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The Rheumatology Research Foundation is led by a wide range of rheumatology community members from private practice, academic investigators and rheumatology professionals, as well as corporate representatives and public members dedicated to the Foundation’s mission.

Board of Directors  

S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD

V. Michael Holers, MD
S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD

Hospital for Special Surgery

V. Michael Holers, MD
Vice President

University of Colorado

Deborah Desir, MD

Deborah Desir, MD, 

Yale- New Haven Medical Center
Doug White, MD, PhD

Gundersen Lutheran - Onalaska Clinic

   Vikas Majithia, MD
Ted Mikuls, MD, MSPH
Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

University of Nebraska

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH
Chair, Development Advisory Council 

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Stephen Russell, MBA Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
Stephen Russell, MBA
Chair, Impact Advisory Council

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota
Mara Becker, MD Kevin Deane, MD
Mara Becker, MD

Duke University  

Kevin Deane, MD

University of Colorado 

Beverly Guin Jody Hargrove, MD
Beverly Guin

Jody Hargrove, MD

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants, P.A.

Alvin Wells, MD Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM
Alvin Wells, MD

Rheumatology Immunotherapy Center
Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM

Betsy McKelvey  Beth Jonas
Elizabeth McKelvey

Beth Jonas, MD
ACR Training Representative

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Jeff Stark, MD Dan White, PT, ScD, MSc
Jeff Stark, MD
Representative of the Corporate Roundtable


Daniel White, PT, ScD, MSc
Representative of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals

University of Delaware

Dr. Kristine Kuhn  
Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, PhD
ACR Research Representative (2020-2023)
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Ex-Officio Members

David Karp, MD, PhD  Saag

David Karp, MD, PhD
President, American College of Rheumatology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Kenneth Saag, MD, MsC
President-Elect, American College of Rheumatology

UT Southwestern Medical Center



Christine Stamatos, PDNP, ANP-C
President, Association of Rheumatology Professionals

Rheumatology Northwell Health

Alisa Mueller, MD, PhD
Fellow In Training

Brigham and Women's Hospital


Jay Mehta, MD
Chair, ACR's Pediatric Special Committee
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Eryn Marchiolo, MPH
Interim Executive Director

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The Honorary Board of Advisors is reserved for individuals who have made a transformative contribution, either through monetary support and/or an act of leadership, which made an indelible mark on the Foundation's future fundraising success.

Dr. Cohen, who was essential to including corporations and patients in rheumatology support

Stanley B. Cohen, MD
University of Texas Southwestern

The Malawistas, standing side by side, contributed generously to rheumatology research and training

Stephen E. Malawista, MD and Tobé Malawista
Yale University
(Dr. Malawista was inducted posthumously)

Dr. Weaver, the first president of the Rheumatology Research Foundation

Arthur L. Weaver, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Mary K. Crow, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery

Ephraim P. Engleman, MD
University of California, San Francisco
(Inducted Posthumously)

Norman B. Gaylis, MD
Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Specialties

James R. O'Dell, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Mark Andrejeski
American College of Rheumatology

Audrey M. Nelson, MD
Mayo Clinic

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Development Advisory Council

The Development Advisory Council is charged with overseeing the Foundation’s fundraising program to ensure the Foundation is cultivating the stable support needed to fulfill its mission.

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Allison Berger Solomon

Linda S. Ehrlich-Jones, PhD, RN
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, MACR
Colorado Arthritis Associates

Aileen L. Pangan, MD

Bernie R. Rubin, DO, MPH

Katherine S. Upchurch, MD
UMass Memorial Medical Group

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Impact Advisory Council

The Impact Advisory Council is charged with communicating the work of the Foundation to patients and caregivers in the rheumatology community, advocating for rheumatology research, and highlighting the impact this research has on the patients with rheumatic diseases.

Steve Russell, MBA

Magdalena Cadet, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center

Emily V. Gordon

Kiran Smith

Ronald Yglesias, MD
Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Specialties

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Scientific Advisory Council

The Scientific Advisory Council is charged with overseeing the Foundation’s research and education funding programs to ensure they are run effectively and efficiently and are meeting the needs of the rheumatology community and people with rheumatic diseases.

Ted Mikuls, MD, MSPH

University of Nebraska

Ed Behrens, MD 
Children's Hospital of Philadephia

Leigh Callahan, PhD
University of North Carolina

Anisha Dua, MD, MPH
Northwestern University

Liana Fraenkel, MD
Yale University

Beth Jonas, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

Patti Katz, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Vanessa Malcarne, PhD
San Diego State University

Al Kim, MD, PhD
Washington University

Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD
University of Colorado, Denver

Michael Lopker, MD, PhD
Northwestern University

Jan Richardson, PT, PhD
Medical Outcome Indicators

Anthony Shum, MD
University of California, San Francisco

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Peer Reviewers

The peer reviewers are charged with rigorously reviewing all applications for awards and grants to ensure the proposals adhere to specific criteria and are of a high quality.


Andy Abril, MD 

Eric J. Allenspach, MD, PhD 

Felipe Andrade, MD 

Sheila Angeles-Han, MD, MSc 

Tom Appleton, MD, PhD 

Janet L Bahr, NP 

Joshua F. Baker, MD 

Alfonso Bello, MD 

Jawad Bilal, MD 

Ashira Blazer, MD 

Marissa Blum, MD 

David Bradley, PhD 

Ru Bryan, PhD 

Amy Cannella, MD 

Vinod Chandran, MBBS, MD, DM, PhD, FRCPC 

Benjamin Chong, MD 

Cong-Qui Chu, MD 

Cecilia P. Chung, MD, MPH 

Carmelita Colbert, MD 

Carla M. Cuda, PhD 

Melissa A. Cunningham, MD, PhD 

Maria Danila, PhD 

Erika Darrah, PhD 

Kevin Deane, MD, PhD 

Maureen Dubreuil, MD 

Gerald Eisenberg, MD 

Bryant England, MD, PhD 

Candace Feldman, MD, ScD 

David Felson, MD 

Xu Feng, PhD 

David Fernandez, MD, PhD 

Tanya S. Freedman, PhD 

Anthony French, MD, PhD 

Lianne S. Gensler, MD 

Michael George, MD  

Yvonne Golightly, PhD, MS, PT 

John Gomez, MD 

Alexei Grom, MD, PhD 

Myriam E. Guevara, MD 

Monica Guma, MD, PhD 

Lauren Henderson, MD, MMSc 

Aimee Hersh, MD 

Jennifer Huggins, MD 

LaurieAnn Hughell, MPH, PA-C 

Laura Hughes, MD, MSPH 

Mariko Ishimori, MD  

Rumey C. Ishizawar, MD, PhD 

S. Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, MPVM, PhD 

Matlock Jefferies, MD 

Trine Jorgensen, PhD 

Insoo Kang, MD 

Sara Kellahan, NP 

Seoyoung C. Kim, MD, ScD, MSCE 

Jennifer King, MD, PhD 

Fotios Koumpouras, MD 

Nancy Lane, MD 

Pui Y. Lee, MD, PhD 

Yvonne Lee, MD, MMSc 

Katherine P. Liao, MD, MPH


Maria A. Lopez Olivo, MD, MSc, PhD 

Michael Lopker, MD, PhD 

Theresa Lu, MD, PhD 

Una Makris, MD 

Vanessa L. Malcarne, PhD 

Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD 

David Markovitz, MD 

Mandy J. McGeachy, MD 

Eli Miloslavsky, MD 

Siamak Moghadam-Kia, MD, MPH 

Elena Myasoedova, MD, PhD 

Uyen-Sa D. T. Nguyen, DSc, MPH 

Mark Niemer, MD 

Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD, MSCE 

Alessandra Pernis, MD 

Christine Pham, MD 

Deepak Rao, MD, PhD 

Alan Rathbun, PhD, MPH 

Rennie Rhee, MD, MS 

James T. Rosenbaum, MD  

Kelly Rouster-Stevens, MD, MS 

Rebecca Sadun, MD 

Laura Sampson, PA-C 

Grant Schulert, MD, PhD  

Phillip Seo, MD 

Ami A. Shah, MD, MHS 

Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD 

Erin Siceloff, PA-C 

Gregg Silverman, MD 

Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH 

Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc 

Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD, MSCS 

Henri Tiedge, PhD 

Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD 

John Varga, MD 

Michael R. Waterfield, MD, PhD 

Kevin S. Wei, MD, PhD 

Pamela Weiss, MD, MSCE 

Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS 

Yee Ling Wu, PhD 

Jared Younger, PhD 

Yongdong Zhao, MD, PhD 

Share your expertise. Volunteer to serve as a peer reviewer.

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