Sterling West Receives American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award
ATLANTA - Sterling G. West, MD; professor of medicine and program director of the rheumatology fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, received the Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award from the American College of Rheumatology during the ACR Annual Scientific Meeting, November 6 - 11 in Atlanta.
The Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award is given to a rheumatologist who has made outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship, or education.
Dr. West received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine. After completing an internal medicine residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, he did his rheumatology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He then became head of rheumatology at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center where he started the rheumatology fellowship program. After 24 years of military service, he joined the rheumatology division at the University of Colorado, where he is the rheumatology fellowship program director, clinical chief of the division of rheumatology, co-director of the Metabolic Bone Disease service, and a tenured professor of medicine.
Dr. West is a past president of the Rocky Mountain Rheumatology Association. He was deputy editor of Arthritis & Rheumatism from 1995 through 2000. He has been a member of several ACR committees including the Committee on Rheumatology Training and Workforce Issues, the Committee on Journal Publications, the REF Scientific Advisory Council, and the Abstract Selection Committee. He has served on the boards of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Denver Chapter of the Lupus Foundation. He is presently chairman of the ABIM Rheumatology Self-Evaluation Committee in charge of the modules for Maintenance of Certification. Dr. West has received numerous awards for teaching and clinical excellence including the University of Colorado's Outstanding Full-Time Physician Award and the U.S. Army's Order of Military Medical Merit. He is a past recipient of the ACR Clinician Scholar Educator Award, the ACP Laureate Award, and is a Master in the American College of Physicians.
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.