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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  

S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD

V. Michael Holers, MD
S. Louis Bridges, Jr., MD, PhD

Hospital for Special Surgery

V. Michael Holers, MD
Vice President

University of Colorado

Deborah Desir, MD, 

Yale- New Haven Medical Center
Doug White, MD, PhD

Gundersen Lutheran - Onalaska Clinic

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

University of Nebraska

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH
Chair, Development Advisory Council 

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Stephen Russell, MBA Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD
Stephen Russell, MPA
Chair, Impact Advisory Council

Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

University of Minnesota
Mara Becker, MD Kevin Deane, MD
Mara Becker, MD

Duke University  

Kevin Deane, MD

University of Colorado 

Beverly Guin Jody Hargrove, MD
Beverly Guin

Jody Hargrove, MD

Arthritis & Rheumatology Consultants, P.A.

Alvin Wells, MD Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM
Alvin Wells, MD

Rheumatology Immunotherapy Center
Leo Wegemer, JD, LLM

Betsy McKelvey  Beth Jonas
Elizabeth McKelvey

Beth Jonas, MD
ACR Training Representative

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Jeff Stark, MD Dan White, PT, ScD, MSc
Jeff Stark, MD
Representative of the Corporate Roundtable


Daniel White, PT, ScD, MSc
Representative of the Association of Rheumatology Professionals

University of Delaware


Ex-Officio Members

David Karp, MD, PhD  Saag

David Karp, MD, PhD
President, American College of Rheumatology

UT Southwestern Medical Center

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

UT Southwestern Medical Center



Christine Stamatos, PDNP, ANP-C
President, Association of Rheumatology Professionals

Rheumatology Northwell Health

Alisa Mueller, MD, PhD
Fellow In Training

Brigham and Women's Hospital


 Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE

Jay Mehta, MD
Chair, Pediatric Special Committee
, Association of Rheumatology Professionals
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Mary Wheatley, IOM, CAE
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.

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.

Vikas Majithia, MD

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Aliison Berger
Spectrum Real Estate Properities

Linda S. Ehrilich-Jones, PhD, RN
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Stuart S. Kassan, MD, MACR
Colorado Arthritis Associates

Alieen L. Pangan, MD

Bernie R. Rubin, DO, MPH

Katherine S. Upchurch, MD
UMass Memorial Medical Group

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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

Leigh Callahan, PhD
University of North Carolina

Anisha Dua, MD, MPH
Northwestern University

Liana Fraenkel, MD
Yale University

Beth Jonas, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michelle Kahlenberg, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

Patti Katz, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Vanessa Malcarne, PhD
San Diego State University

Al Kim, MD, PhD
Washington University

Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD
University of Colorado, Denver

Michael Lopker, MD, PhD
Northwestern University

Jan Richardson, PT, PhD
Medical Outcome Indicators

Anthony Shum, MD
University of California, San Francisco

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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.


Kelli Allen, PhD

Eric J. Allenspach, MD, PhD

Felipe Andrade, MD

April Barnado, MD, MSCI

Christie M. Bartels, MD, MS

Jawad Bilal, MD

Galina S. Bogatkevich, MD, PhD

David Bradley, PhD

Ru Bryan, PhD

Marissa Blum, MD

Amy Cannella, MD

Peter Chiraseveenuprapund, MD, MS

Benjamin Chong, MD

Cecilia P. Chung, MD, MPH

Megan A. Cooper, MD, PhD

Joseph E. Craft, MD

Carla M. Cuda, PhD

Melissa A. Cunningham, MD, PhD

Maria Danila, MD, MSc, MSPH

Erika Darrah, PhD

Aileen Davis, PhD

Kevin Deane, MD, PhD

Laura T. Donlin, PhD

Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD

Anisha Dua, MD

Gerald Eisenberg, MD

Candace Feldman, MD, ScD

Anthony French, MD, PhD

John Gomez, MD

Myriam E. Guevara, MD

Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH

Jody Hargrove, MD

Shaun Jackson, MD, PhD

S. Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Tamiko R. Katsumoto, MD

Kristine Kuhn, MD, PhD

Karen L. Law, MD

Pui Y. Lee, MD, PhD

Yvonne Lee, MD, MMSc

Deborah Lenschow, MD, PhD

Linda Li, PhD, PT

Katherine P. Liao, MD, MPH

Richard F. Loeser, MD


Maria A. Lopez Olivo, MD, MSc, PhD

Elena Losina, PhD

Theresa Lu, MD, PhD

Rebecca Manno, MD

David Markovitz, MD

Mandy J. McGeachy, MD

Siamak Moghadam-Kia, MD, MPH

Ted Mikuls, MD, MSPH

Jonathan Miner, MD, PhD

Eli Miloslavsky, MD

Amanda Nelson, MD, MS, RhMSUS

Uyen-Sa D. T. Nguyen, DSc, MPH

Mark Niemer, MD

Julie Paik, MD

Alessandra Pernis, MD

Shawn Rose, MD, PhD

James T. Rosenbaum, MD

Rebecca Sadun, MD

Grant Schulert, MD, PhD

Ami A. Shah, MD, MHS

Miriam Shelef, MD, PhD

Bernadette C. Siaton, MD

Tarun Sudhir K. Sharma, MD

Gregg Silverman, MD

Jasvinder Singh, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Sparks, MD, MMSc

Matthew Stoll, MD, PhD, MSCS

Akaluck Thatayatikom, MD, RhMSUS

Jeremy Tilstra, MD, PhD

John Varga, MD

Michael R. Waterfield, MD, PhD

Paul Waytz, MD

Pamela Weiss, MD, MSCE

Yee Ling Wu, PhD

Ed Yelin, PhD

Chack-Yung Yu, PhD

Yongdong Zhao, MD, PhD

Julie Zikherman, MD

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