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Michael Weisman Receives American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award

ATLANTA - Michael H. Weisman, MD; director of the division of rheumatology and professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, received the REF Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award from the American College of Rheumatology during the ACR Annual Scientific Meeting, November 6 - 11 in Atlanta.

Through the Excellence in Investigative Mentoring Award, the REF will honor an active ACR or ARHP member for their contributions to the rheumatology profession through outstanding and ongoing mentoring.

Dr. Weisman earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and Doctor of Medicine from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency in internal medicine and training in rheumatology at the University of California at San Diego and military service as LCDR, USNR at Camp Pendleton.

He is currently director, division of rheumatology Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and professor of medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine. Dr. Weisman has participated on various agencies, review panels, and advisory boards for most of his career. Among these have been the Food and Drug Administration Arthritis Advisory Committee, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program, Review Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Medical Board of California, National Arthritis Foundation, American College of Rheumatology, Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Sciences), and National Board of Medical Examiners. He served as president of the Research and Education Foundation of the ACR from 2003 through 2005 and was named Master of the American College of Rheumatology in 2005.

Dr. Weisman's current research focus of interest is environmental and genetic risk for susceptibility and severity of chronic rheumatic diseases. At present time he is an investigator for National Institutes of Health sponsored studies in systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. He has published over 240 peer-reviewed papers and five books, and serves as a reviewer and editor for many journals in the field of rheumatology.

The American College of Rheumatology is an international professional medical society that represents more than 8,000 rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals around the world. Its mission is to advance rheumatology. The ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier meeting in rheumatology. For more information about the meeting, visit www.rheumatology.org/education. Follow the meeting on twitter by using the official hashtag: #ACR2010.

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