About Us

Founded in 1934, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is a not-for-profit, professional association committed to advancing the specialty of rheumatology. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, this medical society serves nearly 8,500 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide who work in the medical subspecialty of rheumatology.

The ACR supports its members by providing meaningful education, research, advocacy, and practice support.

Vision Statement and Mission

Vision Statement
As the leading authority and trusted partner of rheumatology professionals, the ACR will continually advance the specialty and the future of rheumatology.

Brand Promise: We are here for you so you can be there for your patients.

To empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty.

The ACR endorses the following core values in support of our vision and mission:

  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion
  • Community

Strategic Plan

The ACR’s strategic plan charts the course for the future direction of the College.

2022–2027 Strategic Goals

  • The ACR will create and implement nimble strategies to advance innovations in rheumatology for its members and constituents.
  • The ACR will understand and address the needs of all its current and future members to create an inclusive voice for the field of rheumatology.
  • The ACR will provide tools to support rheumatology workforce expansion and retention to increase access to patient care.

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) applies to the entire ACR, including its fellows, members, staff, and is enforceable solely by the ACR.

The primary purpose of this Code of Ethics is to support the ACR’s mission, which is to empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty. The ACR can succeed in this mission only if it maintains its reputation in the scientific and medical communities and with the general public as a credible, objective, and unbiased force whose statements, activities, and relationships are beyond reproach.

ACR Messages

ACR Statement on Ukraine War

The ACR condemns Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has resulted in needless loss of life, profound damage to communities, destruction of healthcare facilities, and displacement of millions of people, including medical professionals and patients of all ages. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and their patients impacted by this war. We strongly support negotiations aimed to bring an immediate end to hostilities and attacks on healthcare systems and efforts to enable our colleagues to deliver needed care to their patients.

American College of Rheumatology’s Pledge to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is deeply troubled by the recent events surrounding the death of George Floyd. This tragedy is the latest in a long history of senseless killings of people of color. We recognize that racial inequality is an invisible undercurrent impacting the lives of many of our members and patients and we condemn all acts that cause marginalization, discrimination, harm or death to any person. From lupus mortality, to arthritis disability, and most recently to COVID‐19 deaths, our minority communities have suffered disproportionately. As physicians and healthcare professionals, we are bound to protect the health of all of humanity. The ACR pledges to be a leader for inclusion and change for our members, our trainees, our staff, and our patients.
View Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources  - September 2020

The Right to Vote

The right to vote is at the foundation of representative democracy. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) condemns provisions in voter laws that would make it more difficult for communities of color, and individuals with rheumatic diseases, disabilities, other chronic health conditions, to exercise their constitutional right to vote. The ACR urges our elected officials to come together and correct inequities in the voting system that exist today while also securing the franchise for future generations.
- May 1, 2021


Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP)

The Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP), a membership division of the ACR, serves non-physician healthcare professionals specializing in rheumatology such as advanced practice nurses, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians, researchers, research coordinators, and office staff.

ARP Purpose and Priorities

ARP Priorities

  • Grow the ARP membership through marketing and membership drives
  • Identify and increase the supply of qualified health professionals working in rheumatology
  • Actively support the practice environment for rheumatology health professionals
  • Provide outstanding educational opportunities
  • Increase volunteer leadership skills and opportunities
  • Vigorously market ARP products and services
  • Foster communication among ARP members and ACR staff/members
  • Enhance research knowledge and skills among rheumatology health professionals
  • Promote outstanding inter-professional rheumatology research
  • Advocate on behalf of the rheumatology community: patients, rheumatology health professionals, and rheumatologists
  • Identify and mentor ARP members to become future leaders

The governance of the association of rheumatology professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is structured in the Rules of Procedure.


Rheumatology Research Foundation

Established as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Rheumatology Research Foundation's mission is to advance research and training to improve the health of people with rheumatic diseases. The ACR’s foundation is the largest private funding source of rheumatology research and training programs in the United States and is proud to have received numerous four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, America's largest evaluator of charities.

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