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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  

V. Michael Holers, MD

Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH
V. Michael Holers, MD

University of Colorado

Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH
Berkshire Medical Center

Deborah Desir, MD

Carol Langford, MD, MHS

Deborah Desir, MD

Yale- New Haven Medical Center

Carol Langford, MD, MHS

Cleveland Clinic

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

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH
Chair, Development Advisory Council 

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Stephen Russell, MBA Mara Becker, MD
Stephen Russell, MBA
Chair, Impact Advisory Council

Mara Becker, MD, MSCE

Duke University

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD Kevin Deane, MD
Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota

Kevin Deane, MD

University of Colorado 

Jody Hargrove, MD Carrie Hansen
Jody Hargrove, MD

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants, P.A.

Carrie Hansen

Betsy McKelvey Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM
Elizabeth McKelvey
Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM

Alvin Wells, MD  Bethany Marston, MD

Alvin Wells, MD

Rheumatology Immunotherapy Center

Bethany Marston, MD
ACR Training Representative
University of Rochester

Dr. Kristine Kuhn Marian Hannon, DSc, MPH
Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, PhD
ACR Research Representative (2020-2023)
University of Colorado, Denver

Marian Hannan, DSc, MPH
Representative of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals
Harvard Medical School

Bernie Rubin, DO  
Bernie Rubin, DO
Corporate Roundtable Representative

Invited Guests  
Colleen Correll, MD Melanie Smith, MD, PhD
Colleen Correll, MD
Chair, ACR's Pediatric Special Committee
University of Minnesota Medical Center
Melanie Smith, MD, PhD
Fellow In Training

Hospital for Special Surgery

Ex-Officio Members

Saag  Doug White

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

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Doug White, MD, PhD
President-elect, American College of Rheumatology

Gunderson Health System

 Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C


Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C
President, Association of Rheumatology Professionals
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Rachel Myslinski, MBA
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.

Mark Andrejeski

Stanley B. Cohen, MD

Mary K. Crow, MD

Ephraim P. Engleman, MD
Inducted posthumously

Norman B. Gaylis, MD

Beverly Guin

Stuart Kassan, MD, MACR

Stephen E. Malawista, MD and Tobé Malawista
Dr. Malawista was inducted posthumously

Audrey M. Nelson, MD

James R. O'Dell, MD

Arthur L. Weaver, MD

Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM and Terry Wegemer

Michael H. Weisman, MD

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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

Iris Navarro-Milan, MD

Aileen L. Pangan, MD

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

Heather Benham, DNP, ADPRN, CPNP-PC
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

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

Nunzio Bottini, MD, PhD
University of California, San Diego

Maria Danila, MD, MSPH
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anisha Dua, MD, MPH
Northwestern University

Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

Al Kim, MD, PhD
Washington University

Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD
University of Colorado, Denver

Katherine Liao, MD, MPH
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Bethany Marston, MD
University of Rochester

Jan Richardson, PT, PhD
Medical Outcome Indicators

Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD
University of Nebraska

Tim Wilson, MD
University of Colorado

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Arthur Weaver, MD (1991-1993)
Ronald Kaufman, MD, MBA (1993-1995)
Daniel Wallace, MD (1995-1999)
Stanley Cohen, MD (1999-2001)
Joseph Golbus, MD (2001-2003)
Michael Weisman, MD (2003-2005)
James O’Dell, MD (2005-2007)

Leslie Crofford, MD (2007-2009)
E. William St.Clair, MD (2009-2011)
David Daikh, MD, PhD (2011-2013)
David Karp, MD, PhD (2013-2015)
Eric Matteson, MD (2015-2017)
Abby G. Abelson, MD (2017-2019)
S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD (2019-2021)


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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 

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