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CHICAGO – Audrey B. Uknis, MD, a rheumatologist and professor at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn., was named 2012 president-elect of the American College of Rheumatology at the ACR’s annual business meeting held this week in Chicago.

Dr. Uknis is a professor of medicine and associate dean of admissions at Temple University in Philadelphia, Penn. She completed her undergraduate, medical education and postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Temple University School of Medicine. Dr. Uknis also completed a research fellowship at Temple’s Sol Sherry Thrombosis Research Center.

Dr. Uknis’ early career highlights include winning the ACR’s Physician Scientist Development Award and a National Institutes of Health Clinical Scientist Development Award. She received the 2005 Joseph Lee Hollander Award from the Arthritis Foundation, Southeast Pennsylvania Chapter for excellence and achievement in the field of rheumatology. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha professional society, and is listed in the professional directories Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who of American Women.

Actively engaged throughout her career in patient care activities, Dr. Uknis serves as the course director for Temple’s Doctoring course, the largest longitudinal component of the medical school’s curriculum, and has established both novel Post-Baccalaureate and International Medical Scholars Programs at Temple.

Dr. Uknis’ volunteer leadership roles include serving as president of the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society and as a founding member of ACR’s Regional Advisory Council. Her leadership positions within ACR include chair of the Continuous Professional Development Subcommittee, creating novel CME tools to meet the ABIM requirements for Maintenance of Certification for physicians. She represented the ACR on the ABIM’s Liaison Committee as well. Dr. Uknis has served on the ACR board of directors, serving as co-chair of the ACR Strategic Planning Committee and is completing a two-year term as treasurer for both the ACR and the ACR Research and Education Foundation.

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 or join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtag: #ACR2011

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