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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

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

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
Kelli Allen, PhD
Eric J. Allenspach, MD, PhD
Felipe Andrade, MD
Tom Appleton, MD, PhD
Sheila Angeles-Han, MD, MSc
Joshua F. Baker, MD
Jawad Bilal, MD
Ashira Blazer, MD
David Bradley, PhD
Vinod Chandran MBBS, MD, DM, PhD, FRCPC
Benjamin Chong, MD
Cong-Qiu Chu, MD, PhD
Cecilia Chung, MD, MPH
Carla M. Cuda, PhD
Melissa Cunningham, MD, PhD
Aileen Davis, PhD
Kevin Deane, MD, PhD
Kristen Demoruelle, MD, PhD
Robyn Domsic, MD, MPH
Maureen Dubreuil, MD
Keith Elkon, MB, BCh
Bryant England, MD, PhD
Candace Feldman, MD, MPH, ScD
David Fernandez, MD, PhD
David Felson, MD
Xu Feng, PhD
Tanya S. Freedman, PhD
Lianne s. Gensler, MD
Michael George, MD
Myriam E. Guevara, MD
Lauren Henderson, MD, MMSc
Aimee Hersh, MD
Betty Hsiao, MD
Evelyn Hsieh, MD, PhD
Jennifer Huggins, MD
Mariko Ishimori, MD
Rumey C. Ishizawar, MD, PhD
S. Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Matlock Jefferies, MD
Trine Jorgensen, PhD
Insoo Kang, MD
Patricia Katz, PhD
Jason R. Kolfenbach, MD
Fotios Koumpouras, MD
Jennifer King, MD, PhD
Eugene Kissin, MD
Deepak Kumar, PT, PhD
Nancy Lane, MD
Pui Y. Lee, MD, PhD
David Leverenz, MD
Linda Li, PhD, PT
Maria A. Lopez Olivo, MD, MSc, PhD
Una Makris, MD
Anne-Marie Malfait, MD, PhD
David Markovitz, MD
Eli Miloslavsky, MD
Siamak Moghadam-Kia, MD, MPH
Amanda Nelson, MD, MS, RhMSUS
Johannes Nowatzky, MD
Andras Perl, MD, PhD
Richard M. Pope, MD
Deepak Rao, MD, PhD
Alan Rathbun, PhD, MPH
Kelly Rouster-Stevens, MD, MS
Rennie Rhee, MD, MS
Rebecca Sadun, MD
Anne Satterthwaite, MD
Grant Schulert, MD, PhD
Phillip Seo, MD
Ami A. Shah, MD, MHS
Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD
Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PhD, PT
Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD, MSCS
Jessica Turnier, MD, MS
Kevin Wei, MD, PhD
Daniel White, PT, ScD
Yee Ling Wu, PhD
Jinoos Yazdany, MD, MPH
Jared Younger, PhD

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