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

Board of Directors  

President Dr. Eric Matteson

Vice President Dr. Abby Adelson
Eric L. Matteson, MD, MPH

Mayo Clinic

Abby Abelson, MD
Vice President

Cleveland Clinic

Secretary Dr. Ellen Gravallese Treasurer Dr. Paula Marchetta
Ellen Gravallese, MD

University of Massachusetts

Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA

Concorde Medical Group

Scientific Advisory Council Chair Dr. Timothy Niewold Development Advisory Council Dr. Kathleen Bos
Timothy Niewold, MD
Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

New York University

Stuart Kassan, MD
Chair, Development Advisory Council

Colorado Arthritis Associates

Norman B. Gaylis, MD, Member-at-Large Beverly Guin
Norman B. Gaylis, MD

Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Specialties

Beverly Guin

Dr. Michael Maricic Dr. Rodolfo Molina

Michael Maricic, MD
Catalina Pointe Rheumatology

Rodolfo Molina, MD

Arthritis Associates PA

Dr. William Rigby Steve Russell
William FC Rigby, MD

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 

Steve Russell, MBA

Dr. Eric Schned Dr. Teresa Tarrant
Eric Schned, MD

Park Nicollet Clinic 

Teresa Tarrant, MD

Duke University School of Medicine 

Dr. Anne Bass Dr. S. Louis Bridges Jr.
Anne R. Bass, MD
ACR Workforce & Training Representative

Hospital for Special Surgery

S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD
Research Representative

University of Alabama Birmingham

Dr. Patricia Katz Dr. Aileen Pangan
Patricia Katz, PhD
Representative of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals

University of California, San Francisco 

Aileen Pangan, MD
Representative of the Corporate Roundtable




American College of Rheumatology President Dr. Sharad Lakhanpal American College of Rheumatology President-Elect Dr. David Daikh
Sharad Lakhanpal, MD, MBBS
American College of Rheumatology President

Rheumatology Associates

David Daikh, MD, PhD
American College of Rheumatology President-Elect
University of California, San Francisco

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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

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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.

Stuart Kassan, MD

Colorado Arthritis Associates

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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.

Timothy Niewold, MD

New York University

Anne Bass, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota

Teresa Brady, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD
University of Alabama-Birmingham 

Randy Q. Cron, MD, PhD
Children's Hospital of Alabama 

Jon T. Giles, MD, MPH
Columbia University

Scott Hasson, EdD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA
Augusta University

Sharon Kolasinski, MD
University of Pennsylvania

Peter Nigrovic, MD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD
Northwestern University

Edward Yelin, PhD
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.

Kelli Allen, PhD

Felipe Andrade, MD, PhD

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L

Ed Behrens, MD

Jessica Berman, MD

Tim Beukelman, MD

NunzioBottini, MD, PhD

David S. Bradley, PhD

Ernest Brahn, MD

Scott Canna, MD

Laura Carbone, MD, MS

Flavia Castelino, MD

Christopher Collins, MD

Aileen Davis, PhD

Kevin Deane, MD

Kristen Demourelle, MD

Leonard Dragone, MD, PhD

Cristina Drenkard, MD, PhD 

Lisa Fitzgerald, MD

Jon Giles, MD, MPH

Monique Hinchcliff, MD, MS

Kim Huffman, MD, PhD

Jim Jarvis, MD

J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD

Robert A. Kalish, MD

Diane Kamen, MD

Terri Laufer, MD

Deana Lazaro, MD


Julia Lee, PhD, MPH

Tzielan Lee, MD

Linda Li, PT, PhD

MehrdadMatloubian, MD, PhD

Adam Mor, MD, PhD

Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR

Erica Noss, MD, PhD

Alexis Ogdie, MD, MSCE

Kenneth S. O'Rourke MD

Thomas Osborn, MD

Ananta Paine, PhD

Michael Pillinger, MD

Janet Poole, PhD, OTR/L

Inez Rogatsky, PhD

Eric Ruderman, MD

Carla Scanzello, MD, PhD

Ami Shah, MD

Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD

Tony Shum, MD

Judith Smith, MD, PhD

Jeremy Sokolove, MD

Blair Solow, MD

Anne Stevens, MD

Irene J. Tan, MD

Rodney Tehrani, MD

Geoffrey Thiele, PhD

Amy Woodward, MD


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