Dr Sarah Mackie

Dr Sarah Mackie


I attended Oxford University Medical School and qualified in 1999. Following house jobs I worked at Northwick Park Hospital on the SHO Medical Rotation and then spent six months working on ITU at the Whittington Hospital. I then returned to Northwick Park Hospital to work as a Clinical Fellow in Rheumatology before moving to Leeds in 2004 to start my rheumatology specialist training. Between 2006 and 2010 I took time out of training for a PhD (clinical and laboratory study of giant cell arteritis) and after returning to clinical training was awarded a NIHR Academic Clinical Lectureship. I gained my certificate of specialist training in rheumatology in 2013 and also in that year, I commenced a five-year NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship Award which was focused around the condition polymyalgia rheumatica. 

Research interests

My research is focused around two linked conditions: giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica. I am also interested in the effects of the glucocorticoid therapy used to treat them. I am interested in how new scientific insights may be used to improve clinical care and clinical outcomes.


  • BA(Hons)
  • BM BCh
  • MRCP(UK)
  • PhD

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal disease
  • Targets and therapies
  • Immunity and inflammation
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/246-cellular-conversations:-stress-hormone-metabolism-as-a-novel-anti-fibrotic-target-in-giant-cell-arteritis">Cellular conversations: stress hormone metabolism as a novel anti-fibrotic target in Giant Cell Arteritis</a></li>