What is rheumatoid arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic joint disease with symptoms including painful inflammation in joints throughout the body, especially the fingers, wrists, feet and ankles.
The condition cannot be cured, but treatment through medication and lifestyle changes can reduce the pain and inflammation, thus restoring some or all of the lost mobility.
Professor Asgar Ali Kalla completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 1975 at the University of Cape Town and his FRCP in 2003 in London.
Professor Ali Kalla is the Isaac Albow Chair of Rheumatology at the University of Cape Town and also the Head of Division of Rheumatology at Groote Schuur Hospital.
He has participated in a number of clinical trials for rheumatology and is active in community outreach.
Prof Ali Kalla is an expert in Arthritis for Health24.
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