Dr Sargunan Sockalingam, MBBS, MMed

Dr Sargunan Sockalingam, MBBS, MMed

University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur,

Sargunan (Guna) Sockalingam is Associate Professor, Consultant Rheumatologist and Head of the Rheumatology Unit at University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr Sockalingam graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India in 1996 and has worked as a Medical Officer in the city of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. It is here that he developed a keen interest in internal medicine, and so pursued his Masters in Internal Medicine at the University Malaya where he has remained ever since. He completed his fellowship in rheumatology at the St George Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Sockalingam has headed the Unit of Rheumatology at the University Malaya Medical Centre since 2010. Today the unit is actively involved in clinical research, teaching and, importantly, high intensity clinical service. The unit is located in the heart of both urban and suburban Kuala Lumpur, with a wide patient base.

Dr Sockalingam’s special interests include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, the vasculitides and the use of biologics for rheumatic diseases. He also runs a limited private practice at the University Malaya Specialist Centre. He is currently working with the Asia Pacific Lupus Collaboration in developing a regional database of lupus patients. To date he has published 14 papers on lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in peer reviewed journals and is involved a number of clinical trials testing novel biologics in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.


Grant/Research: University Malaya
Consultant/Advisor: MSD, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche
Speakers’ Bureau: MSD, Novartis, Pfizer, Roche

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