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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  

Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH

Berkshire Medical Center
Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Anne Bass, MD

Anne Bass, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
William Harvey, MD

Tufts Medicine

 Edward Behrens, MD  Jody Hargrove, MD
Edward Behrens, MD
Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Jody Hargrove, MD
Chair, Development Advisory Council 

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants, P.A.
Alfred Kim, MD, PhD Carrie Hansen
Alfred Kim, MD, PhD
Chair, Impact Advisory Council

Washington University School of Medicine

Carrie Hansen

Elaine Husni, MD Corinne Karp

Elaine Husni, MD

Cleveland Clinic

Corinne S. Karp, MAEd

Firas Kassab, MD Vikas Majithia, MD, MBBS, MPH
Firas Kassab, MD

South Charlotte Rheumatology

Vikas Majithia, MD, MBBS, MPH
Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM
Ted Mikuls, MD, MSPH
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM
Carol Young, MD  Ryan DeMasi, MD
Carol Young, MD
Arthritis Medical Clinic of North County, Inc.
Ryan DeMasi, MD
Corporate Roundtable 
Marian Hannon, DSc, MPH Linda Hiraki, MD
Marian Hannan, DSc, MPH
Representative of ARP
Harvard Medical School
Linda Hiraki, MD, FRCPC, ScD
ACR Research Representative
The Hospital for Sick Children
Bethany Marston, MD Marta Bean, MD
Bethany Marston, MD
ACR Training Representative
University of Rochester
Marta Bean, MD
Fellow-in-Training Representative

University of Pennsylvania
Colleen Correll, MD
Colleen Correll, MD
Chair, ACR's Pediatric Special Committee
University of Minnesota Medical Center
V. Michael Holers, MD
Foundation Immediate Past President

University of Colorado

Ex-Officio Members

Deborah Desir, MD  Carol Langford, MD, MHS
Deborah Dyett Desir, MD
President, ACR
Yale School of Medicine
Carol Langford, MD, MHS
Cleveland Clinic
 Kori Dewing, DNP, ANP-BC, ARNP


Aileen Ledingham, PT, MS, PhD
President, ARP                                                             
Mount Auburn Hospital


Rachel Myslinski, MBA
Executive Director, Rheumatology Research Foundation

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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.

Jodi Hargrove, MD

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants P.A.

Cheryl Crow, OT
Arthritis Life

Deborah Durkee
University of Utah School of Medicine

Betsy Khan

Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD
Univeristy of Colorado School of Medicine

Brian Loggins, MBA
Arthritis Associates, PA San Antonio

Lisa Mandl, MD, MPH
Hospital for Special Surgery

Alexa Meara, MD, MS
The Ohio State University

Iris Navarro Millan, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery

Mark Snyder

Jeff Stark

Benjamin Widener, MD
Sheridan Memorial Hospital

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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.

Al Kim, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine

Heather Benham, DNP

Betty Hsiao, MD
Yale-New Haven Medical Center

Annastasha Parker

Steve Russel, MBA

Bernie Rubin, DO, MPH


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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.

Ed Behrens, MD

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Nunzio Bottini, MD, PhD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Scott Canna, MD
Penn Institute for Immunology

Maria Danila, MD, MSPH
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Linda Hiraki, MD, FRCPC, ScD
ACR Research Rep
Hospital for Sick Kids

Jason Kolfenbach, MD
University of Colorado

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

Bethany Marston, MD
University of Rochester

Kaleb Michaud, PhD, COR Rep
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Susan Murphy, OT, ScD
University of Michigan

Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin

Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD
University of Nebraska

Arissa Young, MD

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V. Michael Holers, MD, Chair, Immediate Past President
Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH, President
Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD, Vice President
Stacy Ardoin, MD
Alicia Hinze, MD, MHS
Emily Isaacs, MD
Jon Giles, MD
Betsy McKelvey
Stuart Kassan, MD
Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C, ARP Representative



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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)
V. Michael Holers, MD (2021-2023)


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Peer Reviewers

The following list includes the peer reviewers that served over the last 3 years. 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.


Lawren H. Daltroy in Health Communication
Patricia (Patti) Katz, PhD

Daniel K. White, PT, ScD, MSc

Mentored Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant for Workforce Expansion
Janet L. Bahr, NP
LaurieAnn Hughell, MPH, PA-C
Sara Kellahan, NP
Laura Sampson, PA-C
Erin Siceloff, PA-C

Resident Research Preceptorship
Kevin Deane, MD, PhD
Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS
Linda Li, PT, PhD
Aileen Davis, PhD, M.Sc., B.Sc. (P.T.)
Jawad Bilal, MD

Rheumatology Future Physician Scientist Award
Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD
Julia F. Charles, MD, PhD
Bryant England, MD, PhD
David Fernandez, MD, PhD
Monic Guma, MD, PhD
Kevin S. Wei, MD, PhD
Vanessa L. Malcarne, PhD


Andy Abril, MD
Marissa Blum, MD
Amy Cannella, MD
Lianne Gensler, MD
John Gomez, MD
Myriam Guevara, MD
Jonathan S. Hausmann, MD
Kristen Hayward, MD
Jennifer Huggins, MD
Laura Hughes, MD, MSPH

Rumey C. Ishizawar, MD, PhD
Eugene Kissin, MD
Jason R. Kolfenbach, MD
Fotios Koumpouras, MD
David Leverenz, MD
Tiffany Lin, MD
Eli Miloslavsky, MD
Rebecca Sadun, MD, PhD
Kelly Rouster-Stevens, MD, MS
Phillip Seo, MD


Bridge Funding Awards
David Bradley, PhD
Julia F. Charles, MD, PhD
Benjamin Chong, MD
Cong-Qui Chu, MD, PhD
Megan Cooper, MD, PhD
Melissa Cunningham, MD, PhD
Shaun Jackson, MD, PhD
Mehrdad Matloubian, MD, PhD
Christine Pham, MD
James Rosenbaum, MD
Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MSc

Career Development Research,
Basic Science
Eric Allenspach, MD, PhD
Ashira Blazer, MD
Margaret Chang, MD, PhD
Carla M. Cuda, PhD
Anthony French, MD, PhD
Jennifer King, MD, PhD
Pui Lee, MD, PhD
Scott Lieberman, MD, PhD
Christian Lood, MSc, PhD
Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD
Michael Paley, MD, PhD
Grant Schulert, MD, PhD
Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD
Jessica Turnier, MD, MS
Michael Waterfield, MD, PhD

Career Development Research, Translational and Clinical Sciences
Sheila Angeles-Han, MD, MSc
Michael George, MD
Lauren Henderson, MD, MMSc
Aimee Hersh, MD
Mariko Ishimori, MD
Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
Christopher A. Mecoli, MD, MHS
Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR
Uyen-Sa D. T. Nguyen, DSc, MPH
Alan Rathbun, PhD, MPH
Rennie Rhee, MD, MS
Ami Shah, MD, MHS
Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc
Katherine Wysham, MD
Jared Younger, PhD
Yongdong Zhao, MD, PhD



Innovative Research Awards,
Basic Science
Tom Appleton, MD, PhD
Ru Bryan, PhD
Keith Elkon, MB, BCh
Tanya Freedman, PhD
Matlock Jeffries, MD
Trine Jorgensen, PhD
Insoo Kang, MD
David Markovitz, MD
Mandy McGeachy, MD
Johannes Nowatzky, MD
Andras Perl, MD, PhD
Alessandra Pernis, MD
Richard M. Pope, MD
Anne Satterthwaite, MD
Henri Tiedge, PhD
John Varga, MD

Innovative Research Awards, Clinical/Translational
Felipe Andrade, MD
Joshua F. Baker, MD
Vinod Chandran, MBBS, MD, DM,
Erika Darrah, PhD
Kristen Demoruelle, MD, PhD
Robyn Domsic, MD, MPH
David Felson, MD
Nancy Lane, MD
Yvonne Lee, MD, MMSc
Katherine Liao, MD, MPH
Gregg Silverman, MD
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PhD, PT
Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD, MSCS
Pamela F. Weiss, MD, MSCE
Elizabeth Wellsandt, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS
Yee Ling Wu, PhD

Innovative Research Awards,
Health Services Research
Kelli Allen, PhD
Alfonso Bello, MD
Carmelita Colbert, MD
Maria Danila, PhD
Maureen Dubreuil, MD
Gerald Eisenberg, MD
Yvonne M. Golightly, PhD, MS, PT
Betty Hsiao, MD
S. Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Seoyoung C. Kim, MD, ScD MSCE
Maria A. Lopez Olivo, MD, MSc, PhD
Una Makris, MD
Gopika Miller, MD
Mark Niemer, MD
Siamak Moghadam-Kia, MD, MPH
Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH
Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH

Community Practice Innovation Award
Herbert S. Baraf, MD
Stuart S. Kassan, MD
Elizabeth Perkins, MD




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