About Us

The St Vincent’s Clinic Department of Rheumatology provides a full range of diagnostic and management services.

The Rheumatology Department at St Vincent’s Public Hospital includes highly trained specialists who meet the challenges in diagnosis and management of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD). In addition to providing clinical service they are also engaged in teaching and research in some of the rheumatic disorders and therapeutic clinical trials.

St Vincent's Rheumatology works closely with many departments at the Public Hospital, including the Orthopaedic and other surgical departments, the Cardiology and Respiratory Departments for patients with pulmonary hypertension, and interstitial lung disease, the Gastroenterology and Dermatology departments for shared care of patients on biologic treatments and generally receiving referrals from within the Hospital as well as the Emergency department. Outside referrals come from our local area as well as from a wider catchment in the state due to tertiary referrals.

Additionally, St Vincent's Public Hospital works closely with the St Vincent's Private Hospital at our shared Darlinghurst Campus.

The Rheumatology Department over the years has conducted clinical trials of new therapies in rheumatoid arthritis and in gout with collaboration of Prof Ric Day , St Vincent's Director of Clinical Pharmacology.


Dr Laila Girgis: Senior Staff Specialist and Department Lead

Prof Milton Cohen: Honorary VMO Pain Clinic

Dr Helen Englert: VMO Scleroderma Assessment Clinic

Dr Christopher Browne (Honorary Medical Officer)

Dr Tony Sammel: Clinical Fellowship in Vascular Medicine


For referrals to the Rheumatology Outpatients’ Clinic at St Vincent’s Public Hospital, please address your referral to:

Dr Laila Girgis

Rheumatology Clinic, General Ambulatory Care, Lv 3 Outpatients Department

St Vincent's Public Hospital

390 Victoria St

Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Please send the referral by fax: 02 8382 3111 or by post.

All referrals will be triaged for urgency.