Kirsten Mackay Devon Rheumatologist

Dr. Kirsten Mackay


Consultant Rheumatologist and Physician

Her research at the Welcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, based at the University of Oxford, was supported by a fellowship from Arthritis Research UK and her published work has appeared in major medical publications. She has been awarded a Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Bath, as a result.

At present, she is a consultant physician in Rheumatology at Torbay Hospital and also consults for the NHS at Newton Abbot, Paignton and Totnes hospitals.

She is a trustee of the Torbay arthritis Project (TAP) and President of Torbay Arthritis Care. She is research lead for musculoskeletal research in the Peninsula.


Kilgraston Consulting:


Dr Mackay undertakes private consultations in the Private Consultation Rooms at Leadside Surgery, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA (see contact details and map), usually every Tuesday afternoon, and occasionally for urgent problems, by request, at other times.

She specialises in all aspects of Rheumatology (including all forms of Rheumatism, painful joints, back pain, osteoporosis and sports medicine).

She has a particular interest in early inflammatory arthritis (e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis), Biologic therapies, Gout, Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) and Temporal Arteritis.


Dr Mackay graduated in medicine and surgery from the Medical School of Bristol University. She trained in General Medicine at Southmead and Frenchay hospitals, Bristol, Northwick Park hospital, London and Queensland Australia.

She subsequently undertook specialist training in Rheumatology, at Northwick Park hospital, London, St Vincent's hospital Dublin, Frenchay hospital, Bristol, the University of Oxford and principally at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath.