BA MB BChir FRCP FRCPE Hon DSc(Glasg) FMedSci FRS
MPS also has a President, Professor Sir Ravinder Maini. This position is not a director of the board under the terms of the Companies Act, but the President is elected by the membership and is entitled to, and does, attend Council meetings, participating fully in the discussions. The role of the President is an active one that provides a valuable channel for engagement between members and the Council.
Professor Ravinder (‘Tiny’) Maini is Emeritus Professor of Rheumatology at Imperial College, London, Visiting Professor University of Oxford, and President and Trustee of the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research. Prior to his retirement from clinical work, he was an academic Professor and Consultant Physician and Rheumatologist at the Charing Cross Hospital, London. Simultaneously from 1990 to 2002, he was the Scientific Director of the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, a Division of the Imperial College Medical School, London. He has held a number of posts on National/International Committees representing Rheumatology in the past, served on editorial boards for scientific journals and as a Trustee of the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable trust. He was knighted in 2003 for services to Rheumatology. He is a Fellow of Royal Society, London (FRS), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), Foreign Associate Member of the USA Academy of Sciences,and has received honorary Doctorates of the Universities of Glasgow and University Rene Descartes, Paris. He was co-awarded for research into anti-tumour necrosis factor treatment the Crafoord Prize by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2000), The Lasker prize for Clinical Research, USA (2003) and the Canada Gairdner International Award (2014).