Dr. Ghita Harifi





Dr. Ghita Harifi is a board-certified rheumatologist, and a Fellow at the prestigious Université de Strasbourg, one of France’s leading universities specializing in auto-immune diseases. Dr. Harifi has achieved the distinctive qualifications of a French Certificate in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in 2012 from L’Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Sorbonne Universités, Paris, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Interventional Rheumatology in 2010 from L’Université de Strasbourg. She exhibits great prowess and expertise in areas including, but not limited to, the diagnosis and management of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic Arthritis, and connective tissue diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematous and Sjogren disease. Dr. Harifi is multilingual in Arabic (native speaker), French (native speaker) and English (fluent).

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Harifi is a two-time first prize winner of Université de Marrakech annual awards (2000, 2003), was ranked number one in the Moroccan Internship Competition in October 2005, was a Prize Winner in the Academic Leadership Awards in Marrakech, July 2007 and won the first national prize for “The Fight Against Pain”, the transcultural adaptation of the DN4 questionnaire in February 2009.

Expertise in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Along with being certified in Interventional Rheumatology, Dr. Harifi is involved in hands-on medical procedures on a daily basis, including highly skilled ultrasound-guided joint and tendon injections. These injections treat a range of conditions including Tennis Elbow, Calcic Tendinopathy, DeQuervain Tenosynovitis, Trigger Finger, Trochanteric Bursitis, Articular and Tendinous knees, and Ankle and Plantar Fascia conditions.

Academic Contributions

With her extensive expertise in Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds, Dr. Harifi has led numerous teaching programs in this field in the United Arab Emirates. She consistently demonstrates and shares her expert-level knowledge through educational initiatives, serving as lecturer at Dubai Medical College from 2012-2015. She also organized the MKSAP Rheumatology tutorial: a rheumatology course for Residents and Interns of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology within the Dubai Health Authority in March-May 2013, and further excelled as the organizer, director and instructor of several Ultrasound workshops during the 2014 and 2016 Pan Arab Conferences, for the Emirates Society of Rheumatology in 2016, and as a part of the United Arab Emirates targeted initiative in Ultrasound courses in 2015 and 2016.

Research Studies

Dr. Harifi is an active and invaluable participant in research studies in her fields of expertise. She has conducted/participated in numerous research projects providing insight and knowledge on: “MGMT Expression as a Predictive Factor of Therapeutic Response to Temozolomide in Glomias” (Department of Clinical and Experimental Oncology with Pr. Jean-Yves Delattre, Salpêtrière’s Hospital, Laboratory INSERM U495 , Paris, France) (2003); “Cohorte ESPOIR Maroc, Survey and follow-up of Early Arthritis 1” (Co-investigator, 2008-2009); Clinical research studies “PRESERVE”, “ROC”, “JOCQUER”, and “SCLERODUC” (Rheumatology Department of Hautepierre Hospital, CHU Strasbourg, France) (Co-investigator, 2009-2011); Observational studies in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spondylarthropathies (Investigator and Co-investigator, 2012-2016); and Publication of reviews of Different Aspects of Systemic Lupus Erythematous (2015-2016).


Dr. Harifi has written extensively throughout her career, and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

Publications include:

Hughes Syndrome and Epilepsy: When to Test for Antiphospholipid Antibodies?

Noureldine MH, Harifi G, Berjawi A, Haydar AA, Nader M, Elnawar R, Sweid A, Al Saleh J, Khamashta MA, Uthman I.

Lupus. 2016 May 25. pii: 0961203316651747. [Epub ahead of print] Review.

Pathogenic Role of Platelets in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Autoimmune Diseases. Perspectives and Therapeutic Aspects

Harifi G, Sibilia J.

Saudi Med J. 2016 Apr; 37(4):354-60. doi: 10.15537/smj.2016.4.14768.

Prevalence of Chronic Pain with Neuropathic Characteristics in the Moroccan General Population: a National Survey

Harifi G, Amine M, Ait Ouazar M, Boujemaoui A, Ouilki I, Rekkab I, Belkhou A, El Bouchti I, Niamane R, El Hassani S.

Pain Med. 2013 Feb; 14(2):287-92. doi: 10.1111/pme.12009.

Prostaglandin Transporter Mutations Cause Pachydermoperiostosis with Myelofibrosis

Diggle CP, Parry DA, Logan CV, Laissue P, Rivera C, Restrepo CM, Fonseca DJ, Morgan JE, Allanore Y, Fontenay M, Wipff J, Varret M, Gibault L, Dalantaeva N, Korbonits M, Zhou B, Yuan G, Harifi G, Cefle K, Palanduz S, Akoglu H, Zwijnenburg PJ, Lichtenbelt KD, Aubry-Rozier B, Superti-Furga A, Dallapiccola B, Accadia M, Brancati F, Sheridan EG, Taylor GR, Carr IM, Johnson CA, Markham AF, Bonthron DT.

Hum Mutat. 2012 Aug; 33(8):1175-81. doi: 10.1002/humu.22111.

PMID: 22553128

Primary Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy: A New Family Supporting Genetic Heterogeneity

Harifi G, Brancati F, Dallapicola B, El Hassani S.

Joint Bone Spine. 2011 Mar; 78(2):218-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2010.08.012.

Comparison of the Calcium Intake During and Before Ramadan in Marrakesh, Morocco

Harifi G, Amine M, Ouazar MA, Ouilki I, Belkhou A, El Bouchti I, Younsi R, Ahid S, Abouqal R, El Hassani S.

East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Apr; 16(4):414-9. French.

Validity and Reliability of the Arabic Adapted Version of the DN4 Questionnaire (Douleur Neuropathique 4 Questions) for Differential Diagnosis of Pain Syndromes with a Neuropathic or Somatic Component

Harifi G, Ouilki I, El Bouchti I, Ouazar MA, Belkhou A, Younsi R, Amine M, Tazi I, Abouqal R, Niamane R, El Hassani S.

Pain Pract. 2011 Mar-Apr; 11(2):139-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1533-2500.2010.00399.x.

PMID: 20602717

A Novel Homozygous Splice Site Mutation in the HPGD Gene Causes Mild Primary Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy

Sinibaldi L, Harifi G, Bottillo I, Iannicelli M, El Hassani S, Brancati F, Dallapiccola B.

Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2010 Mar-Apr; 28(2):153-7. Review.

Evaluation of the Calcium Intake in Population of Marrakesh and its Region: 1000 cases

Ait Ouazar M, Amine M, Harifi G, Ouilki I, Younsi R, Belkhou A, El Bouchti I, El Hassani S.

Ann Endocrinol (Paris). 2010 Feb; 71(1):51-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ando.2009.11.009. French.

C1-C2 Spondylodiscitis in an Adult with SAPHO Syndrome: An Unusual Presentation.

Harifi G, Belkhou A, El Bouchti I, Ouali Idrissi M, Chérif Idrissi N, Ousehal A, El Hassani S.

Rheumatol Int. 2012 Feb; 32(2):445-7. doi: 10.1007/s00296-009-1274-z.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Revealing Neurosyphilis

Harifi G, Louhab N, Kissani N.

Rev Neurol (Paris). 2009 Nov; 165(11):988-90. doi: 10.1016/j.neurol.2009.05.008.

French. No abstract available.

Medullary Compression by Burkitt Lymphoma in an Adult

Harifi G, Chérif Idrissi N, Ousehal A, Ait Ben Ali S, Belaabidia B, El Hassani S.

Presse Med. 2009 Nov; 38(11):1698-700. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2009.01.020. French. No abstract available.

Severe Pulmonary Contusion after Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Samkaoui MA, Ziadi A, Harifi G, El Adib AR, Younous S.

Ann Fr Anesth Reanim. 2009 Mar; 28(3):246-8. doi: 10.1016/j.annfar.2009.01.002. French.

Primary Gougerot-Sjögren Syndrome and Behçet Disease: Association or Coincidence?

Harifi G, Habib Allah M, Younsi R, El Hassani S.

Presse Med. 2009 Sep; 38(9):e15-6. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2008.09.031. French.

Primary Hypertrophic Osteoarthropathy in an Adolescent

Harifi G, Younsi R, Ouilki I, Belkhou A, El Hassani S.

Rev Med Interne. 2008 Apr; 29(4):335-6. French.

Dr. Harifi is passionate about her work and dedicates most of her time and energy to furthering the advance of medical sciences. In her spare time she also enjoys traveling and reading philosophy and literature books.