neurology

Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology

BMH Gimcare hospital, Kannur, deals with inflammatory & non-inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and other spondyloarthropathies, osteoarthritis, etc.; systemic autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma (SSc), inflammatory myositis, Sjogren's syndrome, other connective tissue diseases, etc.; vasculitis such as polyarteritis nodosa, ANCA associated vasculitis etc.; crystal arthropathies such as gout, CPPD arthropathy, etc.; metabolic bone diseases such as osteoporosis; soft tissue rheumatism; sarcoidosis; and various other auto-immune conditions both in adults & children.

The hospital provides state-of-the-art rheumatology services, both in-patient as well as out-patient care. Daycare services for infusions of immunosuppressive therapies such as rituximab and cyclophosphamide are provided. A comprehensive evaluation, accurate guideline-based management, and appropriate follow-up care is provided with the help of a world-class team comprising a rheumatologist, physiotherapists, nursing, and paramedical staff. The hospital boasts the availability of a comprehensive range of specialized laboratory investigations required for the evaluation of these disorders. Diagnostic and therapeutic intra-articular and intra-lesional injections are also available at the hospital. The department also emphasizes on educating the patient and their bystanders about their condition so that they are able to make informed decisions and play an active part in their treatment program.

Panel of Doctors

  • Dr. Manesh Manoj M

    Consultant

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Dr. Manesh Manoj M

Consultant

Dr. Manesh Manoj M is a leading doctor with specialized training in inflammatory (rheumatic) diseases. He is an expert in handling various musculoskeletal conditions including auto immune and inflammatory conditions in people of all ages.

Qualifications

  • D.M. Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology – King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. (2017-‘20)
  • Speciality Certificate in Rheumatology from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), UK (2021)
  • M.D. General Medicine (Internal Medicine) - Kilpauk Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Dr.MGR Medical University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. (2011- ‘14)
  • M.B.B.S. – Calicut Government Medical College, Calicut University, Kerala, India. (2003-‘09)

Work Experience

  • Completed one year comprehensive internship in one of the busiest hospitals in India, Kozhikode Medical College and then worked in private hospitals near hometown as duty doctor.
  • Worked round the clock as an intensivist in a fully equipped IMCU setup as well as ICCU setup in Kilpauk Medical College & Hospital, Chennai for three years of Post Graduate training.
  • Worked in a busy govt. district hospital in Kanhangad, Kerala from Sep.2014 to Feb.2015 as Casualty Medical Officer
  • Worked in a multi-speciality private teaching hospital in Mangalore as a consultant in the Department of Internal Medicine from June 2015 to June 2016
  • Worked in a multi-speciality private teaching hospital in Palakkad as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine from September 2016 to February 2017
  • Five years of experience in treating rheumatological diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and other autoimmune diseases with disease modifying drugs and biologics; administered more than 1000 intra-articular injections. Worked for 3 months as a senior resident in the Dept of Rheumatology, KGMU, Lucknow after passing the qualifying examination
  • Has been working as a consultant rheumatologist at AKG Memorial Cooperative hospital since February 2021
  • Previously was a consultant at Dr Shenoy’s CARE, Kannur branch from April 2021 to July 2022.
  • The first and presently only full time DM trained rheumatologist in North Malabar region.
  • Proficient in doing joint aspirations, minor salivary gland biopsy, synovial crystal examination and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Publications

  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Wakhlu A. Druginduced myopathy. Indian J Rheumatol 2019;14, Suppl S1:27-36.
  • Manoj M, Dhakad U. Leprosy mimicking rheumatoid vasculitis with scleromalacia perforans. BMJ Case Rep 2020;0:e236796
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Wakhlu A. Comment on: Assessing the risk of retinopathy in indian patients using hydroxychloroquine for rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases: A retrospective observational study. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:365-6
  • Manoj M, Bafna P, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Wakhlu A. Repurposing drugs: Lessons from rheumatology in the COVID19 pandemic. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:179-8
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Wakhlu A. Myasthenia overlap – Report of two cases and review of literature. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:447-50
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Singh A, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Kaur A, Wakhlu A. Prevalence of hydroxychloroquine retinopathy with long-term use in a cohort of Indian patients with rheumatic diseases. Rheumatol Int. 2021 May;41(5):929-937. doi: 10.1007/s00296-021-04831-5.
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Wakhlu A. Simple alteration of light microscope to detect synovial fluid crystals. Indian J Rheumatol (accepted for publication)
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Wakhlu A. Simple alteration of light microscope to detect synovial fluid crystals. Indian J Rheumatol (accepted for publication)
  • Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Manoj M, Wakhlu A. Convalescent plasma therapy in severe coronavirus disease2019: A narrative review. Indian J Rheumatol 2020; 15:217-22
  • Hazarika K, Sahoo RR, Mohindra N, Wakhlu A, Manoj M, Bafna P, Garg R, Misra DP, Agarwal V, Wakhlu A. Clinical, radiologic and serologic profile of patients with interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features: a cross-sectional study. Rheumatol Int. 2021 May 27:1–11
  • Bafna P, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Manoj M, Rungta S, Wakhlu A. Prevalence of liver fibrosis by Fibroscan in patients on longterm methotrexate therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Rheumatol. 2021 Sep;40(9):3605-3613. doi: 10.1007/s10067-021- 05678-8
  • Bafna P, Sahoo RR, Manoj M, et al. Ganglionitis and myelitis: myriad neurological manifestations of Hansen’s disease. BMJ Case Rep 2020;13:e236813.
  • Sahoo RR, Manoj M, Bafna P, Hazarika K, Wakhlu A. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of macrophage activation syndrome among patients attending a rheumatology tertiary care center in North India. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:149-52
  • Cherian S, Paul A, Ahmed S, Alias B, Manoj M, Santhosh AK, Varghese DR, Krishnan N, Shenoy P. Safety of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and the BBV152 vaccines in 724 patients with rheumatic diseases: a post-vaccination cross-sectional survey. Rheumatol Int. 2021 Aug;41(8):1441-1445
  • Sen P, Gupta L, Lilleker JB, Aggarwal V, Kardes S, Milchert M, Gheita T, Salim B, Velikova T, Gracia-Ramos AE, Parodis I, O'Callaghan AS, Nikiphorou E, Tan AL, Cavagna L, Saavedra MA, Shinjo SK, Ziade N, Knitza J, Kuwana M, Cagnotto G, Nune A, Distler O, Chinoy H, Aggarwal V, Aggarwal R; COVAD Study Group. COVID-19 vaccination in autoimmune disease (COVAD) survey protocol. Rheumatol Int. 2022 Jan;42(1):23-29. doi: 10.1007/s00296-021-05046-4. Epub 2021 Nov 15. PMID: 34779868; PMCID: PMC8591970.

Chapters Authored

  • Tropical Rheumatology – “API Textbook of Medicine” 12th edition
  • Myositis outcome measures – “Inflammatory Myositis” monograph by API
  • Arthritis in Leprosy – “Rarer Arthropathies”
  • Pre-RA – “Rheumatology Clinics – Rheumatoid arthritis”
  • Muscle examination – “Manual of Rheumatology”
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Dr. Manesh Manoj M

Consultant

OP Days and Timings
  • Tue 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thu 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Dr. Manesh Manoj M
Consultant

Dr. Manesh Manoj M is a leading doctor with specialized training in inflammatory (rheumatic) diseases. He is an expert in handling various musculoskeletal conditions including auto immune and inflammatory conditions in people of all ages.

  • D.M. Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology – King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. (2017-‘20)
  • Speciality Certificate in Rheumatology from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), UK (2021)
  • M.D. General Medicine (Internal Medicine) - Kilpauk Govt. Medical College and Hospital, Dr.MGR Medical University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. (2011- ‘14)
  • M.B.B.S. – Calicut Government Medical College, Calicut University, Kerala, India. (2003-‘09)
  • Completed one year comprehensive internship in one of the busiest hospitals in India, Kozhikode Medical College and then worked in private hospitals near hometown as duty doctor.
  • Worked round the clock as an intensivist in a fully equipped IMCU setup as well as ICCU setup in Kilpauk Medical College & Hospital, Chennai for three years of Post Graduate training.
  • Worked in a busy govt. district hospital in Kanhangad, Kerala from Sep.2014 to Feb.2015 as Casualty Medical Officer
  • Worked in a multi-speciality private teaching hospital in Mangalore as a consultant in the Department of Internal Medicine from June 2015 to June 2016
  • Worked in a multi-speciality private teaching hospital in Palakkad as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine from September 2016 to February 2017
  • Five years of experience in treating rheumatological diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis and other autoimmune diseases with disease modifying drugs and biologics; administered more than 1000 intra-articular injections. Worked for 3 months as a senior resident in the Dept of Rheumatology, KGMU, Lucknow after passing the qualifying examination
  • Has been working as a consultant rheumatologist at AKG Memorial Cooperative hospital since February 2021
  • Previously was a consultant at Dr Shenoy’s CARE, Kannur branch from April 2021 to July 2022.
  • The first and presently only full time DM trained rheumatologist in North Malabar region.
  • Proficient in doing joint aspirations, minor salivary gland biopsy, synovial crystal examination and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Wakhlu A. Druginduced myopathy. Indian J Rheumatol 2019;14, Suppl S1:27-36.
  • Manoj M, Dhakad U. Leprosy mimicking rheumatoid vasculitis with scleromalacia perforans. BMJ Case Rep 2020;0:e236796
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Wakhlu A. Comment on: Assessing the risk of retinopathy in indian patients using hydroxychloroquine for rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases: A retrospective observational study. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:365-6
  • Manoj M, Bafna P, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Wakhlu A. Repurposing drugs: Lessons from rheumatology in the COVID19 pandemic. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:179-8
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Wakhlu A. Myasthenia overlap – Report of two cases and review of literature. Indian J Rheumatol 2021;16:447-50
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Singh A, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Kaur A, Wakhlu A. Prevalence of hydroxychloroquine retinopathy with long-term use in a cohort of Indian patients with rheumatic diseases. Rheumatol Int. 2021 May;41(5):929-937. doi: 10.1007/s00296-021-04831-5.
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Wakhlu A. Simple alteration of light microscope to detect synovial fluid crystals. Indian J Rheumatol (accepted for publication)
  • Manoj M, Sahoo RR, Wakhlu A. Simple alteration of light microscope to detect synovial fluid crystals. Indian J Rheumatol (accepted for publication)
  • Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Bafna P, Manoj M, Wakhlu A. Convalescent plasma therapy in severe coronavirus disease2019: A narrative review. Indian J Rheumatol 2020; 15:217-22
  • Hazarika K, Sahoo RR, Mohindra N, Wakhlu A, Manoj M, Bafna P, Garg R, Misra DP, Agarwal V, Wakhlu A. Clinical, radiologic and serologic profile of patients with interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features: a cross-sectional study. Rheumatol Int. 2021 May 27:1–11
  • Bafna P, Sahoo RR, Hazarika K, Manoj M, Rungta S, Wakhlu A. Prevalence of liver fibrosis by Fibroscan in patients on longterm methotrexate therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Rheumatol. 2021 Sep;40(9):3605-3613. doi: 10.1007/s10067-021- 05678-8
  • Bafna P, Sahoo RR, Manoj M, et al. Ganglionitis and myelitis: myriad neurological manifestations of Hansen’s disease. BMJ Case Rep 2020;13:e236813.
  • Sahoo RR, Manoj M, Bafna P, Hazarika K, Wakhlu A. Clinical characteristics and outcomes of macrophage activation syndrome among patients attending a rheumatology tertiary care center in North India. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:149-52
  • Cherian S, Paul A, Ahmed S, Alias B, Manoj M, Santhosh AK, Varghese DR, Krishnan N, Shenoy P. Safety of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 and the BBV152 vaccines in 724 patients with rheumatic diseases: a post-vaccination cross-sectional survey. Rheumatol Int. 2021 Aug;41(8):1441-1445
  • Sen P, Gupta L, Lilleker JB, Aggarwal V, Kardes S, Milchert M, Gheita T, Salim B, Velikova T, Gracia-Ramos AE, Parodis I, O'Callaghan AS, Nikiphorou E, Tan AL, Cavagna L, Saavedra MA, Shinjo SK, Ziade N, Knitza J, Kuwana M, Cagnotto G, Nune A, Distler O, Chinoy H, Aggarwal V, Aggarwal R; COVAD Study Group. COVID-19 vaccination in autoimmune disease (COVAD) survey protocol. Rheumatol Int. 2022 Jan;42(1):23-29. doi: 10.1007/s00296-021-05046-4. Epub 2021 Nov 15. PMID: 34779868; PMCID: PMC8591970.
  • Tropical Rheumatology – “API Textbook of Medicine” 12th edition
  • Myositis outcome measures – “Inflammatory Myositis” monograph by API
  • Arthritis in Leprosy – “Rarer Arthropathies”
  • Pre-RA – “Rheumatology Clinics – Rheumatoid arthritis”
  • Muscle examination – “Manual of Rheumatology”
OP Days and Timings
  • Tue 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thu 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Services & Facilities

  • Detailed and efficient out-patient care for rheumatological diseases.
  • In-patient evaluation of complex auto-immune conditions.
  • Comprehensive laboratory services for accurate evaluation of complex rheumatological disorders.
  • Biologic & intravenous immunosuppressive therapy.
  • Intra-articular and intra-lesional injections.
  • State-of-the-art care for critically-ill patients with rheumatological diseases.
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to follow-up care.