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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

Carol Langford, MD, MHS

Ted Mikuls, MD, MSPH

Carol Langford, MD, MHS

Cleveland Clinic

Ted Mikuls, MD, MSPH
Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

University of Nebraska Medical Center

 Jody Hargrove, MD  Stephen Russell, MBA
Jody Hargrove, MD
Chair, Development Advisory Council 

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants, P.A.

Stephen Russell, MBA
Chair, Impact Advisory Council

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD Carrie Hansen
Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota

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 Carol Young, MD
Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM
Carol Young, MD
Arthritis Medical Clinic of North County, Inc.
Marian Hannon, DSc, MPH  Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, PhD

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

Kristine A. Kuhn, MD, PhD
ACR Research Representative
University of Colorado, Denver

Bethany Marston, MD Bernie Rubin, DO
Bethany Marston, MD
ACR Training Representative
University of Rochester

Bernie Rubin, DO, MPH
Corporate Roundtable Representative

Invited Guests  
Swetha Alexander, MD Swetha Alexander, MD
Swetha Alexander, MD
Fellow In Training

University of Utah
S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD
Foundation Immediate Past President (2021-2023)
Hospital for Special Surgery
 Colleen Correll, MD  
Colleen Correll, MD
Chair, ACR's Pediatric Special Committee
University of Minnesota Medical Center

Ex-Officio Members

Doug White, MD, PhD  Deborah Desir, MD

Doug White, MD, PhD
President, American College of Rheumatology
Gunderson Health System

Deborah Desir, MD
President-elect, American College of Rheumatology

Yale-New Haven Medical Center

 Kori Dewing, DNP, ANP-BC, ARNP


Kori Dewing, DNP, ANP-BC, ARNP
President, Association of Rheumatology Professionals
The Seattle Arthritis Clinic

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.

Jodi Hargrove, MD

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants P.A.

Allison Berger Solomon

Deborah Durkee
University of Utah School of Medicine

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, MACR
Colorado Arthritis Associates

Iris Navarro-Millán, MD
Hospital for Special Surgery

Linda Rodamaker, NP
University of Colorado

Mark Snyder

Jeff Stark

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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

Scott Canna, MD
Penn Institute for Immunology

Maria Danila, MD, MSPH
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nunzio Bottini, MD, PhD
UC San Diego Health

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

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S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD, Chair
V. Michael Holers, MD, President
Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH, Vice President
Stacy Ardoin, MD
David Daikh, MD, PhD
Candace Feldman, MD, MPH
Jon Giles, MD
Betsy McKelvey

Emily Isaacs, MD
Paula Marchetta, MD, MBA
Jane Kang, MD
Elizabeth Schlenk, PhD, RN
Ken Saag, MD, MSc
David Karp, MD, PhD
Christine Stamatos, DNP


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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 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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