Dhiya Houssien

Locum Consultant Rheumatologist

, London

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Dhiya Houssien: Expert consultant rheumatologist in London

Dr Dhiya Houssien is an expert consultant rheumatologist with over 20 years of experience in the treatment of pain. Recognised by The Times as one of Britain's Top Doctors, he manages his patients in his centre based on the prestigious Harley Street in London using a combination of alternative and traditional medicine.


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Training and experience

Dr Houssien undertook his studies in medicine at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, followed by a Master’s degree in rheumatology at Birmingham University, and finally a clinical PhD in rheumatology at Kings’ College.

Dr Houssien's specialist interests include the mangement of knee, back and shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In recent years, he has developed a non-drug-based treatment of laser acupuncture for the management of back, neck, shoulder, and knee pain, which has been presented at several international conferences. The primary goal is to treat patients more efficiently, reducing the number of treatment sessions to one or two sessions in addition to drug therapy, if it is needed. Dr. Houssien’s method of treatment means that patients with painful conditions can be treated with just one or two sessions under his care.

This is one of the reasons why he has been chosen as one of the top doctors in the UK.

Dr Houssien is currently working as a rheumatologist at 10 Harley Street in London and at the Medical Subspecialties Center in Jeddah, alongside training medical students in his clinic. He also gives informative seminars at national and international conferences. He also has a centre for rheumatism, acupuncture, physiotherapy, psychology, neurosurgery and dermatology in Saudi Arabia.

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Dr Houssien has developed an innovative approach to treating pain.

In his practice, he takes a holistic approach to treating patients by analysing important social aspects of each patient's lifestyle, including their physicality, nutritional diet and envrioment factors.

By using this approach, his methods are not just treating the patient's symptoms, but he also investigates if there are any underlying causes of the condition, in order to treat and manage them efficiently.

He chooses to focus on stimulating personal responsibility to achieve balance and well-being. However, when it is necessary, medication is prescribed and patients are referred to a relevant surgeon.

Laser acupuncture is an intergral part of Dr Houssien's clinic on Harley Street. The approach consists of a new method using low level laser on acupuncture points, in order to reduce the number of sessions that the patient attends to just one or two, while offering significant pain reduction. The Low Level Laser (LLLT) was approved in 2002 by the FDA (in the USA) as an insignificant risk device which may be used as an injective treatment for painful conditions.

Conditions treated

  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Laser acupuncture for the management of back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
  • Management of knee, back and shoulder pain
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthiritis of the hip, spine and knee
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
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Consultation prices

An initial consultation with Dr Houssein is £250 and a follow-up consultation is £200. 

He is also available for video consultations via Zoom.

Research interests

Dr Houssein has published extensively over the previous decades, with twenty papers in both peer-reviewed journals and over 50 published abstracts.

  • Scott DL, Houssein DA, Laasonen L.Proposed modification to Larsen's scoring methods for hand and wrist radiographs. British Journal of Rheumatology 1995; 34: 56.
  • Houssien DA, McKenna S, Scott DL, The Nottingham Health Profile as a measure of disease activity and outcome in RA. British Journal of Rheumatology 1997; 36: 69-73.
  • Houssien DA, Jonsson T, E Davies, Scott DL, Clinical significance of IgA rheumatoid factor subclasses in rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Rheumatology 1997; 24 : 2119-22
  • Houssien DA, Jonsson T, E Davies, Scott DL. Rheumatoid factor isotypes, disease activity and the outcome of rheumatoid arthritis: comparative effects of different antigens.Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 1998; 27:46-53
  • Lassere M, Houssein D, Scott DL, Edmonds J. Reference curves radiological damage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: application of quintile regression and fractional polynomials. Journal of Rheumatology 1997; 24 (7): 1288-94.
  • Houssien DA, Scott DL.Early referral and outcome in rheumatoid arthritis. Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology 1998; 27(4): 300 
  • Houssien DA, Jonsson T, Scott DL. Smoking, rheumatoid factors and rheumatoid arthritis. Annals of Rheumatic Disease 1998; 57: 175-176 
  • Scott DL, Houssein DA. Joint assessment in rheumatoid arthritis. British Journal of Rheumatology 1996; 35(suppl. 2): 14-18. 
  • Scott DL, Houssein DA. Clinical and laboratory assessments in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. British Journal of Rheumatology 1996; 35 suppl. 3: 6-9. 
  • Scott DL, Laasonen L, Priolo F, Houssein DA, Cerase A, Bacarini, Cammisa M. The radiological assessment of rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology 1997; 15 (suppl 17): S53-S62. 
  • Houssien DA, Carr AJ. Techniques for health status measurement in the management of RA. BioDrugs. 1999; 11: 21-30. 
  • Sangha O, Houssien D, Stucki G. Standardized assessment of health status with self-administered patient questionnaires in rheumatic diseases. EULAR 1998; 27/1:21-24 
  • Houssien DA, Stucki G, Scott DL patient-derived disease activity score can substitute for a physician-derived disease activity score in clinical research. Rheumatology (Oxford). 1999; 38(1):48-52. 
  • Houssien DA, Stucki G, Scott DL Possibilita di sostituire un indice di attivita pathologica ricavato dal medico con uno ricavato dal paziente nella ricerca clinica (Italy). Rheumatology (Oxford). 1999; 3(2):13-18. 
  • Chung YL, Mitchell HL, Houssien DA, Al-Mahrouki H, Carr AJ, Scott DL A comparative study of outcome in myositis and other musculoskeletal disorders assessed using the Nottingham health profile. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2001; 19(4):447-50 
  • Steer S, Ibrahim F, Abozaid H, Pollard L, Khoshaba B, Houssien D, Lempp H, Scott DL The effects of ethnicity on disease activity and disability in rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Rheumatol 2010. 
  • Safi MA, Houssien DA, Scott DL Disease Activity and Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (Anti-CCP) Antibody in Saudi RF Negative RA Patients. Journal King Abdul-Aziz University: Med Sci 2012.; 19(3):3-20 
  • Houssein DA, Houssien AD. Proceedings of the 7th world congress of the international society of physical and rehabilitation medicine (ISPRM, Beijing, China, June 16-20, 2013: 163-165 
  • Safi MA, Houssien DA, Scott DL, Safi O. The clinical association of Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (Anti-CCP) Antibody in Patients with rheumatoid arthritis in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Autoimmunity 2014. 48-49:1-152. 
  • Mohammad-Ayman A Safi, Dhiya A Houssien. Serological Association with Extra-articular conditions in Saudi Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Medical Science, 2015, 16(65), 29-37. 
  • Over 50 publications on the subject of rheumatism in different Arabic newspapers and magazines in several countries (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, UK) 

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