Dr. David Collins

Dr. Collins is a Clinical Associate Professor at UBC. He is a dual specialist having actively practiced both General Internal Medicine and rheumatology at Vancouver General Hospital for ten years. This gives him a broad understanding of the body as a whole, and has been invaluable in making challenging diagnoses, as well as treating complex patients with multisystem diseases.

He practices both at ARTUS and Diamond Centre Rheumatology. He has been the provincial Rheumatology Delegate with the Society of Specialist Physicians and Surgeons as well as works closely with Dr. Kur to help shape provincial policies through the BC Society of Rheumatologists. Dr. Collins is an active member of the Canadian Rheumatology Association having served on their Scientific Committee. He was also the winner of the 2013 CRA National Great Debate.

He is a member of the UBC Postgraduate Committee helping train new Rheumatologists. He was one of the first rheumatologists in the province to train in joint ultrasound. Currently he is the Director of the UBC Rheumatology Ultrasound Program and also Director of the Cyclosporine Clinic. He cofounded the first Early RA Program in the province recognizing that prompt treatment is needed for inflammatory arthritis. Other areas of expertise are uveitis and sarcoidosis, which often require close collaboration with other specialists.

In his spare time he enjoys running the seawall. He and his fiancée have a love hate relationship with the Grouse Grind.


Did You Know?

Did You Know – Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis causes back inflammation, often in young, healthy men.  New treatment options can make this condition very manageable.

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Did You Know – Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a form of blood vessel inflammation that often needs urgent treatment.

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Did You Know – Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect people at any age, often young women.  ARTUS doctors can help manage this condition.

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Did You Know – osteoporosis

If you have broken a hip, ARTUS osteoporosis specialists can help prevent further bone loss.

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Did You Know – Back Pain

There are many non-surgical treatments for mechanical back pain.  ARTUS has expertise in this area.

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Did You Know – Gout

Gout is a common form of arthritis that can be extremely painful. ARTUS doctors can help prevent further flares.

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Did You Know – Myositis

Myositis is a rare disease of the muscle that causes weakness.  ARTUS doctors are experts in treating this condition.

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Did You Know – IV

Many arthritis medications must be given through an IV.  The ARTUS team will make your experience a pleasant one.

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Did You Know – Meet Our Team

The ARTUS team involves multidisciplinary care with rheumatology doctors, nurses and physiotherapy.

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Did You Know – Arthritis

Patients with skin psoriasis can get inflammation in their joints.  ARTUS can help.

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