Professor Rodney Grahame has been in continuous medical practice for 60 years. He graduated from the London Hospital Medical College (University of London) in 1965. After completing his internships he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and spent the next five years as a family doctor in London. In 1965 he switched back to hospital medicine and trained to become a rheumatologist under the late Professor Bywaters at the Hammersmith Hospital. He was a consultant rheumatologist at Guy’s Hospital between 1969 and 1997 and later at University College Hospital from 1997–2013. Between 2004 and 2010 he served as Honorary Paediatric Rheumatologist to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital
Since the 1970s he has developed a special interest in the heritable disorders of connective tissue and founded hypermobility clinics in all three hospitals. He is a past-editor of Rheumatology and former President of the British Society for Rheumatology, The British League against Rheumatism (BLAR now ARMA) and the Section of Rheumatology & Rehabilitation of the Royal Society of Medicine. From 1987–1995 he was Chairman of the Education and Publications Committee of International League of Associations of Rheumatology. Between 1993 and 2003 he was chairman of the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board, a governmental body within the Department of Work & Pensions. In 1990 he became Professor of Clinical Rheumatology at Guy’s Hospital; since 2004 he has been Honorary Professor in the Division of Medicine at University College London and from 2010, Affiliate Professor in the School of Medicine, University of Washington, and Seattle WA. He is a fellow of the British Society for Rheumatology, the Royal College of Physicians, the American College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Arts. He has been honoured by rheumatology societies in France, Russia and the Czech Republic. In 1998 he was by awarded the CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen “for services to Rheumatology and the DLA Advisory Board.” On August 11, 2012 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation (USA). His research concentrates on joint hypermobility, heritable disorders of connective tissue and performing arts medicine. On November 9, 2013 he was presented with an International Award for Excellence in Medicine by the CSF (Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation) in New York City.