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Dr Vivek Thakkar

Associate Professor Vivek Thakkar is a Sydney based rheumatologist with expertise in treating arthritis, gout, pain, autoimmune conditions and osteoporosis.

A/Prof Thakkar has the following key roles and responsibilities:

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University
  • Program Lead Year 2, Macquarie Medical Program (“Macquarie MD”)
  • Staff Specialist at the Liverpool Hospital (where he is involved in the multidisciplinary Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic and Clinical Trials)
  • Conjoint Associate Professor, Western Sydney University
  • Examiner for The Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • In previous roles, he was the Clinical SubDean of the Macarthur Clinical School, Western Sydney University (from 2013 to 2017), joint year 2 academic course advisor, elected member to the academic senate WSU, co-chair of the  Annual Scientific Meeting Program Committee of the Australian Rheumatology Association and Director of Training for the NSW Rheumatology Training Program.


As a Rheumatologist, Associate Professor Thakkar has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Arthritis. There are various types. Common types include Osteoarthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis ( eg Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis) amongst various others;
  • Osteoporosis. This is very common, treatable and preventable;
  • Autoimmune diseases. The connective tissue disease include Scleroderma, SLE (lupus), Vasculitis, Sarcoidosis and Myositis amongst others;
  • Musculoskeletal problems. These include bursitis, pain (back and/or neck, for example), tendinitis, nerve pain and nerve root compression, amongst others;
  • Pulmonary Hypertension and Interstitial Lung Disease. Associate Professor Thakkar is an expert in these problems when they are related to autoimmune problems.