ACR Awards of Distinction

Presidential Gold Medal

David Wofsy, MD

2015 Recipient

The highest award that the ACR can bestow, the Presidential Gold Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in rheumatology over an entire career. Established by the past presidents of the ACR, candidates will have made important contributions in multiple areas such as clinical medicine, research, education or administration. Funding support for this award of distinction is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award

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Distinguished Service Award

Sam Lim, MD, MPH

2015 Recipient

Arthur Weinstein, MD

2015 Recipient

The Distinguished Service Award is awarded to an ACR member for outstanding and sustained service to the ACR.

Eligibility:  ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award

Sharon Kolasinski, MD

2015 Recipient

The Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is awarded to a rheumatologist who has made outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship, or education.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding:  A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award

Ellen Ginzler, MD, MPH

2015 Recipient

The Distinguished Clinical Investigator Award is to a clinical scientist making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology. This award was known as the Clinical Research Award prior to 2006.

Eligibility:  ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Distinguished Basic Investigator Award

Pierre Miossec, MD, PhD

2015 Recipient

The Distinguished Basic Investigator Award is awarded to a basic scientist making outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology.

Eligibility:  ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Paulding Phelps Award

Stuart Kassan, MD, MACR

2015 Recipient

The Paulding Phelps Award is awarded to a clinical rheumatologist for outstanding service to patients, community and the practice of medicine.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award

Dinesh Khanna, MD, MSc

2015 Recipient

The Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award is awarded to a young physician scientist, age 45 or younger by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated, who has made outstanding and promising independent contributions to basic or clinical research in the field of rheumatology.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing age 45 or younger by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award

Richard Brasington, MD

2015 Recipient

Beth Jonas, MD

2015 Recipient

The Distinguished Fellowship Program Director Award is awarded to a current or former rheumatology program director that has made outstanding contributions in the mentoring and training of future rheumatologists. ACR members in good standing who are current or former rheumatology program directors for a period of a minimum of 5 years and who participate in related ACR educational activities.

Eligibility: To be considered for this award, one of the recommendation letters must be from a current or previous fellow from the nominees program. Consideration will be given for innovative educational programs and recruitment of health care professionals to the subspecialty of rheumatology.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award

Gary Gilkeson, MD

2015 Recipient

The Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award recognizes the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship. A dedicated mentor can significantly influence the successful development and career of a mentee. This award honors an active ACR or ARHP member for their contributions to the rheumatology profession through outstanding and ongoing mentoring. Funding support for this award of distinction is provided by the Rheumatology Research Foundation.

Eligibility: ACR or ARHP members in good standing may nominate an individual who has mentored them. Nominees must be current ACR or ARHP members in good standing with demonstrated commitment to mentoring throughout their career. A mentor possessing a combination of research and clinical focus would be preferred, but such a combination is not required. Self-nomination is not permitted. Foundation committee members involved in award recipient selection are not eligible to nominate candidates or be nominated by someone else.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award and the recipient will receive a $3,000 cash award

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Distinguished Fellow Award

  • Medha Barbhaiya, MD, MPH
  • Ashira Blazer, MD
  • Abhijeet Danve,MBBS, MD
  • Emily Fox, MD
  • Pravitt Gourh, MD
  • Hanna Kim, MD, MS
  • Brett Smith, DO
  • Sara Tedeschi, MD
  • Kenneth Van Dyke, DO
  • Zachary Wallace, MD

2015 Recipients

2014 Distinguished Fellow Award Recipients

The Distinguished Fellow Award recognizes clinical and research fellows who are in a rheumatology fellowship training program and who have performed meritoriously. The Distinguished Fellow Award is sponsored by the ACR and supported through the ACR Fellows Education Fund. ACR FIT members need to apply separately for both the Distinguished Fellow Award and the FIT Scholarship.

Eligibility: ACR FIT members in good standing who have completed their second or third year of their first rheumatology fellowship. To be considered for this award Nominees must be nominated by a supervisor, training program director, or an ACR member in good standing.

Award Terms and Funding: A one-time, merit-based award. Recipients will receive a stipend in the amount of $1,500

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ACR Master Designation

  • Mary-Carmen Amigo, MD
  • Ferdinand Breedveld, MD
  • Leonard Calabrese, DO
  • Stanley Cohen, MD
  • James Curran, MD
  • Robin Dore, MD
  • N. Lawrence Edwards, MD
  • Steffen Gay, MD
  • Philip Helliwell, MD, PhD
  • Gloria Higgins, MD, PhD
  • Bruce Hoffman, MD
  • Robert Inman, MD
  • Tore Kvien, MD, PhD
  • Ingrid Lundberg, MD
  • Jose Maldonado-Cocco, MD
  • Girish Mody, MD, FRCP
  • Kiem Oen, MD
  • Murray Passo, MD, MEd
  • Pamela Prete, MD
  • Paul Romain, MD
  • Alan Rosenberg, BA, MD, FRCPC
  • Barry Schimmer, MD
  • Eric Schned, MD
  • Josef Smolen, MD
  • Vibeke Strand, MD
  • Sjef van der Linden, MD
  • Daniel Wallace, MD
  • Michael Weinblatt, MD
  • Sterling West, MD
  • Robert Yood, MD, FACP
  • Pierre Youinou, MD

2015 Recipients

Recognition as a Master of the American College of Rheumatology is one of the highest honors the College bestows. The designation of Master is conferred on ACR members, age 65 or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated, who have made outstanding contributions to the field of rheumatology through scholarly achievement and/or service to their patients, students, and profession.

Eligibility: ACR members in good standing, age of 65 or older by October 1 of the year in which they are nominated

Award Terms and Funding: A Master is not required to pay annual fees, dues, or assessments and has the privilege of attending the ACR annual meeting without payment of registration fees.

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