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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  

Vice President Dr. Abby Adelson

Dr. S. Louis Bridges Jr.
Abby G. Abelson, MD

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD
Vice President

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Kenneth Saag
Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

David R. Karp, MD, PhD

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

University of Minnesota

Stuart Kassan, MD
Chair, Development Advisory Council 

Colorado Arthritis Associates

Norman B. Gaylis, MD, Member-at-Large
Erin Arnold, MD

Orthopedics and Rheumatology of the N. Shore

Norman Gaylis, MD

Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties

Dr. Rodolfo Molina Beverly Guin
Jon Giles, MD, MPH

Columbia University
Beverly Guin

Elizabeth McKelvey Dr. William Rigby
Elizabeth McKelvey

William FC Rigby, MD

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Steve Russell Dr. Teresa Tarrant
Steve Russell, MBA

Teresa Tarrant, MD

Duke University Medical Center 

Dr. Beth Jonas  
Beth Jonas, MD
ACR Workforce and Development Representative

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD
ACR Research Representative

Rush University Medical Center

William Reiss, PharmD Dan White, PT, ScD, MSc
William Reiss, PharmD
Representative of the Corporate Roundtable

Genentech, Inc.

Daniel White, PT, PhD
Representative of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals

University of Delaware


Ex-Officio Members


Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA
President, American College of Rheumatology

Concorde Medical Group, PLLC

Ellen Gravallese, MD
President-Elect, American College of Rheumatology

University of Massachusetts Medical School


Hazel Breland, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CLA
President, Association of Rheumatology Professionals

Medical University of South Carolina

Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE
Executive Director, Rheumatology Research Foundation 

American College of Rheumatology

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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.

Stuart Kassan, MD

Colorado Arthritis Associates

Norman B. Gaylis, MD
Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Specialties

Alieen L. Pangan, MD

Vikas Majithia, MD
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Kamala M. Nola, PharmD, MS
University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Steve Russell, MBA
McDonald's USA (Retired)

Leo Wegemer, JD and Terry Wegemer, MS
Lockheed Martin (Retired)

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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.

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota

Leigh Callahan, PhD
University of North Carolina

Randy Cron, MD, PhD
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Liana Frankel, MD
Yale University

Beth Jonas, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Patti Katz, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Vanessa Malcarne, PhD
San Diego State University

Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD
Rush University Medical Center

Elena Myasoedova, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD, MSCE
University of Pennsylvania

Eric Ruderman, MD
Northwestern University

Anthony Shum, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Judith Smith, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin - Madison

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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.

Sandeep K. Agarwal, MD, PhD
Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L
Christie Bartels, MD
Ed Behrens, MD
Galina S. Bogatkevich, MD, PhD
Leigh Callahan, PhD
Scott Canna, MD
Flavia Castelino, MD
Peter Chira, MD, MS
Cong-Qiu Chu, MD, PhD
Megan Clowse, MD, MPH
Robert Colbert, MD, PhD
Megan Cooper, MD, PhD
Joseph E. Craft, MD
Aileen Davis, PhD
Laura T. Donlin, PhD
Leonard Dragone, MD, PhD
Jeffrey Driban, PhD
Anisha Dua, MD
Lisa Fitzgerald, MD
Joerg Ermann, MD
Anthony French, MD, PhD
Alexei Grom, MD
Marian Hannan, PhD
J. Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
Robert A. Kalish, MD
Tamiko Katsumoto, MD
Alfred H. Kim, MD, PhD
Jason Knight, MD, PhD
Karen Law, MD

Deana Lazaro, MD
Julia Lee, PhD, MPH
Linda Li, PT, PhD
Douglas W. Lienesch, MD
Richard R. Loeser, MD
Una E. Makris, MD
Rebecca Manno, MD,
Jonathan Miner, MD, PhD
Lakshmi Moorthy, MD
Adam Mor, MD, PhD
James J. Nocton, MD
Erica Noss, MD, PhD
Alexis Ogdie, MD, MSCE
Michael J. Ombrello, MD
Kenneth S. O'Rourke MD
Ananta Paine, PhD
Harris Perlman, PhD
Holly L. Rosenzweig, PhD
Ami Shah, MD
Tarun Sharma, MD
Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD
Bernadette C. Siaton, MD
Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH
C. Michael Stein, MD
Anne Stevens, MD, PhD
Akaluck Thatayatikom, MD
Michael Waterfield, MD, PhD
Andrew L. Wong, MD
Chack-Yung Yu, PhD


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