Professor Jon Tobias



GMC number: 2922964

Practicing since: 1984



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Professor Tobias is a Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Bristol, UK, and Consultant Rheumatologist at North Bristol NHS Trust.

Following undergraduate studies in medicine at Cambridge University and London University where he qualified in 1984, he completed MD and PhD theses in bone biology in 1990 and 1994 at St George’s Hospital in London. 

He was appointed as Consultant Senior Lecturer at the University of Bristol in 1995,and has worked as a consultant rheumatologist in Bristol since that time. Professor Tobias was initially based at Bristol Royal Infirmary and in 2008 moved to Southmead Hospital to help establish the University of Bristol Musculoskeletal Research Unit of which he remains co-director. 

He has extensive clinical experience in treating patients with a diverse range of rheumatological conditions, and has a particular interest in osteoporosis and other bone disorders. He has played a leading role in establishing osteoporosis services in Bristol, initially at the BRI, and more recently at Southmead Hospital. 

As well as managing the osteoporosis service at Southmead since 2008, he was appointed clinical director for rheumatology at the hospital in 2014. 

Other interests

Professor Tobias teaches medical students at the University of Bristol, and is frequently invited to give seminars and lectures to other doctors both locally and further afield in the UK as well as overseas. He has set up a highly popular residential course on osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases, held annually in Oxford for over 10 years. 

Professor Tobias has held several other roles in the field of rheumatology include serving on the editorial boards of Calcified Tissue International and the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, the education committee of the British Society for Rheumatology, the research committee of Arthritis Research UK, and NICE appraisal and guideline committees, and a time as President of the UK Bone Research Society (2010-12). 

Professor Tobias is currently a member of the Medicines for Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, the research committees of the National Osteoporosis Society and the National Joint Registry, and the editorial board of Rheumatology. He is also editor of the Bone Research section of Frontiers in Endocrinology, and chair of the Southmead Hospital Research Advisory Committee.

Personal interests

When he's not at work, Professor Tobias has a range of out-door interests including running, cycling, hiking and gardening. He is married with three grown children.

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Professor Tobias has an extensive research program into the causes and treatment of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and joint hypermobility, having had over 180 research papers and other articles published in these fields. 

He is currently leading a pioneering programme of research looking at the role of exercise in preventing osteoporosis, funded by the Medical Research Council.


  • Fellow Royal College of Physicians
  • Medical Protection Society
  • British Medical Association
  • British Society for Rheumatology
  • National Osteoporosis Society
  • International Bone and Mineral Society
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

Other post held

  • Professor of Rheumatology, University of Bristol
  • Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, North Bristol NHS Trust,Southmead Hospital


Professor Jon Tobias does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Professor Jon Tobias does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Professor Jon Tobias does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.