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Mary K. Crow, MD, Honored by the Foundation

Dr. Crow Recognized for bold support of the Rheumatology Research Foundation

November 9, 2015

ATLANTA –  Mary K. Crow, MD, was recently inducted into the Rheumatology Research Foundation’s Honorary Board of Advisors. The honor is reserved for individuals who have made a transformative contribution, either through monetary support and/or act of leadership, which made an indelible mark on the Foundation’s future fundraising success. 

Dr. Crow served as president of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) from 2005-2006. Under her leadership, ACR donated an unprecedented $5 million to the Foundation to help launch its $30 million Within Our Reach: Finding a Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis campaign. Jane Salmon, MD, research professor at Hospital for Special Surgery, says, “Dr. Crow has the unique quality of being an inspirational leader and an extremely generous volunteer. It was breathtaking to see her lead the American College of Rheumatology towards embracing this initiative in a broad and generous way.”

The first-ever campaign sparked an era for extraordinary growth in both program and fundraising at the Foundation. Since the initial gift from ACR, the Foundation has attracted an additional $45 million from multiple donors of $5 million or more. Mary Wheatley, Executive Director of the Rheumatology Research Foundation, says, “The Within Our Reach campaign represented a bold leap forward for the Foundation, both in the ambitious goal and in the impact this funding has had in moving the field forward.  Dr. Crow understood the unprecedented opportunity this campaign presented, and the significance of future implications this level of commitment from ACR would mean. Ultimately, ACR’s gift set an example for other donors to follow, and it helped bring the Foundation into a new era of growth and success. This would not have possible without Dr. Crow’s bold vision and leadership.”

Mary K. Crow, MD is physician-in-chief and chair of the department of medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery and is chief of the division of rheumatology at HSS and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is also director of the autoimmunity and inflammation research program and co-director of the Mary Kirkland Center for Lupus Research at HSS. Dr. Crow holds the Benjamin M. Rosen Chair in Immunology and Inflammation Research at HSS and is the Joseph P. Routh Professor of Rheumatic Diseases in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Dr. Crow was inducted into the Foundation’s Honorary Board of Advisors on November 7 at the organization’s Donors of Merit Recognition Event during the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


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