Dr Ajesh Maharaj
Westville - Durban

FCP(SA) Cert in Rheumatology(SA)
Ph.D. (University of Amsterdam)



  1. Profile of Rheumatic Diseases in Indian and Black South Africans in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa-SOUTH AFRICAN RHEUMATISM AND ARTHRITIS ASSOCIATION meeting, Johannesburg 2003.
  2. Astra Zeneca Research DAY 2003 – Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Natal, DURBAN Profile of Rheumatic Diseases in Indian and Black South Africans in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
  3. Medicine UPDATE 2004- LUPUS in the New Millennium- Treatment Update. RAMAKRISHNA CENTRE OF SOUTH AFRICA 06 February 2005
  4. Pharmacological Heritage of Ancient India- its Influence on Modern Medicine. Seminar on Ancient India’s Contribution to Medical Science and Values.
  5. Vinod Gathiram Memorial Lecture 2011: Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis- from pret-a-porter to houte courtier
  6. 1st Annual Congress of the Faculty of Consulting Physicians of South Africa- The Inflammatory Continuum - CVS Effects. ICC, Cape Town, 2012
  7. Pfizer Pain Forum 2012- Cape Town – Rheumatoid Arthritis
  8. Pain Forum – Cape Town: The Coxib Debate – Truth vs. Hype 2013
  9. Management of HIV associated Arthropathy ANNUAL WORKSHOP ON ADVANCED CLINICAL CARE - AIDS, Durban; 10/2014
  10. APLAR 2015 Assessment of Peripheral arthritis in Psoriatic Arthritis. Chennai, India 09/2015
  11. Indian Rheumatology Annual Meeting, IRACON 2017, Assessment of Psoriatic Arthritis
  12. KZN Specialist Network 2017: Indications for biologic therapy: A physician’s perspective. Durban, 28 October 2017.
  13. Norvatis masterclass: challenges and opportunities in the diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis. Cape Town 25 November 2017
  14. Norvatis masterclass: comorbidities in Spondyloarthritis. Cape Town 25 November 2017
  15. IRACON 2017. Indian rheumatology Association annual conference. Assessment of peripheral arthritis in patients with psoriatic arthritis. Lucknow. 30 November-3 December 2017.



  1. AFPL-19. Profile of rheumatic diseases among Africans and Indians at King Edward VIII Hospital in Durban A. B. Maharaj · M. Y. Akhalwaya · N. Patel · G. M. Mody Apr 2007 · Clinical Rheumatology.
  2. AFPL-25. Extrapulmonary tuberculosis in rheumatic diseases in the absence of biological agents G. M. Mody · N. Patel · A. B. Maharaj Apr 2007 · Clinical Rheumatology.
  3. Recognising Rheumatoid Arthritis - Update June 2012.
  4. Suboptimal management of rheumatoid arthritis in the Middle East and Africa: could the EULAR recommendations be the start of a solution? El Zorkany B, Alwahshi HA, Hammoudeh M, Al Emadi S, Benitha R, Al AwadhiA, Bouajina E, Laatar A, El Badawy S, Al Badi M, Al-Maini M, Al Saleh J,Alswailem R, Ally MM, Batha W, Djoudi H, El Garf A, El Hadidi K, El Marzouqi M,Hadidi M, Maharaj AB, Masri AF, Mofti A, Nahar I, Pettipher CA, Spargo CE,Emery P. Clinical Rheumatology 32 (2): 151 (2013)

    PMID: 23274756

  5. ACR/ARHP Poster Session B: Vasculitis II (1662). Developing Guidelines for Polymyalgia Rheumatica: Prioritisation of Outcome

    Measures – Perspective of Patients, General Practitioners, and Rheumatologists. Yogesh Singh, MD, DM(Presenter); Christian Dejaco, MD, Ph.D.; Sarah Mackie, MBBS; Daniel Ching; Artur Bachta; Ajesh Maharaj; et al.

  6. Comprehensive Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis: Managing Comorbidities and Extra-articular Manifestations. A Ogdie, S Schwartzman, Laura C Coates, L Eder, Ajesh B Maharaj, D Zisman, S Raychaudhuri, Soumya Reddy, Arthur F Kavanaugh, Philip J Mease, Christopher T Ritchlin, Elaine Husni. J Rheumatol November 2014 41(11):2315-2322;

    PMID: 25362717

  7. Unusual Cause of Limited Elbow Movement in a Patient with Psoriatic Arthritis

    AJESH B. MAHARAJ and VINOD CHANDRAN J Rheumatol 2014;41(12):2482-2483 PMID: 25452180

  8. Spondyloarthritis in African Blacks AJESH B. MAHARAJ and PAUL P. TAK J Rheumatol January 2015 42(1):139;

    PMID: 25554810

  9. Pancytopenia in a Patient with Psoriatic Arthritis Treated with Methotrexate and Concomitant Lithium. AJESH B. MAHARAJ and VINOD CHANDRAN J Rheumatol March 2015 42(3):557

    PMID: 25729049

  10. Summary of Sensitivity and Specificity for Psoriatic Arthritis in a South African Cohort according to Classification Criteria. Ajesh B. Maharaj, Jayandran Govender, Kasthurba Maharaj, Michelle Rajkaran and Paul P. Tak J Rheumatol 2015; 42; 960-962 PMID: 25877500
  11. Drs. Maharaj and Chandran reply   AJESH B. MAHARAJ and VINOD CHANDRAN. J Rheumatol 2015;42;1062 PMID: 26034234
  12. 2015 Recommendations for the Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica

    A European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology Collaborative Initiative

    Christian Dejaco, Yogesh P. Singh, Pablo Perel, Andrew Hutchings, Dario Camellino, Sarah Mackie, Andy Abril, Artur Bachta, Peter Balint, Kevin Barraclough, Lina Bianconi, Frank Buttgereit, Steven Carsons, Daniel Ching, Maria Cid, Marco Cimmino,Andreas Diamantopoulos, William Docken, Christina Duftner, Billy Fashanu, Kate Gilbert, Pamela Hildreth, Jane Hollywood, David Jayne, Manuella Lima, Ajesh Maharaj, Christian Mallen, Victor Martinez-Taboada, Mehrdad Maz, Steven Merry, Jean Miller, Shunsuke Mori, Lorna Neill, Elisabeth Nordborg, Jennifer Nott, Hannah Padbury, Colin Pease,  Carlo Salvarani, Michael Schirmer, Wolfgang Schmidt, Robert Spiera, David Tronnier, Alexandre Wagner, Madeline Whitlock, Eric L. Matteson, and Bhaskar Dasgupta Arthritis and Rheumatology 09/2015; 67(10):2569-2580. DOI:10.1002/art.39333

    PMID: 26352874

  13. 2015 Recommendations for the management of polymyalgia rheumatica: a European League Against Rheumatism/American College of Rheumatology collaborative initiative

    Dejaco C, Singh YP, Perel P, Hutchings A, Camellino D, Mackie S, Abril A, Bachta A, Balint P, Barraclough K, Bianconi L, Buttgereit F, Carsons S, Ching D, Cid M, Cimmino M, Diamantopoulos A, Docken W, Duftner C, Fashanu B, Gilbert K, Hildreth P, Hollywood J, Jayne D, Lima M, Maharaj A, Mallen C, Martinez-Taboada V, Maz M, Merry S, Miller J, Mori S, Neill L, Nordborg E, Nott J, Padbury H, Pease C, Salvarani C, Schirmer M, Schmidt W, Spiera R, Tronnier D, Wagner A, Whitlock M, Matteson EL, Dasgupta B.Ann Rheum Dis. 2015 Oct;74(10):1799-807. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2015-207492.

    PMID: 26359488

  14. Assessing disease activity in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: impact on management and therapy

    V Chandran, AB Maharaj. Expert Rev Clin Immunol May 2016; 12(06): 572-583


    PMID: 26807494

  15. McArdle’s Disease Presenting with Acute Renal Failure

    Ajesh B Maharaj, Vinod B Patel.  South African Medical Journal 2016;106(5):469. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ. 2016.v106i5.10348

    PMID: 27138678

  16. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA): an assessment of clinical, biochemical and radiological features in a single centre South African cohort. Ajesh B. Maharaj*, Michelle Rajkaran, Jayandran Govender, Kasthurba Maharaj, Niek de Vries, Paul-Peter Tak. South African Medical Journal 2016; 106(6) 630-3. doi: 10.7196/ SAMJ. 2016. V106i6.10347.

    PMID: 27245733

  17. Treatment of psoriatic arthritis with traditional DMARDs and novel therapies: approaches and recommendation. Ajesh B Maharaj; V Chandran Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2017 Apr;13(4):319-331. doi: 10.1080/1744666X.2017. 1257939.    PMID: 27826996
  18. MiR-146a G/C rs2910164 variations in South African Indian and Caucasian patients with psoriatic arthritis. Ajesh Maharaj, Pragalathan Naidoo, Terisha Ghazi, Naeem Abdul, Shanel Dhani, Taskeen Docrat, Prithiksha Ramkaran, Paul Tak and Niek de Vries, Anil Chuturgoon

    Published online: BMC Medical Genetics (2018); doi.org/10.1186/s 12 881-018-0565-1



  19. Treatment of enthesitis, dactylitis and nail lesions in psoriatic arthritis Ajesh B Maharaj, F Paruk, Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology

  20. Comorbidities of Psoriatic Arthritis and their impact on management. Ajesh Maharaj, Vinod Chandran. Expert Rev Clin Immunol