About Us

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is an ethically-driven, professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. Founded in 1934, we are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 7,700 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide.

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:

  • Professionalism
  • Service to Members
  • Vitality of the Profession
  • Excellence in Patient Care
  • Transparency
  • Innovation

Strategic Plan

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

Key Themes

  • Data-driven approaches
  • Increased membership in target categories
  • Education enabled by technology (how, where, and when desired)
  • Personalized content and targeted member interactions
  • Sustained future of rheumatology

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.


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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