Dr. Prof Sukhbir  Uppal

Dr. Prof Sukhbir Uppal

Fortis Hospital, Mohali Rheumatology

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Doctor’s Profile

Prof. Sukhbir Uppal graduated (MBBS) from the elite Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune. He then did his MD in General Medicine from the same institution. Thereafter he went on to do his Postdoctoral Fellowship in Rheumatology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the premier medical institution of Asia. Further, he obtained Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP-UK), Edinburgh, and Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR-USA). He has acquired expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound by several advanced level training courses in Europe, USA, and the Middle East, including the European Teach-the-Teacher Course. He is well versed in the use of modern biologic agents and intra-articular procedures for treating inflammatory rheumatic diseases. After standing first in all professional training courses and meritorious service in the Indian Army as Consultant and Lieutenant Colonel, he was the Head of Rheumatology in the University Teaching Hospital in Kuwait and full time Associate Professor. Subsequently he was Senior Consultant/Head of Rheumatology and full Professor in University Hospital Sharjah, Sharjah University, UAE. Presently, in addition to Fortis, Mohali, he is visiting Consultant for the large multispecialty Aster Hospital in Muscat.


Prof. Sukhbir Uppal, MD, FRCP (UK), FACR (USA), is a highly experienced rheumatologist skilled in the evaluation and management of arthritis and all other rheumatic disorders. As a Rheumatologist, he is an expert in joint and muscle pain, back pain, neck pain, osteoporosis, Vitamin D deficiency, and autoimmune diseases. He also has a special interest in unexplained rash, fever, anemia, weakness, weight loss, fatigue, and loss of appetite. Rheumatology includes over 100 conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus), gout, and psoriatic arthritis.


  • Publications

    • Hammoudeh M, Abdulaziz S, Alosaimi H, Al-Rayes H, Aldeen Sarakbi H, Baamer M, Baraliakos X, Dahou Makhloufi C, Janoudi N, Shirazy K, Sieper J, Uppal S. Challenges of diagnosis and management of axial spondyloarthritis in North Africa and the Middle East: An expert consensus. J Int Med Res. 2016;44(2):216-30.
    • Dhaunsi GS, Uppal SS, Haider MZ. Insulin-like growth factor-1 gene polymorphism in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Scand J Rheumatol. 2012;41(6):421-5
    • Uppal SS. Rheumatology Reviews. Ind J Rheumatol 2010;5(1):51–54 onwards, every 3 months
    • Uppal SS, Ragupathy R, Hayat SJ, Longenecker JC, Abraham M, Rawoot P. Disease activity and cytokine production in mitogen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Med Princ Pract 2010;19(1):33-9
    •  Uppal SS, Hayat SJ, Raghupathy R. Safety and efficacy of infliximab in SLE: A pilot study. Lupus
    •    2009;18:690-697
    • Uppal SS. Rheumservice: Hot rheumatology updates. Ind J Rheumatol 2009;4(4):179-81
    • Uppal SS, Raghupathy R, Hayat SJ, Chowdhury RI, Abraham M, Rawoot P. Patient demographics and disease variables correlate with distinct cytokine patterns in mitogen-stimulated peripheral blood mononuclear cells from rheumatoid arthritis patients. Rheumatol Int. 2008 Apr;28(6):533-9
    • Uppal SS, Haider MZ, Hayat SJ, Dhaunsi GS, Abraham M, Sukumaran J. Significant association of insertion/deletion polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene with rheumatoid arthritis. J Rheumatology: 2007 Dec;34(12):2395-9
    • Hayat SJ, Uppal SS. Therapeutic efficacy and safety profile of infliximab in active systemic lupus erythematosus. Mod Rheumatol, 2007:17:174-177
    • Uppal SS, Al-Mutairi M, Hayat S, Abraham M, Malaviya A. Ten years of clinical experience with adult onset Still's disease: is the outcome improving? Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Jul;26(7):1055-1060.
    • Uppal SS, Hussain MAS, Al-Raqum HA, Nampoory MRN, Al-Saeid K, Al-Assousi A, Abraham M, Malaviya AN. Henoch-Schönlein’s purpura in adults versus children/adolescents: a comparative study. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2006 Mar-Apr;24(2 Suppl 41): S26-30.
    • Hayat SJ, Uppal SS, Narayanan Nampoory MR, Johny KV, Gupta R, Al-Oun M. Safety and efficacy of infliximab in a patient with active WHO class IV lupus nephritis. Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Jun;26(6):973-975.
    • Nahar IK, Muqim AT, Al-Qhouti BI, Al-Herz AA, Shehab DK, Uppal SS, Khadadah ME. The use of etoricoxib in patients with bronchial asthma associated with aspirin sensitivity. Saudi Med J. 2006;27(1):119-20.
    • Uppal SS, Abraham M, Chowdhury RI, Kumari R, Pathan EM, Al Rashed A. Clinical Spectrum of HLA-B27 Positive and Negative Spondyloarthropathies Seen in Arabs and South Asians: The Experience of a Teaching Hospital in Kuwait. Clin Rheumatol. 2006; 25(2):219-24.
    • Al-Raqum HA, Uppal SS. First report of leprosy presenting as acute polyarthritis in the setting of type I downgrading lepra reaction. Clin Rheumatol. 2006;25(1):101-5.
    • Al-Raqum HA, Uppal SS, Al-Mutairy M, Kumari R. Shrinking lung syndrome as a presenting manifestation of systemic lupus erythmatosus in a Kuwaiti female. Clin Rheumatol 2006; 25(3):412-4.
    • Kumari R, Uppal SS. Prolonged remission in adult-onset Still's disease with etanercept. Clin Rheumatol. 2006; 25(1):106-8.
    • Kumari R, Uppal SS. First report of supraventricular tachycardia after intravenous pulse methylprednisolone therapy, with a brief review of the literature. Rheumatol Int. 2005; 26(1):70-3.
    • Uppal SS. Management of vasculitis. APLAR J Rheumatol 2004;7:180-88
    • Uppal SS, Salopal TK, Singh H. Left gluteal focal myositis in a patient with signet ring adenocarcinoma of the stomach: not a paraneoplastic phenomenon. Rheumatol Int. 2004; 24(6):365-7.
    • Uppal SS, Tewari SC, Verma S, Dhot PS. Comparison of CD4 and CD8 lymphocyte counts in HIV-negative pulmonary TB patients with those in normal blood donors and the effect of antitubercular treatment: hospital-based flow cytometric study. Cytometry B (Clin Cytom). 2004 Sep;61(1):20-6.
    • Uppal SS, Gupta S, Verma S. Correlation of clinical and laboratory surrogate markers of immunodepletion with T cell subsets (CD4 & CD8) determined flow cytometrically in HIV infected patients: a hospital-based study. J Commun Dis. 2003;35(3):140-53.
    • Uppal SS, Verma S. Analysis of the clinical profile, autoimmune phenomena and T cell subsets (CD4 and CD8) in Takayasu’s arteritis: A hospital-based study. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2003; 21: (Suppl.32): S112-S116
    • Uppal SS, Verma S, Dhot PS. Normal values of CD4 and CD8 lymphocyte subsets in healthy Indian adults and the effects of sex, age ethnicity and smoking. Cytometry Part B (Clin Cytom), 2003; 52B:32-36
    • Uppal SS. Al Mutairy M, Malaviya AN. Clinical and immunological profile of Primary Sjogren’s syndrome in Kuwait: First report from the middle east. APLAR J Rheumatol 2003; 6(1):16-20
    • Uppal SS, Marouf RAR, Al Mutairy M, Al Herz A, Kortom MAF, Al Wazan H. First report of osteonecrosis of the calcaneum in a young Kuwaiti female with hemoglobin E/β thalassemia. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2003; 21(4):522
    • Uppal SS, Achuthan K, Kotte VK, Saini JS. A study to assess the prevalence and clinical spectrum of patients with antiphospholipid antibodies. J Ind Rheum Assoc 1998;6:29-34
    • Uppal SS, Saini JS, Pruthi HS, Singh B, Singh AP, Mahapatro AK. Successful treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) associated polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) with interferon alpha alone (abstract). J Ass Phys India, 1998;46:58
    • Gupta PK, Uppal SS, Achuthan K, Adya CM, Singh A, Saini JS. Sonography is valuable in the evaluation of chronic non-traumatic disorders of the shoulder joint. MJAFI, 1998;54(1):27-31.
    • Uppal SS, Madan H, Singh R, Saini JS. AIDS awareness in patients attending the medical outpatient department of a Pune hospital. MJAFI, 1997; 53(4):277-81
    • Rao MKK, Sayal SK, Uppal SS, Gupta RM, Ohri VC, Banerjee S: Beta -2- microglobulin levels in human-immunodeficiency virus-infected subjects. MJAFI, 1997; 53(4):251-4
    • Achuthan K, Uppal SS. Rheumatological manifestations in 102 cases of HIV infection. J Ind Rheum Ass, 1996
    • Achuthan K, Uppal SS. Alpha interferon in systemic sclerosis a study in 12 cases. J Ind Rheum Ass, 1996; 4(4): 158.
    • Ira Pande, Uppal SS, Kailash S, Kumar A, Malaviya AN. Behcet’s disease in India: a clinical, immunological, immunogenetic and outcome study. Br J Rheumatol, 1995;34:825-30.
    • Uppal SS, Ira Pande, Singh G, Kailash S, Kakkar R, Kumar A, Mehra NK, Giri TK, Sekharan NG, Malaviya AN. Profile of HLA B27 related unclassifiable seronegative spondyloarthropathy in females and its comparison with the profile in males. Br J Rheumatol, 1995;34:137-40.
    • Giri TK, Wali JP, Meena HS, Pande I, Uppal SS, Kailash S. Sociodemographic characteristics of HIV infection in northern India. J Commun Dis. 1995;27(1):1-9.
    • Uppal SS, Ira Pande, Kailash S, Sekharan NG, Kumar A, Malaviya AN. Adult-onset Still’s disease in Northern India: Comparison with juvenile onset Still’s disease. Br J Rheumatol, 1995; 34:429-34.
    • Giri TK, Ira Pande, Mishra NM, Kailash S, Uppal SS, Kumar A: Spectrum of clinical and laboratory characteristics of HIV infection in Northern India. J Communic Dis, 1995;27(3):131-41
    • Giri TK, Wali JP, Meena HS, Pande I, Uppal SS, Kailash S. Sociodemographic characteristics of HIV infection in northern India. J Commun Dis. 1995;27(1):1-9.
    • Uppal SS, Badhwar S, Ganguly S, Agnihotri V, Boparai MS, Suri RK. Chloroquine resistant falciparum malaria in the Andamans. J Ass Phys India, 1995; 43(2):103-5.
    • Sharada B, Kakkar R, Ira Pande, Uppal SS, Adya CM, Kumar A, Malaviya AN. Intravenous dexamethasone pulse therapy in diffuse systemic sclerosis: a randomised, placebo-controlled study. Rhematol International, 1994;14(3):91-4.
    • Ira Pande, Malaviya AN, Sekharan NG, Kailash S, Uppal SS, Kumar A. SLE in Indian men. Analysis of the clinical and laboratory features with review of the literature. Lupus, 1994; 3: 181-86.
    • Uppal SS, Adya CM. Autoantibodies in pregnancy. J Ind Rheumatism Assoc, 1994.
    • Ira Pande, Sekharan NG, Kailash S, Uppal SS, Singh RR, Kumar A, Malaviya AN. Analysis of clinical and laboratory profile in Indian childhood systemic lupus erythematosus and its comparison with SLE in adults. Lupus, 1993 ; 21 : 83-87.
    • Mehra NK, Ira Pande, Veena Taneja, Uppal SS, Saxena SP, Kumar A, Malaviya AN. Major histocompatibility complex genes and susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus in Northern India. Lupus, 1993; 2: 313-314.
    • Uppal SS, Pande I, Kakkar R, Yechoor V, Kumar A, Malaviya AN. Infective endocarditis in a case of systemic lupus erythematosus. J Ass Phys India, Jul 1993;41(7):470.
    • Uppal SS, Agnihotri V, Badhwar SK, Ganguly SK, Shetty KJ: Clinical aspects of centipede bite in the Andamans. J Ass Phys India 1990: 38(2), 163-64.
    • Uppal SS, Dham SK, Shetty KJ, Ahuja IM: Factors precipitating failure in established cases of rheumatic heart disease. J Ass Phys India 1987: 36(7), 501-503.
    • Uppal SS, Varadarajulu NJ, Ahuja IM. Clinical association between automatic and somatic neuropathy in diabetes mellitus. Med J Armed Forces India 1987; 43(3), 207-11.
    • Anand KP, Uppal SS, Ahuja IM: Electrocardiographic diagnosis. J Applied Med 1984: 10(1), 53-55.

    Review Articles/Editorials

    • Uppal SS. Editorial: Treatment and outcome of lupus nephritis at the turn of the millenium. J Ass Phys India 1999;47:857-61
    • Uppal SS. HLA-B27 & immunogenetics of the spondyloarthropathies: current concepts. J Ind Rheum Ass 1999;7:55-61
    • Uppal SS, Achuthan K. Impact of HIV infection on rheumatic diseases. J Ass Phys India, 1997;45:387-91.
    • Uppal SS, Achuthan K: Rheumatological manifestations of HIV infection. Bombay Hosp J, 1997;39:302-7.
    • Uppal SS. Erythema nodosum syndrome. Proceedings Ind Rheumatism Assoc,   1992.
    • Uppal SS. Current concepts: Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. Proceedings Ind Rheumatism Assoc, 1992.

    Textbook Chapters

    • Uppal SS. Low backache – a clinician’s approach. In Pispati PK, Borges N, Uppal SS (eds): IRA Manual of Rheumatology. Bombay, India, 2003
    • Uppal SS. Seronegative spondyloarthropathy. In: Shah SN (Ed): API Textbook of Medicine, 7th ed, Mumbai, Association of Physicians of India, 2003; pp1164-1171
    • Uppal SS. Living with arthritis. In: Zachariah N, Pandita R (eds): Key to good health. Indian Doctor’s Forum, Kuwait, pp 119-122; 2004.
    • Uppal SS. Nampoory MRN. Lupus nephritis – pathogenesis and management. In Mukherjee S (Ed): Recent Trends in Connective Tissue Disorders. Indian College of Physicians, Mumbai, 2004.

  • MD (Medicine), Post-Doctoral Training in Rheumatology from AIIMS, New Delhi, FRCP (Edinburg), Examiner MRCP (UK), FACR (USA)

    • Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology (FACR-USA)
    • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh (FRCP-UK)
    • Fellow of the Indian College of Physicians (FICP)
    • Member of Indian Rheumatology Association
    • Member of Emirates Rheumatology Association

    • Awarded “Clinical Tutorship in Medicine of Poona University” for clearing the 2- year Advanced Training Course in Medicine with distinction
    • Awarded “The Director General Armed Forces Medical Services Medal” for standing first with distinction in the Junior Medical Officer’s Course
    • Awarded “The Best Outgoing Officer Trophy” for standing first in the Junior Command Medical Course
    • Awarded “The Best Outgoing Officer Trophy” for standing first in the Senior Command medical Course
    • Awarded “The General -Officer-Commanding Commendation Card & Medal” for devotion to duty and distinguished service
    • Awarded “Second Best Original Article Award – 1997” by Medical Journal Armed Forces India
    • Awarded “Best Original Article Award – 1998” by Medical Journal Armed Forces India


    • Journal of Rheumatology
    • Cytometry
    • Arthritis Care and Research
    • Kuwait Medical Journal (KMJ)
    • Indian Journal of Rheumatology (IJR)
    • Journal of Association of Physicians of India (JAPI)
    • Medical Journal Armed Forces India (MJAFI)
    • Iranian Journal of Immunology


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