Alan Hakim, MA, FRCP, is an Acute Physician and Rheumatologist who specializes in heritable disorders of connective tissue. Dr. Hakim received his degree in Medicine from Cambridge University and Addenbrookes Hospital. He went on to train as a junior doctor at Addenbrookes in Cambridge and then University College Hospitals, London subsequently receiving his consultant certification in 2000. He was an Arthritis Research Clinical Fellow at St Thomas’ Hospital before becoming a consultant at Whipps Cross Hospital and Barts Health NHS Trust. Here he gained considerable experience at Director level in hospital management and clinical leadership. Dr. Hakim left Barts Health in May 2015 to pursue a role in NHS Clinical Commissioning. He continues to practice privately. He has written many articles, chapters and research papers, and is author of five medical books. He also serves as the Chief Medical Advisor and a Trustee of the HMSA, and a Trustee of ARMA.