoid arthritis: data on patients receiving usual care in twenty-four countries

Arthritis Rheum

2008

17513570

Rheumatoid arthritis in Dubai–delayed diagnosis and low usage of disease modifying antirheumatic drugs

Ann Rheum Dis

2007

17360460

Association of a common complement receptor 2 haplotype with increased risk of systemic lupus erythematosus

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

2007

16868975

Proinflammatory high-density lipoprotein as a biomarker for atherosclerosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis Rheum

2006

15479754

Transforming growth factor beta-1 and gene polymorphisms in oriental ankylosing spondylitis

Rheumatology (Oxford)

2005

15797980

Development and preliminary validation of a systemic lupus erythematosus-specific quality-of-life instrument (SLEQOL)

Rheumatology (Oxford)

2005

15190526

Pulmonary hemorrhage in systemic lupus erythematosus

Semin Arthritis Rheum

2004

15119552

Low-dose pulse methylprednisolone is an effective therapy for severe SLE flares

Lupus

2004

15651198

Psychometric properties of a new systemic lupus erythematosus-specific quality-of-life instrument (SLEQOL)

Ann Acad Med Singap

2004

14968720

Usefulness of serum soluble CD38 and CD157 levels in differentiating SLE, RA and healthy adults and their relationship with disease activity

Ann Acad Med Singap

2003

12625109

Intermittent epoprostenol infusions in systemic lupus erythematosus associated pulmonary hypertension–a series of three cases

Ann Acad Med Singap

2003

14514129

Hospitalization of individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus: characteristics and predictors of outcome

Lupus

2003

12833245

Intravenous pulses of methylprednisolone for systemic lupus erythematosus

Semin Arthritis Rheum

2003

12220105

Low-dose pulse methylprednisolone for systemic lupus erythematosus flares is efficacious and has a decreased risk of infectious complications

Lupus

2002

12043889

Mycobacterium haemophilum infection in an SLE patient on mycophenolate mofetil

Lupus

2002

11789494

Melioidosis in systemic lupus erythematosus: the importance of early diagnosis and treatment in patients from endemic areas

Lupus

2001

19078168

Troponin I Assessment of Cardiac Involvement in Patients With Connective Tissue Disease and an Elevated Creatine Kinase MB Isoform Report of Four Cases and Review of the Literature

J Clin Rheumatol

1997

9045876

Evidence for linkage of a candidate chromosome 1 region to human systemic lupus erythematosus

J Clin Invest

1997

She has continously demonstrated excellence in patient care across the globe, winning the Patient’s Choice Award Massachusetts, USA, for 3 consecutive years, and the Doctify award for excellence in patient care in UAE 2021. Her commitment to patient care led to her founding the Middle East Arthritis Foundation  in 2006 to increase awareness of arthritis, and support those who have this chronic condition. She is the Vice Chairperson of the Foundation and has directed fund-raising and operations since 2006. In 2020 the Foundation received the first place award for innovation from the Ministry of Health UAE. The Foundation is consistently active in supporting patients and organizing yearly events such as World Arthritis Week and an annual Arthritis Walk.


Dr. Badsha has authored and published a book “The Wellness Guide to Arthritis” to provide a holistic guide to arthritis, diet and wellness for patients. The book is listed on Amazon  and at various bookstores in the UAE. Through her youtube and social media channels she promotes a comprehensive and integrative approach to disease and health.

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