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CHICAGO - Benjamin J Smith, PA-C, a physician assistant in rheumatology at the McIntosh Clinic in Thomasville, Ga., was named 2012 president of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals during the ARHP annual business meeting held this week in Chicago.

Smith received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., and also earned a physician assistant degree, summa cum laude, from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.

Smith previously served as president-elect of the ARHP. He is also a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Georgia Society of Rheumatology, the Society of Physician Assistants in Rheumatology, and the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants. Smith works with his supervising physician, Dr. Victor McMillan, at the McIntosh Clinic, P.C. in southwest Georgia.

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 Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals is a division of the American College of Rheumatology. The ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting is the premier meeting in rheumatology. For more information about the meeting, visit or join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag: #ACR2011.

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