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Rheumatology Research Foundation Announces Rachel Myslinski as New Executive Director

October 30, 2021

ATLANTA - The Rheumatology Research Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce Rachel Myslinski, MBA will be joining the organization as Executive Director beginning November 15, 2021. Myslinski currently serves as the American College of Rheumatology’s (ACR) Vice President for Practice, Advocacy and Quality.  

Myslinski comes to the Foundation with a great depth of knowledge of the ACR and brings significant business expertise from her former role as a Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  She has been in the healthcare industry for 16 years, primarily in the professional medical association, management consulting, and nonprofit research foundation settings. 

During her tenure at the ACR, Rachel oversaw the development of the Rheumatology Informatics System for Effectiveness (RISE) Registry, the first and largest electronic health record (EHR)-enabled rheumatology registry in the country. With more than 1,000 participating rheumatology clinicians and 2.4 million patients in the registry, RISE plays an instrumental role in advancing the specialty through improving care and expanding research. 

“As the Foundation faces the opportunities and challenges ahead, Rachel will bring her collaborative leadership style, commitment to accountability and proven record of program building to her new leadership role as Foundation Executive Director,” said S. Louis Bridges Jr., MD, PhD, Foundation President. "She has an impressive plan for how to bring new ideas and strategies to help the Foundation become even more impactful on rheumatology in the future. We could not be more excited about this appointment.”  

“I look forward to leading this next chapter of the Foundation’s future,” said Myslinski. “I’m thrilled about implementing new opportunities for engagement with rheumatology researchers, educators, providers, and trainees, patients with rheumatic diseases, and the generous donors who support the Foundation’s mission.” 

The Foundation would like to express sincere and heartfelt thanks to Eryn Marchiolo for her tremendous work as the Interim Executive Director during this time of transition, as well as Michael Holers, MD, Mara Becker, MD, Steve Russell, Liana Fraenkel, MD and Steven Echard, IOM, CAE for their time and dedication to finding the ideal candidate through their service on the Executive Search Committee.   


About the Rheumatology Research Foundation 

The Rheumatology Research Foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the U.S.  Established in 1985, the Foundation is focused on advancing patient care and accelerating discoveries in rheumatic diseases. More information about the Foundation can be found at 


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